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PhotoCraft Adds manroland Roland 700 Sheetfed Press

December 14, 2010
WESTMONT, IL—Dec. 14, 2010—PhotoCraft, located in Portland, OR, is one of the leading producers of high-quality in-store signage, pop-up displays, gift card carriers and commercial graphic images for major retail manufacturers. Major athletic shoe manufacturers and retail clothing store chains depend on PhotoCraft for its quality of print and efficiency in long-run printing jobs.

When starting its search for a new press, PhotoCraft had a laundry list of requirements—automation, color and value-added printing features were key factors in the decision. The company decided to go with an eight-color Roland 700 press relocated from one of its sister companies within the parent corporation, Taylor Corp. The press features full automation, perfecting, coating and the patented InlineFoiler Prindor cold foil system.

“Automation was really the main factor in choosing the press. We were ready for something more in that area, and once we saw the press in action, and talked to the people using it, we knew it would be a good fit for us,” stated Dan Hunter, PhotoCraft’s product realization manager.

“The installation and move of the press went great. The press came in on schedule, and our installation team from manroland spotted and solved any previous maintenance issues during the install,” said Hunter, “The installation and training teams were very proactive, and didn’t brush-off any of our questions or ignore any possible issues.”

After the installation, PhotoCraft’s team continued their relationship with manroland by choosing to utilize the Printvalue portfolio of services, including Telepresence, manroland’s remote service option, and printcom, manroland’s line of consumables.

“We don’t have our own maintenance crew onsite. With manroland, we get immediate support and such a quick response on parts and consumables, it’s not really necessary. We know that if we have a problem, we have a person on the other end of the line who can help us,” Hunter said.

Upgrading to the newer press technology wasn’t a strain on PhotoCraft’s current workforce. Dan Hunter confirmed the value of manroland’s extensive training program. “The learning curve for our press crews to update from older technologies wasn’t as steep as I thought it was going to be. Our trainer from manroland did such a good job, our crew was able to make the change without a problem,” stated Hunter.

Since the installation of the press in the summer of 2010, PhotoCraft’s production volume has already increased substantially. “Downloading the information from prepress through the printnet system has been a major upgrade for us,” said Hunter, “And with the decreased make ready times for wash-ups and plate changes, the press has made dramatic improvements to our productivity.”

About manroland:
manroland, Inc is a division of manroland AG the world's second largest printing systems manufacturer and the world's market leader in web off-set. Webfed and sheetfed presses provide solutions for publishing, commercial, and packaging printing.

Source: Company press release.


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