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Industry efficiency drives web press upgrades

Wednesday, 05 September 2018
By Patrick Howard

Andreas Schwoepfinger and Dennis Wickham, manroland Australasia

Upgrades and retrofits at the News Corp Australia Yandina site from manroland Goss web systems are increasing production efficiency, quality and the availability of the press. An upgrade with a gluing system from Planatol, a retrofit for the production of additional formats and an e-retrofit of the controls of the existing UNISET and REGIOMAN presses are setting industry standards.

According to Dennis Wickham, managing director manroland Australasia, the drive towards industry consolidation will see more printers getting extra efficiencies from existing press. “Printers are looking for new ways to ensure productivity keeps up. This is a good example of clever thinking,” he said.

The upgrades of a new gluing system and for expanding the format flexibility help to make the press competitive for the future. It means News Corp can react to the growing market demands for more flexibility, productivity and quality. In the future the press can also produce narrow formats that are usually printed on heatset presses and have been outsourced so far. The gluing system enables gluing of the standard format.

Additionally there has been a retrofit of the control system. This increases the efficiency as the availability of the press and the communication of the system improves tremendously. A control retrofit with latest server technology gets all components, such as colour and web control, infeed, folder and reel splicer and helps to integrate the upgrades perfectly.

According to Andreas Schwöpfinger, Technical Service Director at manroland Australasia the new upgrades and retrofits will future proof the facility. “With the upgrades and retrofits, News Corp. in Yandina can react better and more flexible to the growing market demands and handle more orders in-house. At the same time, they can handle existing jobs with higher quality and more efficiency. Furthermore, the new formats offer a real added value and a stand-alone factor,” he said.


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