By: E&P Staff
Newspapers in Northern Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America are among new customers for plate-handling systems from the Nela Group, Lahr, Germany, and Oakdale, Minn.
The Freie Presse in Chemnitz, Germany, decided to use Nela punch-bending devices for complete prepress automation. Three Nela Evolution Vision punch-benders, in connection with Kodak computer-to-plate devices, will punch and bend plates before they are transported to the new manroland press via three Nela plate elevators. Sorted according to customer specifications, plates will be delivered directly into a 40-position stacker. With Nela page-tracking software, an operator can monitor every plate’s location at any time.
Thairath, in Bangkok, Thailand, has contracted for two Nela VCP Evolutions with a multi-position stacker. For this order, punched and bent plates will be conveyed through a wall directly to a press-side stacker.
The Times of India, the world’s largest English-language daily, bought two VCP Evolutions to enlarge and modify its existing Nela installation. Also in India, Dainik Baskar chose Nela in-line solutions for its locations in Jaipur and Ahmdabad, installing at each site in September a VCP Evolution with an eight-position stacker. Punched and bent plates will go on a KBA Prisma press.
Designed for lower-volume printers, a Nela Ecobender Vision will soon punch and bend plates at London newspaper printer Quickmarsh Ltd. for its Manugraph DGM press. The Ecobender V offers vision alignment and is in line with Quickmarsh’s CTP device.
Two VCPs (one with M-capabilities) will go to Zero Hora, Porto Alegre, Brazil, to punch and bend plates for its new Wifag press.