If you own an offset printing business, you know that efficiency and quality are key to success. One piece of equipment that can greatly improve both of these aspects is a pile turner.
What is offset printing exactly?
Offset printing is a common printing technique used in the production of magazines, newspapers, and books. In offset printing, a plate is used to transfer ink onto a rubber blanket, which then rolls onto the paper. The paper is stacked and loaded onto a printing press for mass production.
High-volume offset printing jobs require precision and accuracy to produce quality print work. Inadequate handling of paper can lead to issues that can significantly affect the final product, causing delays, and even lead to wastage. Pile turners help in ensuring the smooth handling of paper and the overall success of the printing process.
How Pile Turners can help in High-Volume Printing Jobs
Here are some reasons why pile turners are a must-have for any offset printing business:
Improving Paper Quality
Pile turners improve paper quality by removing moisture from the paper before it is printed on. Moisture can cause paper to wrinkle, which can significantly affect the print quality. Pile turners have air jets that blow air onto the paper, removing any moisture and flattening out the sheets for proper printing.
Our mobile pile turner, the “Toppy Kompressor”, is a small but mighty machine that can turn, transport, aerate, and jog piles of paper, board, plastic, and more. It has a built-in air turbine that helps with:
- dust removal
- sheet alignment
- drying and cleaning
The Toppy Kompressor is electrically powered and can handle loads up to 1000 kg. It works with paper sizes ranging from 50×70 cm to 76×106 cm.
Misprints can occur when paper is not stacked correctly, causing issues with ink distribution and alignment. Pile turners ensure that the paper is properly aligned, reducing the likelihood of misprints. The alignment is especially crucial when printing on both sides of the paper, as misalignment can cause ghosting or shadow images to appear.
Preventing Paper Jams
Paper jams are a common occurrence in printing, and they can lead to significant delays and downtime. Pile turners reduce the likelihood of paper jams by ensuring that the paper is free of static electricity and other debris that can cause jams. Additionally, pile turners improve the flow of paper through the printing press, reducing the likelihood of paper getting stuck.
In high-volume printing jobs, time is of the essence, and any delay can be costly. Pile turners help in improving productivity by reducing the time it takes to flip stacks of paper manually as it only takes few seconds to turn a stack with our machines.
Pile turners can handle a wide range of paper sizes and types, making them a versatile piece of equipment for any offset printing business. They can handle large stacks of paper, as well as glossy or coated paper, making them suitable for a variety of printing jobs.
Our “Maxi Toppy” mobile pile turner is designed to handle the large formats of the printing industry up to a maximum weight of 1800 kg, and with size from 70 x 100 cm to 120 x 160 cm. The load is lifted from the control panel and then manually twisted by the operator. It is then ready to be inserted into the machine. This model also comes in a wide-base (straddle type) configuration for closed-bottom pallets.
How to choose the most suitable Mobile Pile Turner for your needs
Firstly, you should consider the size and weight of the paper stock you will be handling. Pile turners come in different sizes and load capacities, so it’s important to choose one that can handle the weight and size of your paper stock.
Another important factor is the type of paper you will be using. Some pile turners are designed specifically for glossy or coated paper, while others are better suited for uncoated paper.
You should also consider the speed and efficiency of the pile turner. Look for models with quick cycle times and easy-to-use controls that can help maximize productivity and minimize downtime.
Other features to consider may include automation capabilities, such as the ability to automatically flip paper stacks or adjust settings based on paper type or thickness, as well as safety features like automatic shut-off switches and guard rails. All our models comply with safety regulations and have an emergency button, safety reverser and acoustic signals.
Ultimately, the best pile turner for your offset printing needs will depend on your specific requirements and budget. Research and compare different models and ask our team to find the one that best meets your needs.