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MAN Roland at Graph Expo: A How-to Guide on Winning New Business

Press release from the issuing company

September 27, 2002 -- McCormick Place, Chicago -- Recognizing that the primary concern of printers today is to find new ways to grow their businesses, MAN Roland is focusing its Graph Expo exhibit on showing visitors how to use new technology to expand their marketplace opportunities. Presented under the banner "Profit from our progress," the pavilion is dominated by a live/multimedia theater that is home to a new Roland 500. The six-color plus coater press is demonstrating its ability to switch from packaging to light stock and back again continuously throughout Graph Expo. As part of the presentation, profiles of printers who use a variety of MAN Roland systems will explain how the innovations improve their bottom lines. Meanwhile a series of kiosks positioned throughout the exhibit is providing showgoers with an opportunity to interact with a variety of other business-building developments. "Printing markets are tight, so our industry needs technology that works right now to make it more productive and more competitive against alternative media," says Yves Rogivue, CEO of MAN Roland Inc. "Our exhibit focuses on ways to achieve those goals today, while positioning our customers to be equipped for the future." The innovations being exhibited include: The Roland 500. Making its North American debut at Graph Expo 2002, the Roland 500 takes the extended 29" sheetfed format (23.23" x 29.13" or 6-up) to the next level of technology and functionality, expanding market opportunities for printers who run it. The innovation sets new production standards, running at an industry-leading 18,000 sheets per hour to help half-size printers compete against 40" equipment. It also helps users grow their production and marketing possibilities beyond the traditional limits of half size machines. The 500 can handle substrates up to 1 mm (40pt.) thick. That equips the Roland 500 for areas that range beyond commercial printing. DICOweb. A DICOweb printing unit gives showgoers an inside look at the world’s first offset press capable of printing without plates. The high quality heatset capabilities of the innovation will be emphasized, illustrating how DICOweb can be a cost-effective replacement for a pressroom full of sheetfed machines. The innovation’s ability to handle both short runs as well as heavier volume jobs at record-breaking speeds is emphasized. A video documentary provides the comments of current and future DICOweb users. GATF ROTOMAN. The inauguration of the ROTOMAN web offset system MAN Roland donated to the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation anchors a multimedia exhibit. MAN Roland installed the state-of-the-art four-unit ROTOMAN at GATF this summer to enhance the foundation’s research and educational efforts. The effort is part of MAN Roland’s Learning Leadership program. Web Press Printing. Major components from MAN Roland’s complete line of commercial web presses are being displayed to serve as a focal point for consultations that will match specific web press systems to individual printer profiles. The North American trade show debut of the LITHOMAN Insert is featured. A complete printing unit of the web offset press is revealing some of its technological advances that help printers better target the insert market. Graphics/Training Center. MAN Roland’s extensive curriculum of hands-on training and educational offerings will be featured, with special emphasis on MAN Roland’s new PowerPrinters Certification Course. PECOM Press Control System. A host of workstations will be running all the Advanced PECOM modules with emphasis on JobPilot and PressMonitor, which recently won an InterTech Award. All of the systems will be running live and in real time, connected to a variety of working presses. They include: - The new Roland 500 that stars in the Graph Expo exhibit - The Roland 300 and Roland 700 six-color with coater presses that operate in MAN Roland’s Westmont Graphic/Training Center - Multi-unit MAN Roland presses that are running in several commercial shops throughout the country. ServiceVision. ServiceVision is a new integrated package of resources designed to help MAN Roland customers keep their presses productive and profitable. ServiceVision covers: Rapid Response. Scheduled Service. Productive Training. Timely Parts. An interactive kiosk will allow visitors to determine the level of ServiceVision that will best meet their facility’s needs. Wohlenberg Cutting System. Processing printing from the Roland 500, a Wohlenberg system will demonstrate how it automates the cutting process, with an array of integrated material handling devices. KAMA Die Cutting. A KAMA system will be converting printed sheets from the Roland 500 into packaging. Project Management/Press Operating Profitability. A consultation pavilion will enable showgoers to plan out more productive pressrooms. Other points of interest that are incorporated into MAN Roland’s Graph Expo exhibit... - Visitors will witness the first North American running of the world’s fastest multi-color sheetfed press -- the Roland 500. - The 500 presentation shows printers how they can surmount the limitations of the commercial marketplace by offering a wider range of products to new prospects. - The DICOweb display provides a close-up look at the plateless printing technology, detailing how it is becoming a marketplace reality. - The GATF ROTOMAN pavilion delivers an update on the latest in industry-based research and education. Showgoers will learn how the MAN Roland web press will advance the state of the art. - The MAN Roland exhibit is a working example of the efficiencies of Computer Integrated Manufacturing. Prepress, printing and postpress process will be demonstrated in a continuous workflow. Visitors will be able to determine how their presses’ performance stacks up against the latest pressrooms innovations at the Press Operating Profitability pavilion.