Palm Springs paper elevates facility
Gannett’s Desert Sun is replacing the KBA reel controls at their production facility in Palm Springs, California.
The upgrade from Harland Simon, supplier of newspaper press control and management systems, will replace EAE ANK interface modules, ABB KT98 control modules and DC IO on the paper’s existing KBA reelstands, as well as the ArcNet communications. Harland Simon will use off-the-shelf Allen-Bradley PLC hardware and Ethernet communications on the Desert Sun's press to lower cost and minimize risk to production. The upgrade is set to begin in the third quarter of this year, with the press in production throughout the process.
The latest upgrade follows projects in 2014 and 2016, when the paper upgraded the frontend EAE press controls and on-unit KBA/ ABB controls on their KBA Colora towers.