Swiss news­pa­per tran­si­tions to dig­i­tal inkjet pro­duc­tion

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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.”

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