Dayton Newspapers Installs Heidelberg SpeedMaster

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By: Meg Campbell

Dayton Newspapers recently installed a sheetfed press by German manufacturer Heidelberg to increase its newspaper preprint inserting operation. The press, a Speedmaster SM 52 8-color perfector, is the first to be installed in North America.

Dayton had been producing color preprints for inserting into four daily and six weekly newspapers on a Heidelberg four-color press for the last two years, and decided to increase capacity by upgrading to the eight-color press, according to Heidelberg.

The publisher chose the press for its compact size and because it is suited for the sheetfed printing the company handles. ?The bulk of our work is 8 1/2 x 11-inch work, mostly single sheet, and mostly less than 75,000 copies, with many short-run jobs around 5,000 to 10,000 copies,? Dayton Packaging/Print Department Manager George Bomberry said in a statement. ?The new 4/4 works well because it can produce these two-up jobs at a rate of 25,000 to 30,000 finished pieces per hour.?

In addition, the transition to one-pass printing has increased throughput for the company?s operations, which in turn allows the Cox Newspapers operation to service insert customers more quickly and economically.

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