Knepper Press Purchases manroland Roland 700 Direct Drive Press

Knepper Press executives (left to right) Dave Harkness (prepress manager), Bill Knepper (chairman) and Ted Ford (CEO) stand in front of their newly acquired manroland Roland 700 Direct Drive press.

WESTMONT, IL—Nov. 3, 2010—Coming off a successful Graph Expo 2010, manroland announced the sale of an eight-color Roland 700 Direct Drive sheetfed press with perfector to Pittsburgh’s largest independent commercial printer, Knepper Press.

The press gives operators the ability to multitask three functions at one time, reducing prep times by up to 60 percent by performing blanket and impression cylinder washing, mounting plates and digital file transfer tasks simultaneously.

“Our new investment in the press further solidifies our position as the top tri-state printer,” said Bill Knepper, Chairman. “The direct drive system will complement our current press lineup by enabling us to efficiently and effectively produce smaller runs, as low as 500 impressions. The press will be fully networked with our two other sheetfed presses via manroland’s printnet, so we can switch jobs back and forth as needed and further standardize our production platform. So where makeready issues continue to kill other printers on short-run jobs, with the Roland 700 we’ll be better positioned to bring more to our bottom line. It’s an ideal fit between our digital and conventional presses, and meets our expanding client base’s needs nicely.”

“In today’s highly competitive sheetfed offset commercial printing market, older equipment simply cannot compete with current generation machines,“ notes well known industry analyst Bill Lamparter, President, PrintCom Consulting Group. “The operating features of 2010 generation presses increase their productivity while producing a more consistent, higher quality product than the previous generation of presses. For example, the Roland 700 series equipped with automated wash-up, direct drive-enabled rapid plate changing, preset fountain keys, and electronic print length correction results in higher productivity, which in turn means lower costs which can increase profits and/or improve competitiveness.”

The Roland 700 DirectDrive enables multitasking, with asks such as plate changing that previously had to be done as a separate task now able to take place simultaneously in up to 12 printing units. With the shortest makeready times, the Roland 700 DirectDrive press can reduce prep time by up to 60 percent, compared to a conventional sheetfed offset press. And, directly driven plate cylinders permit all printing plates to be changed simultaneously.

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