Nela Installing Major Platemaking Systems in Seattle, Montreal

By: E&P Staff

Nela in Oakdale, Minn., was chosen to supply Transcontinental Transmag’s press project in Montreal with vision register, punch-bend and plate inspection at the exit of three platesetters. Installation will start in December.

With the use of Nela NPS barcode and page-tracking software, plates will be transported to the quiet room next to the press consoles. A lift will carry plates destined for the upper press deck onto a multi-bin stacking system positioned next to the press units.

“This system will allow Transcontinental to maximize their plate throughput and quality and offers them a more efficient way of plate handling,’ Nela President David Klein said in a statement.

Nela also is providing plate automation for a project soon to start at The Seattle Times, where two Nela Evolution vision punch-benders will register 600 plates per hour from two Krause LS Jet platesetters.

The Nela plate-sortation system with 54 singlewide storage bins will sort plates based on the custom configuration designed to fit the Times’ needs. Nela’s Status center will monitor the entire system from exposure to processing, vision bending and sortation. Plate count, preheat temperature, developer temperature, plate throughput and feedback to the front-end system will be displayed and managed on one screen. Anticipated completion date is November.

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