By: E&P Staff
The San Francisco Chronicle, which prints at Union City, Richmond, and Army Street plants, is replacing its old Agfa Intellinet transmission system with the modular NewsWay system from Agfa’s ProImage unit, Princeton, N.J., to better manage its end-to-end workflow.
“A lot of aging equipment,” Chronicle Production Operations Director Pat Izzo said in a statement, “hasn’t prevented us from installing new technology. NewsWay makes what we have more efficient and productive, and its reporting capabilities keeps us better informed.
With monitors installed at each NewsWay workstation, the Chronicle can “track page flow and record production operations times such as editorial release, page transmission, film and plate output, and plate-to-press times,” said Izzo, adding that such things as merging, stitching, and distributing files and remote printing are now possible.
Using a standard browser and PC hardware, NewsWay manages imposition, job planning, network workflow, output (including load balancing), resource scheduling, and production tracking.
For the Chronicle, said ProImage America Sales Vice President Rick Shafranek, “we will create soft proofs and output to both NewsColor hardcopy proofers as well as to Agfa 3850 filmsetters,” with provision for upgrading to drive CTP imagers. Izzo said “tentative plans” for later this year include adding NewsWay modules for imposition, PDF, and commercial ad stitching.
NewsWay will import page-layout data from the Chronicle’s ALS system and create plans for the various zoned editions. It will accept page modules from the CCI Europe front-end system, load balance an existing alfaQuest RIP farm, assemble pages and automatically place them in an Approval queue before routing them to their respective print sites. There, NewsWay will burn text and furniture specific for each site onto the image, then load balance the data among six Agfa 3850 filmsetters. For tracking, NewsWay receives a status message when each plate is made.