Based on lithographic print-making principles, offset printing is an indirect print technology where the print color is first transferred from a mostly thin, flexible aluminum plate to a blanket cylinder and then to the material being printed.
Offset printing is divided into two main groups: when pre-cut sheets of paper or card are fed individually into the press, it’s referred to as sheet-fed offset printing. When the paper is fed from rolls, which may weigh to several tons, then cut into sheets, this is called web offset printing, which is further subdivided into illustration and newspaper printing.
Single-drive technology has established itself in web offset printing. This means that each printing unit has its own servomotor. The axes are synchronized by a virtual leading axis. However, a main drive with a drive wheel train is still used for sheet-fed offset printing because of the risk of collision.
Sheet fed offset printing machines are presses for multi-color printing to achieve extremely high-quality results. They work according to the offset printing principle, which as a planographic printing system, is based on the physical repulsion of water and printing ink.
Sheet fed offset printing machines are used to produce magazines, calendars, high-quality advertising, packaging material and various other products in small to medium-sized editions.
Uniform automation systems from press automation through to drive
Easy and convenient operation through harmonized systems
SIMATIC S7-400 PLC
PROFINET Industrial Communication
SINAMICS G120 Vector Drive
SIMOTICS GP Motor
Commercial printing has high requirements with regard to the product quality achieved. Quite often several individual presses have to produce, then combine to one folder or an interface to a post-press-system.
Highest Printing Quality
Dynamic servo control and angular synchronization with high precision and little Jitter
High Control Quality
With excellent web lead and constant web tension through multi drive technology
Interfacing with Third Party Systems
Encoder emulation as high precision virtual encoder
Variable Production to Several Folders
Synchronization via PROFINET for inter-production of independent presses and for building redundant PROFINET networks
Higher Degree of Automation
PRINT standard is prepared for many machine types. The open architecture allows the add-on of unique ideas and new features
Wider and Faster Machines
• Booksize: to 107kW
• Chassis: to 800kW
• Line voltage 3-ph 380V to 480V
Highest Precision with accurate synchronism control with SIMOTION
SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC
SIMOTION P – PC-Based Motion Control
SIMATIC ET200 Distributed I/O
SIMOTION D Drive-Based Motion Controller
• SINAMICS S120 Servo Drives
SINAMICS G120 Vector Drives
SIMOTICS S Servo Motors and
SIMOTICS M High-Precision Induction Motors
Integrated Register Control
Convenient and Simple Control using totally integrated automation with SIMATIC and SIMOTION
Flexible Machine Configuration with modular and flexible drive and control concepts
Designed for producing a broad spectrum of products – from small editions with 10,000 copies to mass-produced magazines with several million copies – newspaper printing machines consist of modular printing units to match required number of pages, edition volume and coloring. The automation and control technology as well as state-of-the art multi-drive systems adapt to the modular structure of the machine.
Since a single edition of a newspaper may also contain supplements and leaflets, each machine is assigned a specific format. Multi web-paths allow variable numbers of pages.
High Product Quality
High control performance and excellent web lead through multi drive systems
Variable Production to Different Folders
Spectrum from 0.2 to 630kW
Operator Workstations running
Remote Workstation (over Internet)
SCALANCE X Network Switch
with Safety Integrated
SIMATIC ET200SP Distributed I/O
SIMATIC ET200SP Distributed I/O
Innovative and cost-effective solutions in the post-press area require a high degree of automation and more complex, individual drive solutions. Modularity in the Siemens product and system portfolio offers the highest degree of flexibility while maximizing engineering efficiency.
Book production line
Perfect binding machines
Solutions can be Efficiently Configured using SIMOTION control with the Print Standard software package
• SIMOTION D Drive-Based Motion Controller
SINAMICS S120 Single-Axis Drives
Standalone SINAMICS S120
Dynamic Address Assignment facilitates, for example, in gatherer-stitcher systems, that the feeders can be flexibly located at the stitcher without having to take into account the different feeder functions
Central, Distributed or Mixed Automation Architectures for instance, the PC-based SIMOTION P motion control system in a central automation topology combines closed-loop control, PLC functionality and HMI in one device