The Quad-Stack, which has yet to reach its second birthday, makes its DRUPA debut following a European coming-out party at IFRA. It features four perfecting units arranged in a unique stack configuration.
"In the last 18 months, the Quad-Stack has really taken off," Gath remarks. "One of our big selling points is that it can be attached to our competitors' equipment. This allows anybody with a single-width, one-around press to take advantage of this four-color unit."
With its customers under intense pressure to hold the line on pricing, MAN Roland is constantly seeking design innovations that will allow it to maintain a firm line on cost, according to Jerry Clark, vice president of commercial web sales.
"Makereadies are a good example," he states. "We made semi-automatic platechanging standard equipment after the last DRUPA, and that seems to be the trend now. We are continually seeking methods that will enable users of our equipment to keep a cap on the 'cost per thousand' of whatever printed products they produce."
While MAN Roland will display its Rotoman, likely in a 16-page, one-web, four-color configuration, it will also be concentrating on PrintCity, the co-op venture that features 40-plus companies working in tandem to create a complete workflow. A daily newspaper will be produced in PrintCity, with MAN Roland serving as the web and sheetfed offset press provider.
The fastest turnaround possible is the bread and butter for King Press Corporation. According to Roger Kaughman, manager of marketing administration, King Press horizontal web commercial presses and vertical web presses have been designed for minimum downtime, without the need to break out the web for fast plate changes.
"Visitors to Process King heatset and Print King IV customer sites are consistently impressed with their short makereadies and minimal operator intervention during the press run," Kaughman notes. "Besides being very operator-friendly, King Press is ever mindful of manufacturing very solid and precise printing presses."