PrintCity: The VAPoN project
PrintCity has undertaken a unique study to evaluate the quality, process performance
and economics of a series of alternative techniques and materials for value-
PrintCity’s VAPoN (Value Added Printing of Newspapers) concept is based on the same techniques and materials but focuses explicitly on their application to newspaper products. “What makes a newspaper a value-
What makes the visible difference?
If we are talking about conventional newspaper offset presses, there are principally three ingredients needed to improve the appearance of the print result: a higher quality paper, a dryer and appropriate printing inks. All three are interrelated as a certain dryer – be it heatset, electron beam (EB) or ultra-
"We don’t want to tell people what to do or where to go, but give them the best data to make the right decisions." (Paul Casey, VAPoN Project Team Leader)
There are many more influencing factors to be taken into consideration such as the investment and running costs, the available space for the installation of a dryer (on top or inside an existing press), the maximum speed (limited by the drying system), the materials of roller coatings and blankets (that might not be resistant to different types of ink), environmental considerations, etc. And those are only the technical-
With its current VAPoN project, PrintCity (www.printcity.de) wants to support newspaper printers who are thinking of going this direction by offering them relevant information and guidance. “We want to make knowledge available,” Casey says. And when he says “we” he refers to a core group of five PrintCity alliance members who are the main actors (and sponsors) of the VAPoN project (see Members & objectives).
The VAPoN study
At the core of the VAPoN project is a study that was conducted this summer to measure and assess alternative techniques and materials for value-
45 g/m2 standard newsprint (printed in heatset and coldset), 48.8 g/m2 improved newsprint (heatset and coldset), 48 g/m2 Matt C, VAC (coldset), 52 g/m2 SC-
Members & objectives
The VAPoN project, led by PrintCity alliance members Adphos_Eltosch (dryers), MAN Roland (presses), Megtec (dryers), Sun Chemical (inks) and UPM (paper), has three declared objectives:
Evaluate how newspaper printers and publishers can increase their revenues.
Guide them towards the most cost-
Offer opportunities and solutions for them to gain new business.
Page first published: 17.10.2006