manroland web systems’ new Varioman f:line press combines offset and gravure print units. Photo: manroland web systems

Varioman is the name given to the newly conceived packaging printing press from manroland web systems – a technology platform to combine the benefits of varied technologies and processes. The pilot press is an offset gravure hybrid press, which prints
foils and provides the proven core competences of the Augsburg printing system like mature design, system integration, along with service and maintenance packages. This new packaging printing press, the Varioman f:line,will be presented to customers and interested parties from around the globe from 27th February until 1st March in Augsburg.

What customer benefits does the new technology bring? Based on manroland web systems’ decades of experience in offset printing, the company has created a technology that specifically avoids the weak points inherent in other processes – the mixture of offset and gravure here provides particularly short make-ready and changeover times with reduced start-up waste rates, achieved through high levels of automation and format flexibility. The
Varioman f:line is ideal for printing flexible foils for shrink-sleeve applications as well as an array of other substrates, like foils, paper and aluminium foils. It is aimed at medium-sized print runs with excellent quality and cost benefits of offset printing. The special offset printing units have been developed with the cooperation partne Goebel GmbH.

Flexibility for the customer means numerous job changeovers, short runs with many sub-jobs and ‘on demand’ print runs. Time is saved and costs are minimized thanks to the automation in printing and the combination of technologies like the degree of variability
and quality of the printed product from the offset side combined with the benefits of gravure printing for varnishes, adhesives and opaque whites. A comprehensive, all-round service package is a further assurance of the presses availability throughout its entire service lifetime.

From 27 February until 1 March 2018, customers from all over the world can witness the performance and benefits of the Varioman for themselves. Within the framework of the three-day event, the system, its technical equipment and technological superiority will not
merely be discussed but demonstrated as well, in a live printing demo.

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