Case Study: Rotolito Lombarda Orders FoldLine Digital Folding System from manroland web systems

“With the digital FoldLine system from manroland web systems, we can now produce our entire product range, from advertising material to books, newspapers, and magazines, in all folding variants, even for very efficient short runs,” declared Emanuele Bandecchi, responsible for the digital division at Rotolito Lombarda S.p.A. in Seggiano di Piotello (near Milan), “This system lets us offer our customers real added value for a variety of different production needs.” Producing mini editions of certain book titles in a just-in-time system saves on warehousing costs and, if short runs of products such as individualized flyers can be produced with the same format and folds as the main run, then everyone, including the designer, advertiser, and distribution company, is happy.

“By choosing digital printing technology from manroland, Rotolito Lombarda is carrying on the long-term, reliable partnership between the three companies, Rotolito Lombarda, manroland web systems, and the distributor bwebsystems srl. This project will help the customer extend its expertise beyond web offset printing in the long term,” said Trino Barnabò, Managing Director at bwebsystems srl.

Folding System for Customer-Specific Solutions

Rotolito Lombarda, well known for its printing services far beyond the borders of Italy and active in the digital market since 2010, will soon be processing new digitally printed products with the highly flexible, variable cut-off folding system FoldLine from manroland web systems. The company has ordered a configuration that comprises all available features from manroland web systems. The system will start operating in the fall of this year. An extension and integration of the inline workflow system with an HP T410 Color Inkjet Web Press is planned for early 2014. The printnetwork Bridge, developed by manroland web systems, will become the crucial link between the MIS system from Rotolito Lombarda, the HP printing unit controller, and the FoldLine system, which will all come together to create a dynamic postpress system.

Diverse Products for Maximum Capacity

The many features of Rotolito Lombarda’s new FoldLine result in a high-capacity and versatile production system, thus providing a quick return on investment. Not only can the FoldLine generate advertising material of up to 64 pages in long-grain and short-grain formats and customized newspapers, but also auxiliary-glued book blocks, in conjunction with an automatic stacker from RIMA-SYSTEM. With the FoldLine, Rotolito Lombarda can digitally recreate conventional offset products. The web width can accommodate up to eight pages, and asymmetric productions with partial-width webs are also possible. A further perforating unit allows for additional product variations.

High-Performance Production—Agile and Dynamic During Production Changeovers

The high-performance capability of the FoldLine is impressive: web speeds of up to 300 m per minute and a web width of up to 106 cm make the system suitable for the fastest digital printing presses on the market and therefore as an inline solution for the production of an almost unlimited variety of printed products. Its high productivity is enhanced by quick, dynamic job changeover sequences that are unrivaled by competing products. A new production run with the same page count and cut-off length can be started in just three minutes. When the page format needs to be changed, the conversion takes only two minutes longer.

In developing its FoldLine digital finishing solutions, manroland web systems drew from its many decades of experience in constructing high-performance equipment for industrial printing. Like all manroland web system products, the FoldLine also uses robust and durable cutting knives that can be changed quickly and with few tools. manroland web systems also provides sophisticated and efficient solutions for the system’s operation. For example, a mobile control console and the MobilPad offer wireless support for staff to make adjustments directly at the machine.

Top-Quality Printed Products, Efficient Solutions

Rotolito Lombarda offers its printing services all across Europe. The “leader in printing”, as their motto goes, is one of the top Italian printers of products for publishing houses and commercial enterprises. An extensive range of equipment is the basis for the company’s success: the factory floor holds seven large-format web offset systems, including two LITHOMAN lines for 64-page and one LITHOMAN for 48-page production, all from manroland web systems. Book printing presses, sheetfed presses, two rotogravure presses, and a fully equipped bindery provide the additional “tools” for success. Thanks to its comprehensive and diverse range of machinery, Rotolito Lombarda is able to satisfy the requirements of its broad, international customer base with high-quality and high-speed printing solutions. Its portfolio includes magazines, fiction books, reference titles, codes, catalogs, guides, comics, dictionaries, advertising brochures, folders, and flyers. 

Loading