The project included the replacement of three 150HP 1395 drives and one PLC/5 drive masters, with off the shelf Allen-Bradley hardware. The remaining two 1395 drives are still operation, interfaced to the new drive master PLC, thus allowing the full press-wide upgrade to be staged over multiple financial cycles.

“The installation was carried out without any interruption to production. Harland Simon’s suite of diagnostic tools and the comprehensive AB RSLogix 5000 package will ensure that performance of the new drives is continually monitored so that if any issues occur they can be rapidly resolved,” said a Harland Simon Press release on the upgrade.

The project comes on the heels of a number of press drive upgrades from Harland Simon, including at the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Colorado; the Burlington Free Press, Vermont; the Windsor Star, Ontario, Canada; and the Brunswick News, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

The ability to stage upgrades over multiple financial cycles “allows the customer to spread capex funding over a number of years, while keeping all equipment (new and old) in working order,” said John Staiano, Harland Simon’s managing director - Americas.

Harland Simon, a supplier of newspaper press control and management systems with roots going back to 1915, is headquartered northwest of London in the U.K. The company offers a range of products and solutions including press drives and controls and associated computer management systems and production tools. Harland Simon has worked on systems supplied by Goss, KBA, EAE and manroland among others to improve performance while keeping presses in daily production, the company says.

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