Graph Expo: Sheetfed/Web Offset Printing -- Still Making Impressions
The lower monitor contains a color adjustment “compass” (or color wheel). Using the color wheel, operators move the overall color of the selected area in the direction it needs to go to match the proof. Diamond Color Navigator automatically adjusts the appropriate keys on each printing unit to the correct amount, saving operators from performing repeated manual adjustments.
The printing unit covers on the new V3000LX press are made of pressure-formed, superplastic zinc alloy. And the feeder, printing units and delivery are equipped with LED beams, so that operators can instantly recognize changes in press operation status by the color and/or blinking interval of the beams.
Other key features of the press include scratch-proof, smudge-proof transfer and delivery skeleton cylinders, air showers above impression cylinders, a gripper height adjustment device and an individual air chamber at each printing unit. Innovations in air management prevent scratches and smudging when printing on thick sheets. A redesigned air hose and fewer air blowers have improved air control efficiency.
The company also announced the sale of the first four-unit, 16-page Diamond 16 MAXS+ commercial web press with UV coater, which will be installed at Shweiki Media’s new publication printing plant in San Antonio, TX.
manroland elected not to showcase any presses in its booth, but instead shuttled interested printers to its demo center in suburban Chicago prior to show hours to see a 56? Roland 900 press in action. Even so, the new Printvalue support program made its North American debut. Four service contract portfolios were highlighted: printservices (predictive maintenance, process analysis), printnet (workflow solution), printcom (consumables) and printadvice (consulting).
During a press conference, manroland CEO Vince Lapinski explained how his company embraced a strategy “about six years ago to focus more on services, not so much on iron. It helps printers become more profitable and gain all the benefits of the equipment’s capabilities,” he said.