Second Harland Simon Sale to Ottaway

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By: Jim Rosenberg

Press controls and production-management systems supplier Harland Simon announced at Nexpo an order for its software from The Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y. The order came in last Friday — one day before the annual newspaper technology trade show and conference opened in Orlando, Fla.

“It’s probably going to be in and running before the end of the year,” Harland Simon Senior Vice President John Staiano said on the show floor.

Based in Oak Brook, Ill., the company is replacing controls on the Ottaway paper’s mixture of Goss Metro press and TKS satellite color units and installing six control consoles, each with integrated content proofing, with Prima RIPset for presetting and proofing and the Prima MS information system.

“We’re going to be centrally controlling new CGI inkers,” as well as Technotrans dampeners, Staiano. Controls also will be available at the units, with settings or changes mirrored on the control desk — from which circumferential and sidelay control also is possible.

“We’ve got systems in every one of the 17 Dow Jones facilities,” Staiano, said, referring to auto-impositioning and newsprint inventory control systems at Ottaway’s parent company. The order from Stockton, however, “is our first control into the Dow Jones/Ottaway arena. It’s a very important order for use,” he added, noting that until now the groups’ only purchases have been software.

About two years ago, Harland Simon sold auto-impositioning software to The Record, Ottaway’s daily in Stockton, Calif. — although Staiano credits Dow Jones National Production Director Paul Cousineau with selling the Record on the system.

Relying on an algorithm to calculate the best press layout for a given situation rather than being driven by catalogued impositioning possibilities, said Staiano, allows the system to “think around problems” such as temporarily down units, pressroom preferences and other variables.

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