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MAN Roland: DICOweb Plateless Printing Takes Center Stage At Gutenberg

Press release from the issuing company

Long Beach, California --May 1, 2003-- DICOweb, the only offset quality press capable of printing without plates, will be the focal point of the MAN Roland exhibit at the Gutenberg Festival. An actual unit of the press will be joined in the pavilion by a ROLAND 500 unit, by a transferter from a ROLAND 900XXL press and by displays covering such essentials as parts and consumables, project management and MAN Roland’s PECOM operating system. “DICOweb is now available in North America, and it’s the perfect press for sheetfed printers who are looking to give their operations a competitive edge,” says Christian Cerfontaine, Director of Marketing for MAN Roland Inc. “Because DICOweb has the ability to image then de-image then re-image itself directly from the digital workflow, it makes printing more cost-effective for the print buyer and more profitable for the printer.” The DICOweb at the Gutenberg Festival will be the subject of a special presentation. Experts also will be on hand for live demonstrations of MAN Roland’s PECOM system, with emphasis on its JobPilot and PressMonitor modules. JobPilot lets an operator makeready a MAN Roland press while the previous job is in progress to maximize press uptime. PressMonitor provides a statistical window into the operation of the press, detailing virtually ever function. That enables management to evaluate such criteria as press crew performance, the effectiveness of different stocks and inks, and the relative profitability of different types of jobs. The two modules recently received an InterTech Award from GATF. “Both DICOweb and PECOM are examples of how MAN Roland is bringing the advantages of Computer Integrated Manufacturing to the graphic arts,” Cerfontaine notes. “CIM makes printing more attractive to marketers and communicators because it addresses two of their main concerns — time and money. That means Gutenberg participants who embrace CIM now are going to be the big winners in the months and years ahead.” The transferter from MAN Roland’s newest sheetfed press — the ROLAND 900 XXL — is designed to spotlight the new wider format of the 51” X 72.8” system. The ROLAND XXL celebrated its world premiere last month in Germany. The ROLAND 500 can print on substrates up to 40 pt. thick. That equips commercial printers to add package printing to their capabilities. And the 23” X 29” sheet size is ideal for package specialists who need press that react quickly to the just-in-time demands of their customers. Another kiosk will introduce MAN Roland’s integrated parts and consumables offerings to showgoers, while the company’s project management capabilities will be the focus of a separate display. MAN Roland’s ink partner — Flint Ink — will be on hand at the press manufacturer’s exhibit, showcasing both its products and its printing expertise. The Gutenberg Festival takes place May 1-3, 2003 at the Long Beach Convention Center in California. MAN Roland’s booth number is 1115.