Swiss newspaper transitions to digital inkjet production
Mengis Druck AG, in Visp, Switzerland, is transitioning to digital production for the printing of its flagship newspaper, Walliser Bote. The paper has a print run of 22,000 copies, six times per week.
The press, an HP T400 color inkjet web press, will also enable the publisher to produce commercial products. The project is slated for completion in July. HP introduced the 42-inch T400 press model in 2011, which touts speeds of 5,200 lettersize pages per minute.
Mengis Druck said the move was prompted by an aging press, which has been in production for 32 years, as well as decreasing print runs and increased demand for regionalization of the paper. Walliser Bote serves Switzerland’s Upper Valais region.
With the varied production capabilities of the press, Mengis Druck expects to use it to capacity. In addition to the newspaper, Mengis Druck Managing Director pointed to the production of book blocks and personalized advertising products as examples of additional print jobs.
Mengis Druck’s project also includes the integration of a FoldLine variable format and cut-off folding system from manroland web systems. The FoldLine features a web-width of 1,060 millimeters. The unique format and cutoff variability of the system offer flexible production of both newspapers and commercial print jobs, manroland said.
“This makes it ideal for finishing ultra-low-volume print work and highly customized printed products,” said Frank Kreisel, manroland’s regional sales director, Switzerland.
The publisher will also use manroland’s MasterQ and WorkflowBridge apps for job processing and intelligent finishing control, respectively. Master Q provides data to Mengis Druck’s MIS system to manage job sorting, ensuring efficient production of the press and finishing equipment.
“Our systems offer open interfaces and we have already proven that we can achieve fully automated, high-performance workflows with all digital printing press manufacturers,” Alwin Stadler, vice president of digital printing for manroland web systems said in a statement. “This also applies to hybrid production, for that matter. We are already able to plan and monitor offset and digital productions from a central workstation.”
Mengis Druck is also installing an AlphaLiner inserting system from Muller Martini. The inserter features an automatically fed main section feeder and two insert feeders, as well as an inkjet addressing unit, a PrintStack compensating stacker, a TABA-F top sheet applicator, a cross strapping unit and the Connex. Mailroom app.
“The price-performance ratio of the AlphaLiner is optimal,” Seematter said. “Second, it’s very compact, which benefits us since space is scarce. And third, unlike with our previous solution, we can control the PrintStack compensating stacker. That’s a great benefit to us in terms of route-specific distribution and zoning of inserts.”