El grupo Ebra de Francia termina de instalar un moderno Sistema de insertadoras Ferag
Groupe EBRA publishes several large regional newspapers in the eastern half of France. One of those is L’Alsace, production of which moved from Mulhouse to the Strasbourg printing plant of Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace (DNA) in the summer of 2018, thus realizing major cost economies. Among the measures taken in Strasbourg was a reorganization of the mailroom for more efficient insert processing.
DNA is a major French regional newspaper, with a readership in northern and central Alsace served by the printing centre in Strasbourg. Also produced here are partial editions of CNews, a daily freesheet, as well as various inserts for other EBRA titles and semi-commercial products for third parties.
Regional newspaper L’Alsace belongs to press conglomerate Groupe EBRA (Est Bourgogne Rhône Alpes), which in turn is majority-owned by Crédit Mutuel, a major French bank. In 2017 it was decided to close that newspaper’s printing site in southern Alsace and relocate daily production of the 70,000 or so copies to Strasbourg as well. For the Strasbourg printing plant the move meant investments throughout production, including the mailroom.
New processing concept
In a major investment from ten years ago, in 2009, the DNA mailroom was completely converted to Ferag technology. The equipment put into operation then included two inserting lines with MSD inserting drums and RollStream precollecting systems, as well as MultiStack compensating stackers – all supplied by Ferag. The central means of production since 2006 has been a Wifag Evolution 371, supplemented by a Wifag OF7 dating back to 1990, which is still in operation. The duo’s output includes 15 local editions of DNA – around 150,000 copies at the present count, printed on the night shift. Concentration of printing at Strasbourg meant setting up two production lines with comparable end-to-end capacity. With extensive retrofits and upgrades about to get started on the press side, in postpress too there was additional machinery and a new processing concept.
Michel Kleck, Deputy Technical Manager at DNA, says that inserts have been a staple for decades. Nonetheless, six JetFeeders on each RollStream line sufficed through previous years. To prevent manual feeding from becoming too burdensome on plant workers, it was even possible to operate with up to three JetFeeders in parallel when feeding thicker inserts for the women’s magazine Femina, for example.
Split across three JetFeeders
The extra volume from Mulhouse would necessitate processing a further seven local editions, some with very small unit quantities and numerous odd bundles. Thus another Ferag MultiStack compensating stacker was brought in so that both lines would have three MTS each and hence the same capacity.
More important still, though, was to increase the efficiency of insert processing. So it was decided to remove two JetFeeders from each RollStream and instead fit both lines with automatic insert feeders. For this purpose, a MultiDisc unwinding station was coupled to each ROS; these now mostly process bulkier inserts, in particular the TV supplement included with Thursday’s DNA and Friday’s L’Alsace.
Since mid-2018 inserts have been wound by day for automatic feeding at night. However, the feeding system is not operated in classical style via a single manual hopper station, but again via three JetFeeders. Inserts then make their way via the ROS, the MSD drum and a new branch of the UTR universal conveyor to the MultiDisc winding station. This principle also makes it possible to split the product while feeding and even allows pre-inserting into preprints on their way to winding. Overall, according to Michel Kleck, the new processing concept has markedly increased mailroom productivity.
About Ferag AG:
Ferag AG, with its headquarters at Hinwil in Switzerland, has for over 60 years been known and respected in the printing industry for high quality, absolute dependability and perfect customer support. The traditional, family-owned company is seen as the undisputed market and technological leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of postpress processing systems. Ferag is also a specialist in innovative conveyor and processing technology for the most varied industrial applications and goods distribution systems. For example, with its innovative Skyfall system, the company has in recent years become very successful in sectors like e-commerce and intralogistic materials flow. Like its affiliate company WRH Global AG with its 20 subsidiaries, Ferag is part of the WRH Walter Reist Holding AG corporate group, which employs a staff of more than 800 worldwide.
FUJIFILM Lanza Acuity Led 40 Series para prensas planas
The newest addition to the Acuity flatbed range offers customers, added flexibility, increased sustainability and enhanced print quality
Fujifilm today announces the launch of the new Acuity LED 40 series of flatbed printers. Building on the success of the Acuity Select 20, and on Fujifilm's expertise in LED curing that dates back to the launch of the Acuity LED 1600 seven years ago, it marks the first time that LED-curing printers have been made available within the Acuity flatbed range.
The Acuity LED 40 series builds on award-winning greyscale piezoelectric printing and inherits state-of-the-art technology developed for higher volume printers to ensure exceptional levels of quality. Ideal for both growing mid-volume print service providers, and existing Acuity customers who want to upgrade, the series provides production capacity of up to 15,000 m2 per year, at speeds of up to 53 m2 per hour.
The standard model enables users to print on media or objects of any size up to 1.25 x 2.5 metres, while with the X2 (double bed size) model, this increases to 2.5 x 3.08 metres. With the ability to print on a range of almost any rigid or flexible material, the series demonstrates the application versatility of the Select 20 range as well as introducing the added benefits of improved quality reduced consumable costs of UV lamps and the reduced energy consumption of an LED curing system.
The Acuity LED 40 features a new LED ink, Uvijet KL, and is available with four, six or eight colour channels. Users have the option to add light inks and varnish for stunning, high-value applications, and can also upgrade to Fujifilm's brightest white UV ink ever, providing the highest possible image quality in slower print modes, making it ideal for photographic and fine art applications. Furthermore, all of Fujifilm's Uvijet inks are Greenguard Gold certified, so prints can be used safely in schools, hospitals or retail environments.
Traditionally a difficult colour to maintain, the Acuity LED 40 white ink system is just as easily-cleaned as the other colours with the standard-fitted Automated Maintenance System, restoring reliable nozzle functionality in seconds, reducing operational costs.
Designed with ease-of-use in mind, the series features an added benefit of instant turn-on for immediate printing, eliminating the need to wait for the printer-to-warm up, which is particularly beneficial to customers who do not print all day.
Existing Fujifilm Acuity flatbed printers with conventional UV lamps already consume less power than most competitive systems, even those which are LED-curable. The Acuity 40 range, however, uses an estimated 30% of the power of the Acuity Select 20, demonstrating excellent environmental benefits and offering significant cost benefits to users.
Says Mike Battersby, Marketing Manager, FUJIFILM Graphic Systems Ltd: "We are delighted now to be bringing the benefits of LED curing technology to our flatbed range. Our customers are increasingly looking for more environmentally sustainable solutions, and to maximise efficiency and profitability. The Acuity LED 40 delivers all of this by combining the versatility and reliability of our existing Acuity flatbed range with the LED-curing capability already enjoyed by so many users of Fujifilm's Acuity roll-fed machines. We look forward to talking to new and existing customers about the benefits this series could provide to their businesses."
The Acuity LED 40 will be showcased for the first time in Europe on the Fujifilm stand 2K11 at C!Print in Lyon from 5th to 7th February 2019.
La sexta edición del Premio KODAK SONORA Green Leaf reconoce a 13 impresores por su excelencia en impresión sustentable
Kodak, líder mundial en el desarrollo de soluciones de impresión sustentable, anunció los ganadores del Premio KODAK SONORA Green Leaf 2018, que incluye 13 impresores de todo el mundo. El programa, ya en su sexto año, celebra a los socios de la industria que son líderes en la implementación de prácticas sustentables y en ofrecer a sus clientes opciones ecológicas para sus necesidades de impresión. Los ganadores de la edición 2018 son: Artes Gráficas Sagitario (Bolivia); Presse-Druck- und Verlags-GmbH (Alemania); Blackmore Group (Reino Unido); Colour King (Sudáfrica); PT. Gelora Aksara Pratama (Indonesia); Hebei Xindong Printing Co. (China); Leanin Tree (Estados Unidos); Mitchell Press (Canadá); The Profeather Printing Co., Ltd. (DongGuan) (China); SRB Printing (Corea del Sur); Stuff New Zealand (Nueva Zelanda); Toyokuni Printing Co. (Japón); Wijeya Newspapers (Sri Lanka).
Además de utilizar las planchas libres de procesamiento KODAK SONORA, cada una de las compañías ganadoras demostró un compromiso continuo con prácticas sustentables. Los participantes premiados fueron evaluados según una serie de criterios, que incluyen prácticas de gestión para mejorar la eficiencia energética y del agua, la participación en iniciativas de sustentabilidad en la comunidad local y el uso de materiales y suministros respetuosos con el
medio ambiente. Todas las presentaciones se revisan con puntuaciones determinadas por un panel de jueces de Kodak.
“En Kodak, creemos que la impresión sustentable proporciona la base fundamental para impulsar el éxito empresarial y cada uno de los ganadores del Premio SONORA Green Leaf de este año es nuevamente ejemplo de cómo ponerlo en práctica”, dijo John O'Grady, Presidente de Kodak's Print Systems Division. "Los resultados específicos que produce cada uno de estos impresores al incorporar acciones más respetuosas con el medio ambiente en todo su negocio son bastante tangibles, desde costos operativos reducidos hasta aumentos medibles en las métricas de rendimiento clave que benefician a sus clientes".
Una de las formas más significativas en que Kodak contribuye a un mundo más sustentable es capacitando a los clientes para que cumplan sus objetivos, por lo que la ingeniería de productos de Kodak prioriza la sustentabilidad ambiental. Las planchas Libres de Procesamiento KODAK SONORA representan la pieza central de la oferta de productos sustentables del portafolio, con más de 4,000 clientes que utilizan la tecnología en todo el mundo. Este número sigue creciendo con la última versión, SONORA X, que permite que más del 80% de los impresores pasen a las planchas libres de procesamiento. Más allá de las planchas KODAK SONORA, los equipos CTP de Kodak reducen el consumo de energía hasta en un 95% en comparación con las plataformas alternativas. Las prensas KODAK PROSPER y la tecnología de inyección de tinta KODAK ULTRASTREAM tienen componentes de cabezal de impresión diseñados para renovación y reutilización, mientras que las prensas KODAK NEXPRESS y KODAK NEXFINITY incluyen características ambientalmente responsables, como tintas secas HD que prácticamente no generan emisiones ni requisitos de energía eléctrica significativamente inferiores a los de la alternativa.
Resolute Reporta los resultados del último cuatrenio de 2018
Montreal, Jan. 31, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, of $36 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, compared to $13 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the same period in 2017. Sales were $932 million in the quarter, an increase of $34 million from the year-ago period. Excluding special items, the company reported net income of $4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to $14 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the
Badisches Druckhaus es uno de los primeros clientes de la alianza entre SEM y Koenig and Bauer
Badisches Druckhaus Baden-Baden is one of the first printing companies to benefit from the suc-cessful cooperation between S.E.M. and Koenig & Bauer. Within the framework of implementing the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) egulations, in particular regulation 3, the cooperation be-tween the two companies went smoothly. “The entire process from the initial inquiry to the completion of the inspection went smoothly. I had my permanent contact person and everything went well,” says Paul Haas, managing director of Badisches Druckhaus.
In 2014 a Koenig & Bauer Commander CT for printing up to 48-page newspapers in Berlin format was installed at Badisches Druckhaus. In addition to the daily title “Badisches Tagblatt”, the company also produces a number of advertising journals as well as contract jobs for publishers, retailers and indus-trial companies.
DGUV regulation 3 must be carried out
§5 of DGUV 3 states: “The contractor shall ensure that electrical installations and equipment are checked regarding their proper condition”. Companies can check their own office printers or PCs for example. Nevertheless, the experts from S.E.M. and Koenig & Bauer were commissioned by Ba-disches Druckhaus to inspect the Commander CT. Koenig & Bauer now not only offers the latest press technology, but also the know-how to carry out DGUV inspections without interrupting produc-tion. “This order is a good example of how our customers can benefit from this partnership,” says Thomas Potzkai, head of service at Koenig & Bauer. The exchange of knowledge and the use of indi-vidual data from our own systems offers customers the greatest possible degree of security and advice.
Koenig & Bauer’s alliance with S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft
Koenig & Bauer expanded its product portfolio in 2018 in response to the expanding service business and strong customer demand. In cooperation with S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft, Koenig & Bauer can now offer almost all services relating to printing presses.
About Koenig & Bauer
Koenig & Bauer is the world’s second-largest printing press manufacturer with the broadest product range in the industry. For 200 years, the company has been supporting printers with innovative tech-nology, tailor-made processes and a wide array of services. The portfolio ranges from banknotes, via board, film, metal and glass packaging, through to book, display, coding, magazine, advertising and newspaper printing. Sheetfed and webfed offset and flexo printing, waterless offset, intaglio, simul-taneous perfecting and screen printing or digital inkjet – Koenig & Bauer is at home in virtually all printing processes and is the market leader in many of them. In the financial year 2017, approximately 5,600 highly qualified employees worldwide generated annual sales of more than EUR 1.2 billion.
Further information can be found at https://www.koenig-bauer.com