DDV Druck, part of DDV Mediengruppe, Dresden, Germany, has ordered a comprehensive QIPC-EAE Performance Package from Engineering Automation Electronics (EAE) to modernize its newspaper printing line.

In 1998, the company commissioned the Geoman press line with ten four-high towers and four folders in a newly built newspaper printing plant in the north of Dresden. Today the printing center produces various regional newspapers: the Sachsische Zeitung (200,000 to 250,000 copies depending on the day of publication), the daily tabloid Dresdner Morgenpost (40,000 to 70,000) and more recently the Dresdner Neuesten Nachrichten (20,000 to 25,000). A series of advertising journals, publishing supplements and third-party products as well as semi-commercial products complete the output.

The package ordered includes numerous upgrades and extensions with which the printing center can jump over several generations of operating systems and software: replacement of the eight previous OS/2-based press control consoles with EAE Baltic Star consoles with new hardware and console software based on Windows 10; replacement of the old EAE AVE system with the production planning and presetting system EAE Print and the existing EAE MuP system with the reporting and logging system EAE Info; and installation of new PC hardware where necessary. New for DDV Druck will be the use of four control console tablets. 

Implementation of the project on site will start in July 2019. The project is scheduled to be completed this year. 

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