Printing Press Upgrade Includes Move to Sercos III

May 1, 2013
Edda Trykk, the second largest publisher in Norway, has selected Honeywell to upgrade the Printa press control and shaftless drive systems at its newspaper printing facility in Stokke, Norway.

Edda Trykk, owned by Amedia AS, publishes 78 print titles in various countries, including Norway and Russia.

“By replacing obsolete components, Honeywell will help our Stokke site continue printing newspapers on the existing presses into the 2020s,” says Nils Morten Vestskogen, plant manager for Edda Trykk.

The shaftless drive system will be modernized from an optical Sercos II network 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.

The upgrade includes:

• Existing Bitbus I/O devices changed to commercial Profibus I/O.

• Controllers of the towers and folders upgraded to Honeywell Field Controller.

• Modernization of the safety system to comply with current standards. 

“A key benefit is that the upgrades can be achieved without disrupting production by making changes gradually, part by part,” Vestskogen says.

Marko Jämsen, business leader for pulp, paper and printing at Honeywell Process Solutions (, says, “The printing industry is facing difficult times, with newspaper circulations decreasing year over year as digital consumption increases. Edda Trykk has taken the prudent step of selecting a phased approach of upgrading its press control system, protecting its existing assets and allowing the company to maintain performance into the future."

>> Renee R. Bassett, [email protected], is Deputy Editor of Automation World.

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