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Single-Wide Simulation

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Single-Wide Simulation

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THOMSON PRESS OPERATORS TRAIN WITHOUT WASTE

As part of its agreement last year to sell single-wide shaftless presses to Thomson Newspapers, MAN Roland supplied simulation technology that enables operators to learn to use the new equipment without consuming ink, plates, and paper.

First installed at Thomson South Louisiana, the simulator was used to cope with everything from register to ink-water balance to web breaks.

From Paris-based manufacturing simulation developer Sinapse, the PC-based software makes an operator "correct anything that could go wrong, then counts the number of copies it takes to get it right," said Steve Strout, Thomson's chief technology officer.

"We want to ensure our employees have the appropriate education and training" to get the most from expensive modern presses, said Strout, who calls the simulator "another tool for our employees to build their process of lifelong learning."

Using a simulated console identical to the one on the press, operators select exercises that help with 28 types of problems. One computer monitor shows the press control settings; another displays various adjustments' on-press effects on a page.

Sherman Trahan, production director in Lafayette, La., said 10 operators used simulation to train for their Uniset press. The software was shipped two weeks ago to Appleton, Wis. - where Thomson is in the midst of installing more Uniset towers.

Jerry Morgan, Appleton's production director, said last week that half of his new pressroom's 10 units were in place, along with two folders and some reelstands. …

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