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Bryan-College Station Eagle Newspaper in Texas Chooses CC1, Inc.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

CC1, Inc., the premier provider of digital Automatic Register Control, Web Video, Register Motorization, and Pre-Registration solutions for the web offset market, is announcing the installation of its eXaminer Automatic Register Control system at the Bryan-College Station Eagle Newspaper in Bryan, Texas. The system, which was installed the first quarter of 2004, is providing the paper with significant improvement in its quality and consistency, nearly 50% reduced running waste, and the ability to compete more effectively for higher quality commercial work . CC1’s eXaminer is the most advanced and effective automatic register control for four-color newsprint available today. “We installed the CC1 system on our nine-unit Goss Urbanite web press to improve our register consistency throughout the press run,” says Mark Manning, production director of the Bryan-College Station Eagle newspaper. “The CC1 system accomplished this right away. Our running waste dropped nearly 50%! It went from an average of 1,102 copies per run before the CC1 system was installed down to 596 waste copies per run after the CC1 system was installed. We attribute much of that reduction to the register system.” Just the beginning of additional benefits Manning continues, “What we discovered, however, is that the consistent register was just the beginning of a host of additional benefits. Since we achieve acceptable register faster, we save time and have less stops for sliding plates and other jobs. Since the pressmen have less running around to do, it gives our press operators more time to think about the job running on press, to make better decisions. The press operators are more calm and free to concentrate on the big picture, which leads to less errors and higher quality. Bottom line, though, is: our waste is down; quality is up.” In addition to reducing waste and increasing quality, the newspaper has been able to attract higher quality commercial work that it wasn’t able to produce before it had the CC1 equipment. “Since we installed the CC1 system, we are much better equipped to compete with commercial printing houses than ever before,” says Manning. “In the past, there were jobs that we couldn’t win the bid because we ran too much waste trying to achieve register and we were too concerned about being able to meet the high quality expectations of the customer with critical register needs. That’s not a problem now.” Boosted quality levels Most of the newspaper’s commercial printing work is for low draw weekly newspapers and circulars. But the CC1 equipment has not only boosted quality levels for the commercial work but for the newspaper’s advertisers as well. “Ads in our newspapers today are more color intensive and more complicated than ever before,” says Manning. “We’re seeing small knock-outs in process photos, process black text etc. These types of ads are common in newspapers now, and they only look good if the register is close to perfect. ‘Close enough for rock and roll’ no longer applies in the newspaper printing industry.” Manning reports that the CC1 equipment installation has also allowed the newspaper to combat increases in newsprint and make its business more profitable. “The difference between printing commercial jobs and newspapers is ever narrowing,” says Manning. “This is due to a higher volume of color as well as the higher expectation of quality in newspapers. Our industry has to continue to pursue this kind of technology to stay profitable and to compete.” The eXaminer Automatic Register Control System from CC1, Inc. provides accurate and consistent automatic control of four-color register (running and sidelay) throughout the press run including start/stops, splices and plate changes. The eXaminer features: * Automatic Pre-Positioning of color and cut- off compensators for web path changes; * Automatic Color Register Control to maintain fast and consistent print register quality throughout speed changes, after splices, web breaks, go-downs, and immediate re-establishing of register after edition or plate changes; * Full and/or Lateral register motorization is available. Remote maintenance keeps watch over the system The Bryan College Station Eagle newspaper takes advantage of CC1’s remote maintenance program, in which CC1 engineers have the ability to remotely monitor and diagnose problems at the newspaper’s Texas location. “CC1’s engineers watch our system run from a remote location and make adjustments to it while we are running,” says Manning. “We’re able to keep our presses running with no down-time at all. We’ve found the CC1 engineers to not only be very bright but easy to work with.” The Bryan-College Station Eagle is a 28,000 circulation daily in southeast Texas. The Eagle is a member of The Evening Post Publishing Co., which is based in Charleston, S.C. The Eagle has a long, distinguished history of public service journalism and traces its history back to 1876. That’s when it started as a weekly called the Brazos Pilot. Over the decades the institution itself and the name eventually was transformed into a daily publication that today is known as The Eagle. Bryan-College Station is the home of Texas A&M University, with an enrollment of almost 45,000 students, and Blinn College, with an enrollment of almost 11,000 students. Clearly, the educational institutions are the foundations of the region’s economic development. But the region draws upon a huge farm/ranch economy and an expansive state and local government infrastructure that generate significant income and growth opportunities. The Eagle’s readership covers a seven-county area and includes a broad range of interests and energetic lifestyles. For over 26 years CC1 has been providing state-of-the-art digital register controls and video systems to the web printing markets. CC1 uniquely addresses the stringent register quality and waste reduction needs of today's printer with its patented CRC-610 Automatic Register Control, Cut-off Registration Controls, Register Motorization Packages, and Web Videos




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