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GMA Unveils Two New Inserters

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GMA Unveils Two New Inserters

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BOASTING FASTER, EASIER inserting of larger packages, GMA headed into Nexpo '95 with orders in hand from seven newspapers for 20 of its new SLS-2000 inserters, most with or framed for two jacket hoppers.

The first to ship will be among three going to the Boston Globe. Now under construction, the College Point plant of the New York Times will house eight of the new inserters. Another eight will go into four Southern dailies of various sizes, including four in the Ledger of Lakeland, Fla.

Yet another new machine is headed the short distance from GMA's Bethlehem, Pa., plant to the Levittown, Pa., headquarters of the Bucks County Courier Times, where it also will insert other Calkins group newspapers.

After three years in development, GMA gave its own employees and representatives from several newspapers an early-June preview of the new equipment in operation. In addition to the inserter's first buyers, some other customers were aware of the product but unable to wait for it.

For example, the Miami Herald, which was to take delivery of two SLS-1000s for its new remote mailroom, turned down the SLS-2000 demo model, according to GMA.

And while Cox's flagship Atlanta papers will use a pair of the new inserters, the schedule at the chain's Dayton Daily News called for something sooner. Across the assembly hall from Boston's new 8:2 machine with Press to Pocket sat an SLS-1000 undergoing remanufacturing for Dayton.

In terms of product processing, the new machine marks a significant advance toward the goal of press-speed inserting. With a mechanical rating of 40,000 cycles per hour in double production, GMA puts SLS-2000 operating speed at 25,000 copies for standard production and up to 32,000 copies in double mode.

Capacity ranges from two to 40 inserts (modular feeders can be added in two-hopper increments) and packages processed through the SLS-2000 can be thick -- more than 400 broadsheet pages and more than 800 tabloid pages.

With the SLS-2000, GMA is promoting 30%-40% greater productivity than can be achieved now with its SLS-1000.

A GMA spokesman also noted that "the whole machine has fewer moving parts, and fewer parts," than the SLS-1000 or any other inserter. It also requires less lubrication.

The SLS-2000, its jogging tables and smaller electrical box stand a little lower than their SLS-1000 counterparts. Unlike the older model, side-mounted controls on the SLS-2000 do not require operators to reach over the inserter. The new design also has oil-bathed enclosed gearing and a sound-muffling enclosure.

Automatic hopper loaders also are lower and easily attached and detached, with virtually wrenchless set-up and adjustment. The new loader's infeed height is adjustable and its stack level monitoring more precise. Side guides are adjustable on only one side of the loader.

Similar wrenchless adjustment is possible on the grippers. Rather than a chain drive, the interlocked pockets "form their own chain," said the GMA spokesman. In addition to vacuum and vacuum-assisted lap openers, a side opener offers on-the-fly adjustment to open tabloids and broadsheets at different sections.

On the controls side, the SLS-2000 sports a graphical user interface on the display of its PC-based Inserter Management Systems, which replaces the DEC-based Package Monitoring System. The Missed Insert Repair System comes standard on the new inserter, and downstream repair is also available. …

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