Druckzentrum Neckar-Alb has awarded ABB with an order for an extensive controls and drives retrofit for modernization of its Wifag OF470 newspaper presses.

Druckzentrum Neckar-Alb’s press line in Reutlingen, Germany, comprises six printing towers, three folders and six reelstands.  

The original Wifag positioning system on the printing towers, the folders and the turner bar decks will be replaced by ABB’s APOS solution, according to a press release from Zurich, Switzerland-based ABB. 
The printing tower and folder control systems will also be equipped with AC500 PLCs and the operator displays on the individual units will be replaced with new ABB CP635 touchscreen monitors.

The drives on the printing towers, folders and turner bar decks as well as for the ink ductor will be replaced with the new drives being mounted in the original drives cabinets. The communication protocol will be upgraded from SERCOS 2 to EtherCAT.

The six existing ABB MPS Control Consoles on the press will be upgraded to the latest touchscreen version and the production management system MPS Production will be upgraded to release 6.0-1.
The first phase of the project will start in January 2019 and the second phase is scheduled for early 2020.

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