While the press retrofit market remains active, as publications invest shrewdly to enhance production capabilities, competition is fierce. Lee’s decision to continue the 10+ year partnership demonstrates their trust in Harland Simon’s consistent commitment to reasonably priced support services, independently and locally available hardware, now and into the future.
It was Harland Simon’s uniquely standardized solution across multiple press platforms, their ability to engineer solutions to improve original system architectures, and the long list of satisfied users and management teams that tipped the balance.
The upgrade will replace the Pecom system including servers, management information system and control consoles with standard Windows based PCs and servers. The ArcNet based controllers will be replaced with Allen-Bradley devices, and the Baumuller drives will be upgraded to the latest generation. The software for each component will be available to the Lincoln Journal Star support teams and stored on site. Delivering an independently priced system that can be supported locally without the reliance on inconsistent outside support.
The concept of self-supportability, open software and locally available hardware opened the eyes of the Lincoln Journal Star team to what is available today, they saw the long term benefits and inherent value and in such a solution.
Charlie Brackley, Sales Manager for Harland Simon, commented, “The team behind this decision was through and diligent in their assessment process, they can expect exactly the same from us as we work to move them forward onto a modern platform. We are all pleased to secure production for another Lee Enterprises facility.’
Brady Svendgard, VP of Operations for The Lincoln Journal Star commented, “We took our time and went through several reiterations of the upgrade scenarios presented to us. Of the multiple providers we worked with, we felt Harland Simon provided a solution that got us out from under the thumb of relying on proprietary components, which was key for our organization.”