The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle Soars With a $14 Million Expansion and a New MAN Roland Uniset 75
MAN Roland is committed to equipping the Tribune-Eagle with the most advanced newspaper press in the region north of Denver. With a top run rate of 75,000 copies per hour, UNISET more than doubles the paper’s current production rate. And its PECOM control and automation system will accelerate makereadies so the paper can be more responsive to its readers and advertisers.
“We expect to see savings in waste reduction — both start-up and run waste — thanks to UNISET’s automated features,” Thompson observes. “PECOM, automated splicers and other automation on the press will give us time savings too.“
There were a number of non-technical reasons why The Tribune-Eagle selected MAN Roland as its press provider, according to Thompson: “Their training program was an important factor for us, as was their reputation on their installs. MAN Roland has an installation that’s being completed now at the Denver Newspaper Agency that’s just to the south of us. So we’ve had a lot of opportunities to talk to people down there. We’ve gotten nothing but positive responses back.”
Thompson also traveled to Bismarck, North Dakota, where last year the Bismarck Tribune became the first North American newspaper to print with a 3/2 UNISET 75. “That visit gave me a lot of ideas for configuring the press, and it gave me some information as to what decisions surrounding the press were important to be considered in our planning.”
UNISET’s ability to print three broadsheet pages across and two pages around also fit well into the Tribune-Eagle’s plans. “That arrangement provides additional page capacity on our daily paper,” Thompson says. “It allows us essentially to purchase one less tower right now, and get the same printing capability. We can spend the money saved on our mailroom and update a lot of other areas where we have bigger bottlenecks.”