‘Winnipeg Free Press’ Gets Harland Simon Press Controls

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By: E&P Staff

Harland Simon of Bletchley, England, has contracted with Canada’s Winnipeg Free Press for replacement of APCS press controls on its Goss Colorliner presses in summer, with all presses to be in production by July without disrupting the production schedule. The existing system will operate until the new system is tested and commissioned.

The project includes replacement of the main press controls, installation of four Prima 6000 operator consoles, and supply of a comprehensive suite of management-system modules, including direct ink presetting.

The upgrade replaces APCS consoles with Prima control consoles, eliminates older hardware platforms and the Data Highway 2; retains unit and folder receivers, including DRINK racks; upgrades Drive Master PLCs to Ethernet; retains MAC and folder receiver racks, but upgrades the processor to allow main press communications and support interface communication previously handled by the PIN rack.

The decision to convert to Harland Simon was made to replace obsolete hardware, improve technical support and enhance features such as monitoring, reporting and ink presetting with adapted algorithms. While acknowledging that the original controls worked well for 15 years, Publisher Andy Ritchie said in a statement that it is “now time to update them. This is part of our overall commitment to modernizing our business.”

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