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Quad/Graphics printing on four ROTOMAN S presses, Two more ramping up

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Press release from the issuing company

Pewaukee, WI— Quad/Graphics is printing one of the world’s best know magazines and other high visibility publications on four new ROTOMAN S presses from MAN Roland. What’s more, a fifth sleeve-based MAN Roland system has been installed in the company’s new Oklahoma City plant, soon to be joined by yet another ROTOMAN S. “Who cares more about quality than Quad/Graphics?” says Vincent Lapinski, COO of Web Operations at MAN Roland Inc. “We couldn’t be happier that they are using ROTOMAN S technology to print a publication that’s known worldwide for its vivid photography and high visual impact.” Quad/Graphics’ first ROTOMAN S was installed in October 2001 in Hartford WI. It’s a 4/4 two-around six-across system that was joined by an identical ROTOMAN S last December. A 4/4 ROTOMAN S and an 8/0 press are celebrating their first anniversary in Quad/Graphics’ plant in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Both feature four-across two-around pagination configurations. The fifth Quad/Graphics ROTOMAN S is ramping up at the company’s 218,200 square feet Oklahoma City facility, which opened in October. A twin to that 4/4, two-around, six-across machine has been ordered. “We’re proud to make this investment on behalf of our clients to ensure they have access to the most modern, most advanced printing capabilities anywhere,” says Tom Quadracci, President & CEO. “We want to be ready when the economy turns around. As Will Rogers once said, ‘Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.’ We intend to be ready.” MAN Roland’s ROTOMAN S web press can print at speeds of up to 85,000 cph, thanks to an array of innovations led by its sleeve-offset technology. The advancement virtually eliminates gap bump and the vibrations that go with it, increasing run rates while improving print quality. ROTOMAN S can print heatset signatures of up to 24 pages in a single-web configuration. High-productivity features include MAN Roland’s PECOM operating system that accelerates makeready and equips the press to benefit from the advantages of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). From the PECOM console, Quad/Graphics operators can control the entire press line, monitor the printing process and optimize print quality. In-line finishing equipment, color register control, ink supply system, blanket washers and chill roll washers can all be monitored, adjusted and controlled via PECOM. The result is the ultimate in makeready automation. What’s more, PECOM can network the ROTOMAN S and other MAN Roland presses with a plant’s prepress operation and Management Information System (MIS), consolidating all aspects of production and administration into a streamlined flow. ROTOMAN S can be equipped with double former folders, pin-type jaw folders and gripper folders, thereby providing an automated high-speed print production assembly line for high-volume commercial and publication printers. Installation of a pair of ROTOMAN S presses in Oklahoma City is part of a continuing expansion effort by Quad/Graphics that will see the new facility grow to 603,200 square feet by the end of 2004. The completed plant will be the single largest print-production facility west of the Mississippi River and represent a total investment of more than $130 million. “When a leader like Quad/Graphics invests heavily in your technology, you have the right to do some boasting,” Lapinski said. “We predict that Quad/Graphics’ growing use of our technology is going to establish the ROTOMAN S as the standard for quality and productivity in magazine business for years to come.”




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