Retooling, reinventing pace Graph Expo

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Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 1:45 pm

CHICAGO — Retooling, restructuring and reinventing dominated discussions among newspaper execs attending this year’s ING and Graph Expo. Appearing at today’s News & Tech-sponsored session at McCormick Place, Newsweb Printing Division President Rodd K. Winscott talked about this firm’s use of a TKS JetLeader 1500 press to produce newspapers at his Chicago printing plant.

“The successful newspaper knows that what drives their readers is content they find useful and content that addresses their needs. With the refinement of digital web presses, newspapers have a tool, which can help them service any newly defined market with either specialized news or advertising.

“The small daily newspaper will have the ability to better serve their community utilizing the digital printing option.”

Winscott, along with IT Strategies vice president Marco Boer and Surkamer Advisers President Rick Surkamer, were featured speakers at the one-hour panel. News & Tech will have full coverage of the session, as well as ING and Graph Expo, in the September/October issue.

Among other show developments:

ABB is displaying information on its press retrofit services and its MPS production and press control software.

Agfa highlighted its Eversify mobile publishing app, which allows users to create tablet and smartphone editions. Eversify can be integrated with any existing CMS and can support video, audio and other multimedia elements, Agfa said. The company also displayed its recently introduced Advantage N-PL HS (pallet-load model) and Advantage N-TR HS (trolley-load model) platesetters. Agfa also introduced a new thermal plate, called the Energy Xtra. The positive-working, no-bake plate offers up to 600,000 impressions, Agfa said.

EAE showcased its EAE Retrofit service, aimed at upgrading legacy systems to meet modern requirements.

Fujifilm said its EcoMaxx-T processless thermal plates are now being used by more than 40 U.S. newspapers and that it will release a new plate, the EcoMaxx-TN, in December.

Goss International showed its range of commercial, packaging and newspaper systems and services, including information about its gapless technology Sunday presses. It also featured information about the Goss-managed press reconfiguration project at Newsday in Melville, N.Y., a press upgrade at The Star in Malaysia and complementary technologies from Ferag, Akiyama, Purlux, Yawa and converting equipment from parent Shanghai Electric companies.

Glunz & Jensen displayed its iCTP NewsWriter XL inkjet CTP system geared to small and mid-sized newspapers.

Harland Simon showed its open-platform press control upgrade services for every type of press and updates on projects it has been involved with at sites such as the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and Des Moines (Iowa) Register.

Impressions Worldwide unveiled its Total Solutions concept, which incorporates the firm’s press reconditioning capabilities. Features offered include customized press design, automation, extended platforming, controls, drives and systems integration. It also sold an 18-unit press to a newspaper printer in Macon, Ga. (see related story in today's Dateline).

Koenig & Bauer AG said its RotaJet 76 digital press will be commercially available next spring and be equipped with software and systems tailored for newspaper production. The press is rated at 500 feet per minute can be engineered with a 30-inch web width. It’s also working with companies to provide finishing capabilities suitable for newspaper printing.

Kodak had a range of newspaper products on display, including the Sonora News process-free plate and Prosper S30 inkjet imprinting system. Kodak also showcased information on the incorporation of Wobe-Team’s wNewsNet software into its CTP workflow. The app enables the automation of plate production, data control and data processing. It also released Intelligent Prepress Manager 2.0, which provides automated monitoring on platemaking systems including the Trendsetter.

Manroland web systems added a three-around press conversion service to its pressupdate package of press maintenance and upgrade services. The Three-Around product will use manroland folders and other integrated components; Three-Around is available now, and is offered to both manroland and non-manroland press users, the company said. In addition, manroland rolled out a new press control console, printnetwork, which allows operators to manage presses either through the console or remotely. The control console replaces manroland’s Pecom control platform. Manroland also announced that it is marketing and servicing Tensor International LLC singlewide presses throughout North America.

Manugraph DGM Inc. promoted its recently announced MDGM 4000 digital drive replacement system and its ST-40 folder, which permits the production of sectioned tab products from broadsheet-oriented presses. In addition, MDGM had information about its line of singlewide presses and auxiliary systems.

Muller Martini displayed its MMUpToDate equipment upgrade service. The service, part of the firm’s MMServices initiative, adds new components and features to legacy equipment, permitting newspapers to get more functionality out of their older systems.

Nela featured its On-Press Register Control. The micro-mark-based, open-architecture system integrates with major press control suppliers and is applicable for broadsheet, tabloid or three-around configuration.

Plumtree Co. highlighted its Countmaster V batch counter, which has been upgraded to accept all sensor inputs. The Countmaster is a retrofit batch counter/readout device for stackers and works with Denex, QTMS and Baumer Scatec copy counters.

Pressline Services Inc. showed its patented 3Volution three-around press conversion service, which The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch used to modify its presses. The vendor also displayed samples of The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, which earlier this year switched its format to stitched-tab in a project overseen by Pressline.

Prime UV-IR introduced a new UV curing system, the Radmax-UV, designed for wide web presses. The system incorporates a UV lamp emitter with advanced controls featuring continuous data streaming to permit uniform UV output across the widest webs, the company said. Radmax is also equipped with Prime UV’s inline energy monitoring and constant energy delivery systems.

ProImage introduced Eversify, a cloud-based mobile publishing app, and released new versions of its workflow, color management, ink optimization and registration products. The firm also unveiled its Color Manager module for its OnColor Eco ink optimization software, which transforms image files from their source ICC profile to the output ICC profile. NewsWay 2012, the latest upgrade to ProImage’s workflow was also on display. The app, which supports 64-bit Windows 2008 and Windows 7, can highlight version changes of the same page, among other upgrades.

Q.I. Press Controls demonstrated its mRC-3D registration system, anchored by a self-cleaning, depth-detection camera. The cameras have double sensors that can also measure web depth, permitting them to detect issues associated with improper routing or blemishes on the web’s surface. An automatic ink shield protects the camera against misting.

TKS (USA) featured its JetLeader 1500 digital press, which is being put into production by Chicago-based newspaper and commercial printer Newsweb.

WRH Marketing demonstrated two inserters, the Ferag EZsert and modular MiniSert. The MiniSert, which made its debut this year, is rated at 20,000 copies per hour, and can be installed and made operational within a few days, Wrh said. It also displayed the Fold ‘n Stitch system as well as information on its recently announced alliance with Electronic Design Group to provide conveyor control upgrade services.

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