MAN Roland innovations exceed 70

MAN Roland claimed several landmark developments in sheetfed offset, highlighting numerous innovations contributing to shorter makeready times and higher productivity. These included automated plate changing with diagonal register adjustment for the Roland 200; automated form changeover also for the coating module on the Roland 500; and the Roland 700 is now available with the new Roland QuickChange system for even faster production changeover.

The Roland 700 now has a standard maximum speed of 16 000sph. The Roland 700 Ultima combines coating before printing and double coating after, along with die-cutting, embossing and perforating, plus perfecting – all in a press with 15 units for inline finishing of multiple-enhanced, high-grade packaging.

For the packaging market there is the new Roland InlineFoiler Prindor inline cold foil laminating system for the highest gloss.

The Roland DirectDrive system enables plate changing and wash-ups to be carried out simultaneously – which the company claims is a glimpse into the future of sheetfed printing.

MAN Roland says its new Roland 900 in XXL format 8 (1300x1850mm) opens up new perspectives for streamlined large-format production of jobs such as posters or books. It was the largest sheetfed press running live at drupa.

There were plenty of tchnological advances for economical commercial web offset printing. With APL (Automatic Plate Loading), fully-automated webbing up, the AutoJobChange package, and new folding technology plus zero-makeready imprinting units, Roland says the Rotoman has everything needed for streamlined production. Productivity was boosted further by the new maximum speed of 70,000 copies per hour.

MAN Roland claims its 72-page, XXL-version Lithoman sets new standards in high volume printing. The maximum speed of the 48-page version has been increased to 45 000cph.

Variable-format web offset printing through changing sleeves was being demonstrated by the DICOweb, the pioneering computer-to-press machine that needs no plates. The DICOweb, is flexible and designed for shorter run lengths, and is now released for series production. DICO stands for Digital Change Over, the revolutionary system developed by MAN Roland, and was set to be drupa’s biggest crowd puller.

Highlighting its credentials for business management, MAN Roland says its Life Cycle Management brings a lifetime of efficiency, reliability and safeguarded production, assured by the new pro-active service packages, along with Life Cycle Management which maximises a press line’s performance for its entire lifetime. Finkbeiner claimed that Life Cycle Management would effectively pay back the initial investment in the press.

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