ABB upgrades control consoles for Dernieres Nouvelles D’Alsace

2018-04-23 - ABB has recently completed a control console upgrade at the Strasbourg print site of Dernieres Nouvelles D’Alsace (DNA) In France. The project is particularly interesting as it combines the very latest control console technology with the original ABB press control system that has been running since 1989.

The ABB control system on DNA’s Wifag OF7 press was installed when the press was new, almost 30 years ago, and has been running reliably since then. Despite the longevity of the system, the management at DNA has decided that the first steps of a modernization were required.

ABB’s newest release of the MPS Control Console, which is now running at the Strasbourg site, features touchscreen operation and is based on ABB’s Compact HMI. Not only does it replace the original consoles that were based on the Procontic DP800 system, but it also eliminates the need for a separate control desk for the Technotrans dampening system used on the press. The operation of the dampening system is now fully integrated into the MPS Control Console, which is a significant assistance to the printers.

ABB's MPS Control Console

ABB is a leading automation supplier to the newspaper industry. ABB Printing ( delivers solutions that provide unique and totally integrated end-to-end control, protect existing investments and provide management information essential to improving profitability.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

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