Five years ago its “big sister” was being presented in Vienna: the COLORMAN e:line newspaper press. It asserted itself with great success in a difficult market. Now the e:line family receives a new addition with the GEOMAN e:line. The first unit of the new series has already been ordered and it is looking to emulate the global success of the COLORMAN e:line.
“Whenever a customer has unfulfilled requirements we generate added value for the customer with tailor-made solutions. And all that in different performance classes, together with the right partners”. Dieter Betzmeier, board member at manroland web systems, describes the philosophy behind the development of the GEOMAN e:line, the newest manroland web systems innovation. The new series was developed for customers with high technical demands and targets mid-sized printing houses which value economic production with low investment costs, highly. After all efficient newspaper production runs in the e:line family just as much as economy, ergonomics, energy saving and excellent print quality.
GEOMAN e:line is future proof
“The infinite flexibility of the newspaper printing presses is a decisive e:line success factor and the compact GEOMAN e:line will in no way be inferior to the COLORMAN e:line”, Betzmeier promises. The GEOMAN e:line offers a maximum web width of 1,640 mm and excellent manufacturing quality and production safety with its high quality coldset inking system and top folder performance. Its cylinder arrangement enables a parallel setup, high speed with up 96,000 copies per hour and uncompromising print quality combined with low start-up waste are further characteristics. The GEOMAN e:line can be modularly retrofitted and upgraded step by step. The options include PPL, APL or a plate lift for semi- and fully automatic retrofitting as well as modern operating concepts. The new IDCµ Inline Control System is now also available as an inline colour control system for newspaper printing.
We’re aiming to be top of the class
Customer profit is vital for the e:line family: high throughput, print product variety, minimum paper waste and a low number of required staff. While the
COLORMAN e:line is the fastest newspaper printing machine in the world with 55,000 revolutions per hour, the GEOMAN e:line also intends to be unbeaten in its performance class. It achieves this with low total investment and small life cycle costs. Both machines cover an incredible product span and handle high amounts of individual print runs as well as fast successions of partial print runs very well. The COLORMAN e:line has been proving this for years on the market: it is superior to other printing presses when it comes to making job changeovers and has proven its value to various printing houses. The most recent machine was installed in Nairobi, Kenya in 2016 at the Nation Media newspaper printing plant.
From Nairobi to Bamberg
The Nation Media Group produces the daily newspapers Daily Nation, Business Daily and Taifa Leo. They were impressed with the reduced production times. Instead of six hours the same amount of copies can now be produced in two and a half hours. The low paper spoilage saves hard cash. Furthermore, the production of special advertising formats such as booklets, super panoramas and half covers was enabled. At the Media Group Oberfranken in Bamberg the COLORMAN e:line has to produce large print runs and small partial runs very flexibly and quickly. At 55,000 revolutions per minute it produces up to 110,000 newspaper copies per hour. The nine editions of the daily newspaper “Fränkischer Tag” are produced in a very small time span. This can be done partly thanks to the new inline colour control system for newspaper printing (IDCµ). The first-time users “Allgäuer Zeitungsverlag” and “Weiss-Druck” from Monschau paved the way for the COLORMAN e:line. Five years ago, at the newspaper fair, which back then was called IFRA Expo, the first COLORMAN e:line concept study was introduced. This was also in Vienna, as Dieter Betzmeier recalls: “At that time we were just as convinced of the COLORMAN e:line concept as we are today of the GEOMAN e:line. The first installation of the GEOMAN e:line is approaching and we want to initiate a new history of success here in Vienna.”