By: E&P Staff
Four North American newspaper printing companies are the latest to complete installation of integrated prepress workflow systems from the Southern Lithoplate CtP Alliance Solution.
The Norfolk (Neb.) Daily News replaced pairs of imagesetters, film processing lines and plate burners with Viper 830 thermal plates from Southern Lithoplate, Wake Forest, N.C., a PlateRite News 2000LE thermal platesetter (with Spekta hybrid AM/FM screening) from Screen USA, a southern Lithoplate Protek 105 processor, and IntroFlo workflow software from Montreal-based Polkadots Software.
The family-owned company also owns two weekly shoppers and prints two community weeklies for other publishers, as well as publications serving local academic institutions. It runs approximately 300 plates per week on its Goss Urbanite press, for which the PlateRite outputs 26 to 30 two-page plates per hour.
“We researched which manufacturers offered the most reliable thermal CtP system and also who else in the area had a similar system installed and running,” Daily News General Manager Les Mann said in a statement. Redundancy was provided by agreeing with a nearby printer to serve as each other’s backup.
Stuart Web Inc., a 35-employee commercial non-heatset printer and existing Southern Lithoplate customer in Stuart, Fla., selected Viper 830 plates for its PlateRite News 2000S. It also chose Polkadots’ Newsflo workflow application for simpler, more-flexible prepress production.
Running a Manugraph Dauphin Graphic Machines tower press, Stuart Web specializes in tab products, booklets and newspapers, and offers stitching, trimming, inserting and mailing. Its PlateRite News 2000S outputs 41 double plates per hour.
Runge Publishing Inc., Renfrew, Ont., images Viper 830 plates on a PlateRite News 2000S that replaced a basysPrint UV-Setter 57, which utilized computer-to-conventional plates. The division of Torstar’s Metroland Media Group operates 21 community newspapers in eastern Ontario. It outputs 4,000 plates per month on average.
Rust Communications’ Daily American Republic, Poplar Bluff, Mo., completed its Alliance CtP solution (E&P Online, July 12) with a Nela HAO punch-bender. The newspaper also prints two smaller sister papers, the Prospect-News and Puxico Press weeklies, as well as inserts, handbills and other projects for area businesses. Insta Print, a commercial sheetfed division housed in the century-old Daily American Republic building, produces letterheads, envelopes, yearbooks and magazines.
The Nela HAO features electromechanical three-point register designed to match the customer’s CtP device and to accommodate all plate sizes and bend configurations.