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Roanoke Reads All about Color Register Woes

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Roanoke Reads All about Color Register Woes

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Misregistered color isn't limited to older offset at smaller papers. After much fanfare, The Roanoke (Va.) Times' new Heidelberg Mainstream 80 was brought into live production six weeks ago, then reported that waste was running high and pressruns were finishing late owing to color-register problems (E&P, Nov. 3). The paper hoped to have register under control within a week, but two weeks later a Times story acknowledged continuing difficulties.

Heidelberg Newspaper Project Management Director David J. Sarazen told E&P that drives manufacturer Siemens' "top players from Germany" were "camped out there," and that "they believe they know" the cause and expect to have it fixed. But, he added, the Times' full production schedule allows technicians to work on the press only between 3 and 7 a.m. each day. Calling it a "register issue with the phasing of the cylinder," he said, "It's just a parameter in the drive."

Advertisers were said to be understanding, but customer-service lines were busy with complaints about late deliveries -- though not every late delivery has been press-related.

Press foreman Barry Coon told his paper that pressmen were progressing quickly, given the steep learning curve. …

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