Honeywell to control printing of the Wall Street Journal | Automation.com

Honeywell to control printing of the Wall Street Journal

October 8, 2009 – Honeywell has been selected by NYP Holdings, a subsidiary of News Corporation and the publisher of the New York Post, to help increase production capacity and reduce costs at the group’s flagship Bronx, New York printing facility. The extra capacity will allow NYP to publish the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal at the same site, thereby consolidating the printing of its key dailies for the New York metropolitan area.

Honeywell’s work is part of a larger NYP effort to expand its Goss Postliner printing press lines. The expansion includes the installation of 16 new printing couples and equipment to allow a greater number of newspaper sections to be produced. Honeywell is modifying NYP’s existing Honeywell Printa Press Control and Production Management Systems to promote seamless interoperability with the expanded printing press capability.

The work includes upgrading NYP’s control desks to Windows XP and supplying extensions to the drive equipment, modifying the pre-press system interface to support product planning data and the installation of new imposition software. Honeywell will also provide a wide range of services including installation and cabling. Apart from easier management of the production system, the changes should allow more color pages to be printed and the number of sections of the newspaper to be increased.

“This is a highly complex and strategic undertaking for the business, and we are particularly pleased that the work Honeywell is doing will have minimal impact on our daily operations,” said Joseph B. Vincent, senior vice president of operations, NYP Holdings. “We selected Honeywell because of our positive, previous experience with the Printa system and the success of other projects undertaken together.”

“The modifications we are making to NYP’s production process should ultimately allow it to get more papers into people’s hands more efficiently, and with less cost than before,” said Andrew Hird, global director of Honeywell Process Solutions’ pulp, paper and printing business. “In today’s environment it is particularly valuable to have innovation such as the Printa system which can drive down costs and improve the bottom line.”

Printa is a complete automation system designed for a printer to easily and efficiently control the printing process, reduce waste and increase quality in every print run. Directly installed in the printing press during manufacturing, the Printa system continuously monitors press operations. It performs advance condition checks, keeps the printer informed of job progress, and provides maintenance reports. The system includes press pre-setting, start-up and shutdown automation, real-time reporting and condition monitoring. The life of a Printa system can exceed 25 years.

Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry.
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