Pueblo Chieftain Realizes Unexpected Benefits from manroland Press UpgradeSeptember 29, 2011
As his team becomes more proficient at using this capability, Sutton anticipates that this savings will reach 2 percent by the end of the year. “When you spend a couple million dollars on paper every year, that amounts to a considerable repeat savings,” he said.
The reliability of the modern electronics has also proven to be of immediate benefit, allowing the Chieftain staff to much more effectively troubleshoot the press, thereby further minimizing downtime.
A user-friendly touchscreen control was also part of the upgrade and alarm data is substantially more comprehensive. These factors have already made it easier to operate and manage the press and further develop maintenance staff.
Sutton believes that the Pueblo Chieftain is unusual in the extent to which it focuses on maintenance. It is an operating philosophy that has served the company well.
“Several years after installing the manroland press, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly publications, from as far away as Denver began noticing the quality we were producing. These publishers signed on with us because they thought our printing looked like USA Today,” he said “We work really hard at it. That’s why The Pueblo Chieftain is one of the small number of papers in the United States that has SNAP certification. We have had that certification for the past 8 or 9 years.”
(SNAP is a standard promulgated by the Newspaper Association of America . It stands for specifications for newsprint advertising production, and involves printing test forms and sending print samples to a panel of judges.)
“During the same period of time, we have grown our commercial operations to increase our paper’s revenue streams. This has really helped the paper stay on top of the financial problems that all newspapers are facing right now. It all has to do with our ability to put out an exceptionally high quality product,” he said.
Sutton says he is delighted with the decision to upgrade the press, which will help the paper to maintain its dual position as quality newspaper publisher and commercial printing operation.
manroland Inc. is a division of manroland AG the world's second largest printing systems manufacturer and the world's market leader in web off-set. Webfed and sheetfed presses provide solutions for publishing, commercial, and packaging printing.