By: Jim Rosenberg
The Herald-Mail Co., based in Hagerstown, Md., reports that it has received and begun installing an Americolor doublewide color tower.
The $2.5 million pressroom addition will be taken into production within two months and increase color printing by as many as 16 pages, or twice the current capacity, according to the newspaper and its press supplier.
The first press upgrade in decades for the publisher of morning and afternoon dailies (combined circulation), the Americolor tower will be added to the pressroom’s eight-unit Goss Cosmo.
Built by Dauphin Graphic Machines, based in Elizabethtown, Pa., and sold by Inland Newspaper Machinery of Lenexa, Kan., the Americolor was designed by George R. Hall Contracting in Avon Lakes, Ohio, several years ago, based on DGM’s model 860 to add color capacity to existing offset press installations (E&P, April 29, 2002).
Inland took over sales from Hall last year (E&P Online, June 21, 2004). Herald-Mail is the second Americolor buyer. The first, Charleston (W.Va.) Newspapers, has run its Americolor for two years with an existing Goss Metro that Inland upgraded and reconfigured.
Inland Americolor Division Vice President Rich Kerns told E&P that the new tower was located in a space formerly occupied by a Cosmo unit that, “when their budget allows, they plan to stack” on another Cosmo unit in the press line.
Kerns said the installation relied on the existing reelroom equipment, which, along with the tower’s compact size, meant no pressroom foundation or ceiling modifications were required.
Hagerstown’s Americolor is the “standard height” of 16 feet, 2-1/2 inches, which, with the spacer at the C level and the tower’s top iron, is still less than 6 inches higher than the original model in Charleston. The modest height is a result of inline cylinder geometry in which cylinders at the same printing level are “all straight across from each other,” said Kerns. “Without that arch, we gain several inches per printing unit.”
The Americolor’s unit drives allow each printing level to be plated independently. Hagerstown’s tower uses Technotrans spray-bar dampening and Graphics Microsystems remote color inking — controls for both of which have been integrated in one compact desk with the press controls, according to Kerns.
Last year, Hall converted Herald-Mail’s Cosmo to a 50-inch web width, making it ready to run with the 50-inch Americolor. It also checked to see that the Cosmo was level and aligned. With some of the same employees and some outside investors, Hall’s successor company, Hall Contracting LLC, is handling the Americolor installation now.
Three weeks ahead of schedule, delivery of the press required closing of part of the street where the firehouse is located, and, said Kerns, the consequent temporary relocation of firefighting equipment.