Wellington’s first Roland 305

The fully automated press comes with automatic plate and washup processes and also a fully equipped TPP station.

Sourced out of Germany by Richard Carr, the Roland has been bought by the Wellington Company to replace its two-colour Sakurai Oliver while providing greater flexibility in the company’s work flow.

B & G Print director, Trevor Giles says the five-colour press will enable the company to expand its services further into the multi-colour market, because of its ability to cope with a variety of printing combinations.

“We did a lot of research before we finally settled on the Roland. We saw two similar presses operating in Auckland and the same model in operation at the Melbourne trade show,” he says.

“We felt that it was the type of machine that we wanted with all the specifications we needed.”

To make absolutely sure, the company’s production manager travelled to Germany with Carr to see the press in operation.

“We did a variety of tests before buying it and I am sure it will work very well for us.”

Trevor says that at up to 15,000 impressions per hour, the press is as fast as anything else on the market and arguably has as much technology as some of the more recent presses available.

Carr says he took Tim Engle from B & G to see three or four other presses while they were in Germany, but the Roland 305 was the preferred choice.

In addition Carr Graphic was requested to inspect B & G Print’s site in the aim to achieve the best workflow in the space given.

After a great deal of planning, Carr has worked out that moving several of the existing machinery on site, B & G Print can gain more productive work areas and increase workflow through the factory.

In the meantime the company’s outgoing machine is available for prospective buyers to view in action. Giles says the machine works very well but is simply now surplus to requirements.

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