Harland Simon Upgrade Inserter Controls at The Richmond Times-Dispatch

The upgrade is scheduled to begin second quarter of 2015, with the inserters remaining in production throughout the upgrade process. The new Harland Simon system replaces obsolete ICON controls and is based on off-the-shelf PCs and Allen-Bradley PLC/Drive hardware. The project also includes the addition of a new upper level Mailroom Management System [MMS], which has been designed to give the operator a central point from which to manage the post press environment and interface to and from various other systems crucial to the process. An important function of any MIS is reporting and the web based reporting provided through MMS can be accessed remotely with a number of pre-agreed reports to be supplied with the system detailing data on production efficiency (based on such factors as machine downtown, excluding lunch breaks, and hopper efficiency), quantities of inserts required, inserted and detailing shortages. As the Reports package is based upon the SQL Reporting Services tool, the customer can configure and add additional reports when required. To complete the picture for Richmond, an Insert/Inventory system, an interface to SAM and support for overhead screen monitoring, allowing inserter relevant information to be displayed on large screens in the mailroom, will be included within the MMS

Darrell Foster, Production Manager for The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Hanover production plant commented, “This project has been on our capital needs list for a number of years, and we are pleased that our leadership team has recognized its benefits and approved the requested funding. Six vendors were invited to bid and present their best solutions to our project team. We visited a number of mailrooms around the country to talk to operators and see systems in operation. Harland Simon was selected due to their system’s functionality, variety of options, potential for growth, ease of use, support network, reputation and competitive pricing. We are looking forward to realizing all the benefits these upgraded controls and drives will bring our employees and customers.”

Harland Simon’s upgrade methodology means that throughout the project the existing system will remain operational until the new system is fully tested in order to remove any risk to production. Costs are minimized by retaining elements of the old system that can still be used and supported. It’s an approach that Harland Simon has used on many occasions previously.
John Staiano, Managing Director – Americas for Harland Simon further commented, “We have been in discussions with Darrell for a number of years, so it’s great to see this project go forward.”

Today’s newspapers urgently need to replace obsolete hardware, whilst at the same time reducing on-going cost and minimizing risk. Harland Simon’s core solutions are based upon improved technical support and enhanced features such as comprehensive monitoring, touch screen technology, advanced reporting and 3rd party interfaces; all with the use of ‘off-the-shelf’ industry standard hardware.

This will be the forth inserter controls upgrade project Harland Simon has undertaken in North America, these being: Register Guard in Oregon, Ventura County Star in California, Windsor Star, Ontario, and now Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va.


Infomart Expands Coverage in British Columbia and Alberta

Infomart, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. and one of Canada’s leading media consultancies, announced today that news content from Aberdeen Publishing Inc.’s 10 community newspapers in British Columbia and Alberta has been added to its upgraded media monitoring and analytics platform.
Under this new licensing agreement, Infomart’s clients will have access to full-text, premium print and online content from Aberdeen Publishing’s deeply local community newspapers.
Publications added to Infomart’s platform are Kamloops This Week, Northeast News, Osoyoos Times, Peachland View, Vue Weekly, Prince George Free Press, Merritt Herald, Oliver Chronicle, The Columbia Valley Pioneer and The Local Weekly.
“Our relationship with Aberdeen Publishing highlights Infomart’s commitment to providing clients with the most complete news and social media coverage possible,” said Jonathan Harris, Managing Director, Infomart. “Infomart content coverage is unmatched in Western Canada and our customers will now have access toeven more first-rate, reliable content that will help them better manage, measure and improve their brand’s media impact.”
Infomart offers one of the largest collections of licensed full-text English language Canadian sources alongside the most important social media channels on its platform. Clients can also take advantage of Infomart’s advanced analytics, reporting and newsletter tools to measure and share results with stakeholders 


DataPrint Initiatives Buys an EFI H1625 ‘Cool Cure’ LED Wide-Format Printer

DataPrint Initiatives has purchased an EFI H1625 LED wide-format printer. The Fort Wayne, IN-based digital printing firm is using the printer to fulfill a new contract for industrial production of regulatory signage while creating additional opportunities for high-quality point of purchase and display graphics printed on rigid or flexible media.DataPrint Initiatives is installing the printer following its just-completed move into a new, larger 8,000-square-foot facility. The new location offers more space for wide-format graphics production, an important growth area for the nine-year old business.Dan Foster, DataPrint’s president and CEO, found that the printer’s quality and low total cost of operation made it a uniquely attractive investment. DataPrint’s customers will benefit from the higher-end imaging possible with the printer’s four color grayscale printheads, which produce near-photographic image quality with saturated colors and smooth gradations.

‘Phenomenal quality’ that sets DataPrint apart from the rest
“The printer’s low-energy LED capabilities and phenomenal quality made it a much better choice than the UV inkjet devices I looked at from other manufacturers,” said Foster, who spent a year evaluating different vendors’ offerings before selecting the EFI H1625 LED printer.

In test prints Foster had produced when searching for a new device, “every other printer we looked at showed banding at medium-quality production speeds, but the EFI printer did not,” according to Foster. “The outstanding quality we could get, compared to everything else in this price range, really surprised us.”

Now, DataPrint will be producing wide-format graphic work that it had outsourced before, becoming a more valued resource to its clients. “This is not some pie-in-the-sky opportunity for us,” said Foster. “We bought this printer to meet a real client need for a large amount of industrial signage.”

Some of the work DataPrint is producing for its client requires superior white ink opacity for signs printed on dark colored aluminum composite material. The printer, according to Foster, really delivers for this type of work. “The EFI H1625 got my attention when I saw how opaque the white ink is,” Foster said.

‘Cool cure’ LED for reduced energy costs and greater versatility
DataPrint’s new hybrid roll/flatbed printer includes EFI’s industry-leading “cool cure” LED technology, which enables printing on a broad range of substrates, including media that cannot withstand the high-heat drying or curing methods used in other inkjet platforms. DataPrint is gaining a greener production solution as well, with a device that prints with virtually no VOCs. In addition, the EFI H1625 LED printer’s lamps reduce users’ energy consumption and costs compared to UV and latex inkjet printers.

DataPrint is a long-time user of EFI’s Web-to-print technologies and has started using them to develop online Websites to order large-format graphics. The company is also establishing a consistent, company-wide production workflow based on EFI Fiery technologies, with EFI Fiery XF software used to drive the new wide-format printer and an EFI Fiery digital front-end on the company’s Ricoh cut-sheet digital press.

“The printer Dan Foster’s team is installing drives value in ways no other wide-format inkjet printer has done before,” said Frank Mallozzi, EFI’s senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “Our LED inkjet technology, combined with everything EFI offers in web-to-print and production workflow products, helps printing companies like DataPrint Initiatives go to the next level in market capabilities and profitable growth.”


Finch to Invest Over $20M in Facility Upgrades to Strengthen Position in Uncoated Freesheet Paper Market

Finch Paper received an economic development grant from New York State that will strengthen the company’s competitive position in uncoated freesheet paper.

A manufacturer of uncoated papers, including flagship Finch Opaque and Finch Fine, Finch Paper has announced a plan to invest $20 million in its Glens Falls, NY, manufacturing campus. An important component of the plan includes funding from public-private partnerships, as awarded yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo upon the recommendation of the state’s Capital Region Economic Development Council (REDC).

Finch Paper is a leading Opaque paper manufacturer, whose investment strategy is designed to increase its reliability and flexibility in the paper markets it serves while sustaining and growing vital manufacturing jobs in the Capital District and Adirondack region of New York State.

During a time of rapid change in the industry, Finch Paper is planning to invest in these critical areas: its wood processing and converting operations, its pulp mill and the company’s largest paper machine.

Equipment and asset upgrades in the company’s woodyard operation will have many benefits including improvements in safety, chip quality and fiber yield. The new equipment will use much less fuel and electricity and is expected to stimulate additional investments among Finch’s wood suppliers.

Finch Paper will also upgrade the pulp mill’s distributive control system. Finch operates one of only two ammonia based bi-sulphite (ABBS) pulp mills in the country which produces an exceptionally high-bright pulp while minimizing odors at its downtown location.

The announcement by New York’s Capital District REDC was also the critical component needed to engineer, build and install a new headbox on Finch’s largest paper machine. This major investment secures the company’s competitive position, improving both quality and efficiency while lowering the cost structure. “Finch and New York State have the ability to compete on a global scale,” Finch Paper President and CEO Debabrata Mukherjee said. “This investment is a celebration of our 150-year anniversary and will ignite the commitment we need to win for the next 150 years.”

Finch Paper is making additional investment in energy efficiency. Collaborating with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Finch’s goal is to make further reductions in gas and electric consumption and the company’s corresponding carbon footprint. Finch Paper produces two-thirds of its energy needs through on-site renewable resources with the balance coming from natural gas. Already Boiler MACT compliant, Finch is in an ideal position to invest in continuous improvement projects and assets that add value to their business and their customers’ businesses.


Dexter Solutions Adds New HP Indigo 7800 Digital Press for Direct Printing on Synthetic Substrates

Dexter Solutions is boosting its color capabilities by installing an HP Indigo 7800 digital press. The press enables Dexter Solutions to offer customers direct printing on synthetic substrates with One Shot Color technology and unique special effects, including raised print, textured effects and digital water marks. The HP Indigo 7800 complements Dexter Solutions’ HP Indigo 7500 digital press and two HP Latex 360 Printers.

Specializing in fulfillment, print production, marketing, product development and custom technology services for franchise, hospitality, restaurant, retail and non-profit markets, Dexter Solutions selected the HP Indigo 7800 digital press to easily meet its clients’ strict color requirements. The press features an in-line spectrophotometer and color management tools to help ensure the best possible match to hard-copy proofs, color uniformity within a page, and color consistency between presses and across Dexter Solutions’ three production facilities in Tennessee and Missouri. The HP Indigo 7800 will also help the company provide customers faster turnarounds.

“The new press enables us to turn our digital services 20 percent faster and deliver expanded benefits that are consistent with our focus of staying one step ahead of our customers’ needs,” said Mark Zimmerman, CEO, Dexter Solutions. “We produce millions of clicks per month, so this is a significant increase in speed. We are pioneers in using vinyl and other non-paper substrates, and the HP Indigo 7800 greatly expands our capabilities in this important area.”

Dexter Solutions is uniquely positioned to provide brands a wide application range from premium post cards and point-of-sale applications produced on its HP Indigo 7800 and 7500 digital presses to double-sided banners and temporary textiles produced on its HP Latex 360 Printers. HP digital printing technology enables Dexter Solutions to be a true brand partner, providing new, unique application possibilities.