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GraphExpo_ShowDaily_September_28_2016

The Evolution of the Newspaper Printer The two buzzwords that surround the newspaper industry right now are: effi ciency and automation. Offset presses are not cheap. Purchasing a new one can run into the millions of dollars after space, delivery, setup, and the cost of getting up and running are all factored in. So it is no surprise that once that equipment is handling daily production, other than regular maintenance it is left to do its job. One trend that is impacting the newspaper market right now, however, is that a lot of printers are beginning to look at updating or replacing much of their equipment. Systems that are, sometimes, decades old are being fi t with newer electronics and sensors, and new software is being introduced to make those old machines far more productive. These upgrades are enhancing the life of the equipment already in place, and giving it new life in the modern production era. The two buzzwords that surround this process are Effi ciency and Automation. While the work-horses of the newspaper world have gotten the job done, the profi t margins have continued to get slimmer and slimmer, which means the presses must be able to produce the same amount of work faster, and for less cost. By automating far more of the process than they ever did in the past, printers are fi nding effi ciencies they didn’t know they could achieve. “The pavilion exhibitors this year will be trying to demonstrate a seamless, end-to-end integration,” notes Mary L. Van Meter, the Publisher and Editor in Chief of News & Tech (Booth 827). She went on to note that any profi table newspaper printer will already have all the various systems in place to successfully complete every job, every time, but they were all run on different platforms, and each was its own silo of information. The trend now is newspaper printers looking to have one workfl ow that allows a project to move seamlessly from one end of the production cycle to the other. News Print—The Newspaper Pavilion at this year’s GRAPH EXPO will highlight the vendors who have been immersed in this industry and the evolution it is facing. They have been through the trials and tribulations a few times already with their early adopter customers, so they will be there to offer the solutions and advice on how printers looking to begin today can make the process far less painful, and far more profitable. “These vendors have years of doing this,” says Van Meter. “They are not going to be at the pavilion to sell as much as to talk. To ask ‘did you think of this,’ or ‘you can just add this.’ Most of them are looking at ways to help enhance the operation.” A few other questions that the pavilion vendors can help answer this year: • What more do I need to do to be more of a hybrid operation? • If you choose to stay as a production operation, what can you do now to expand? • Where does digital come in? • What other equipment should you consider beyond the press—maybe add more color, more fi nishing, etc.? The bottom line is that News Print— The Newspaper Pavilion this year will focus on helping newspaper printers fi gure out what the next steps should be for the operation, and then what needs to happen to get it there. Whether that is simply upgrading the presses with newer electronics, adding digital technology, investing in an entirely new workfl ow, or something else, the pavilion is a great place to start asking questions, and get a few answers. Offi cial Show Daily | PrintingNews.com GRAPH EXPO 16 | September 28, 2016 | 53


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