EnterNet Inserter Controls in Detroit, South Bend

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By: Jim Rosenberg

EnterNet LLC of Lombard, Ill., has executed a two-year agreement to expand its CSN-NT inserter-control systems at the Sterling Heights plant of Detroit Newspapers, the joint operating agency responsible for producing The Detroit News for the Gannett Co. and the Detroit Free Press for Knight Ridder. Installation begins this month and is expected to finish next February.

Detroit is putting EnterNet controls on another 29-hopper Heidelberg NP-632 inserter, is expanding two NP-630 lines to 29 hoppers, and is adding double delivery and two-stacker drop support to all five EnterNet-controlled inserting lines.

Post-press Project Manager Fred Diodato credited EnterNet controls with facilitating “substantial improvements in the packaging process” that are important in meeting demand for increased insert zoning.

To boost production rates and quality, Schurz Communications’ 71,891-circulation South Bend (Ind.) Tribune began running EnterNet’s CSN-NT inserter control system on its 14-hopper Heidelberg NP-630 inserter. The paper sought to improve reliability and advance its “capabilities and management reporting,” according to Operations Vice President Keith Russell. With CSN-NT “on the enterprise network, we’re ready for our next big step, a migration to a much more sophisticated preprint planning system,” he said, citing EnterNet’s compatibility with such systems.

Replacing the original sensors with EnterNet’s positive logic infrared Check One sensor, said Tribune Maintenance Manager Tim Headle, prevents problems caused by human intervention or dirt. Cycle sensors enable phasing of the system “to lock in on hopper adjustments before the hopper is required to feed, eliminating waste without operator intervention,” he said in announcing the conversion. Together, the sensors permit the system to “learn” and adjust for changes to hopper drop locations, which otherwise would require manual adjustment for each hopper.

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