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Heidelberg Web Press Lab opens

Representatives from the printing industry will join RIT officials for a dedication of the Heidelberg Web Press Laboratory April 25. Housed in an 11,000-square foot facility adjacent to the Louise M. Slaughter Building, the Heidelberg Sunday 2000 press system will be used for research and education within RIT’s School of Print Media and extensive applied research for the web offset printing market.

The new Heidelberg Sunday 2000 web press is the focal point of the new Printing Industry Center at RIT.

In addition to Heidelberg, which provided the press, other industry suppliers will provide equipment and materials valued at more than $1.36 million.

“A state-of-the-art web printing system requires the integration of press technology, operator expertise and auxiliary components and consumables,” explains Bill Garno, director of the Printing Applications Laboratory at RIT. “With these suppliers supporting the Sunday press technology, and the combined expertise of RIT and Heidelberg, we clearly have all requirements met.”

Companies donating supplies and equipment include: Baldwin Technology Company Inc., Creo Inc., Graphics Microsystems Inc. (GMI), Quad/Tech Inc. (QTI), AWS (a Thermal Care division), Böttcher America Corp., NELA Ternes Register Group, Lincoln Industrial Corp., RIMA-System, Day International Inc., Flint Ink Corp., Fuji Hunt/Anchor, Kodak Polychrome Graphics, Sun Chemical, Tribology, JC Fibers, Jeco Plastic Products and Just Normlicht Inc.