Hannapak installs ‘unique’ manroland seven-colour press

The Sydney-based manroland house is up and running with a manroland R707 LV HiPrint, a seven-colour plus coating press with inline foiling, inline sheet inspection and sorting, closed-loop colour control and a pallet-handling system.

Hannapak sales and marketing director Sam Hanna reckoned the InlineFoiler Prindor system paved the way for new customers and new packaging applications.

“It’s creating interest for new business, no doubt,” he told ProPrint.

The press was installed late last year at the North Richmond-based company, which employs more than 200 people and posted a $60m-plus turnover. Hanna said “the feedback and results have been spectacular”.

He also lauded the kit’s AUPASYS logistics system, which could automatically queue up and switch over up to five pallets.

“We first trialled it on our manroland 900 large-format press. We wouldn’t put in another machine without it,” said Hanna.

Other added extras include manroland InlineInspector, InlineSorter and ColorPilot.

“You can close the loop on print quality with InlineInspector and InlineSorter.” added Hanna. He explained that the system automatically rejects or tags out-of-spec sheets.

“You can also set it so that start-up sheets go directly into the bin. The finished pallet that comes at the end of the press is of a higher quality and it can go straight into the next process,” he said.

He claimed that Hannapak had always been an early adopter of packaging production technology. “We could really see the benefit of these systems for productivity and quality while the inline foiling gives us access to new markets.”

“Customers have been waiting for this. Existing customers, such as pharmaceutical customers, love the inline inspection and closed loop quality control.”

He said that confectionary, beverage and pharmaceutical were the biggest markets for the new press. “We can also see opportunities in less familiar markets,” he added.

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