MAN Presses Boost the Bottom Line at Two Firms
Darwill completed the prepress-to-press workflow recently by installing two Roland 700 Series presses, a TPP off-line preparation workstation and a PPI 2 interface earlier this year.
The PPI 2 interface uses MAN Roland's PRINTLINK software to connect Darwill's Creo CTP device directly to its presses; the software then presets the ink keys by setting the surface shares and uplinking the job content automatically. The TPP station allows the press foreman to present all job content such as sheet size, and program the press off-line from his office.
Howard Van Dyke, Darwill CEO, estimates that this combination has slashed the company's makeready by 25 percent. The company installed the second of the two presses, a six-color Roland 700 with coater, during the fourth quarter of last year.
"Most of our runs are short," says Van Dyke, "and the combination of automation and electronic control has cut down on makeready, brought greater control to our print quality and, at the same time, allowed us to stay current with technology."
With this increase in productivity, Darwill's sales are up 15 percent over the prior year. "We are able to do offset printing, digital printing and complete fulfillment extremely efficiently," he notes.