Postpress investment solidi es Bu alo News’ commercial footing
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.
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