Gan­nett orders retro ts for two U.S. print sites

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Gan­nett has placed orders with ABB for press con­trol retrofits and up­grades at the Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sentinel in Wis­con­sin, and North Jer­sey Me­dia in Rock­away, New Jer­sey, ac­cord­ing to ABB.

The or­der for the Mil­wau­kee site, which prints on a KBA Com­man­der press, will see the orig­i­nal KT94 and MR93 con­trol sys­tems on three print­ing tow­ers re­placed with ABB’s AC500 PLC. ABB will be us­ing its adapter so­lu­tion for this upgrade — the new con­trol sys­tems are mounted on foot­print-com­pat­i­ble adapters that mean that the new sys­tems oc­cupy ex­actly the same space and have ex­actly the same con­nec­tions as the orig­i­nal sys­tems.

The Jour­nal Sentinel will also be up­grad­ing its ABB MPS Con­trol Con­soles to the lat­est ver­sion based on ABB’s Com­pact Prod­uct Suite HMI. At the same time their MPS Pro­duc­tion press man­age­ment sys­tem will be up­graded to Re­lease 6. The com­mis­sion­ing of the sys­tems in Mil­wau­kee will be­gin around the mid­dle of 2019.

The se­cond or­der is for the North Jer­sey Me­dia print site in Rock­away, where Gan­nett’s The Record and other news­pa­pers are printed on WIFAG evo­lu­tion 371 and Mit­subishi Lithopia presses. ABB will be re­plac­ing the press con­trol sys­tem on the Wifag press, in­clud­ing those units on the print­ing tow­ers, folder and reel­stands. The orig­i­nal “Plat­form Plus” con­trols from Wifag will also be re­placed. The new so­lu­tions are based again on the in­dus­try­s­tan­dard AC500 PLC.

The com­mis­sion­ing will be­gin in spring 2019.

In ad­di­tion, ABB, head­quar­tered in Zurich, Switzer­land, will be up­grad­ing the con­trol con­soles on both the Wifag and Mit­subishi presses.

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