By: E&P Staff
Cooke Communications North Carolina LLC, publisher of The Daily Reflector, Greenville, The Rocky Mount Telegram, The Daily Advance, Elizabeth City, and 10 weeklies, has enhanced its Muller Martini SLS1000A inserter to meet productivity and customer demands.
The company first considered buying new or reconditioned inserting equipment but chose instead to upgrade two of its SLS1000A machines with web-reduction kits and delivery gripper conveyors.
The kit includes a movable pocket wall, a sucker relocation kit and the ability to run a 10.5-inch-wide product from a 42-inch web. The economical kits amount to a one-time investment that enables handling a variety of web widths as production needs change.
“We needed to find a way to control paper costs, and the web reduction kits were a logical and effective solution,” Cooke Communications Operations Director Dan Mastin said in a statement.
Cooke Communications’ production work includes various product specifications. Compatible with SLS2000 and SLS1000 models, the SLS3000 gripper conveyor upgrade handles a wide range in packaging production, from larger page counts to uneven product thickness. Other benefits of the upgraded delivery gripper conveyor include more dwell time for better holding and pick-up geometry, more-stable products owing to the stronger grip, fewer moving parts and associated maintenance issues, enhanced product integrity without limiting capacity, and +/- 90-degree articulation range.