Four-color MAN Roland ROTOMAN Web Press Provided to GATF
Wednesday, May 09, 2001
May 8, 2001 – Gerd Finkbeiner, chairman of the board, MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG, announced today in a speech to those attending the Web Offset Association meeting in Washington, D. C., that MAN Roland will provide the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), Sewickley, PA, with a four-color ROTOMAN press to augment its extensive training and research facilities. The 65,000 cph ROTOMAN, one of MAN Roland’s web offset press systems, will be equipped with Power Plate Loading (PPL), AC drive (no line shaft), the highly regarded PECOM control system, and 1:2:3 combination folder. The press will arrive at GATF in the first quarter, 2002, and be operational during the second quarter of the year. The high-productivity four-unit ROTOMAN is capable of printing process color or spot color work. It will be used by GATF for production of training materials that are made available to the printing industry. In addition, the ROTOMAN will be used for training and GATF testing programs. “MAN Roland has a reputation for being very involved within the printing industry and with European training schools and universities,” Finkbeiner said. “As one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality web and sheetfed printing equipment for commercial printers and publishers, we believe that cooperation with educational entities such as GATF is essential to improving knowledge with the industry,” he continued. “As I have said on numerous other occasions, MAN Roland is committed to the North American printing industry and our many customers. We believe that the basic and applied knowledge which will be obtained from the ROTOMAN at GATF will result in wide-reaching benefits that will only be apparent in time,” Finkbeiner said.