Electronic Design Group has announced a recent contract with the ChicagoTribune for the rejuvenation of theTribune’s 23 Ferag stacker infeed assemblies (SIA).

The order comes a year after EDG upgraded the Tribune’s 15 SCCUSA conveyors.

The SIA solution is designed to address the reoccurring theme of obsolescence by replacing the controls and drives in the system, Electronic Design Group says.The upgrade involves a full transplant of the control cabinets where the PLC, drive and auxiliary components are housed. With the addition of a touch screen at each SIA, mounted in the cabinet door, the equipment status is always known, resulting in more uptime, according to Electronic Design Group.

Like the Ferag conveyors, the SIAs are networked over ethernet, along with the conveyors.

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