By: E&P Staff
In the past six months, Nela, River Falls, Wis., has sold several fully automated punch-bending systems in Asia. Newspapers in India, China, Thailand and Malaysia bought 12 Nela inline punch-benders in combination with Nela plate sortation systems.
The recent sales bring to more than 200 the number of benders Nela has sold in Asia In the past 10 years.
Counting more than 55 million daily readers, India’s leading Hindi newspaper group, Dainik Jagran Prakashan, added five Vision inline punch-benders, each for a different plant, where the publisher recently added presses to increase capacity. Dainik Jagran now has a total of 23 Nela plate lines.
Nanfang Daily, Guangdong, China, bought three fully automated Nela Vision punch-benders. Capable of vision registration, each Flexx bender handles up to 300 plates per hour. The Flexx model also can punch and bend plates for three different printing presses with different bend radii and bend angles. The bender detects different plates automatically and then applies the correct bend and punch configuration.
Circulating almost a million copies, Thailand’s largest newspaper, The Thairath Daily, in Bangkok, purchased two more Vision punch-benders (VCP), in combination with a plate sortation system, giving it two, redundant plate-production lines with a total of four Vision punch-benders (VCP). Sortation capacity was extended to 12 stacking bins, and the two production lines are connected with a 100-foot back-up conveying system. All the punch-benders are equipped with Nela’s PQM+ quality management system.
Hundred-year-old Kwong Wah, Penang, Malaysia, installed two Nela inline punch-benders connected to Agfa Advantage N platesetters, giving it devices one of the country’s most advanced plate lines.