Schur Completes Big Packaging Systems Project at 'The News-Gazette,' Champaign, Ill.

By: E&P Staff Schur Packaging Systems Inc., Schaumburg, Ill., a division of Schur International, Horsens, Denmark, has finished a major project for The News-Gazette, Champaign, Ill., that it considers among its biggest and most important.

A 40-hopper A883 collator with CMC JWR plastic wrapper, a 10-hopper A855 inserter, TGG-4000 conveying systems, three A600compensating stackers, two packaging lines with bottom wrapper, bundle address labeler and strapping module, and a fully automated Winrob III palletizer with PSW 2001 wrapper were purchased by the family-owned newspaper.

Start-up of the Schur turnkey solution occurred last month at the News-Gazette's new plant in an industrial area on the outskirts of Champaign. With approximately 50,000 square meters, the 155-year-old newspaper has space to accommodate further modernization and optimization of all production departments in the future.

The transfer of all packaging and distribution from the Main Street building to the new plant is only the beginning in the challenges the paper faces. Its 30-year-old doublewide Goss Cosmo press, upgraded recently with additional towers to increase capacity and color, will remain in service at the old address for now. Phase two of the master plan will start when the decision for a new press is made in the next two to five years, according to Distribution Director Floyd Bundy, a 38-year News-Gazette veteran.

The 41,035-circulation News Gazette and the company's eight weeklies are published with a growing number of inserts for advertisers that expect quality packaging and timely distribution, made possible by the new automated systems.

Bundy reported that the post-press project took a year from contract to installation to months ago, and that start-up could have been even sooner had the plant been ready. Packaging lines designed to handle 30,000 copies per hour are process 10,000 to 12,000 copies per hour to ensure product quality.


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