Lehman Communications Puts New manroland Newspaper Press into Operation
Lehman management contacted several manufacturers who could provide the press size and speed needed. A series of on-site visits to operations running each company’s equipment were scheduled. Ultimately, three finalists were selected for detailed presentations and proposals.
Several specific Uniset features impacted Lehman’s decision to select manroland. The automatic web-up system is the industry’s fastest at 50 meters per minute. The turbo dampening system is designed for flexibility to handle multiple substrates. Another is the set of automation options that are linked with manroland’s printnet press controls. Telepresence,® manroland’s impressive remote diagnostic services package, played a key role.
Carr and Ken Amundson, General Manager for the Loveland Reporter-Herald, travelled to Germany last year for a visit that involved more than simply seeing new presses being built at manroland’s Plauen plant. Amundson said the Uniset’s shutter type turbo dampening system offers a number of decisions regarding web width and half-rolls be made up-front. “We were able to talk directly with the engineers so the turbos could be precisely designed to fit our application.”
System modules allow for specific configurations
Modular design is standard with manroland UNISET presses, which enabled Lehman to custom-configure the entire unit to fit their multiple needs.
“We designed the press not only for the newspapers but for backup. We have four towers and four reel stands,” Carr said. “More importantly, we put in two folders so we can ‘double out’ quite a bit. I also can run three webs in one folder, cross those three webs and run into another folder. Many of our runs are 16-page tabs or less, so the goal is to double out (print two at the same time) as much as we can, based on color and page capacity.”
Carr said one folder used primarily for newspapers has two formers on it.