Recently bindery equipment and printing controller supplier ECS (Glastonbury, Connecticut) needed to retrofit a Goss Magnapak inserter. ECS serves many of the largest printers in the country.
Turning to its partner on this project, Advanced Industrial Controls (AIC), a St. Louis area Siemens-authorized partner, ECS conducted an analysis and determined that a complete electrical control and motion upgrade was required, necessitating the replacement of obsolete and tech-incompatible components, software and HMI.
The obsolete controllers on the machine were replaced with an ECS eNews Controller for monitoring and control of the hoppers, downstream trackers and tracker control. Interface to the new controller over Profinet was required to allow multiple systems and multiple sites to be interactively linked. Data downloads from a variety of open control interfaces on the line elements were necessary as well. These included Burt OCI, Omni-zone, SAMS, Prima, Flat File Format and DTI.