Goss International Will Handle Web-Width Reductions at ‘WSJ’ Plants

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By: E&P Staff

Headquartered in nearby Bolingbrook, Ill., Goss International chose the Nexpo trade show here this week to announce that it will handle web-width reductions at eight Wall Street Journal printing plants.

Down Jones & Co. announced last year that it is following others in the industry to 12-inch-wide pages. Unlike others, however, that trimmed their doublewide webs from 50, 54 or more inches to accomplish the conversion, the Journal is finally shrinking from 60 inches

Announced at the Nexpo trade show here, the project involves conversion and enhancement of 10 Metro and Metroliner presses in time for publication in the smaller format in January 2007. Headquartered in nearby Bolingbrook, Ill., Goss said it has reduced the web widths of more than 4,500 printing couples during the past eight years.

(Goss also chose the annual newspaper technology conference and show to announce that it had increased the speed of the 4-by-1 version of its Mainstream press to 100,000 Berliner-format copies per hour and 90,000 cph for larger formats, made its Mainstreams compatible with the Goss Flexible Printing System?s 2:5:5 folder, and modified platforms and connections for configuring Mainstream and Global Newsliner towers in the same press line.)

Little more than a week earlier, ABB Switzerland was chosen to upgrade its controls on the 19 Goss and TKS presses at all 17 Journal plants in the United States. The Goss and ABB projects are both to be completed by January 2007 for publication of the Journal in its new format. ABB work at Dow Jones plants dates from 1994. When it upgraded press drives for the Journal, it brought in Brock Solutions, Kitchener, Ontario, to assist in conversion from DC- to AC-power motors.

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