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Omaha pressroom boss wins web-press skills competition

May 24, 2002 12:00 AM

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Mark Tays, a pressroom manager for the Webco Printing Co. (Omaha, NE), took top honors in a Web Press Skills Contest at the Web Offset Assn.’s annual meeting earlier this month. The competition, sponsored by MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) and GATF (Sewickley, PA), was conducted on a pair of Web Offset Training Simulators provided by Sinapse Graphic International.

The tournament put the contestants’ trouble-shooting skills to the test. Assisted by a simulator operator who manned the controls, each competitor was faced with a computer-screen image of a press sheet that had considerable flaws. The contestants each had 30 minutes to make the job ready to run, by adjusting dozens of factors, including web tension, ink/water balance and register. The projected cost of the simulated makeready was tracked in dollar amounts. The contestant who solved all the problems in the least amount of time for the least amount of money was declared the winner in each head-to-head face-off. Tays beat 15 other entrants.

MAN Roland is also sponsoring the Sheetfed Skills Contest, to be held at the 2002 GATF/NAPL Sheetfed Pressroom Conference, June 2-4 in Chicago.