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TEXT I. SUMMARISING

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TEXT II. STRUCTURE OF PARAGRAPH

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TEXT III. NOTES ON PRINTING IN RUSSIA

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TEXT IV.

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TEXT V.

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TEXT VI. LARGE-FORMAT RAPIDA A BIG HIT

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TEXT VII. ECO-LABELLING

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TEXT VIII. THE WORLD'S FASTEST NEWSPAPER

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TEXT IX.

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TEXT X.

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TEXT XI.

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TEXT XII. ECOLOGY TECHNOLOGY

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TEXT XIII. THROUGH ELECTROSTATIC TO THE SUBLIME

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TEXT XIV.

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TEXT XV. AN EXCITING FUTURE BECKONS THE PRINTER

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I. Read the article. As you read it, make brief notes.

LARGE-FORMAT RAPIDA A BIG HIT

The new large-format Rapida series is proving a big hit with packaging, jobbing and book printers. Over 25 presses totalling more than 150 printing units were sold within the first twelve months of its launching.

The most popular choice so far has been the Rapida 142 (sheet size 102 x 142 cm/40 x 56 in).

The prime markets for these high-automation Rapida giants are the USA, France, Italy and Germany. Further sales have been made in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, South Africa and Spain. Interest has also been high in other countries.

One Rapida 142 is now in daily operation and has expanded print capacity by 40% at book printer Pollina in France.

Founded by Paul Pollina in 1968, the company specialises in the production of high-quality books, most of them in four colours. They include illustrated and photographic volumes, children's books for well-known publishers and catalogues for a number of French museums. A smaller volume of folding cartons is also printed.

The majority of Pollina's 15 sheetfed offset presses - most of them for large formats - were supplied by Planeta. With electronic prepress plus stitching, binding, trimming and folding stations there is enough capacity for a daily output of 200,000 saddles-titched products or 60,000 hardback books.

Asked what prompted the company to invest in a Rapida 142, Pollina gives two reasons: the dramatic cut in set-ups through extensive automation and the high print quality through superb engineering.

For Paul Pollina the most useful automation feature on his new press is the fully automatic plate changing. "Changing plates on all five printing units takes just seven minutes. On our older models setting up for a new job took 60 to 90 minutes, as opposed to just 15 minutes on the new Rapida". Pollina is one of the first print-shops in France to operate an electronic computer-to-film system.

Set-up times have been slashed by 75%, thanks not only to automatic plate changing but also to many other automation features available with Planeta's new large-format generation. These include a new multiple washing unit for plate, blanket and impression cylinders. As Pollina explains, "We wash during pile changes, i.e. after approximately 6,000 sheets. A washing cycle takes a mere two minutes and eliminates the need for manual cleaning of the less accessible impression cylinders. After plate changes the used printing plates are clean when they leave the unit and can be removed straight away".

In addition the Rapida 142 at Pollina has presetting systems for ink keys (via plate scanner), remote adjustment of ink keys, circumferential, lateral and diagonal register, and centralised setting of sheet size and stock thickness from the ERGOTRONIC console. Feeder and delivery have non-stop facilities.

The press is configured with a fifth printing unit to reduce setup times still further. Approximately 12% of all jobs are printed in French plus one or more foreign languages. The fifth printing unit is fitted with the plate for the foreign language so that the four other printing units can remain set up as they are when production is switched to the foreign-language run.

The fifth printing unit also increases versatility, since it can be used for spot colour and the dampening coating unit can be used for varnishing when packaging is being printed. But the exceptional versatility of the Rapida 142 is demonstrated most effectively when printing on different substrates. The press prints substrates from 80 to 120 gsm with no loss of print quality.

II. Find answers to the following questions:

  1. What production are large-format Rapidas intended for?

  2. What are the prime markets for these giants?

  3. Why did book printer Pollina in France buy a Rapida 142?

  4. What are the advantages of the new Rapida?

  5. What is the fifth unit used for?

  6. What increase in productivity and capacity has the Rapida 142 brought?

III. Write the plan of the article.

IV. Summarise the article using your notes.