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Panpa Bulletin : September 2006
Aomori Kosoku Offset, based in Hiro- saki City, Japan, has ordered two Goss Newsliner four-high towers to extend its existing Goss Metroliner press. The tower additions have been ordered to meet the de- mand for leading daily title Yomiuri Shimbun to print 40 pages -- of which 16 will be in full color. Aomori Kosoku contract prints newspa- pers for distribution in the Northern Tohoku area. Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's widest read newspaper with a circulation of more than 10 million copies per day, as well as an assortment of sports newspapers are printed at the facility. Yasutaka Igarashi, director and plant manager of Aomori Kosoku Offset comments, "We have been using Goss presses for more than 10 years and are familiar with their excellent perform- ance and ease of maintenance. This will be our first experience with Newsliner towers but we are expecting the learning curve to be very quick because of the similarity in hardware and software with our existing Goss presses." The project will include the removal of each Metroliner satellite unit and half-deck from the existing press, which was installed in 1996. Completion is scheduled for February 2007 in time for the new baseball season in Japan that starts in March. Iwate Nichi Nichi Shimbun Co., Ltd, Aomori Kosoku Offset's parent com- pany, has several other printing companies in Eastern Japan that print regional editions of national newspapers. Established in 1923 with headquarters in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefec- ture, they publish the company's leading title, Iwate Nichi Nichi Shimbun. Meanwhile, Kanagawa Shimbun Co., Ltd. has ordered a new Newsliner 90 press from Goss International to increase its colour ca- pability and productivity. Publishing leading title, Kanagawa Shimbun, with a circulation of 220,000 copies every morning, this will be the seventh Goss press to be installed at its Ayase printing facility located in a suburb of Yokohama city, which is run by its affiliated company, Kanashin Offset. According to Kanashin Offset, the Newsliner 90 press is the perfect solution for strengthen- ing its colour printing and improving produc- tivity at the facility. Masayuki Motoda, manag- ing director and plant manager of Kanashin Offset, said, "We have been operating Goss presses for many years and fully understand the structure, performance and operability that they afford. The speed of this new press, as well as the DigiRail digital inking system, also brings major benefits to us and will allow us to keep up with the demand from our customers for higher quality and faster turnarounds." The new press will consist of three four-high Newsliner towers, one folder and three RTP reelstands. It will be capable of printing 24 pages with 16 pages in full colour at speeds up to 90,000cph. The press will also be equipped with the latest Goss DigiRail digital inking sys- tem for faster makereadies, reduced waste, easier operability and better print quality. Kanashin Offset was established in 1890 and is headquartered in Yokohama city, southwest of metropolitan Tokyo. As well as printing Kanagawa Shimbun it also prints several other contract newspapers. The company has been a long-term Goss press user since the first in- stallation of a single-width Urbanite II press in 1984. Currently, two Urbanite II presses, three Metroliner presses and a shaftless Newsliner press installed in March 2004 are in operation. 38 | PANPA BULLETIN September 2006 PRODUCTION Japan gets the Goss Regardless of the type of paper a mill pro- duces, one area that almost every mill could use filtration equipment is in the raw material load-in points. This helps with Quality Control (QC), as well as improving the return on investment (ROI). Many lean manufacturing initiatives dictate the need to eliminate unacceptable raw mat- erials at the beginning of the process, before the contaminated items are carried further down the process line. This is a forward-thinking so- lution that all paper mills should incorporate. And why not? It saves money in the long-run. Situation A Texas paper mill had to shut down a machine because the latex they received was off spec and the mill did not filter it out of the rail car upon receipt. Many mills rely on raw material suppli- ers to maintain high QC standards to ensure the components they receive are of accept- able quality. Often times, however, the mate- rials are within acceptable quality guidelines when they leave the producer's plant but are contaminated in the tanker truck, rail car, or product tote en route to the mill. The end result is the mill takes the prod- uct in - does not filter it at the time of arrival - and simply puts it into a storage tank. When the component gets mixed to make the final product and the final product has debris in it, the mill has to try to determine in which of the half dozen components the debris came. These products will include, but not be lim- ited to: latex, wet end starch, defoamers, dyes, alum, clays, PCC and GCC. Ronningen-Petter Solution A simple solution is to install a filter (DCF 800/1600 self cleaning filters, bag filter, and etcetera) as the product is off-loaded. This keeps the debris outside of the mill. This also becomes an effective QC tool for the mill. When the tanker truck or rail car finishes unloading, all they have to do is look at the fil- ter media to determine how much debris was taken out of the product. If the debris type and size is unacceptable, the mill needs to contact the component sup- plier for resolution. In addition, it may behove the paper mill to mandate that their compo- nent supplier filter their load-out line before shipping the items to the paper mill. Results Ronningen-Petter was able to provide a DCF- 1600 for this application, and the latex issue did not appear again. Assuming $25,000 per hour of machine shutdown, this was a great ROI for the mill. $25,000 bonus in new system Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan s widest read newspaper with a circulation of more than 10 million copies per day, is printed at the facility
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