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Customer Case  | Company, City, BELGIUM  | 15 March 2012

JCC Bruns - Mindener Tagesblatt

Arkitex & N94-VCF

With now over 175 years of expertise in the graphics industry, JCC Bruns Betriebs GmbH continues to offer a comprehensive portfolio of print and publishing services. Firmly rooted in the beautiful town of Minden, in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany’s leading economic region, this modern communications provider caters for a wide range of customers, both locally and further afield.

“Bruns oldest activities powered by the latest innovations”

The key to their lasting success is continuous focus on their customers and their customers' needs. A combination of an experienced team and a state of the art production infrastructure guarantees that new ideas can be translated into high impact graphic concepts time and time again.

An overview of their range of activities and services is available at www.jccbruns.de

In this article we are focusing on one of J.C.C. Bruns's longest running activities: the publishing and printing of the Mindener Tageblatt. Its prepress department is headed up by Mr. Achim Weber, who highlights that the most important aspects of the production process rely to a large extent on Agfa Graphics' prepress solutions.

 

Can you give us an idea of what the Mindener Tageblatt stands for these days?

The Mindener Tageblatt, which was founded by Johann Christian Conrad Bruns in 1856 (but only took its current title in 1919) is an independent and privately owned daily newspaper in Germany.

With a daily print run of 35,000 and a total of 250 employees, of which 35 are editorial staff, we are distributed mainly in the greater Minden area, in the north-east part of North-Rhine Westphalia.
And like most newspapers these days, the headlines and leading articles are also available online.
The internet is becoming the platform of choice to have a quick glance at the headlines, but we believe reading a newspaper from front to back is best done from a hard copy print.

So it is our intention to keep the printing presses running and to continue to supply a quality product that not only keeps our present readers satisfied but is also capable of attracting new ones.

How did the Agfa and J.C.C. Bruns relationship start?

We started out with digital prepress equipment in 1995. At that time shifting from analogue to digital production meant embarking journey through virtually uncharted territory. Consequently, we needed a reliable partner to avoid the possible pitfalls and to make sure we got a system that really answered our needs.
We knew Agfa when we were still film customers, and we were well aware of the progress they were making in the field of the then -emerging digital technologies. Their scanning, CtP and digital workflow solutions soon caught our interest and we have been working with Agfa solutions ever since.

Which Agfa systems do you currently use?

We have one Advantage N TR CtP system and one Avalon system. We use N94-VCF chemistry-free plates.
Our prepress production is completely Arkitex driven. We've opted for Arkitex workflow because it is the perfect match for our CtP hardware - but also because this software is designed specifically for newspaper printers. Some vendors offer an adapted product which was originally intended for commercial printing. Not so with Arkitex, which addresses the issues that are unique to a newspaper workflow.

How important is the workflow aspect to you?

Workflow software is key to any production. You may have the fastest CtP system in the world; if the bitmap files are not delivered to the hardware efficiently and on time, you can forget about meeting deadlines.
Arkitex appealed to us in a number of ways; but firstly because it is both modular and scalable. It means that we can expand the software quickly and easily as the workload increases, or as we come across new challenges in the field.

What Arkitex configuration are you running?

The heart of our system is Arkitex Director - the most advanced system module, which acts as the control centre for our entire workflow.
It automates complex tasks such as imposition to plate. We can also monitor production with it all the way to press and still manually intervene if needed. For maximum efficiency in the pressroom we have installed a special option with it, called Arkitex AutoInk. This module automatically adjusts the ink settings which gives faster start-ups and less paper waste.

On top of that we're also using Arkitex OptiInk to further reduce the ink coverage on paper - thus further reducing cost. OptiInk not only helps us to cut ink usage, but the separation algorithm ,specific to OptiInk - produces even better quality than before.
At J.C.C. Bruns we're very keen on implementing new technologies which can help us output a better product at a reduced cost.

At Mindener Tageblatt, the editorial offices and print site are in different locations, so Arkitex Courier software enables us to transmit entire pages, editions, advertising and other content more safely, cost-effectively and faster than ever before. This transmission software helps us achieve the essence of what newspaper publishing is all about: pushing back deadlines.
Finally, I would like to make a special mention of Arkitex IntelliTune - another optional software module which has been very useful to us over the years, helping us to deliver top quality at an affordable price and with an increasingly smaller production staff.
Print quality has always been at the top of the agenda at J.C.C. Bruns, but it is not always easy to achieve in newspapers. Certain images may have a high visual impact, or they may simply be indispensable, as in property ads. But in many cases the pictures have not been taken in the best conditions. That is where Arkitex IntelliTune comes in - an image enhancing software which enables us to batch-enhance images of various origins, and different degrees of quality and consistency.

Do you consider Agfa more than a system supplier?

Yes, indeed. We expect all our suppliers to be able to help us solve the challenges associated with modern-day publishing. The knowledge and dedication of the Agfa sales and pre-sales teams is our insurance of reliable and trouble-free production - an invaluable asset as any newspaper printer will tell you.
One of the realities of today's competitive printing industry, as mentioned before, is the optimization of production staff. More things now need to be done with less people.
Arkitex IntellliTune is just one example of how a software programme can help us solve this issue in the field of image processing.
Another one is how, with the introduction of chemistry-free digital plates, plate production has become so much simpler and, as a bonus, less of a strain on the environment. We've been working with Agfa's chemistry-free violet plates since November 2010 and we noticed how our operators immediately understood and appreciated the added value of chemistry-free plate technology. No more variables, like replenishment rates, to worry about; much simpler processing equipment; less cleaning and maintenance; no more hazardous chemicals; less waste production and less waste management costs. We are eagerly awaiting Agfa's second generation of violet chemistry -free plates that will doubtlessly bring even more new benefits.

With Agfa Graphics' newspaper solutions we are sure to stay on top of our present-day and future challenges.

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