Argentinian newspaper opts for automation by manroland Goss web systems

Preserving the print edition of El Liberal

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El Liberal, one of the most important regional newspapers in Argentina, has opted for a complete retrofit by manroland Goss web systems. This forms an essential investment by El Liberal for the future and the preservation of the print edition of this newspaper. This investment enhances technical availability and the machine will be upgraded fully in terms of automation. The measures taken, such as the modernization of the control system or the installation of new drive regulators, will result in higher efficiency and fewer production interruptions.

El Liberal believes in the important advantages of a retrofit: It safeguards the machine availability of the existing system for many years to come and, as a result of the secured spare parts availability, it reduces breakdown risks as well as operating costs. Therefore, the investment was combined with a full-service package. The plant will now be completely modernized and equipped with the latest PECOM technology.

The control system retrofit comprising the latest PLC technology will upgrade all components, such as printing unit, section, folder and drive control systems, to the state of the art. In this process, networking is of the utmost importance. The new network technology connecting the PLC and PECOM control system to a diagnostic computer (ADS) via Ethernet will ensure more powerful diagnostic options and more effective tele-support. Retrofitting of the PECOM system will ensure machine availability, while the employees appreciate the functionalities and processes making their work easier. Moreover, new functions, such as the PECOM PressManager (PPM) for prompt recording and analyzing of production data, form an additional benefit. Furthermore, there is a CIP3 interface for pre-setting of color zones, which will make an essential contribution to reducing start-up waste and, as a result, production costs.

In general, production stability will increase because of the new electronic components, high computer capacities and modern data storage via databases.

In summary, if the printing technology is to be preserved even though availability is no longer high enough – perhaps because the technology has become obsolete – and efficiency is to be increased, a retrofit by the reliable OEM business partner seems to be exactly the right choice. The retrofit at El Liberal is expected to be completed soon.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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