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Sunday press inventor receives GATF technology award

Oct 18, 2001 12:00 AM

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Richard McKrell, vice president of research and development for Heidelberg’s Web Systems Solution Center (Dover, NH), has been awarded the 2001 Robert F. Reed Technology Medal. First presented in 1974 by GATF’s (Sewickley, PA) Society of Fellows, the award honors the memory of Robert F. Reed, the "Dean of Lithography." It is presented annually to an individual who has made a major contribution to the technical and scientific development of the graphic arts industry.

McKrell joined Heidelberg’s predecessor, Harris Corp., in 1980. He was instrumental in developing the company’s Sunday technology web presses featuring gapless blankets, which eliminated gap-related vibration and print defects. McKrell also led the Heidelberg team that developed the more scientific Predictive Design Criteria approach to press design.