Edda Trykk, the second largest publisher in Norway, has selected Honeywell to upgrade its Printa press control and shaftless drive systems at their newspaper printing facility in Stokke, Norway. Honeywell will provide new commercial input/output modules, bring the safety system in line with current standards and increase redundancy in the drive system.
According to Nils Morten Vestskogen, plant manager at Edda Trykk, replacing obsolete components will help the Stokke site to continue printing newspapers on the existing presses into the 2020s. "A key benefit is that the upgrades can be achieved without disrupting production by making changes gradually, part by part, " said Morten Vestskogen.
As part of the scope of work, the existing Bitbus I/O's will be changed to commercial Profibus I/O's, the controllers of the towers and folders will be upgraded to Honeywell Field Controller, the safety system will be modernized to comply with current standards and the shaftless drive system modernized from an optical Sercos II to an Ethernet-based Sercos III network with new drives and motors. Redundancy will be added by separating the tower pairs' drive networks, thereby reducing the risk of drive failures.
Marko Jämsen, business leader, Pulp, Paper and Printing at Honeywell Process Solutions recognizes that the printing industry is facing difficult times, with newspaper circulations decreasing as digital consumption increases. However he believes that by using Honeywell, Edda Trykk is takinf the right steps of selecting a phased approach of upgrading its press control system. This will protect Edda Trykk's existing assets and allowing the company to maintain performance into the future.