manroland sheetfed Launches the Roland 700 Evolution Press at Customer Event in Offenbach, Germany

Manroland sheetfed has unveiled the new Roland 700 Evolution press at the company’s Print Technology Centre here.

Designed from the ground up and incorporating a sleek, futuristic look, the latest generation Roland 700 incorporates many new technological developments and enhancements, aimed to give printers unprecedented levels of efficiency, productivity, operation and quality.

The newly designed central console replaces buttons with touchscreen panels. These give detailed graphical information in a user-friendly interface offering enhanced operation, flexibility and comfort, with options for left-handed and right-handed operation as well as customization for different operator body heights.

The new feeder pile transport brings appreciable productivity benefits with smooth upward motion of the pile-carrying plate and highly improved sheet travel from the feeder to delivery. This leads to fewer interruptions, less start-up waste and reduced walking distances to the feeder.

Solid fixing of the suction head reduces vibration and wear while ensuring safer sheet separation and higher average printing speeds.

The brand new press also boasts completely redesigned cylinder-roller bearings. Separate bearings for radial and axial rotation provide better absorption of vibrations with fewer doubling effects and ultimately, much longer bearing life and significant improvements in print quality.

All-new dampening units in the new press bring greater solidity with fewer roller vibrations during passing of the plate cylinder channel and fewer stripes as well.

Sophisticated software for practice-oriented roller washing cycles further reduces downtime with much more precise dosage of the dampening solution over the entire width, reducing the possibility of skewing the dampening dosage roller.

Innovations which further underline manroland sheetfed’s credentials as the green print pioneer include new three-phase AC motor which combines highest power output with lower energy consumption. And, with no need for wearing parts, carbon brushes or additional costs for parts, the Roland 700 Evolution reduces unproductive time even further, thereby helping to satisfy the green requirements of print buyers as well as strengthen the market position of printers.

The new press also features a new chambered doctor blade system which is certain to exceed the expectations of printers needing to provide high quality gloss effects. This system, with additional profile, provides higher solidity over the entire width of the doctor blade, and a more even varnish application. Not only does it feature better absorption of vibrations of the Anilox roller and doctor blade caused by passing the coating form cylinder, it also results in fewer stripes, especially in combination with pigmented varnish.

The newly developed suction belt sheet brake technology offers higher printing speeds combined with vastly improved sheet alignment and tail edge stabilization. This gives a more even pile contour and reduces the risk of misaligned sheets in the delivery pile, all of which will help to increase productivity while improving print quality and saving on production costs.

The Roland Evolution with its sleek design and swathe of innovative technologies delivers a hitherto unseen standard of print quality, combining this with lower total production costs and higher efficiency to deliver customer competitiveness at a whole new level.

“Throughout our company’s history we have been known for bringing innovative new technology to the printing industry,” remarked manroland sheetfed CEO Rafael Penuela. “The Roland 700 Evolution is the latest ground-breaking new press which we believe will be yet another milestone in the evolution of print technology.”

To discover how the Roland 700 Evolution press can transform your business contact your local manroland sheetfed office.

Cenveo Permanently Closing Minneapolis Commercial Printing Facility by March, Eliminating 112 Jobs

Cenveo Corp. will permanently close its commercial printing facility at 121 12th Ave. S. here by the end of March, reported the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

According to the Business Journal, the news comes along with a mass layoff warning sent to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The layoffs could begin as early as Dec. 31.

“Some administrative and other office positions will remain operational, but will relocate to a new site,” said Michelle Anders, regional director of human resources at Stamford, CT-based Cenveo. “The operations departments of the facility, including prepress, press, finishing, warehousing, assembly, fulfillment and mailing will be relocated to other Cenveo locations.”

The newspaper said that Cenveo Officials did not respond to requests for more information.

Domtar Wins AF&PA Sustainability Awards for Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Greenhouse Reductions

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized Domtar as a leader in sustainability with two 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Awards. This is the second consecutive year AF&PA has honored Domtar for its sustainability advancements. The awards were presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 7 in Carefree, AZ.

Domtar received the Innovation in Sustainability Award for its BioChoice Lignin and the Leadership in Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions for its Barge Unloading and Conveyor Project. Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, the annual sustainability awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.

“Domtar’s BioChoice Lignin is a glowing example of our industry’s potential to produce new value streams out of existing resources,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “As policies continue to shift in favor of renewable energy sources, this project also offers a timely solution for those looking to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.”

Domtar leveraged the existing infrastructure at its Plymouth, NC, mill to start a lignin separation plant—the first of its kind in North America in over 25 years. Lignin is the natural glue that holds wood fibers together. While it is most commonly used as a carbon-neutral source of fuel, modern technology allows it to be made into a wide range of sustainable products, including coating, natural binders, plastics and resins.

“Domtar’s Barge Unloading and Conveyor Project is a unique way to address GHG reductions and improve energy efficiency while transporting resources from the waterway to the mill, boosting productivity in the process,” said Harman.

Domtar’s one-mile-long conveyor belt from the banks of the Ohio River straight into its Hawesville, KY. Mill enabled them to directly deliver wood chips to the mill, eliminating 54,000 wood chip delivery truck trips and drastically reducing truck traffic and related congestion and pollution.

“We are honored to be recognized by AF&PA with this year’s Innovation in Sustainability Award and Leadership in Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reductions. Innovation is one of Domtar’s core values, and in this case it has helped make our company more efficient,” said Domtar President and CEO John Williams.

AF&PA member company applicants are considered in two categories. Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leadership” category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety and Water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.