Fleetwood-Fibre Packaging & Graphics is known for stirring the hearts of brand owners alike for their package designs and exquisite attention to detail. When the demand of their customer base required they seek additional production capacity, Fleetwood-Fibre looked opted to invest in a ROLAND 700 Evolution offset press.
Founded in 1952, Fleetwood-Fibre services multiple markets to include folding cartons, corrugated boxes & displays, rigid set-up cartons, thermoforming & contract packaging services. The newest addition to the Folding Division is the R707LV Evolution. This press is equipped with seven units plus an inline tower coater and fitted out to run both conventional and UV inks.
“Deciding factors for us were the functionality of the make-ready automation, coupled with Manroland Sheetfed’s Inline ColorPilot & System Brunner’s Instrument Flight® systems,” said Mark White, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at Fleetwood-Fibre. “The ability to make-ready simultaneously in minutes is impressive, but the color control capability in a closed loop system providing gray balance and tonality control in production is fantastic.”
Sean Springett, CEO of Manroland Sheetfed USA & Canada, comments, “Fleetwood-Fibre will be the first North American user of Manroland Sheetfed’s Red Dot Design award winning Evolution press. With the capability to measure absolute density in-line, the ability to control solid tones, half tones and gray balance with priorities including G7®, ISO/PSO, GCR and solid balance, and that puts Fleetwood-Fibre literally in a league of their own.”
Fleetwood-Fibre’s newest addition will reduce their overall make-ready times. The Evolution’s automation menu allows a printer to build-up their capability with an a-la-carte style of options, from the SPL package or the Direct Drive® version of the Evolution, the simultaneous processes during make-ready can transition a printer in a few short minutes into the next job.
“The technology is one aspect of the decision we made here at Fleetwood-Fibre to invest in the Evolution. However, as equally important is the service and support structure Manroland Sheetfed has in place around the Evolution,” commented Bill Price, Folding Division Plant Manager. “With topAnalysis production monitoring and the host of inspections and on-going support mechanically, electronically and operationally, they provide a fantastic support package around an inspiring machine.”