Advance Central Services Pennsylvania Is Investing $3.6M to Expand Its Commercial Printing Business

Advance Central Services Pennsylvania is investing $3.6 million to expand its print-production facility to meet the demands of its growing commercial print business.The facility expansion includes the installation of a four-story Goss Metrocolor tower, a 64-page Colorliner folder and enhanced press controls and additional conveyor for the second folder. The project, which is expected to be completed in May, has already resulted in the transition of The Patriot-News, which is printed at the facility on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, to a variable web width. Britton services did the web width change– a move that also better positions the Company to attract a wider variety of commercial print jobs.

In January, Advance Central Services Pennsylvania contracted with Lancaster, PA-based LNP Media Group to print its daily newspaper, LNP—an agreement that will add as many as 20 positions at the Mechanicsburg facility. Beginning in May, Advance Central Services Pennsylvania will print 60,000 copies of LNP daily and some 80,000 copies on Sunday.

In addition to printing The Patriot-News and LNP, Advance Central Services Pennsylvania prints six weekly regional publications and serves several retail customers, including Kohl’s and Boscov’s.

Harland Simon to upgrade press controls
As part of the expansion project, Advance Central Services Pennsylvania selected Harland Simon to upgrade the Honeywell Press Controls on its Goss Colorliner press and add an additional folder, full-color tower and reelstand to the press line. The folder and tower will be completely upgraded to use off-the-shelf Allen-Bradley PLC hardware. Harland Simon will also deliver two new 250HP AC PowerFlex drive modules to control the new folder and tower, and replace PLC/5 master drive PLCs with ControlLogix PLCs configured to support bi-directional units for maximum flexibility. A new Harland Simon system based on off-the-shelf Allen-Bradley PLC hardware will replace a Honeywell folder and on-unit controls on the original press line. All console-to-unit proprietary communications will be replaced with an Ethernet/IP network.

Britton Services adding four-high tower and folder
Britton Services was chosen to add the four-high tower and folder. The company previously completed a multi-web modification at the facility to allow for 48” and 43” web widths. This modification gives Advance Central Services Pennsylvania the ability to print two products simultaneously.

The additional conveyor and delivery from the additional folder is being supplied by LW Graphics. The new conveyor system designed by LW Graphics consists of a factory rebuilt pickup station along with new conveyor track. LW Graphics is also replacing the existing Aragon conveyor controls with nonproprietary PLC based controls upgrade. Web Printing Controls will install their latest CCR+ Closed Loop Color Registration system on the additional press tower, complementing the existing WPC color registration and cutoff controls on the press.

When the work is done Advance Central Services, Pennsylvania will be able to print two products simultaneously.

According to Paul Thomas, Advance Central Services Pennsylvania’s vice president and general manager, the investment in the 177,000-square-foot plant will make it one of central Pennsylvania’s leading print-production facilities.

“We already have tremendous capacity in both volume and color, and this expansion will allow us to better serve commercial print customers by providing additional capacity for even more pages, more copies and greater speed,” Thomas said.

Domino enters transactional/DM market with K630i

Inkjet manufacturer Domino Printing Sciences will show its new K630i high-speed monochrome digital printer at next week’s Hunkeler Innovationdays event in Switzerland (23-26 February in Lucerne).

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The K630i is an updated model of the Graph Tech (Switzerland) MonoCube product. That machine was first released in 2012, just before Domino, already a shareholder, acquired the remaining shares of the company. Kern also distributes the MonoCube in the US under the name, iMpres.

This is the first time that the device will be available under the Domino brand and marks the firm’s entry into transactional, direct mail and book printing applications.

Domino Digital Printing Solutions Division director Philip Easton said: “The K630i is a natural progression in digital printing for Domino after launching the K600i digital module in 2010 and the four-colour N600i digital label press in 2012, now available as the N610i in up to seven colours.

“The K630i is based on the same proven technology that has seen both these products take leadership positions in their respective markets.

“We’ll potentially be competing against the likes of Canon, Ricoh and Xerox but their focus is much more on colour and we’re trying to make the best printer for doing monochrome.”

According to Easton, this model features improved drying capabilities, which enables it to print on a wider range of substrates with aqueous inks. Material handling has also been improved, which Easton said gives a better control over tension and a higher print quality consequently.

The machine is configured for 75m/min or 150m/min with print width options of 333mm, 445mm or 558mm as either simplex or duplex in the same frame.

It is supplied with the modular Domino Editor RIP digital front-end, which includes support for PDF, IPDS and AFP data formats, and is offered with either aqueous pigmented ink or high-impact UV ink.

“We’re offering UV-curable largely for direct mail. What we’ve seen in that market is that there’s been a huge push towards glossier substrates, which is not possible with aqueous inks. It’s about trying to be a bit different in some way and this offers that,” said Easton.

“Transactional mailing houses wouldn’t have a requirement for UV-curable inks because transactional documents tend to typically be printed on coarse materials.”

Domino’s pigmented aqueous ink, AQ90BK, was launched last year. It has high optical density but is also designed to limit show-through for low-grammage materials. There are no click charges and the ink is sold in litres.

“For aqueous applications, we strongly recommend printers look at the business model associated with monochrome inkjet. It offers the simplicity and reliability compared to toner and, we believe that, in most cases, this represents the lowest cost per page solution,” said Easton.

“In a market where the printer sells on one cost-per-page and effectively incurs print costs at another, the Domino K630i often delivers the most attractive profit position.”

The K630i also includes Domino’s i-Tech intelligent technology features, which are designed to optimise printer performance and maintain high productivity.

Depending on the specification, prices for the K630i range from $354,000 to $862,000 for the standalone printer or from $400,000 to $970,000 for the complete system, which includes all of the hardware and the RIP but excludes installation and commissioning costs.