By: E&P Staff
After extending its Universal press platform in 2009 by introducing the doublewide, one-around (4×1) Universal XL model, Goss International has now developed a Universal XL press available in a two-around (4×2) format.
Complementing their higher-performance Goss Uniliner counterparts, the Universal XL presses are designed for applications requiring web widths up to 48 inches and speeds of up to 75,000 copies per hour. For higher productivity, the Uniliner series is capable of 80,000 copies per hour with a maximum web width of 74.8 inches on the 4×2 version.
Goss International Vice President Jacques Navarre described the development as “addressing an emerging requirement in several regions for presses that deliver double-width productivity along with versatility, simplified operation and a lower investment cost.” He said the Universal XLs offer “capabilities that fall in between those of our 2×2 single-width presses and our higher-performance double-width presses.”
Goss International installed the first Universal XL 4×1 press at Italy’s Union Printing (E&P Online, May 24).
Both Universal models are intended for new-press investments or tower-addition projects and can be installed in single- or double-former folder configurations. Although based on the Universal platform, they incorporate technologies and design elements found in the Uniliner series. Both can be equipped with dryers.
The Universal XL 4×2 press can be configured with reelstands under the towers or at right angles to the press. The latter offers advantages in efficient running of the press with a smaller crew. A Goss 2:3:3 folder can be equipped with a quarterfold option, completing the capability of the press to handle smaller formats.
Almost 400 presses from the Universal family have been installed in 55 countries since the model was introduced as a singlewide machine in 1991. They have been configured for coldset, heatset and UV production of newspaper, semi-commercial and combined applications.