Proceedings PaperLaser Scanning And Facsimile At The New York Times
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Once portrayed as being stifled by old technology and union-spawned work rule constraints, The New York Times Company's current aggressive leadership has both automated and gained new labor freedom. Now a half-billion-dollar communications company, the NYTCo is forging ahead technologically as rapidly as possible to expand and improve its products and services while also reducing costs. Multiple LogEtronics "flatbed" laser scan/ record facsimile systems are used to provide significant advantages for meeting these objectives. Nine LogE units are employed to transmit full-page broadsheet newspaper images to the pressroom in the main office building six floors away while simultaneously broadcasting via a private Collins digital radio system six miles across the Hudson River and the Jersey Palisades to a satellite printing plant. Either right-reading offset or wrong-reading letterpress images are created in multiple-size formats on a specially-coated "lasermask." This inexpensive laser mask shields and forms immediately-usable letterpress or offset press plates during traditional multiple exposures to uv light. At the same time, the mask provides an immediate backup image for plate remakes, if needed, regardless of whether the original pasteup is intact or available. The mask also provides an archival image for subsequent high-quality microform exposure. For the six-mile communications link Collins Radio division of North American Rockwell provided The Times with the first digital microwave radio it has sold to a non-common carrier. It can provide up to seven T-2 links of 6.312 megabits each.