PressWorks Ink, a subsidiary of Swift Communications, has contracted DCOS Automation Sweden for a complete drives and controls retrofit on its DGM 440 press. PressWorks Ink prints the Carson City Nevada Appeal and the Reno Gazette-Journal along with several other weekly, monthly, tabloid and specialty products.
DCOS will replace the existing six Eurotherm drives with new digital drives. The existing DGM consoles will be replaced with new DCOS consoles that integrate all press functions, ink presetting and remote inking control, dampening, splicers and infeeds to new touchscreen control. The existing fiber optic loop will be replaced with a new EtherCat star-network with direct communication to each drive.
The drives and controls are supported by DCOS 24/7 remote support, DCOS says.
DCOS will also assist in the scavenging of useful spare parts from the old Eurotherm drives and DGM console to be used at another Swift Communications site.
While DCOS has a history of drives and controls retrofits in Europe on nearly all types of newspaper presses, this is the most extensive drives and controls project so far in the U.S., according to the company. The installation will begin in September 2019.