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Tampa Sold on Digital Inking: Tampa Tribune Will Convert All Four Presses to New TKS Inkers by Next Spring

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Tampa Sold on Digital Inking: Tampa Tribune Will Convert All Four Presses to New TKS Inkers by Next Spring

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One year after testing digital inking on one of its four presses, the 320,000-circulation Tampa Tribune is ready to convert all its offset units to TKS digital page packs.

Tribune production director Greg Stewart told the recent Newspaper Association of America Operations SuperConference that the digital system has worked well with his paper's many small-zone and special-section requirements.

"With many small daily zone editions, [reducing] start-up waste [is] a very high priority with us," Stewart said. By contrast, the open fountains and mechanical page packs simply were not giving operators sufficient waste control and efficiency, he added.

The Tribune has four 10-unit TKS M-72 offset presses, installed between 1986 and 1988. Each press has four color half decks, two satellite units, a stand-alone deck to print black on the back of a satellite's four-color lead and a double folder.

"This configuration enables us to print two small-zone products simultaneously," Stewart said. Except for the so-called "E" press, which was the test press for the digital page packs, the presses' color decks have open fountains that are not practical candidates for conversion to digital inkers. (The stand-alone black-only decks are being converted, according to TKS.)

Testing the digital inking system began in March 1995 - and was a virtually immediate success, according to Stewart. TKS digital page packs were tested simultaneously at the Dallas Morning News, which allowed for comparisons between different pressroom environments, he said. …

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