Bay Area News Group upgrades
California’s Bay Area News Group, owned by Digital First Media, is upgrading the controls and electronics on the Goss International Colorliner press equipment installed in their production facility in Concord, California.
The group, which prints The Mercury News, East Bay Times, 29 community newspaper titles and other materials, has tapped manroland web systems for the job.
The upgrade will include a conversion to the PECOM–X controls system. The controls upgrade accesses the PECOM–X ControlDesk through off-the-shelf electronic gateways, increasing capabilities to make job changeovers faster, reduce waste, improve color and register quality, and raise the level of format flexibility for printed products, according to a release from manroland.
Manroland will complete the upgrades without interfering with production, the company says.
Upgrades to the press include adding a multitude of components that have appropriate logic reporting technology, so they can be used with touchscreens at the ControlDesk and on MobilPad consoles. The new upgrades also include improvements to the RTP, replacing older components with non-contact parts for longer life and reliability. Additionally, the upgrade will include new press features like manroland’s reflected light scanner web break detectors, upgrades to obsolete page displays, and PLC control of digital inkers and spraybar systems.