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Burt Technologies, Inc., is the developer of the BURT System family of packaging & distribution software solutions. Check out the website here or call Keith Hockenbery at 913-669-3646 to see how BURT software can work for you.
Training from The Network Provides Huge, Immediate Payoff
Gary Snider, Regional Production Director for BH Media, made a smart investment when he contracted with The Network to provide operator training at the Florence (SC) Morning News. After assessing the equipment and making minor repairs and adjustments, president of The Network Keith Hockenbery worked with the inserting machine operators. The primary focus was on better machine set-up, and helping them understand the theory behind the machine, not just which buttons to push. The results were outstanding: They more than doubled the throughput on their Sunday package. And, overall “Since Keith provided the training of the SLS-1000 operators we have seen a 23% reduction in labor cost in the mailroom,” said Snider. Wow!
Time for Training!
Expert training is an investment that has a nearly immediate payback in productivity and employee job satisfaction. Improve the knowledge and expertise of your staff in as little as a week. At the Daily Herald, just two weeks of training led to the smooth-running results you can see in the video above. Our all inclusive price covers assessment, hands-on training, and follow-up.
Help Wanted: Production Director, Mailroom Operators, Inserting and Packaging Manager, Machinist, Maintenance Electrician. Position Wanted: Senior Production Executive
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Your Downstream Equipment Deserves TLC, Too
Not many newspapers are buying new production equipment, so it's crucial to take good care of what you already have. You know the experts from The Network can do wonders for your inserters. But did you know they can also repair and/or refurbish your conveyors, stackers, strappers and bottom wrap machines? For an all-inclusive price (excluding parts), we will evaluate your equipment, make repairs, and train your staff in proper set-up and maintenance. Rick Wagoner, General Manager at Gannett Publishing Services in Sioux Falls, SD, recognized the value of this service, and recently had The Network come in for a week, focusing on their strappers, which were "barely functioning." As Wagoner noted, "We were experiencing equipment failures nightly and now we have only a few minor issues throughout an entire production run," In addition to fixing the equipment, The Network also trained the staff on better maintenance and repair procedures, so that the improvements will be long-lasting.
The Magnapaks are back in production after being relocated from Santa Ana to Anaheim.
The Network Helps Southern California News Group Consolidate Production
Digital First Media’s acquisition of Freedom Communications had many facets; optimizing production was an important one. The newly-formed Southern California News Group comprises 11 daily titles, including the Sun (San Bernardino), Inland Daily Bulletin, Orange County Register, and Riverside Press Enterprise. “It was important to take advantage of the opportunity for economies of scale,” says Joe Boessenecker, Vice President of Production for Digital First Media / Media News Group. In less than 15 months, printing has been consolidated in Riverside and packaging at the Anaheim production facility of the Orange County Register.
The Network, headed by its president Keith Hockenbery, played a major role in transitioning the packaging operations. First, inserting equipment needed to be repositioned in Riverside to allow room for press expansion, while maintaining some inserting capability for TMC and commercial projects. The Network moved a Goss Heidelberg 2299 inserter, got it up and running better than ever, and provided training for the staff. They also helped to reconfigure the room and removed several pieces of obsolete equipment.
Next, two Goss Magnapaks were relocated from The Register’s Santa Ana facility to Anaheim, joining two GMA SLS-2000 inserters. This puts all daily and Sunday packaging under one roof, and along with the printing consolidation, allowed DFM to close the Santa Ana building. The complex project required close cooperation between The Network, architects, electricians, and machinery riggers and movers. The Network dismantled and then reassembled the Magnapaks, tested them, and got them up to full production. The electrical design of the Magnapaks is unique and presented many challenges, but The Network met them, no problem. According to Boessenecker, “They started right on time per the master project schedule.”
The Network has completed several projects for DFM, clearly showing their confidence in Keith and his company to work on all types of mailroom equipment.
For help with your next project, contact Keith Hockenbery at 913-669-3646 or email@example.com.
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