MCS has extensive
experience creating custom storage and retrieval systems for
gravure printers. Installations have included complete
asynchronous automation of two overhead cranes operating in a
single storage/retrieval system for several thousand cylinders.
The system allows continuous movement of cylinders (each
weighing approx. 2000 lbs.) to and from storage and production
sites without interruption of production. The gravure ASR
systems include a control server, custom designed Windows
NT-based C++ program, to control PLC based cranes and a custom
Windows-based Graphical User Interface Server. The server
contains complete data of all cylinder locations and pertinent
historical information. MCS is currently applying the technology
developed for gravure to other types of printing.