MAN Sells Singlewide, Installs Triplewide

By: E&P Staff

The Show-Me State’s capital daily is the latest buyer of MAN Roland’s Uniset singlewide press, while the manufacturer’s hometown newspaper printer is taking delivery of MAN’s first triplewide press.

The News Tribune Co., publisher of Missouri’s 2,185-circulation (Tuesday-Saturday mornings) Daily Capital Journal, 17,397-circulation (Monday-Saturday evenings) Jefferson City Post-Tribune and The Sunday News Tribune (24,244 copies), expects to install a Uniset 75 in September 2005 in a new production facility. The city approved planning and zoning for the plant, construction of which is to begin this summer.

Consisting of four reel stands, 32 printing couples in four eight-couple (full-color) towers and a 2:3:3 folder, the two-around Uniset is slated to begin operation by mid-February 2006, taking over for a 32-year old Goss Urbanite. A planned redesign will be launched at that time, featuring improved sectioning. Adding more color was “a major consideration” in the decision to purchase a new press, according to News Tribune General Manager Mike Vivion, who said the paper is now turning down color ads. And “thanks to efficiencies,” said Vivion, “we will also be able to lower the price of our color advertising.”

In addition to its own papers, the company prints the Fulton Sun (approximately 3,900 copies) and the weekly California Democrat (approximately 3,500 copies).

The Uniset will serve the need for quick turnaround from title to title. Vivion told MAN that Tuesdays get “particularly hectic” when “we print an outside publication first, then the California Democrat, and follow that with the Daily Capital News. An outside weekly is next, followed by The Fulton Sun.” Also, the Uniset’s fast make-ready, speed and quality are expected to allow a greater volume of work for customers, which now range from local businesses to state government.

In MAN’s Bavarian headquarters city, Augsburg Presse Druck und Verlags GmbH & Co. will soon replace nine presses with five Colorman XXL two-around-by-six-page wide presses, a model introduced at Nexpo 2003. The customer expects to lower its production costs by 20%, owing to efficiencies provided by the wider format, which requires two-thirds the units and reelstands needed in a two-around doublewide to produce the same volume. The extra width also allows the 2-by-6 XXL to produce a 72-page paper on one-fourth fewer units and one-fourth fewer splicers than a 4-by-2 system producing only 64 pages.

MAN says that the press’ core-driven reel stand with automatically adjustable support arms “delivers 83% more paper per reel while reducing waste by 30%.” Newspapers with the new splicer, it adds, will need 44% fewer reel stands.

Vincent Lapinski, chief operating officer of MAN Roland Inc. Web Operations, said the Colorman XXL’s nine-cylinder common-impression configuration “provides for the highest accuracy in color register” of all available triplewide designs.

The XXL also features a metal-backed blanket cylinder, refined plate and blanket fittings, optional automatic plate clamping system to speed make-ready time and reduce staffing, new turner unit and folder superstructure with three side-by-side formers and up to two former levels to maximize product versatility, and angle bars that position themselves on command from the Pecom control system for fast changeovers.

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