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Panpa Bulletin : May 2007
PANPA Bulletin May 2007 19 news Significant reductions in press start-up and run waste copies have been logged at two Australian newspaper printing plants following the installation of automated press systems. At the Herald and Weekly Times in Melbourne, where all six MAN Newsman 40 presses have been equipped with a QuadTech Register Guidance System with MultiCam, start-up waste, which averaged between 1800 and 2000 copies, is being cut regularly to a target of 1200 copies. HWT, owned by News Limited, prints Australia's top-selling daily, the Herald Sun (circ.535,000), the Sunday Herald Sun (615,000), The Weekly Times and a range of other local and specialist newspapers, ranging from 12 to 128 pages. At Border Mail Printing Pty Ltd, based in Wodonga,Victoria, similar automation installed by QuadTech on its Goss Uniliner S Press, as well as cutting waste, has assisted in improving already high printing standards. The plant currently produces 2.4 million tabloid papers a week, including the flagship title, The Border Mail (six-day circ average 26,579). HWT's Production Operations Manager, Neil Wood, said that eliminating the manual control registration and automating the process had allowed the printers to focus on ink film weight and colour balance across all the pages. "We have around 300 high-sped reel splices a day and the new equipment ensures that register is always corrected and held during these and other points of web tension fluctuation," Wood said. The Register Guidance System with MultiCam had also helped the company meet the challenges created by other industry trends. "The display advertising market is fiercely competitive, and agencies are demanding higher quality reproduction as we compete against the heatset magazine industry. "The QuadTech equipment monitors and controls register throughout the entire run, playing a significant role in keeping our advertis- ers happy by eliminating blurred edges." Border Mail Printing's general manager, Damian Balkin, also stressed the benefit of the printers being freed up to concentrate more on quality control aspects such as ink densities and colour. Because the MultiCam stays locked on to marks during web tension upsets,particularly during start-ups, splices and blanket washes, the percentage of waste copies during these periods had been substantially reduced. Waste reduction at HWT By Jack Beverley