ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. -- April 2, 2007 -- Thursday and Friday are the busiest days of the week for Bradford Publishing Inc. Supplying plates the conventional way to the company's eight-unit Harris V15D web press often meant overtime and bottlenecks in production.
However, since implementing the Screen PlateRite News 2000 thermal platesetter, Bradford Publishing has streamlined the prepress workflow "to the point where we can go almost from receiving the job file right onto the press, said Linda Cardamone, production manager.
Based in Bradford, Pa., Bradford Publishing owns the Bradford Era, Olean Times Herald and Salamanca Press. In addition to printing these three daily newspapers, the company prints grocery inserts and numerous commercial projects.
The speed and automation of the PlateRite News 2000 help Bradford Publishing avoid backlogs across the production process, according to Cardamone.
"We have not only resolved the overtime issue and are still able to keep up with the high volume of plates, but also have eliminated a position in prepress, she said. "Maintaining a steady flow of plates to the pressroom has freed up staff to perform other tasks.
A reduction in plate remakes is another big advantage of the PlateRite News 2000.
Said Cardamone: "Removing the manual steps from platemaking has helped reduce errors.
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