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Dow Jones Press Control Migration, 19 presses at 17 printing plants

Press release from the issuing company

Baden, Switzerland – March 29, 2006: The Wall Street Journal selected ABB, a Switzerland based company specializing in printing press control and drive systems to upgrade press controls on 19 presses at 17 printing plants in the United States. The press controls upgrade supports the web width format change announced by The Wall Street Journal in the fall 2005 with full implementation completed by January 2007. ABB has been the press automation partner of Dow Jones since 1994. Its 19 presses, a mix of Goss and TKS equipment, currently have ABB controls. ABB collaborated with Dow Jones to develop the controls solution to support the page format change for today’s Journal from fifteen inches to twelve inches. "For more than 10 years, ABB has partnered with Dow Jones to finely tune our press consoles in an effort to meet our quality expectations and reduce waste," said Larry Hoffman, vice president of production for The Wall Street Journal. "ABB’s high level of reliability, proven flexibility to add and expand new functionality, and operator friendly interface is something we have grown to count on." ABB will supply Dow Jones with 58 Windows-based MPS Control Consoles to replace Unix based systems that have reliably controlled its presses since 1994. With the controls system upgrade, each Dow Jones printing plant will have its own MPS Production press management system. When implemented, the ABB control system will handle both the current fifteen inch and new twelve inch page format as required by The Wall Street Journal. Commissioning work began in the first quarter 2006 with all 17 printing plants completed by the end of the 3rd quarter 2006. Wolfgang Felber, Head of ABB’s Center of Excellence for Printing based in Baden, Switzerland sees this order as a further confirmation of his team’s strategy of ensuring a migration path for all its systems.

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