New MAN Roland CEO Outlines 2007 Plans
WESTMONT, Ill.—Vince Lapinski, the new CEO of MAN Roland Inc., has hit the ground running with solutions designed to help North American printers be more successful in the marketplace.
“Success in the graphic arts advances one step at a time,” he said. “That’s why MAN Roland takes our customers beyond the technology to bring them solutions that move them forward in terms of productivity and profits.”
Lapinski pointed out that MAN Roland pioneered the idea of computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) in the graphic arts, introducing the concept for both web offset and sheetfed press facilities over a decade ago. “CIM has proven to be the most effective way for printers to reduce costs, widen their profit margins and win new business with unique applications. That’s why virtually every MAN Roland press—web and sheetfed—offers CIM connectivity with our printnet press operating, automating, and networking system,” he said. “And we’ll be launching additional innovations this year that tap the power of automation to make printing more productive.”
MAN Roland’s latest automated advancements involve the development of inline innovations that let printers automatically complete additional tasks while a job prints. The company calls it “inline everything” and the practice eliminates the need for moving a job to offline systems for further processing, streamlining production and containing costs.
The integrated systems in MAN Roland’s inline line-up include:
InlineFoiler PRINDOR, which won a 2006 PIA/GATF InterTech Award for integrating foiling into the printing process. The system can be retrofitted on current ROLAND 700 41-inch presses.
InlineInspector can detect even the smallest flaw on a printed sheet as it is speeding through the press.
InlineSorter sends the defective sheets spotted by InlineInspector to a reject bin without slowing the press. That results in unprecedented inline quality control.
InlineObserver deploys a series of cameras inside the press so operators can monitor sheet flow and make adjustments on the fly. That saves set-up time and reduces waste.
InlineSheeter enables MAN Roland sheetfed machines to print directly from web reels. That increases the press’ versatility while reducing paper and substrate costs.