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e:line – gathering speed in newspaper printing

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e:line – gathering speed in newspaper printing

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“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,” said Alexander Wassermann, Managing Director at manroland web systems, describing the philosophy behind the development of the COLORMAN e:line and the GEOMAN e:line.

Users also cite e:line’s ergonomics, potential energy savings and high print quality as reasons for investment. It is proving attractive to help the bottomline because of its high throughput, print product variety, minimum paper waste and low staffing requirements.

manroland says 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 offer high performance, especially considering the low total investment and small lifecycle costs. Both machines cover a vast product span and handle high amounts of individual print runs, as well as fast successions of partial print runs. The COLORMAN e:line has been proving this for years on the market; for example, excelling in making job changeovers.

The ‘Big Sister’:  COLORMAN e:line

What makes this press interesting is that while it offers top speed, its efficient folder handles small runs best. This might sound contradictory but, again, the COLORMAN e:line is just as fast at job changeovers. 

Several leading printing companies have invested in the COLORMAN e:line, such as Mediengruppe Oberfranken in Bamberg, Germany, Weiss Druck in Monschau, Germany, Nation Media in Nairobi, Kenya, and most recently, Styria in Austria. Most of these companies feature business models that reach from many regional newspaper editions to high-volume advertorial printing. One deciding factor in their choice was the Inline Control System that enables non-stop automation and therefore flexible handling of small runs.

This year, Styria decided to also invest in the latest COLORMAN e:line technology. Druck Styria GmbH & Co KG and manroland web systems GmbH signed a contract with an order volume that amounts to €16 million. The investment is based on many years of partnership and comprises the delivery of a new COLORMAN e:line, a retrofit of an existing COLORMAN, as well as a comprehensive service contract running until 2027.

The flexible compact printer: GEOMAN e:line

The principles of the COLORMAN e:line now are also used for the more compact GEOMAN e:line: The press is individually adjusted to the requirements and economic situation of the newspaper printing house. It can be gradually upgraded and retrofitted with many modular options.

The new GEOMAN e:line was developed with a focus on economy, with short changeover times and efficient Inline Control Systems for the automatic control of quality in production runs. This makes it zsuited for medium-sized newspaper printing houses. The GEOMAN e:line offers low overall investment costs coupled with low lifecycle costs. The compact design plays an important role as well: The infeed unit is integrated into the printing unit and therefore requires limited space. This saves building and air conditioning expenses. And the GEOMAN e:line helps to develop new business models thanks to these flexible possibilities.

World premiere for the GEOMAN e:line

The book and offset printing and publishing house Vorländer produces their daily Siegener Zeitung on the world’s first GEOMAN e:line. In keeping with the company motto: “Tradition meets Innovation,” the 1823-founded Vorländer publishing house decided to modernise its printing facility in Dreis-Tiefenbach, Germany, with the new GEOMAN e:line newspaper press that was introduced at drupa 2016.

“We were convinced by the efficient potential of the innovative GEOMAN e:line and consider a long-term cooperation with the world market leader in web offset printing as the ideal condition for constantly increasing the success of printing our newspaper,” said Wolfgang Rothmaler, publishers of the Vorländer

All’s well with e:line

Well, actually there is no all-in-one device suitable for every purpose – not even for newspaper production. The e:line presses thus cover a wide production range and come close to this. But manroland web systems says where there is a customer demand, it realises tailor-made solutions with added value – for different performance classes and together with the ideal partners – even up to a complete digital newspaper production.


WAN-IFRA Editorial Staff


2017-09-28 12:21

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