Woodridge, IL – La Presse Flamande, Hazebrouck, France, tapped TENSOR GROUP, INC. as the preferred supplier to extend and upgrade the newspaper's existing Manugraph DGM, Inc. pressline. Four TENSOR T-1400 towers, with extensive drive and auxiliary equipment improvements, will be installed during second quarter of this year.
The project includes reconfiguration of Manugraph DGM 430 2-highs into 4-high towers, replacement of closed loop register/cutoff controls, upgraded remote inking and new, integrated drive controls and consoles for the entire press. Eight phases to complete the install were carefully designed into the project to ensure little or no interruption of daily production. The additional units will convert the press from capacity of 64 pages (32 black and 32 four-color) to 72 pages of four-color production.
The TENSOR T-1400 footprint shaftless press towers are outfitted with Baldwin spray dampening, GMI remote inking, CIP3 file interface and TENSOR/DRCS register and cutoff controls. Retrofit of auxiliary equipment onto the existing units will update the press entirely. All new and existing press components will be fully integrated through two new, highly functional and identical TENSOR/DCOS operator consoles. One new Jardis zero-speed splicer will also be added.
"The high-priority concern for La Presse Flamande was to benefit in the long term with the most effective and cost-productive way to achieve complete systems integration and control of all equipment," commented Martin Hozjan, TENSOR's CEO. "TENSOR, La Presse Flamande, DCOS and GMI worked diligently through all potential issues to arrive at the optimal solution for this specific, complex project."