ABB Installs Integrated MPS PlateWorkflow at Richmond Times-Dispatch

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By: E&P Staff

ABB, Baden, Switzerland, has installed its integrated MPS PlateWorkflow system at the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch.

The newspaper’s print center in Hanover, Va., runs three Mitsubishi presses that were fully retrofitted by ABB with new control systems and consoles to improve reliability and ensure long-term availability of spare parts.

When the Times-Dispatch then decided to upgrade computer-to-plate output, it turned to ABB, for workflow software, which has automated end-to-end operation.

The workflow-press automation integration enabled the paper to overcome “special challenges,” according to Wolfgang Felber, head of ABB’s Center of Excellence for Printing. “For example, it has greatly simplified the use of double-out productions” and calculation of ink zone values from page data, Felber said in a statement. It also improved quality control and reduced the number of systems to support, he said.

Based on Newsway from ProImage, MPS PlateWorkflow is installed at the downtown editorial offices and as at the print center. Downtown, the systems handle page workflow, taking output from the editorial systems before RIPping, page pairing and transmission of separations to the print center.

At the print center, MPS Production, ABB’s press-management system, returns product planning and imposition information to MPS PlateWorkflow, which then handles the entire plate making process, including barcoding plates and managing and load-balancing two Agfa platesetters.

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