Next year two Swiss printing houses, Tamedia in Zurich and Espace Media Groupe in Bern, will take delivery of the first 6/2 Commanders to roll off our production line. The 22-tower newspaper presses, like all 6/2 versions, will be configured as 9-cylinder satellites (1) featuring Drivetronic (2) shaftless drives with dedicated AC motors (3) (footnotes indicate relevant patents).
The short web paths in a 9-cylinder satellite support precise registra-tion by eliminating the risk of fan-out, even with wide webs. We are patenting a string of new features to cut changeover times, manning, maintenance and waste while enhancing layout flexibility and print quality. Some have been incorporated in our other new presses such as the Cortina and 4/1 Prisma.Continuous Slot, Pneumatic Plate Clamps
The printing units on the 6/2 Commander have narrow, continuous lock-up slots, so the six plates can be mounted simultaneously side by side and there is no time wasted repositioning the cylinder for staggered plating-up. With the new pneumatic plate clamps (4) all the operator has to do is insert the front edge of each plate in the slot and press a button: the plates are mounted and clamped automatically and supported by a new design of trolley (5), with no need for tools. This saves a lot of time and effort when printing a number of different editions.Pneumatic Clamps for Blanket Plates
The blanket cylinders on the 6/2 Commander accept three metal-backed blanket plates (6), one of them staggered. The vibration and streaking often associated with wide cylinders is eliminated by a new type of plate clamp in conjunction with minigaps and the metal blan-kets we first fitted on our heatset presses in the mid-nineties. Pneu-matic blanket locks with clamps, tension springs and air hoses (7) sup-port quick and easy blanket changes, also without tools. Well-proven in heatset, the blankets are available from a number of suppliers.