Courier Times decided to move forward with the web-width reduction, reducing their web-width from 50 inches to 44 inches. The reduction was completed in Q1 of 2013.
Nelson Mallon, Pressroom Manager at Courier Times, described why the company decided to go forward with the web-width reduction. “We wanted to control rising newsprint costs and become more competitive in pricing commercial work. We are already seeing newsprint savings and improved reproduction quality. As part of the project we replaced rollers & blankets so combined with that and the work done on registration pins our quality has improved,” stated Mallon.
manroland web systems was chosen for the job because of the company’s ability to provide a complete package, including Project Management, factory-trained technical excellence, and the logistical knowledge needed to implement the changes with a minimum of interruption to current production schedules. “Due to several conference call meetings and the exchanging of work schedules we were able to successfully plan around the interruptions,” said Mallon about the manroland web systems install team, “They all did an excellent job.”
In addition to the web-width reduction, Courier Times also selected to perform an upgrade to the PECOM system (the production management system used with the GEOMAN press) which will provide the company with the latest technology available. “We see the PECOM upgrade as a way to assure them that their press equipment will be a dependable resource for the future,” stated Bill Reiser, printservices Consultant for manroland web systems, “With the increased security and productivity, this upgrade is also a smart solution.”
Bucks County Courier Times is owned by Calkins Media, serving communities across the U.S. through print and online editions in suburban Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets, New Jersey and Florida.