Manroland Sheetfed unveiled the new Roland 700 Evolution press at the company’s Print Technology Centre in Offenbach, Germany, an event attended by more than 450 customers and media representatives from around the world.
Designed from the ground up and incorporating a sleek, futuristic look, the latest generation Roland 700 incorporates many new technological developments and enhancements, aimed to give printers unprecedented levels of efficiency, productivity, operation and quality.
The newly designed central console replaces buttons with state-of-the-art touch-screen panels. These give detailed graphical information in a user-friendly interface offering enhanced operation, flexibility and comfort, with options for left-handed and right-handed operation as well as customisation for different operator body heights.
The new feeder pile transport brings appreciable productivity benefits with smooth upward motion of the pile-carrying plate and highly improved sheet travel from the feeder to delivery. This leads to fewer interruptions, less start-up waste and reduced walking distances to the feeder.
Solid fixing of the suction head reduces vibration and wear while ensuring safer sheet separation and higher average printing speeds. The brand new press also boasts completely redesigned cylinder-roller bearings. Separate bearings for radial and axial rotation provide better absorption of vibrations with fewer doubling effects and ultimately, much longer bearing life and significant improvements in print quality.
All-new dampening units in the new press bring greater solidity with fewer roller vibrations during passing of the plate cylinder channel and fewer stripes as well. Sophisticated software for practice-oriented roller washing cycles further reduces downtime with much more precise dosage of the dampening solution over the entire width, reducing the possibility of skewing the dampening dosage roller.
Innovations which further underline Manroland Sheetfed’s credentials as the green print pioneer include new three-phase AC motor which combines highest power output with lower energy consumption. With no need for wearing parts, carbon brushes or additional costs for parts, the Roland 700 Evolution reduces unproductive time even further, thereby helping to satisfy the green requirements of print buyers as well as strengthen the market position of printers.
The new press also features a new chambered doctor blade system which is certain to exceed the expectations of printers needing to provide high quality gloss effects. This system, with additional profile, provides higher solidity over the entire width of the doctor blade, and a more even varnish application. Not only does it feature better absorption of vibrations of the Anilox roller and doctor blade caused by passing the coating form cylinder, it also results in fewer stripes, especially in combination with pigmented varnish.
The newly developed suction belt sheet brake technology offers higher printing speeds combined with vastly improved sheet alignment and tail edge stabilisation. This gives a more even pile contour and reduces the risk of misaligned sheets in the delivery pile, all of which will help to increase productivity while improving print quality and saving on production costs.
The Roland Evolution, with its sleek design and swathe of innovative technologies delivers a hitherto unseen standard of print quality, combining this with lower total production costs and higher efficiency to deliver customer competitiveness at a whole new level.
Manroland Sheetfed CEO, Rafael Penuela said, ‘Throughout our company’s history we have been known for bringing innovative new technology to the printing industry. The Roland 700 Evolution is the latest ground-breaking new press which we believe will be yet another milestone in the evolution of print technology.’