18 August 2020 Analogue Printing Technologies

Manroland evolves 700 press into Elite specification

Manroland Sheetfed is worth consideration after a quiet time in recent years. It can now offer three B1 machines all on the same up to date and well engineered press platform.

Manroland has taken a three-pronged approach to the B1 format with different models built around the Roland 700 Evolution, the press that was launched at Drupa in 2016.

This time around the company has taken the engineering and concept of the B1 press into the larger Size 6 format with the Roland 900 Evolution. And it has created three models under the Roland 700 Evolution umbrella.

The flagship model will be the Roland 700 Evolution Elite, offering the greatest scope for all job types and greatest versatility with inline foiling as well as different coating options. The Roland 700 Evolution Speed is a 20,000sph press that targets the long run sector in terms of sheetfed printing, where the additional speed can have an impact. The Roland 700 Evolution Lite is an entry level press in terms of price, lacking some of the refinements offered on the other models, but delivering the same engineering and with the same background.

“This allows us to attack a sector of the market that has always considered Manroland to be too expensive,” says Peter Redmond, Manroland Sheetfed GB managing director. The Lite is a 15,000sph machine at the 750x1,050mm 3B format or a 780x1,050mm 3B Plus format. It will print a 1mm stock at the thickest and 0.04mm at thinnest. It has the option of coating and UV drying and also of automated plate loading, but not the simultaneous plate changing and makeready steps that belong with the more expensive models.

The ProServe 360º Performance package is a two year programme available across all three models. Over the 24 months there are regular inspections and scheduled maintenance. A tie in with Active Power, another business in the Langley Holdings group, protects against unexpected and unwanted power fluctuations.

Power is delivered through A/C drives that reduce energy consumption and therefore the carbon footprint of the press. The environmental impact is reduced through elimination of ink duct foils that would ordinarily result in a consumable destined for landfill.

The Lite should also appeal to companies that do not normally consider the purchase of a new press. “The price is really competitive, is backed by ProServ and made with German engineering, which is a strong combination compared to, say, a pre owned machine. We want people to come to talk to us. We want to be part of the conversation,” says Redmond.

The company is already part of the conversation for the Evolution Elite model. This is the flagship of the range and will be configured to the precise requirements of a packaging printer in particular. The press can have coaters, dryers and inline foiling, with simultaneous plate loading and wash up programmes using digitally controlled servo motors, Direct Drive, to wash impression and blanket cylinders and change all plates in less than four minutes. Time to clear the ink train and coating plates as well as the plate change functions is reduced by 60%, the company says.

Direct Drive also delivers what Manroland Sheetfed claims to be a unique functionality, the ability to adjust the start to print and to adjust the print length on the fly.

Autoprint is Manroland’s sequential single button start up procedure, reducing stress on operators and static time for the press whether running a section change or full makeready.

The manufacturer has upgraded the Inline Inspector and Inline ColorPilot options to V3.0 status, with greater accuracy thanks to increases in the resolution of the CCD cameras used. The resolution is now 300dpi, to pick up defects while printing at speed. Any affected sheets can be marked to be checked at a later point.

The Inline ColorPilot is the inline colour and register control system. It will measure and adjust a colour bar after just three revolutions of the press, using the same filters and illumination type as an off press densitometer.

There is also full integration with digital workflows, both receipt and delivery of set up and live production information. Press enhancement options include standard coatings, drip off coatings and high rise coatings using suitable UV varnishes. It can also run with an inline foiler, using a print unit to apply an adhesive and the following roller to press the foil against the glue.

The Evolution Elite comes as 3B and 3B Plus formats, has an 18,000sph maximum throughput running straight or 16,000sph when perfecting. It will print on material from 0.04-1.0mm.

The 700 Evolution Speed takes the speed to 20,000sph though with a maximum stock range from 0.09-0.7mm to enable the high print speed. It is only available in the 3B format.

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The Manroland 700 Evolution was launched at Drupa 2016. The company has now taken the B1 press into the larger Size 6 format with the Roland 900 Evolution, as well as creating three models under the Roland 700 Evolution umbrella.

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