Cummings Printing Increases Capacity with a New MAN Roland Rotoman
Press release from the issuing company
May 20, 2002 - Hooksett, New Hampshire - Cummings Printing, a publication, catalog and directory printer with over 88 years in the business, is increasing its capacity by 50% with the installation of a new four-unit Rotoman web press from MAN Roland.
The 38" Rotoman, which will be equipped with a PFI-16 combination jaw folder, is scheduled to arrive at Cummings in September and be up-and-running by year’s end. It will anchor a pressroom that currently includes four sheetfed presses and a five-unit 38" web.
"We expect to increase our annual sales from $20 million to $30 million with this new press," says Jack Cummings, who owns the 140-employee company. "It’s perfect for the 5,000 to 100,000 piece run lengths that we specialize in."
The selection of the Rotoman ends months of searching, during which Cummings and his team scrutinized the performance of all major web brands. "We traveled all of the world to research this equipment," he notes. "I found the Rotoman to be the best combination of technology, service, price, quality and value. It was the best all-around device we could find."
Rotoman is equipped with direct drives, MAN Roland’s PECOM command and control system and Power Plate Loading (PPL) - all of which will facilitate rapid web-ups and makereadies at Cummings. "But the technology that really sets this press apart from the rest is Quickstart," Cummings declares.
Driven by PECOM, Quickstart is designed to optimize printing performance and minimize waste every time the press goes into production. The innovation integrates a number of features and techniques including intelligent printing unit sequencing, inking unit conditioning and dynamic ink zone control.
Cummings says he doesn’t plan to market the capabilities of his newest press: "We don’t market individual pieces of equipment. But Rotoman will make it easier for us to do what we promise in our marketing - faster turnaround and high print quality at a reasonable price. So we’re going to sell the benefits of the Rotoman rather than the Rotoman itself."
Praising MAN Roland’s reputation and commitment to service, Cummings will count on the company to train his sheetfed crews to run the new Rotoman. "We’re confident they can handle it," he says. "Going from old antiquated machinery to brand new technology is always exciting."
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