Jamaican Newspaper Selects Harland Simon for Reelstands

By: Press Release | Harland Simon

Following on from the successful drive upgrade completed last year, Harland Simon has now been contracted to replace the Static Paster Controls on a Goss Urbanite press for The Gleaner Company Ltd., in Jamaica. The development of a solution for Urbanite Reelstand controls has once again expanded Harland Simon’s range of offerings in the reel room.   

The principles of the project are replacement of obsolete Static Paster Controls currently using relay sequencing technology with a modern PLC based system. Harland Simon will once again be using Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLCs all with built in RSLogix 5000 diagnostic software. In addition and as with the drive upgrade, all proprietary communications are eliminated and replaced with an Ethernet/IP network connecting all eight reelstands. Furthermore, all diagnostic software will be available at the Harland Simon supplied maintenance PC and via a touch screen HMI [Human Machine Interface], thus streamlining fault finding procedures and allowing for remote diagnostic and support via a VPN line.   

Ian Roxburgh, Gleaner Company’s Special Projects Consultant commented, “We had a really seamless transition with our press drive conversion. There were no production delays of any consequence and the project was delivered within the scheduled time. The assigned engineer established an excellent working relationship with our staff and this helped considerably in influencing our decision to opt for Harland Simon for our Reelstand Control upgrade.”   

The solution will be delivered and installed around existing production without any disruption to the Gleaner’s operations and is based on techniques that have been successfully developed for the replacement of many systems originally supplied by Goss, Rockwell Automation, manroland and Honeywell over the past 15 years.   

John Staiano, Senior Vice President for Harland Simon, further commented, “Every order is well received; however, even more so when it’s a return order; a true reflection of the dedication and performance delivered by Harland Simon.”   

The project is due to be completed by the 3rd quarter of 2011.

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