manroland Offset Meets the Power of Digital

At a press conference Sunday morning, manroland Inc. CEO Vince Lapinski introduced the ROLAND 700 HiPrint HS (High Speed) and announced the first North American installation of the new press at Stephenson Printing, a 49-year manroland customer. Running at 18,000 sheets per hour (sph), the 40" sheetfed will be installed at the company’s Alexandria, VA plant after GRAPH EXPO ends this Wednesday. “I can’t wait to get this machine up and running,” said Owner George Stephenson, who was present in Chicago yesterday.
Lapinski is just as excited about his firm’s large-format business. Package printers are moving to larger formats because of efficiency, he explained. “They can get more product up on a sheet,” he said of the Roland 900 format 6 press, which runs at 15,000 sph. On the web offset side, he also highlighted ways in which manroland is “taking costs out of newspapers,” citing InterTech Award-winning autoprint APL (Automatic Plate Loading). “We have U.S. printers running 1,000 copies on a web—profitably,” Lapinski reported. Featuring robotic-arm technology, APL reduces changeovers by 90%. The pressudate program can extend the lives of existing newspaper machines as well as commercial presses, he added. “This isn’t equipment reconditioning, necessarily. It’s integrating new technologies with existing presses on the production floor.”
Executives from Océ also were in attendance as more details were shared regarding the manroland-Océ partnership first announced last December. “This is more than marketing,” Lapinski stressed. “It’s also co-development. We see opportunities in the roll-fed market, where Océ is so strong.”