Harland Simon Upgrades Medford ‘Mail Tribune’ Press Controls

By: E&P Staff

Following similar work for Dow Jones Local Media Group at The Times Herald Record, Middletown, N.Y., and Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, Harland Simon was selected to replace the Goss Metro press control system early next year at the group’s Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore.

With the press in full operation, the project will replace the main controls, install two Prima 6000 operator consoles, and supply a suite of management-system modules to include direct ink presetting, production planning, monitoring and reporting.

Old folder controls will be replaced with Prima 6000 consoles and a PressNet system, and proprietary communications will be replaced with an Ethernet/IP network connecting dual (includes back-up) Press Master PLCs and remote I/Os at the units, reelstands, compensators and drives, with serial interfaces controlling new CGI digital inkers and Ryco dampeners.

“We feel it will prove very beneficial to bring all the ink, dampening, registration and folder controls to a central location while retaining all of the current on-unit controls,” Pressroom Manager Tim Grogan said in a statement. “We believe it will give us greater control of waste reduction and increase the quality of all our products.”

The built-in warm standby, Grogan added, “should greatly reduce the risk of ever having extended production downtime due to system failure.”

Earlier this month Harland Simon signed a contract with Dow Jones to transfer its Prima RTS newsprint allocation systems from shuttered Dow Jones plants to five Local Media Group sites. For Cape Cod, Middletown and Medford, it will include full integration with Prima MS.

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