Bay Area News Group up­grades

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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.

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