manroland (Booth 1236) will demonstrate the new Rodoman DirectDrive commercial web press which reduces makeready time and startup waste by as much as 50 percent. The autoprint features simplify and accelerate set-up procedures for the operator.
Forms can be changed on the fly at 70,000 copies per hour without any loss of quality. Each printer is equipped with two motors that allow for the wide separation of cylinders so that the paper web runs without contacting them. This contact-free operation eliminates the need for diversion of the web through rollers, air bars and blind plates that in combination consume more energy, require more maintenance and adversely effect print quality. It also simplifies imprint selection and the application of coatings and spot colors without loss of quality or limitations on paper choices.
Another important innovation is the highly automated reproducibility. To change jobs, the operator begins inserting the new plates laterally into the easily accessible, completely encapsulated cassettes. After pressing start, autoprint attends to everything else including fully automated plate changes and optimization of settings until the press prescribed quality level The plates are changed fully automatically and all settings automatically optimized until the prescribed quality level.