Plain Dealer, others invest in improvements
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) recently tapped LW Graphics Systems to replace two of its four Ferag press conveyor tracks.
LWG supplied a total of 600 meters of factory rebuilt TTR chain with grippers—300 meters on each conveyor. It also supplied eight new reverse sprockets designed to drive the TTR chain and new gripper closing cam assemblies.
“Our Ferag conveyors were installed in 1993 and 1994,” Joe Bowman, vice president of production for The Plain Dealer, told News & Tech. “They were worn out, they were out of spec and the chain was stretched.”
That prompted the publisher to put a project together to replace the two conveyors that were in the worst shape.
Bowman said that thanks to diligent maintenance, the conveyors weren’t failing and hadn’t broken down, but that the replacements have significantly improved product pick up.
“It’s far less troublesome or time consuming to get it zeroed in during production now,” he added.
The Plain Dealer operated four Goss Colorliner presses and in addition to its flagship daily, the Ferag conveyors handle commercial production of USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and the Akron Beacon-Journal (Ohio).
LWG conveyor replacements consisted of disassembling grippers into their separate parts, thoroughly cleaning and inspecting them, and replacing or repairing components such as swivel bearings connecting the chain links, guide rollers, springs, and any rubber parts.
Other publishers tap LWG
LWG also commissioned recent postpress upgrades at production plants for the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for the Star-Ledger at its facility in Montville, New Jersey, for the Avalanche-Journal in Lubbock, Texas, and for the Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York.
The Patriot-News integrated and commissioned a new double-out folder connection, a factory rebuilt Ferag type 85 pick-up station, approximately 70 meters of refurbished TTR chain and new conveyor track. Two TTR conveyors were also upgraded with new LWG, PLC-based conveyor controls and integrated with the press.
At the Star-Ledger, LWG replaced existing conveyor controls with new LWG PLC-based controls on one TTR conveyor.
The Avalanche-Journal’s upgrade was part of the publisher’s press replacement project and consisted of installing new conveyor routings, new folder connections, relocating existing pick-up stations, approximately 120 meters of new track, 70 meters of refurbished TTR chain and new LWG PLCbased controls for both conveyors. LWG also relocated a stacker infeed assembly in the mailroom, including associated track changes and a belt conveyor system as a secondary delivery to one of the folders.
The Post-Standard replaced existing controls with new LWG PLC-based controls on two UTR-USA conveyors with intermediate stations and boosters.
Finally, The Boston Globe contracted with LWG to engineer, supply, install and commission five factory rebuilt TTR systems and three belt systems to four presses. Each system consists of a new double-out, 5-way folder connection, factory rebuilt equipment such as pick-up station, delivery station, two stacker infeeds, and accessories including releases, copy detectors, and paster detectors. The project also includes new LWG PLC-based controls for the conveyor and stacker infeeds. Three of The Globe’s presses will be equipped with a belt conveyor on the secondary delivery of the folder.
The Globe completed the purchase of the $20.3 million facility in Taunton in 2015.