Ad­vance in­vest­ing $3.6M in Pa. print fa­cil­ity

Newspapers & Technology Magazine - - Front Page - BY TARA MCMEEKIN EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF

Ad­vance Cen­tral Ser­vices Penn­syl­va­nia unit is in­stalling a fourstory Goss Metro­liner, a 64-page Color liner folder and en­hanced press con­trols as part of a $3.6 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of its 177,000-square-foot print­ing fa­cil­ity in Me­chan­ics­burg.

e in­vest­ment, which also in­cludes an ad­di­tional con­veyor for the sec­ond press folder, was prompted by ACSPA’s deal to print Lan­caster’s daily news­pa­per, LNP. Start­ing in May, ACSPA will print 60,000 copies of LNP daily and some 80,000 copies on Sun­day. e con­tract, which will add many as 20 po­si­tions at the plant, marks ACSPA’s rst to print a seven-day-a-week pa­per at the plant.

e ex­pan­sion has also meant tran­si­tion­ing to a nar­rower web­width for Ad­vance Pub­li­ca­tions’ Pa­triot-News of Har­ris­burg, which is also printed at the fa­cil­ity. e inch-smaller Pa­triot-News de­buted on Feb. 8.

Nar­rower size ex­pands op­tions

Run­ning the nar­rower size will bet­ter po­si­tion ACSPA to court a wider va­ri­ety of com­mer­cial jobs.

“We are ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to adding ad­di­tional work,” Paul omas vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral manager for Ad­vance Cen­tral Ser­vices told News & Tech. “We are ap­proach­ing this as a true com­mer­cial printer.”

In ad­di­tion to e Pa­triot-News and LNP, ACSPA’s print­ing work­load cur­rently in­cludes six re­gional weekly pub­li­ca­tions and sev­eral re­tail print jobs.

Brit­ton Ser­vices han­dled the web-width re­duc­tion, adding the four-high tower and folder. Brit­ton pre­vi­ously com­pleted a multi-web mod­i­fi­ca­tion to al­low ACSPA to print at 48-inch and 43-inch web widths. e mod­i­fi­ca­tion will al­low it to print two prod­ucts si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

“Our ex­ist­ing Color­liner presses were at a 48-inch web,” Kurt Hower, ACSPA’s direc­tor of op­er­a­tions ex­plained. “We con­verted to the 43-inch web to be more in line with the re­gional pub­li­ca­tions that had al­ready made that change.

“It gives us the op­por­tu­nity to be in­side the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of other pa­pers around us.”

LW Graph­ics is sup­ply­ing the con­veyor and de­liv­ery from the ad­di­tional folder. e new con­veyor fea­tures a fac­tory re­built pickup sta­tion and a new con­veyor track. LWG is also re­plac­ing ex­ist­ing Aragon con­veyor con­trols with non-pro­pri­etary PLC-based con­trols.

“We wanted to make the nec­es­sary con­veyor changes to move prod­ucts from press to pack­ag­ing,” Hower said. ACSPA’s post­press op­er­a­tions re­side in the same fa­cil­ity. Web Print­ing Con­trols (a unit of Baldwin Tech­nol­ogy Co. Inc. since Jan­uary 2014), will in­stall its lat­est CCR+ Closed Loop Color Reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem on the ad­di­tional press tower, com­ple­ment­ing the ex­ist­ing

WPC color reg­is­tra­tion and cuto con­trols on the press.

Qual­ity boost

In­vest­ing in ad­di­tional Goss equip­ment made sense, omas said, based on the pro­duc­tion sta ’s knowl­edge of Goss’ prod­ucts and the Metro­liner’s com­pat­i­bil­ity with ACSPA’s ex­ist­ing equip­ment.

“It also in­creases the qual­ity of the prod­uct we can de­liver,” Hower said. “We don’t have to com­mit to the 43-inch web — that is cer­tainly the di­rec­tion of the in­dus­try — but we have es­tab­lished a vari­able web width ca­pa­bil­ity in the event we need to change.”

As part of the ex­pan­sion, Har­land Simon will up­grade Honey­well Press Con­trols on ACSPA’s Goss Color­liner press and add the ad­di­tional folder, full-color tower and reel­stand to the pressline.

“ at is a ma­jor com­ple­ment to th­ese up­grades,” omas said.

e folder and tower will be up­graded to use o -the-shelf Allen-Bradley PLC hard­ware. Har­land Simon will also sup­ply two new 250HP AC Pow­er­Flex drive mod­ules to con­trol the new folder and tower, and re­place PLC/5 mas­ter drive PLCs with Con­trolLogix PLCs con gured to sup­port bi-di­rec­tional units. All con­sole-to-unit pro­pri­etary com­mu­ni­ca­tions will be re­placed with an Eth­er­net/IP net­work, ACSPA said.

“We are tak­ing this op­por­tu­nity to en­sure the de­pend­abil­ity so, we’re go­ing through and re­plac­ing our press con­trols,” omas said.

ACSPA will still run all seven units of its ex­ist­ing Color­liner pressline, and all told, the com­bined 8-unit pressline will be ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing 64 full-color pages.

Depend­ing on the size of the job on a given day, e Pa­triot-News will uti­lize the en­tire press. LNP mean­time, will reg­u­larly use the en­tire pressline.

“We can ac­tu­ally split the press in two, or run it all as one unit,” Hower ex­plained. “If we split it, we can run four tow­ers on one side and four on the other for a to­tal of 32 pages on each side.”

e en­tire project is slated for com­ple­tion in May.”

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