Manroland Sheetfed produces 1000th Evolution print unit

Highly configured 6-color plus double coater for long runs

From left to right Antoine Grandjean (Impritex), Alain Grandjean (Impritex), Denis Bourez (Impritex) , Stephan Vandroogenbroeck (Impritex), Ahmed Hassani (Impritex), Carl Vandermeersch (Manroland Benelux), Rafael Penuela (CEO, Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
From left to right Antoine Grandjean (Impritex), Alain Grandjean (Impritex), Denis Bourez (Impritex) , Stephan Vandroogenbroeck (Impritex), Ahmed Hassani (Impritex), Carl Vandermeersch (Manroland Benelux), Rafael Penuela (CEO, Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)

Continuing the impressive Roland 700 Evolution success story for Manroland Sheetfed after its acquisition by the UK-based Langley Holdings group, the 1000th press unit rolled off the assembly line at Offenbach on 17 October 2018. The landmark unit produced for a highly configured 6-color double coater press is scheduled for installation at the premises of Wavre-based Belgian packaging printer Impritex.

Since its first installation in early 2015 at Samson Druck in Austria, the Roland 700 Evolution has been sold to printers in 35 countries and praised for its many technical innovations. These include SPL (Simultaneous Plate Loading), which allows for cleaning of blanket and impression cylinders during the plate changing process, while the newly developed PPL (Power Plate Loading) delivers automated coating plate change to make the changeover process even faster and more user friendly.

Belgian Packaging printer Impritex's new Roland 700 Evolution
Belgian Packaging printer Impritex’s new Roland 700 Evolution

Flexible utilization of equipment is a hallmark of the Evolution series, with printing units that are prepared for both conventional and UV inks. The newly developed UV ink mist extraction systems and four-fold detergent circuits serve to reduce changeover between different ink systems.

Alongside many technical innovations, Manroland Sheetfed has also provided the ProServ 360° service partnership package for all Roland 700 Evolution owners. For 24 months after installation, this maintenance contract provides periodic inspections, remote check-ups and machine maintenance, accompanied by performance analysis and information on how to exploit perceived improvement potential.

For many years, the Roland 700 HiPrint and Direct Drive have been significant factors in Impritex’s success in exporting products to many countries from its base just outside Brussels and the best of both machines have now been combined in the new Roland 700 Evolution. Based on its positive experiences, Impritex ordered the highly configured the 6-color plus double coater press specially tailored for long production runs. Highest productivity is the main focus of the machine configuration.

For Impritex, the fully automatic nonstop device in the feeder, the newly developed counterpart in delivery, the rollomat, the installation on plinth and the connection to the AUPASYS-Material logistics system create the best conditions for optimum market competitiveness.

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