Ad­vance Lo­cal up­grad­ing press drives in Penn­syl­va­nia

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Ad­vance Lo­cal Me­dia in Harrisburg, Penn­syl­va­nia, tapped Har­land Si­mon to com­plete an up­grade of two of its eight press drives on the com­pany’s Goss Color­liner press. The up­grade comes on the heels of Ad­vance Lo­cal’s 2017 project with Har­land Si­mon in which the ven­dor re­placed a drive on the press. This lat­est up­grade will help Ad­vance Lo­cal main­tain a re­li­able plat­form to ful­fill its de­mand­ing print sched­ule, Har­land Si­mon said.

In ad­di­tion to print­ing and dis­tribut­ing Ad­vance Lo­cal’s news­pa­pers, in­clud­ing The Pa­triot-News, the com­pany has com­mer­cial print­ing con­tracts with a num­ber of lo­cal and na­tional pub­lish­ers, in­clud­ing Gan­nett Co. and Gate­house Me­dia.

The project, which will be­gin in Oc­to­ber, in­cludes re­plac­ing two ex­ist­ing Allen-Bradley 1336 AC Li­ne­shaft drives with mod­ern, offthe-shelf Allen-Bradley Pow­er­Flex 755 250HP A.C. drive mod­ules. This will in­crease pro­duc­tion ef­fi­ciency and help fu­ture-proof the press from ob­so­les­cence, ac­cord­ing to Har­land Si­mon. The up­grade will also im­proved di­ag­nos­tic func­tions and pro­vide con­stant per­for- mance mon­i­tor­ing of the new drives so that is­sues can be ad­dressed in real time.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Har­land Si­mon said its en­gi­neers will per­form pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance on the re­main­ing A-B 1336 drives to en­sure all drives will con­tinue func­tion­ing as re­quired.

Ad­vance’s other five 1336 drives will re­main in op­er­a­tion to avoid in­ter­rup­tion in the pro­duc­tion process, and will be re­placed in phases over the next two years.

“Har­land Si­mon’s flex­i­ble ap­proach and their abil­ity to spread drive up­grades over time al­lows us to spread cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture over a num­ber of years while har­vest­ing spare parts and ex­tend­ing equip­ment life,” Jim Jones, re­gional op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor for Ad­vance Lo­cal, said in a state­ment.

Ad­vance Lo­cal op­er­ates news and in­for­ma­tion com­pa­nies in more than 25 cities (nola. com, Cleve­land.com, masslive,com, nj.com, ore­gonlive.com are among its prop­er­ties.) It’s part of Ad­vance Pub­li­ca­tions, a pri­vately held com­pany that op­er­ates a range of me­dia, in­clud­ing Conde Nast and Amer­i­can City Busi­ness Jour­nals.

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