DOVER, NH - A shaftless Heidelberg Magnapak with 42 hoppers and dual-delivery capabilities will be the cornerstone of a major postpress enhancement project at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California. Installation will be completed in the fall of 2004.
"We looked at packaging systems from several suppliers, but the speed of the Magnapak, the versatility, and the integrated approach Heidelberg took to put all the pieces together really fit our way of production," according to Steve Favero, facilities services director at The Press-Enterprise.
Heidelberg will supply its own Omnizone supervisory and downstream bundle controls and hopper loaders with the Magnapak. The supplier will also oversee integration of beltveyors and stackers from Quipp and a MulitiDisc winder/unwinder system supplied by Ferag to store advance runs. The complete postpress system will allow the paper to automatically wind up sections from the press and deliver them to the Magnapak concurrently or at a later time for inserting.
Favero says the new system will initially be used for Sunday packages, which routinely include 30 to 35 inserts. Single-delivery mode will allow inserting of up to 41 products into a single jacket. Dual delivery will be used to insert two independent product streams simultaneously for increased throughput. Future plans call for Heidelberg to add selective total market coverage label controls, allowing The Press-Enterprise to imprint address information on selectively packaged products for delivery by the U.S. Postal Service.
The Magnapak cycles at up to 30,000 papers per hour in single-delivery mode and 60,000 copies per hour for dual delivery. Independently driven hoppers and the Omnizone controls allow automated zoning at full production speed.
The Press-Enterprise will continue to operate three Heidelberg NP1372 inserters and a Heidelberg NP1472 inserter. "We've had great results with the current equipment, and the long-term support from the Heidelberg team gives us full confidence that we can expect the same on this new project," explains Favero.
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