Allied Litho Makes Its Next Press Move with manroland
“Eventually,” said Heier, “We would like to get to a point where we are running our two presses on a two shift basis. Our third shift would be a swing shift where we would use one or the other, depending on the requirements of the work at hand.”
In addition to increasing its capacity Allied Litho is also looking to the new press for improved profitability. The company will realize considerable reductions in the cost of consumables by using a smaller press when the large format press is not necessary. Balancing the work over a smaller number of shifts will result in less overtime costs.
The company will also be in a better position to protect its investment with more thorough maintenance. “We like to take very good care of our equipment. However, when you run a press as much as we have this one, you don’t have time available to maintain it as well as you would like to. Now we will be in a position to maintain both presses in the thorough manner they deserve,” Heier said.
The Roland 900 56" six-color press, with speeds up to 14,000 sheets per hour, provides superior print quality and significant automation, including automated plate changing and printnet workflow integration. It can be used as a flexible system for paper and carton right through to corrugated board as it can process substrates from 0.04 up to 1.2 mm on the press. It can use either aqueous or UV coatings. Like all manroland sheetfed presses it is supported by the unique Telepresence remote service which resolves nearly 95 percent of all service issues without the user having to pay and wait for a dispatched service technician.
With its advanced printing unit design, sheet guiding systems, inking and damping units, all the prerequisites are provided for constant and dependable print quality. In addition, modern inline coating systems, chambered doctor blade/anilox roller technology and Roland Secconmatic dryers allow high standards to be set for the production of creative up-market products.