Lehman Communications Puts New manroland Newspaper Press into Operation
“This way I can run four sections. The other is a quarter-folder with just one former and is basically a commercial folder. But we can use it to back up the dailies and print half folds, broadsheets and other things as well. We also had to improve our post-print process with a faster inserter, too. You can’t print at 35,000 sheets an hour with an inserter that runs at 15,000 because you would never get the dailies out in time.”
Installation of the UNISET began in mid-February and was completed three weeks ahead of schedule. This enabled testing to be finished in April and several live product newspaper sections to be printed prior to the May 19 first edition full runs.
Pressroom training draws raves
Putting an all-new press with advanced technology features to work added even greater emphasis to the level of training for Lehman Communications crew.
“We received all the training we expected and more,” Mr. Lehman said. “The manroland trainer was very hands-on and helped us learn and understand all about the press.”
Carr said one of the biggest challenges during the training period was how to continuing producing newspapers while getting everyone time on the new press.
“With four shifts and a total of 20 people (including supervisors and joggers), giving everyone a fair shot was tough. We did spend some overtime and did whatever it took to initially get our lead pressmen trained.
“We were also impressed that manroland had an interest in providing training for several departments, not just the press people,” added Mr. Lehman . “During the early sessions the trainer did some awareness programs for our advertising, editorial and production people. This was especially helpful since we had some changes with the new press by going from a 22-1/4 inch cut-off to 21 inches.