Courier-Jour­nal up­grades roll-han­dling sys­tem

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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.

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