Upgrade takes 20-year-old press into the future

May 26, 2022 at 06:35 pm by admin

A 2003 newspaper press will continue its central role with an Austrian daily following a comprehensive update.

Koenig & Bauer has been appointed lead contractor for the three-stage mechanical and electrical retrofit at Oberösterreichische Nachrichten in Pasching. Reelstands, printing towers, folders, press control system and operating consoles of the Commander press will brought up to date.

Control system and consoles will be converted to the latest EAE technology, with QIPC colour density and colour and cut-off register systems added.

Inking units, reelstands and folders will undergo a mechanical overhaul, spray bars will be renewed, and all main drives will be overhauled.

Print centre managing director Ronald Sonnleitner says parts of the installation will be 20 years old by next year and are still doing their job reliably. “We want to ensure that we are properly prepared for the future – because we continue to believe in the printed newspaper.

“This retrofit will position us ideally to handle everything that lies ahead,” he says.

The control system retrofit will be performed in three stages, so as not to interrupt daily production, with the project scheduled for completion in winter 2022.

Still one of Austria’s most modern, the Pasching print centre gets through 300,000 plates, 180,000 kg of ink and almost 12,000 tonnes of paper a year. With 1200 m2 of solar panels, the company generates enough electricity to meet around 20 per cent of requirements.

Pictured: A Koenig & Bauer team visit the print centre


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