The Bulletin, Bend, Oregon, won first place honours on the new KBA Comet press in the 2001 Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association (PNNA) Print Quality Contest. The Bulletin won the 25,000 circulation and over category and scored the highest points overall. The PNNA is a trade association of daily newspapers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and British Columbia advancing the newspaper industry through information, education and service. The contest is open to all members of PNNA.
This year's contest attracted a total of 24 newspapers in two circulation categories. Each newspaper was evaluated by three independent judges for: black ink density and uniformity, spot colour density and uniformity, process colour density and uniformity, halftone quality, colour register, page alignment (cut-off and fold), litho defects (scum, tint, blankets etc.), other defects and overall appearance. Product size was considered as part of the evaluation as well.
KBA Comet: A Four-High Press with Cutting-Edge Technology
The 42m long by 8.5m high KBA Comet was installed as a floor-mounted version in a new production facility in Bend. The state-of-the-art shaftless press with three four-high towers plus one H-type unit, five reelstands and a KF 64 jaw folder (2:3:2 cylinder ratio) is capable of delivering 40 pages broadsheet including 24 four-colour pages at a maximum output of 65,000cph. The new press is engineered for web widths from 420 to 840mm. The main formats will be broadsheet and magazine.
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