Heidelberg Sales, Pact With Ferag

By: E&P Staff

The Record, Ottaway Newspapers’ 62,139-circualation daily in Stockton Calif., will add a comprehensive system from Heidelberg for faster, more efficient and more extensively zoned inserting at its new production and packaging plant, slated to open early next year.

Heidelberg will provide a 30-hopper, dual-delivery NP632 inserter (replacing a 14-hopper NP1472), equipped with NP226 hopper loaders and supplied with copies from the press by an NP200 gripper conveyor. Heidelberg Omnizone controls will be used for production management, including zoning and reporting.

“Single-delivery mode will give us the capacity to run most weekend packages in a single pass, and we will have the versatility to switch to the double-in, double-out mode for high-speed daily production,” said General Manager David Johnson.

Regional growth has boosted Record preprint ad volume to more than 60 inserts per week on average, with at least two inserts in almost every edition, according to Johnson.

Following post-press systems orders from three other California papers this year — the San Francisco Chronicle (installing a 30-hopper NP632), The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, and The Modesto Bee — Johnson cited a strong user group “that gives us a lot of positive opportunities to collaborate on technical and operational issues.”

The Modesto (Calif.) Bee will install a 22-hopper NP632 inserter this fall, primarily to produce its 93,259-circulation Sunday package. The McClatchy newspaper’s Heidelberg NP2299 inserter, installed in 1990, will be fitted with Omnicon controls. Both systems will be integrated with Heidelberg’s new Omnizone supervisory controls.

Overseeing completion of the project in Modesto is Hank Vender Veen, publisher of McClatchy’s Merced Sun-Star, who was the Bee’s circulation director when it began its post-press upgrade to accommodate increasing ad insert volumes. “The operators and service people are already familiar with the Heidelberg technology,” he said of the decision to rely on the same manufacturer and link its systems with common controls.

Elsewhere, The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif., will combine a 42-hopper Heidelberg Magnapak with a Ferag MulitiDisc winder/unwinder system this fall. The project is among several where the two post-press systems supplier have worked together, including Denver’s Rocky Mountain News and The Record, Hackensack, N.J.

By Nexpo, Heidelberg and Ferag reached agreement to cooperate in better serving North American newspapers’ post-press needs by making it easier to integrate Heidelberg inserting systems with Ferag press gripper conveyor and MultiDisc winding and unwinding buffering components.

Announcing the agreement, Heidelberg Vice President Doug Gibson said the companies have a record of making their complementary product lines work together. Closer cooperation, he said, will “streamline the purchase and installation processes and deliver a unique level of integrated productivity.”

The most recent Magnapack buyer is the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In the fall, the Pulitzer flagship will add a 30-hopper, dual-delivery machine with 10 NP226 hopper loaders. In single-delivery mode, it will be able to place up to 29 inserts into one jacket at 30,000 papers per hour. Dual delivery will allow processing two streams of up to 14 inserts at 60,000 papers per hour. The Post-Dispatch — 281,198 copies weekdays, 454,998 Sundays — processes an average of 20 million freestanding inserts each week.

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