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    I have spent the last 25 years running offset presses at our small family shop and learned on presses with conventional dampening. When we upgraded to presses with crestlines I thought I had died and went to heaven. We currently run quite a bit of work on our two digital presses, but our run lengths and volume have been creeping up. We have a GTO 52-5 that we are planing to replace with a used speedmaster 52 or 74. Is the auto ink setting and auto roller wash as great as it sounds? I have spent my life setting ink keys and taking around 500 sheets to get a 4C job setup and the color balanced. We have tons of work in the 2k-3k quantity range that we currently run digitally, but would love to move over to offset, but with setups on our GTO taking 45-60 minutes we just don't have the time.

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    highly recommend to get Auto plate loaders, Auto washup, CIP3 Ink key presetting, Sheet scanning density/spectro equipment (closed loop if possible), Temperature controlled Roller train, Auto blanket washers, these are usually standard options on most presses nowadays.

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      Hello kdw75,



      You need to ask yourself which is the most cost effective method of producing 4 colour print in the - 2/3 thousand print run -depending on sheet size and how many Images Imposed , which IMHO even with a fully automated Litho

      Press is not viable.




      Regards, Alois
      Last edited by Alois Senefelder; 10-28-2018, 09:51 AM. Reason: ***************

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        Originally posted by Alois Senefelder View Post
        Hello kdw75,



        You need to ask yourself which is the most cost effective method of producing 4 colour print in the - 2/3 thousand print run -depending on sheet size and how many Images Imposed , which IMHO even with a fully automated Litho

        Press is not viable.




        Regards, Alois
        I am not really expecting to make a killing on those run lengths vs digital, but when we can get a good used speedmaster with less than 50 million impressions for a years worth of lease payments on our digital press, it seems very enticing.

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