Grafschafter Nachrichten upgrade and retrofit on site

MGWS ControlCenter enhances work efficiency

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The new operator interfaces of the central console at the Grafschafter Nachrichten.

The intuitive ControlCenter from manroland Goss web systems (MGWS) will control the print jobs at the Grafschafter Nachrichten in coming time. The technology offers benefits such as user-friendly operator interface combined with gaining additional production relevant information. The ControlCenter interface has been implemented on the existing press, meaning that the existing console, including the embedded keyboards, remain in place. A central touch-screen based ControlPad complements the control system. It virtualizes and controls all integrated components and displays their current status, which makes all product-relevant information centrally visible, in real-time.

Corrections of settings are carried out directly on the touch screen. Furthermore, it is now possible for the MGWS TeleSupport Center (TSC), to perform remote diagnostics. In addition, IDCμ, the fastest ink and dampening solution control system in the market, is also in operation in Nordhorn. Ink control can be left completely up to the IDCμ module allowing a small team of press operators to work on the press at new levels of accuracy and efficiency.

The benefits of this comprehensive retrofit include converting the control system that facilitates improved system performance with reduced downtime. IDCμ also contributes to a reduction in labor and material costs. It is possible because the retrofit secures press availability for many years to come, and simultaneously reduces operating costs significantly.

Maik Hofsink, head of operations at the Grafschafter Nachrichten, is delighted with the supplied control system and the new, highly intuitive control console operation of his newspaper printing press. During a Technology Forum in April in Nordhorn, a small group of branch experts from within the German speaking regions were introduced to how upgrades and retrofits of existing systems could increase their printing efficiency onsite. During the Technology Forum titled ‘Innovations in Newspaper Printing,” a live demonstration of the virtualized PECOM system was held in the printing hall at Grafschafter Nachrichten, along with providing comprehensive information on the technical implementation of the virtualization.

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