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Tecnau Revolution 50 Series brings increased automation, productivity and flexibility to Sattler Media Group

  • Publicado el 03 de Noviembre de 2021

Sattler Media Group is one of Germany’s premier providers of promotional, direct mail and media services. The Group employs more than 500 people at three printing sites and is now implementing an innovative production concept following an investment in a high speed inkjet system and Tecnau in-line finishing equipment.

Tecnau Revolution 50 Series brings increased automation, productivity and flexibility to Sattler Media Group

A Ricoh Pro VC70000 web inkjet press (150 m/min max. output speed) was installed at Sattler Premium Print in Bad Oeynhausen, the Group’s newest facility. A high performance Tecnau system belonging to the Revolution 50 Series was chosen to ensure optimal processing of the digital output. An ultra-robust design for industrial 24/7 operation, efficient processing of a broad range of papers in formats up to B2 and from 1-up to 4-up as well as reliable productivity at web speeds of up to 180 m/min are key features of the Revolution 50 Series. The automatic Tecnau Zero Speed Splicer u40 allows roll changeovers without stopping the press, not just when the end is reached but at any time, leading to a high degree of flexibility.

Throughout the process, the web is guided with controlled tension and active web edge control. Apart from improving process stability, this also enables shorter make-ready times for recurring jobs, especially if different paper types are used. The Cutter c52 permits variable cutting with perpendicular and cross chip-out for full-bleed applications. Cut sheets move on to Stacker s51L, whose delivery section reliably handles any sheets up to B2 format (51.2 x 76.2 cm) and from 1-up to 4-up; in practice, 3-up is the maximum required at Sattler Premium Print. Vacuum belts gently transport long, sensitive papers.

The installation was rounded off with a separate unwinding and rewinding system from Tecnau. Printing is thus possible from roll to roll in addition to roll to sheet, so that printed rolls can also be produced for other finishing equipment or production sites as well as for special runs. The complete printing and finishing system, which is arranged in a U-configuration and is designed to be operated by a single person, began producing at Sattler Premium Print in mid-June 2021.

“We were looking for a technically and economically attractive, fully digital solution to replace hybrid production of personalized direct mail, which was previously a two-step process, namely sheetfed offset followed by digital toner printing. Of course, since switching to digital-only with in-line finishing, we’ve been able to respond much faster to time-critical jobs, because the offset preprint and platemaking processes are eliminated,” says Arndt Wille, the Sattler Media Group’s Business Development Manager. “What’s more, the system also lets us print brochures, catalogs, manuals et cetera on demand and with variable content,” adds Christian Haneke, Innovation & Solutions Manager at Sattler Premium Print.

Sattler Media Group’s decision for the Ricoh inkjet system went hand in hand with the selection of a partner for the in-line finishing technology. Wille explains what tipped the scales in Tecnau’s favor: “Apart from the cost aspect, there were a whole series of other factors like the continuous technological development of the Revolution 50 Series, the partner’s forward-looking approach and the comprehensive support that convinced us. Tecnau scored on all of these points, and I can assure you that our assessment from the evaluation phase has already been confirmed in practice.”

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