Krause CTP Lines Going Into Germany, Ireland

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By: E&P Staff

Germany’s Frankfurter Societaet (FSD) is moving to computer-to-plate output at its headquarters in Moerfelden with the purchase of six LS Jet 300 lines from Krause-Biagosch, Bielefeld, Germany.

Besides the platesetters, the order calls for six Krause BlueFin processors. Nela will supply punch and bend devices, as well as plate-sorting automation at the press controls.

With an hourly output of over 1,300 plates (in Nordic format at 1,270 dpi), the installation is among Europe’s largest and will support multiple production for simultaneous mounting of plates on the KBA Commander presses’ 27 towers.

FSD Technical Manager Volker Hotop attributed the choice of Krause to a “perfect room concept” that enables deployment of pairs of platesetters facing each other, as well as the machines’ compact design, plate trolley options and set-up possibilities at the press controls. Hotop also cited experience with Krause as a system integrator (linking to EAE’s PrintDigital) and collaboration with Nela.

The FSD business consist of the Frankfurter Neue Presse, the Publisher Societaet (regional publications, magazines) and the Societaetsdruck. Besides the Moerfelden plant, FSD operates a commercial printer subsidiary and the “Sueddeutschen Societaetsdruckerei. The Moerfelden site consumes 1.2 million printing plates and 75,000 tons of paper annually. Besides the flagship Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, main products are the Neue Presse and die ZEIT.

In Ireland, Dublin-based Independent Newspapers Ltd. will implement two Krause CTP lines, each comprising an LS Jet 300 and BlueFin processor.

Scheduled for September, the installation will be undertaken in phases at the existing platemaking room so as not to interrupt daily production.

Owing to the LS Jets’ speed and their small and flexible footprint with mirrored machine design, the new units will deliver more than a third more plates per hour while occupied half the space formerly required.

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