ROLAND 700 DirectDrive Offers Greater Profitability

May 20, 2014

In the face of increasingly fierce competition and ever-changing market demand, printing companies must be able to offer a wider variety of products without having to invest in new presses.

A good press must not only deliver perfect print quality with long-term stability, it must also include faster make-ready times, multi-tasking processing and adaptability for diversified production. The ROLAND 700 DirectDrive, winner of US Intertech Technology Award and German Print Industry Innovation Award is the press designed specifically for printers wanting diversified products and simpler operation.

With the highly adaptable ROLAND 700 DirectDrive, printers can transition freely and easily between commercial, books and packaging printing. Its superior flexibility enabled Tokyo’s Shinkosha Printing to easily realize 100 job changeovers of short plate commercial jobs within 10 hours.

With a wider range of substrates (0.04 mm to 1 mm) ranging from dictionary paper to light cardboard, the ROLAND 700 DirectDrive is suitable for almost any high-end commercial, publication and packaging printing and is therefore ideal for printers looking to expand their product catalogue and production range.

Maximizing productivity through multi-tasking and short make-ready time.

Ingenious design allows ROLAND 700 DirectDrive’s torque motor to transmit the plate cylinders separately, resulting in short make-ready time and high productivity. Other tasks can be carried out simultaneously through two clutch systems which connect the inking rollers with the torque motor while the rest of the press is driven by the main motor.

These tasks include simultaneous roller washing (high speed) and cylinder cleaning (lower speed). Additionally, the torque motor can move all plate cylinders for simultaneous plate change while new the ink profile of the new job is fed in. During the process of plate changing, the press may also carry out other tasks, such as blanket and impression cylinder washing.

These features significantly increase productivity while reducing make-ready time and the total cost of production.

Since its launch, ROLAND 700 DirectDrive has enjoyed wide popularity across the globe. Mr. David West Wilson, chairman of Kingston Carton Company, from Hull, England, said: "The prime benefits of the ROLAND 700 DirectDrive are the very quick make-ready times, particularly on multi-print activities, and the ColorPilot system which is exceptional and gives us consistency throughout the run.”

“With ROLAND 700 DirectDrive, the time for changing plates, washing blankets and impression cylinder, as well as adding ink for the next print job is shortened by up to 60%!”

Print companies around the world are taking advantage of the ROLAND 700 DirectDrive’s flexibility and improved production to achieve greater profitability and stay at the forefront of their industry.

About Manroland Sheetfed
Manroland Sheetfed is a leading global producer of offset printing presses for commercial, packaging, publishing applications and related technologies. The company has its own subsidiaries in over 40 countries covering Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia.

Founded in 1871 on the finest traditions of German engineering excellence, the name Manroland is now a global watchword for quality, precision and supreme reliability in end-to-end offset printing solutions. Manroland Sheetfed is a wholly owned subsidiary of Langley Holdings plc, a privately owned UK engineering group whose capital equipment form the core of many industrial and commercial processes around the world.

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