Courier-Journal upgrades roll-handling system
The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, completed the replacement of its existing Metso Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) earlier this spring.
The Gannett Publishing Services paper’s upgraded system, from Harland Simon, will better allow for maintenance of the publisher’s inventory of newspaper rolls to ensure they can be delivered to the reel pans in a timely manner, the vendor said.
As part of the project, Harland Simon replaced the application software servers with its own ASRS. It also replaced proprietary parts with off-the-shelf hardware that will be easier and more cist-effective for The Courier-Journal to support.
The upgraded system is integrated with the publisher’s existing EAE press controls and KBA reel stands as well as Abitrol for stock and billing control.
The Harland Simon ASRS will operate with other peripheral devices, including scales and barcode readers to streamline roll handling operations.
“We are very excited about working with another Gannett site,” said Harland Simon’s Managing Director John Staiano of the project, which followed on the heels of a similar upgrade completed at The Indianapolis Star earlier this year.
For The Star, Harland Simon replaced a Jervis B. Web roll handling system and application software servers at the Pulliam Production Center.
That Star’s new system will maintain inter- faces with manroland Pecom press controls and its splicer system, as well as Abitrol for stock and billing control.
Harland Simon to debut control desk in Chicago, Berlin
Harland Simon will roll out its new, slimmed-down press control console at PRINT 17 in Chicago later this summer, and at IFRA’s World Publishing Expo in Berlin in October.
The P7000 control console retains many features of the company’s established P6000 desk and allows operators to control all aspects of single- or double-width press production. In its slimmeddown version, Harland Simon said it has omitted controls that were rarely used by newspapers. The vendor said employing smarter engineering and off-the-shelf components has also driven down the price of this latest generation press control.
“We have spent a lot of time and effort getting to know which functionality our customers require from a control desk, and the new P7000 combines all that’s needed but at a much more affordable cost,” Rob Watson, sales director at Harland Simon, said in a statement earlier this spring.
The P7000 offers various options for multiscreen configurations, including a new larger centrally mounted proofing screen to provide excellent visibility of the desired final product, Harland Simon said.
PRINT 17 takes place in Chicago, Sept. 10–14, and the World Publishing Expo takes place in Berlin, from Oct. 10–12.