Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has developed a new commercial web offset press, the Diamond 16 max+ for the printing of commercial materials including magazines, pamphlets and newspaper advertising inserts. The company says it developed the press with ease of operation and simplicity in mind.
In developing the new press MHI targeted, one button operation, a concept to enable entire printing job operations and their management with the push of a single button by one operator without special skills. Based on this concept, press has achieved enhanced productivity and print quality while thoroughly pursuing easy and less skill-intensive operations.
The press also reduces printing costs and enables shorter delivery time from order receipt to product printing. It adopts a Scandinavian design featuring simple functional beauty while simultaneously giving full attention to safety and compact size, according to the company.
The Diamond 16 max+ will be available in a basic model that carries on the printing functions of the existing Diamond 16 max, and can be fitted with a number of automated features up to and including full automated functions.
MHI says various equipment options will be offered to address the demands of the market, such as the need for shorter make-ready time, reduced waste caused by printing imperfections, consistent print quality, and easier operation to cope with increasing numbers of younger, less-skilled operators.
The company concludes the fully automated model boasts new functions fully utilising digital information systems to reduce the operator's burden and enhance print quality by enabling management of entire print jobs – from plate changing to delicate adjustment of colour density and images – without relying on the operator's expertise.