Post­press in­vest­ment so­lidi es Bu alo News’ com­mer­cial foot­ing

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The Buf­falo (N.Y.) News is among the news­pa­pers that have in­creased com­mer­cial print­ing in re­cent years. The pa­per in 2009 be­gan print­ing the re­gional edi­tion of The New York Times, as well as print­ing The Daily News of Batavia, N.Y. Since then, it’s con­tin­ued to add com­mer­cial work at a fever­ish pace, sign­ing on with four new pub­lish­ers in the past year alone.

To fur­ther sup­plant that po­si­tion, the pub­lisher re­cently be­gan look­ing for stitch­ers and stack­ers that could bet­ter ac­com­mo­date mul­ti­ple prod­ucts.

“In June we took on Com­mu­nity Pa­pers of West­ern New York and we signed a 10-year con­tract to print 300,000 copies for them,” Bryan Carr, vice pres­i­dent of pro­duc­tion for The Buf­falo (N.Y.) News told News & Tech.

In to­tal, The News pro­duces more than two-dozen dif­fer­ent pub­li­ca­tions for that group, half of which are tabloids that re­quire stitch­ing.

The News op­er­ates two Colora presses from KBA, and tapped Mot­terStitch for stitch­ing equip­ment. The daily in­stalled two Mot­terStitch Cylin­der Stitch­ers in Au­gust. Cur­rently the units, which are equipped to run at full press speeds, are han­dling 150,000 stitched tabloid pages per week for the pa­per, Mot­terStitch said.

“One of our presses has dual de­liv­ery with both a ro­tary and jaw folder and we in­stalled Mot­terStitch units on both of those fold­ers,” Aaron Gal­li­van, The News’ as­sis­tant pro­duc­tion manager ex­plained.

In ad­di­tion to the stitched tab com­mer­cial work, Carr said the new stitch­ers give the pub­lisher the op­tion of stitch­ing sec­tions of its own daily if it chooses to do so in the fu­ture. The last piece of the puz­zle will be a forth­com­ing up­grade of the soft­ware for the Siemens con­trols on the stitch­ers.

Be­sides stitch­ers, The News was also look­ing for a stacker so­lu­tion that could run mul­ti­ple prod­ucts. The pub­lisher in De­cem­ber in­stalled a TS-800 stacker from Schur that went live shortly af­ter the New Year. Rather than hav­ing to be moved based on dif­fer­ent jobs, the new stacker re­sides in a sin­gle lo­ca­tion to ac­com­mo­date all jobs on the Colora pressline.

Prior to the ad­di­tion of the Schur unit, the bulk of The News’ com­mer­cial work was run on two Gam­mer­ler KL 6000 stack­ers.

“Now we use the Schur stacker for some of that work­load,” Gal­li­van said. The Schur stacker has also en­abled News staff to per­form pre­ven­tive main­te­nance on the Gam­mer­ler stack­ers with­out dis­rupt­ing the work­load.

Ty­ing bun­dles

The smaller size of the TS800 stacker al­lows the pub­lisher to ac­com­mo­date a tie line in the mail­room to han­dle bun­dle ty­ing on some of the newer com­mer­cial jobs, with a smaller amount of la­bor.

“Our new­est print work was ap­prox­i­mately 28 weekly metro pa­pers with vary­ing draws,” Gal­li­van ex­plained. “Most of th­ese re­quire

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