- March 22, 2002, PRESS RELEASE
OFFENBACH, GERMANY—According to MAN Roland, almost 1,000 packaging printers from all over the world converged at its graphic center in Offenbach, Germany, in late January. "[They were here] over a two-week period and [received] a hands-on perspective on the latest generation of prepress, press, and finishing technology," says MAN Roland.
MAN Roland reports it joined with Agfa Deutschland GmbH to assemble 20 technology providers to create a virtual world's fair of packaging innovations that included: computer-to-plate (CTP) solutions; digital printing systems; and a variety of offset printing options. The co. says visitors to the invitation-only event also were exposed to the newest substrate varieties, coating possibilities, press accessories, die-cutting systems, rollers, drying systems, and material handling devices.
Says North American attendee, David M. Wolff, VP of sales, General Press Corp.: "It was my first time over there, and I found it to be very educational — not only the seminar, bu the plant tour and the visits to a couple of German printing facilities. It was very enlightening." According to Man Roland, General Press Corp. is a packaging and commercial printing company located in Natrona Heights, PA, USA.
The stars of the prepress show, reports Man Roland, were solutions from Artwork Systems and Agfa. "Artwork demonstrated a digital workflow system that automates all prepress functions and is optimized for package printing. The results were produced on two Agfa platesetters, an Xcalibur and a Galileo."
A digital package printing presentation featured Man Roland's DICOpack, says the co. The press was linked to a digital pattern system that enabled it to print short-run, on-demand packaging throughout the event, which ran from January 21 through February 5.