Moderna is certain: Increased efficiency is the result of the many technological innovations of the new ROTOMAN DirectDrive, the crucial factor being the autoprint equipment. This includes the Inline Control systems from manroland web systems and the AutoJobChange, which automatically initiates the required job changeover after the run target has been met. Eric Bongaerts is also impressed by APL (AutomaticPlateLoading): “With APL, the production changeover is extremely fast. An entire changeover with eight plates, including all wash-up processes, can be completed in less than five minutes (from good copy to good copy, where the actual plate change only requires about two minutes). The press presettings via the prepress connection with CIP3 also play an important role. Thanks to the innovations, we have saved 50 to 70 tons of paper each month that used to end up in the recycling bin. This amounts to €650,000 each year!" The new ROTOMAN DirectDrive and the 48-page LITHOMAN, delivered in 2008, have emerged as the perfect pair. Both presses together ideally cover the circulation range with varying run lengths, and Moderna can flexibly select the most efficient production system for the individual order.
For printers and economists
In the investment decision, the ROTOMAN won over not only the technical experts at Moderna, but – after an extensive market comparison – also managed to convince the economists. The accounting department is pleased by the increased productivity thanks to less waste. The savings due to decommissioning both old presses including their dryers are also impressive. Each year, Moderna saves around €65,000 euros in gas costs alone. “If you consider all its advantages and improvements, it is obvious that the ROTOMAN DirectDrive was the right decision and a worthwhile investment”, summarizes Eric Bongaerts.