Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 16, 1973 · Page 128
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 128

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, April 16, 1973
Page 128
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M . U . , M y r i l 16. ;; New press biggest in changeover Largest single item in the Tribune's conversion is the Goss 48-page Urbanite web-feed offset press. Installation took eight weeks after the base had been poured. The press is the key to cold- type operation. It allows photo- processing of plates of lightweight metal from which an inked impression is made on a rubber-covered printing roller. A paper web passed over the rubber blanket of the printing roller picks up the inked impression, thus the name offset. A delicate mixture of oil-base ink and water is used in the printing process. As a double negative comes to the pressroom it is processed onto the press plate. The plate TODAY'S EDITION -- Final step in the preparation of a newspaper is printing. Once the pressroom crew has completed the press plates and mounted them on the press and checked to see that everything is performing as it should, the press is started and run up to full speed. Here the press is operating well, today's newspaper is about ready for delivery. OLD FOLDER -- Completed newspapers appear as a blur as the folder of the old Hoe press runs at top speed. Looking on is Grover Prater. From the former press newspapers were hand carried to the bundling machine. The new folder feeds directly into a conveyer belt that carries away finished newspapers. is then formed to wrap around a cylinder on the press. When all . pages of the issue are in place the press is activated by a master control panel. Automatically the proper mixture of ink and water is applied to the plate for proper image. Each printing unit also has individual ink and water regulation controls which are checked constantly during a press run. Large rolls of newsprint are threaded into the press from each end and after the paper is printed it is gathered at the center of the press, cut off in individual newspapers and folded. From the folder it passes up a conveyer belt to the mailing room on (he floor above. The press is capable of making 40,000 impressions an hour. An average 36-page paper requires about two hours to complete a press run of 18,500, the present press run each day. Six men handle the press room operation. Recently when the Boulder Camera had press troubles both the Camera and the Tribune were printed each day with four press runs required on some days. · PUTTING ON A PLATE--One of the final steps before the old press was started was placing and lying down of heavy lead .plates on the cylinder. Here'Bill Clark, pressroom foreman, puts on a plate as Grover Prater watches alignment. WHEELS AND ROLLERS -- Just as a locomotive brings a thrill to a railroad buff, a printing press enchants a pressman. Here is the old Tribune press which has been removed as it appeared before the changeover. There appears to be enough wheels and rollers to please any pressman. OFF THE PRESS- Newspapers leave the department. Folder automatically cuts each folder of the new Goss press for their journey to newspaper and folds it. the floor above for handling by the circulation

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