Harland Simon to upgrade inserter controls and post press management systems

Chicago, IL., 26th February 2014

Harland Simon to upgrade inserter controls and post press management systems

The Windsor Star, ON, part of the Postmedia Network, has selected Harland Simon to complete a critical upgrade to its post press operations.

Windsor’s inserting business is impressive and continues to grow yet its equipment and system infrastructure relies on aging equipment and obsolete controls.

The need to address the situation in order to guarantee The Star's excellent service has been clear for some time, working with Harland Simon allowed Doug Shillington, Director of Production, to put together a compelling justification for the project.

Once the benefits of the Harland Simon solution were presented and the danger of standing still laid bare the project moved quickly through the approval process.

 The project involves the replacement of all ICON controls, legacy drives and obsolete PLCs on two NP630 inserters, the GSN controller, Sunspark interface machine, Heidelberg management systems and in-house Insert Controller.

Harland Simon's standardised deployment of InsertNet and MMS software combined with off-the-shelf Allen-Bradley and standard PC hardware continues; providing the most open, reliable and locally available system on the market.

Charlie Brackley, Sales Manager for Harland Simon, commented, “Doug and his team have worked diligently to achieve this upgrade and we look forward to fulfilling his expectations while securing production and revenue for many years to come."

Doug Shillington, Director of Production for The Windsor Star commented, “this is an exciting time for the Star’s packaging department.  John Bradley, Mailroom General foreman, will be the team leader for the removal of a 16 head MP630 from our sister paper in Ottawa.  This will allow us to expand our two current lines to meet our client demands and improve efficiencies. Our Team is handling all aspects of the two line expansion in house. Marc McVittie will oversee all mechanical aspects of the project and Denis Beaulieu will be in charge of the electrical preparation and install. It has been a real pleasure working with Charlie and his team to get this multiple phase project over the goal line.”

For further information, please contact Charlie Brackley in our Chicago Office.  Tel: +1 630 572 7650.