MAN Open House Draws Large Crowd
"The Internet and electronic media are creating new opportunities for print," Finkbeiner assured the audience. "The Internet provides lots of information, but it also stands for hectic, rush and stress. Print stands for relaxation. Printers will become media service providers, whether printed catalog, CD-ROM, etc."
Finkbeiner also stressed the need for those in the graphic arts to better learn to promote their industry and products. "Our public image is negative or non-existent," he admitted. "We need to get young people interested and discover that it's not an old economy."
He was followed by Dr. Schneider, who explained the development of MAN's computer-to-press solution that is based on thermal transfer imaging technology. Designed for digital color printing applications of 15,000 copies or less (although capable of 30,000+ run lengths), the press is plateless and filmless. DICOweb applies Image Management: imaging, de-imaging and re-imaging in the press. The gapless steel DICOsleeve provides more than 1,000 image cycles. It is a MAN Roland-patented solution that employs 830nm IR CreoScitex imaging heads for up to 3,200 dpi resolution.
Schneider also noted that imaging time for a four-up format is less than two minutes—which is done simultaneously on all units. Capable of production speeds of 20,000 cph, complete with in-line drying and finishing, he says the variable-format DICOweb is currently limited to 12-color output.
The second day of the event featured individual technology presentations at MAN Roland's headquarters for the various printers and prepress executives in attendance.