CIVITAS INKS DEAL WITH QIPC-EAE
Civitas Media has inked a deal with QIPC-EAE Americas to modernize the press controls at its newspaper print shop in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
North Carolina-based Civitas Media publishes some 100 titles across 12 states. The facility in Wilkes-Barre prints the Times Leader as well as a number of other regional publications and a weekly entertainment guide. The center also prints a number of commercial products.
Operating on a manroland Geoman web press with five reel stands, three four-high towers and a folder that went into operation in 1996, staff in Wilkes-Barre had been experiencing ever-increasing malfunctions, according to Peter Fleming, regional director of operations at Civitas Media. Fleming took it upon himself to research the company’s options for retrofit. Originally, QIPC-EAE was recommended by Jim Gore of Pressline Services, Fleming said.
“He was using them to engineer their Boston Globe relocation project — a massive undertaking,” said Fleming.
Speaking with engineers in Boston and getting some hands-on time with the consoles gave Fleming an idea of the systems capabilities, he said. “It was a most impressive visit,” said Fleming.
He also visited several newspaper production facilities that housed manroland presses and gained perspective from interviewing his peers in the industry.
“One of these sites was even undergoing a retrofit at the time I was there, so it was possible to judge for myself the quality of the workmanship involved,” Fleming said.
The research and visits gave Fleming the confidence to choose QIPCEAE, he said.
Two EAE Baltic Star control consoles will be installed on a web press. In addition, EAE IPC controls will be installed for the printing units and the folder. Various PCs for remote maintenance, network communications and section control will also be included. The press will also be equipped with an EAE Info reporting and logging system as well as an EAE Print production planning and preset system. The Interbus network for one of the three towers will be replaced at the time.
“We are anticipating a support platform, a more user-friendly setup, greatly improved and friendlier support and last but not least, better and much more detailed diagnostic functions, which happen to be the key to the operation of this press,” Fleming said.
Work is scheduled to begin on-site in the first quarter of 2017.