Press giant manroland is launching the Varioman, a new flexible packaging press, and is premiering the device at a customer event in Augsberg, Germany.
The pilot press, called the Varioman f:line is an offset gravure hybrid press, which the company says prints films and provides mature design, system integration and comprehensive service and maintenance packages. The company says the device embodies the benefits of varied technologies and processes and simultaneously provides benefits, with high substrate and production flexibility and process integration, making for faster, more efficient and cost-reduced packaging printing.
The Varioman is said by manroland to be able to print on substrates including films or paper from 10 to 300 μm. The product range is said to enable solutions for different web widths and a production speed of up to 400 m/min. Modular offset printing units offer highest flexibility. The company says due to the proven sleeve technology, the printing unit is format-variable and job changes can be carried out quickly.
The company says the new press shows its complete performance when printing films and paper with high grammages, with the variable sleeve offset printing units being the base in circumference and width. They supposedly can be individually designed for printing films and combined with several other components. The company claims that thanks to a combination of variable sleeve offset printing units, a corona treatment, EB- or UV-drying and gravure printing units with dryers, different films can be printed in high quality and variability.
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Alexander Wasserman, CEO of manroland says on the printer’s world debut, “We are happy about the keen interest for the new Varioman. The event was a great success. We are moving on with the important and considerable discussions that came up at the event. We will use this for constantly meeting the market demands and the demands of our customers to be and stay the high performing business partner for the printing industry even in the future.
“With the Varioman, we want to provide a new production system to our customers – at the first configuration level for flexible packaging printing, The market asks for press systems that meet the demands for brand differentiation, enhanced comfort and additional packaging sizes. Therefore, we have developed the Varioman."
The company claims the device’s integrated presetting- and control systems from manroland web systems considerably reduce waste rates – especially in comparison to press lines without these control systems. The device is said to have quick finishing is enabled by a long-lasting drying of the offset ink and electron Beam Systems help to make photo initiators, as used for UV-colour, redundant. Additionally, manroland says the printing press can be additionally equipped with UV-drying.
A main focus according to manroland web systems is the efficient networking of the entire printing room. The company says the Varioman can make use of its drive-, operation- and workflow management system Pecom-X, which integrates the different components from manroland web systems to one systems solution. This supposedly allows for steady reporting and controlling, making the networked production of the packaging press guarantees a faster process – from the packaging design up to printing the product.
The company says customers can benefit from calculable costs and a 24/7 access to the remote maintenance system TeleSupportCentre – over the entire lifecycle of the press along with wear- and spare parts delivery being provided from its online store.
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