News Print Pavilion Debuts at GRAPH EXPO 2010

Calling all newspaper printers and publishers! Making its debut at GRAPH EXPO 2010 is a new 8,000 sq. ft. show floor section devoted to the newspaper printing and publishing industry. This pavilion provides newspaper publishers and printers with answers on how to cut costs, boost profits, and make informed buying decisions. Hybrid production, digital presses, offset presses, CtP and plate bending and punching, workflow, UV and heatset technology, postpress and mailroom equipment, and consumables are areas of interest in the pavilion. A News Print Theater is holding on-going daily education for this niche.

On Monday, October 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a special free presentation entitled “Retooling and Efficiencies in Printing Operations” will be offered. Sponsored by News & Tech and Inland Press Association. The seminar will be moderated by Chuck Moozakis, editor-in-chief of News & Tech. A discussion among guest panelists Sun-Times Media LLC President and COO Rick Surkamer, industry analyst Ken Harding, Chicago Tribune Lean Operations Manager Kate Woolard, and (Toronto) Globe & Mail Project Director Gary Hughes will focus on how newspaper publishers can gain efficiencies to re-invent their operations for the future.


A vast array

Within the pavilion, exhibitors are showcasing prepress, press, and postpress equipment as well as accessories. PuzzleFlow Solutions (booth 1378) is focused on continuing development for its newspaper products. PuzzleFlow Automator and WebPairer remain the only 100% PDF workflow, preflight, and page pairing software for the newspaper industry.

The Presstimator, an estimating software program, is on displayed at the Star*Key booth (1465). This program prompts the user for detailed job specs and customizable costs and settings can be adjusted to create estimates. With its Budgeted Hourly Rates and Job Analysis modules, the Presstimator can help printers determine true costs, eliminate oversights, and meet profit targets.

Workflow solution vendors are discussing their different systems. ppi Media’s (booth 1576) publishing solution allows publishers to automate their entire planning and production workflow for either classic print media or as an online web product.

Ewert America Electronics (EAE) (booth 1470) is exhibiting smart control and workflow solutions for the automated production processes of newspapers. Core solutions are closed loop color control, Softproof, production planning and statistic systems, as well as retrofit solutions for older presses.

Manugraph DGM (booth 1474) is focusing on its newspaper presses, including Cityline Express, 430MAX, Highline Express, and Frontline. For semi-commercial, heatset, and UV, presses include Cityline Express, DGM 440, and Highline Express. TKS USA (booth 1466) web presses is discussing its TKS ColorTop product line and introducing its JETLEADER digital inkjet press.

Web press accessories from Print2Finish (booth 1265) include color registration and closed loop density systems, air bustle devices, in-line glue systems, ink supply systems and ink levelers, and in-line stitchers. Its postpress equipment includes in-line rotary trimmers, conveyors, stackers, UV coaters, laminating machines, guillotine cutters, stitching and baling wire, and label applicators.

Expanded suite

Baldwin Technology Co. (booth 1261) is showcasing its drying products, featuring the recently acquired Nordson UV curing technology. Additionally, Baldwin is introducing CleanPac cleaning cloths, a consumables offering targeted at manual cleaning applications in the press room.

For those seeking finishing equipment, Tensor (booth 1269) produces a range of press units and folders. The heavy-duty units are usually arranged as 4 high towers to meet the increasing demand for color. Presses also offer fully motorized functions incorporating remote and computerized controls from the integrated console and can be equipped with shaftless drives. The range of folders covers production speeds from 30,000 to 50,000 cph, with high web count capabilities.

Tronics (booth 1265) is featuring its Publication Labeller, a high-speed labeler that applies different size liner-backed labels ranging in size from .8x8" up to 4x4" on books, magazines, and newspapers, at speeds up to 75,000 c/h; touchscreen controls; standard motorized adjustments; operates on belt and gripper conveyors; label placement accuracy +/-5/32"; synchronized electronic adjustments and controls.

FASTechnology Group (booth 1375)specializes in products for the bindery, mailing, and newspaper industry.

Harland Simon (1472) is showcasing some of the most advanced press control desks and management systems in use for newspaper print production under the PRIMA brand name. In North America PRIMA is used by such companies as The New York Times, Dow Jones and Company Inc., Chicago Sun-Times, and Toronto Star.


Just outside

Newspaper printing and publishing suppliers and manufacturers are also exhibiting outside of the News Paper pavilion. Goss (Booth 1237) is promoting its complete product range of newspaper and commercial press systems, as well as mailroom and postpress equipment.

KBA North America’s booth (1255) is next to the official News Print pavilion. Recent installations of KBA web presses include the New York Daily News and Montreal-based Transcontinental, the largest print corporation in Canada and the sixth largest in North America, which has ordered 4 triple-wide versions of the ultra-compact KBA Commander CT for plants in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. The 4 presses will have a total of 16 towers, 4 single and 2 double folders and 6 heatset dryers. Installation of all 4 presses started in the first quarter of 2010. The purpose of the investment is to accommodate long-term printing contracts and enhance efficiency.

Muller Martini’s (booth 637) ASIR 3 (Automatic Signature Image Recognition) is demonstrated on the new Primera E110 mid-range saddle stitcher. It produces 11,000 copies per hour and offers the latest automation in its class. As the exclusive U.S. distributor of Transpak Strapping Machines to the graphic arts industry, Muller Martini is showcasing both the TP-702 strapping machine and PerformancePlus strapping material.