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Pueblo Chieftain Realizes Unexpected Benefits from manroland Press Upgrade

September 29, 2011
PUEBLO, CO—Sept 29, 2011—The decision to upgrade in this economy doesn’t always seem like the right way to go. However, after initiating a study starting late in 2009, the leadership at the Pueblo Chieftain decided to move forward with an upgrade of its 1996 manroland Uniset press with modern controls, and the latest PECOM control console technology from manroland.

“Anytime you go into your electrical components on a press, you get real nervous because a lot of things can happen and most of them are bad,” said Ned Sutton, production director for the Pueblo Chieftain. “So I was very surprised when we were able to complete the upgrade in two weeks without our two-shift, seven days a week operation losing any production.”

To accomplish that feat, manroland service technicians were assigned to the Pueblo Chieftain, focused on accomplishing the task based on the schedule developed along with the customer. They worked on the upgrade along with a team of two or three of the Chieftain’s staff in odd hours when the press was not needed for production. This teamwork allowed the Chieftain to accelerate a process that might have taken months to complete and to accomplish it in just 14 days.

The team approach also proved to be an excellent opportunity for the staff to get professional training on the system they would soon be responsible for maintaining. Each day the manroland technicians would come in early and devise a game plan for the day. The basic plan for the day generally involved taking down one of the press’ units, replacing the controls and installing a touchscreen unit control.

The plan also detailed how the Chieftain staffers would be utilized during that particular session.

“We have always worked in this way with manroland,” Sutton said. “Whenever I have manroland technicians in the building for an extended period of time, I want my staff to learn as much as they can from them. I also think manroland enjoys coming here because we are so cooperative.”

While the controls upgrade was justified based on having far more reliable and readily available advanced solid-state electronics, the Chieftain is also seeing a number of important benefits that were not fully anticipated. The most significant of these is waste reduction. Sutton said, “The new controls allow us to achieve register at much slower speeds.” This has resulted in an immediate waste reduction of about 1.5 percent.
 

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