Harland Simon Software for First Goss FPS Presses

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By: E&P Staff

Following its project at Independent News & Media’s Belfast Telegraph plant, Harland Simon was chosen to supply the press controls and management system for the publisher’s new plant in Newry, Northern Ireland, where the Goss Flexible Printing System (FPS) will debut.

Comprising three coldest towers and one folder, the first phase of this system has gone into production on schedule. Phase Two, which will add a second folder and two heatset towers, is scheduled to go live in August.

Harland Simon supplied its complete digital presetting solution linked to the computer-to-plate system and the latest versions of its Prima management system and control consoles. Highlights of the latest version of Prima are user-friendly, Web-based production reporting using the latest Microsoft SQL 2005 Reporting Services. The Prima 6000 console’s touch screens are completely redesigned for faster operation and incorporate all the new features of the FPS.

Although based on the systems for numerous Goss Colorliner installations, the new features of the FPS system required joint development between the companies to maximize their effectiveness. These include special impositioning tools, fast edition change, and semi-automatic plate loading. Harland Simon consoles also integrate the QTI Multicam cut-off and register controls and Baldwin/Jimek blanket washing.

The Newry project includes developments in semi-commercial operation, with Phase Two including two towers that can run either five-wide newspaper coldset or commercial-size heatset webs and a quarter folder — options that require advanced features in the management system and console design.

Harland Simon is already working on the systems for the second FPS project, to be installed at Hoekstra Boom, in the Netherlands.

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