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Jun 1, 2008 12:00 AM

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MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) unveiled a new corporate identity at Drupa. The two companies that merged in 1979, MAN and Roland, now are united in a single lowercase name: manroland. The parent company based in Germany is manroland AG, and the U.S. division is manroland USA Inc.

On the perfector front, manroland pushed the envelope with its Roland 900 XXL, touted as the first to process sheets up to 1,300 × 1,850 mm for perfecting printing. Advantages include lower costs per copy, shorter job throughput times, and simplified material logistics. The new 7B plus format (1,260 × 1,620-mm format) boasts up to a 20 percent productivity advantage vs. the 7B format. Its sheet size permits 48 DIN A4 images per sheet. The press features the Roland InlineColorPilot and fully automatic plate changing.

Other Drupa highlights included DirectDrive technology: Individual servomotors for each plate cylinder allow them to operate independently. All plates can be changed simultaneously with makeready steps such as blanket washing and preinking taking place at the same time, resulting in “zero makeready.”

The 700 DirectDrive and 700 HiPrint feature several QuickChange modules to further speed job changeovers. Additionally, manroland AG CEO Gerd Finkbeiner recently noted the company is aiming to bring as many applications inline as possible. The Roland 700 HiPrint is available with numerous inline modules.

Roland 700 DirectDrive presses are being installed in the United States. DirectDrive targets runs of 5,000 or more — when makeready no longer takes more time than the actual printing — and shifts with 10 or more job changeovers.

Web press innovations

The APL fully automated, robotic plate changing system is available for all newspaper presses. On the double-circumference Colorman, a total plate change takes 2.5 minutes. Image data oriented control systems standardize processes, shorten makeready and reduce waste. Cut-off register control is a proven benefit, and manroland is planning further developments for color and register control, web edge control, and ink density control.


Denise Kapel is managing editor, AMERICAN PRINTER,