By: E&P Staff
Six-and-a-half months after Independent News and Media began renovating a former warehouse in Newry, Northern Ireland, Goss reports that its first FPS press went into regular production there. In addition to 100,000 copies of the Herald AM free commuter daily for Dublin, INM’s new press produces the Irish Star and other products.
The first phase of the project, consisting of three four-page-wide, two-around FPS printing towers, a 2:5:5 jaw folder and three Goss Contiweb FD reelstands, went into live production on February 20, exactly on time. Use of an existing building requiring little more than floor reinforcement and the compact, easy-to-install design of the FPS helped INM meet its tight deadline.
Goss International is now installing the second phase, consisting of two five-page printing towers with Goss Ecocool dryers with integrated chill rolls, capable of both coldset and heatset printing, a second 2:5:5 jaw folder and two reelstands with automatic roll loading. Quarter-page folders will also be added to both folders.
Printing capacity will be 176 full-color tabloid pages. The configuration also will enable printing as many as 96 pages coldset and 80 pages heatset in combination.
“No other print plant of this size has been brought on production so rapidly,” Alan Lambert, plant manager at INM Newry, said in a statement. “We are seeing a return on our investment in record time, and we are so confident in the FPS technology that even at this stage, we are ready to ramp up production.”
Reelstands for the all-color FPS are perpendicular to the press line but in-line with the side-facing printing cylinders (a configuration that facilitates automated cylinder change for the variable cut-off option). The press features presetting, and a short distance between color impressions. Unique to the FPS are independent inker units that slide apart on rails from the plate and blanket cylinder section, allowing automatic de-plating and semi-automatic plate loading). The presses incorporate Harland Simon controls, QTI Multicam cut-off and register controls, and Baldwin/Jimek blanket washing.