“Webtoberfest” Has German Flair
* Fiber Optics. The AC drive system is electrically synchronized by MAN’s PECOM system to maintain speed, tension and register. Moreover, the PECOM central control console monitors and controls the printing process, in-line finishing, register controls, and blanket and chill roll washers.
* Data Collection. The AC drive system provides signals to the PECOM system on operating conditions. GATF will analyze this data to obtain optimum press operating conditions and to aid in the development of new materials and consumables.
* High-tech Auxiliaries. The wide range of auxiliary equipment on the new web contributes to its usage as a press used for research and training.
Although too numerous to mention, some of the donated components included: an AWS centralized temperature control and cooling system; a Baldwin automatic impression cylinder cleaning system; various equipment and engineering services donated by Banta Corp.; a Civiemme vertical stacker/bundler from IMC America; a D&R remote gluing and moistening system; an Eltex remoistening system and a chill tack; an Innotech prefolder; a MEGTEC flying paster with integrated infeed splicer and a 35-foot dryer/oxidizer; a Siemens AC drive system; a Systems Technology compensating stacker; a Vits-America sheeter; as well as a WPC web guide system, cutoff control, and a combined closed-loop density and registration control.
MAN Roland’s gift included installation, training and continued technical support. Many donations of press accessories included the same. The Rotoman replaces a Harris M-110 half-web press, which had been installed in 1980.
Other newly donated equipment to GATF includes a Xerox DocuColor 2060, a two-color Heidelberg Printmaster and a Quickmaster DI-PRO direct imaging press.
The dedication of the new MAN Roland Rotoman heatset web press also featured a proverbial ribbon cutting.