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Panpa Bulletin : November December 2006
MARKETING Germany's largest pub- lishers of ad journals, a lithely named joint venture between the Westdeutscher Ver- lags- und Werbegesellschaft mbH & Co. KG and the Ostruhr-Anzei- genblattgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG -- WVW/ORA in short -- have automated their entire production platform with the installation in October of MAN Roland's printnet workflow management system. The technology modularises and networks print sites and sales, prepress, press and postpress departments across the business, which produces 68 pubs with a 4.7m strong circulation. According to MAN Roland, it also happily in- tegrates with production systems from third-party suppliers. WVR/ORA's system comprises modules for planning (PlanPag), ad pagination (AdPag), ad produc- tion (AdMan), page assembly (ProPag) and output management (printnet OM). It's also set up to collect comprehensive production stats for evaluation and business intelligence. A spokesman says it has allowed the company to standardise its systems across 39 ad offices, 15 internal and external typesetting offices and five print sites, and automate the produc- tion process with no sacrifice of service at local level. More info: www.man-roland.de When it comes to state-of-the-art trimming techno- logy, the SNT-U compact trimming drum leads the field in five key areas. Speed: top processing rates, fully synchronised with the press. Space: compact design, to re- duce the space requirement at the end of the press. Smoothness: regu- lar, even running with no curves, bump turns or other sources of error. Precision: a perfect shear cut all round. Set-up: incredibly low changeo- ver times. In short, a machine at the cutting edge of trimming technology. Ferag. Performance, Progress, Value. SNT-U compact trimming drum Increasing market share with a machine at the cutting edge of the industry FERAG AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD. A WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING AG COMPANY SYDNEY OFFICE ALEXANDRIA, NSW 2015, PHONE +61 2 8337 9777, www.ferag-australia.com MELBOURNE OFFICE DINGLEY VILLAGE, VIC 3172, PHONE +61 3 9551 3988 22 | PANPA BULLETIN November--December 2006 German ad journal publisher rolls out cover-all production work ow system US media and marketing giant Cox Target Media is rolling out a web offset press facility with the firepower to function automatically round the clock. Using two eight-unit Goss Sunday 4000 press systems with Goss's automatic transfer technol- ogy, Cox Target Media aims to more than double the 20 billion targeted direct mail coupons it now prints annually for its na- tional Valpak DM program in the US. The system is so automated it needs no human intervention during the process of turning rolls of paper into sealed coupon-filled envelopes. The process includes fully automated roll handling, preset- ting, closed-loop control, plate changing and data reporting. The presses take four printing units off-impression and bring the other four units on-impression, allowing on-the-run four-color job changeovers. The double-cir- cumference presses will print as many as 88 coupons per cylinder revolution. Meanwhile, Minnesota based Banta Publishing has overhauled its Sunday 3000 presses, adding an expected seven years to the life of the system. Since 1996, each of the presses has logged more than 3 billion impressions. Goss presses double marketing giant s coupon output German press maker KBA used October's IfraExpo in Amsterdam to unveil its new Commander CT compact wet offset press. The new system incorporates a number of im- provements to KBA's conventional roller-type inking units and com- bined them with the non-process- specific features of its waterless, keyless Cortina press. There are now seven Cortina installations in operation worldwide. Residing alongside the Cortina system on KBA's Competence op- erating platform, the Commander CT system represents a wet-offset compromise for publishers not yet comfortable going to full waterless. A beta version of the Commander CT run by a regional publisher in Germany has pro- duced pleasing results. More info: www.kba-print.de KBA announces new compact wet o set press