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.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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