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and consistent quality. Athesia are
now able to produce consistent
quality with little effort."
At Athesia a third operator
handles the MobilPad, a tablet with
all the functions of a fxed console
and the freedom of a portable device.
It can be used to set individual ink
zones precisely or to make changes
to the entire newspaper, including
register and dampening solution.
At Athesia the MobilPad operator
checks the newspaper folds and
adjusts settings without having to go
back to the fxed stations.
Pernter says, “Our operators
are absolutely enthusiastic about
this new concept, especially the
MobilPad. They did not have any
problems with the touchscreens. The
MobilPad is real added value; it is a
highly convenient solution and saves
time and waste."
Some printers have even ditched
the fxed console altogether and are
running their operations entirely
with MobilPads. Kosok says Chinese
newspaper printer Guizhou Ribao
has replaced its physical control
room with several MobilPads. He
says, "We are all talking about
augmented reality, so why shouldn't
this be the next step, doing entirely
without a physical control console."
The One Touch system can
be retroftted to older presses to
enhance their fexibility. News
Limited in Brisbane, Australia, has
recently retroftted no less than
eight ControlCenters to its existing
Uniman and Colorman presses.
Kosok says, "The drivers for the
longitudinal shafts were retained for
the presses in Brisbane, that shows
our concept is highly fexible and
can be retroftted to any machine out
there in the world.
“The retroft market is important;
One Touch can open up new areas for
existing machines from manroland
and other manufacturers."
A fourth string to the One Touch
bow is a module called the UnitPad,
a portable touchscreen keypad that
connects to any printing unit via a
data cable. The device detects which
press it has been connected to,
sticks to the machine via a magnetic
backing, and is intended to replace
large fxed control pads.
According to manroland the One
Touch kit out is all about automation,
better workfow and making life
easier for printers. Kosok says, "A
highly automated machine only
works well if the entire workfow is
right, and for that we have our task
manager, our ControlCenter."
Pernter says, "We invested in the
One Touch concept because we were
certain this was the only way for us
to reduce our production, material
and personnel costs. We will now
evaluate the performance of the
system over the long term to gauge
its effectiveness. We are going to
speed up our production, which will
allow us to accept contract jobs and
beneft from the full potential of the
Twenty-four One Touch
ControlCenters have now been
installed by manroland across the
globe; in Europe, South America,
China, Africa and Australia.
d, with the main ControlCenter screen to his right
speed work ow for
MANROLAND web systems says it is focusing
on its core strengths to drive future progress.
Almost two years since the company's
insolvency and sale, it says it still leads the
world market in newspaper and commercial
presses with 29 per cent share, and is on the
road to pro t.
Eckhard Hörner-Maraß, managing director
of manroland web, says, "We are turning
this juggernaut into an agile raceboat. We
decided to take an evolutionary approach,
focusing on our core skills and a single product
-- web o set printing. We are simplifying our
processes in order to o er simple solutions to
our customers, tailored to their speci c needs."
While manroland built its reputation
creating presses for the top end of the market,
Hörner-Maraß says the new manroland web
will diversify into presses for the midsection
too, targeting emerging markets in South-East
Asia, China, India and South America.
He says, "While manroland does a great
job o ering high performance premium
products, since that market has collapsed we
have not been able to earn a decent living.
We have decided to adopt a so-called entry
level strategy to place a stronger emphasis on
the middle segment of the pyramid. We have
launched a major printer for that purpose,
by the end of next year we will hopefully receive
some signi cant success."
The company is already making sales in
South-East Asia. In October manroland web
won a contract to equip Chinese printer Hucais
Group with a FormerLine book block solution,
with additional systems to follow over the
next two years. Following drupa 2012 Chinese
newspaper printer Guizhou Ribao also picked
up a Uniset press, while Hong Kong newspaper
rm Brilliant Star Printing Services installed a
new Geoman press.
Hörner-Maraß adds, "Next year we will
enhance our service and sales all over the
world -- we consider this necessary for success
in our competitive market. We need more
direct links to our customers in India, the US
The company will continue to reinvest
4.5 per cent of sales into research and
development for bigger and better presses to
Evolution not revolution for manroland
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