Automation for Printing Press Applications - Advanced Controller, Motion Control, Drive and Motor Solutions

As technology leader in automation, Siemens continues to drive innovation for printing machines, whether it involves open-­loop and closed-­loop control, commanding and signaling, or evaluating and responding: With a comprehensive range of products and systems, Siemens develops and supplies optimum solutions to address all printing industry requirements – all from a single source.

SIMOTION Print Standard - example function modules

Compensation for varying cylinder sizes found in gravure and flexo printing

Plate change on-the-fly

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Multiple virtual master synchronization

Cylinder positioning

Full web compensation

Integrated register control

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SIMATIC Automation Solutions

From PLCs to HMI to cables, Siemens has the complete range of integrated, globally leading products to meet every printing machine challenge. In addition to perfect interaction Siemens components set themselves apart through the use of well-proven communication standards such as PROFIBUS and PROFINET as well as EtherNet/IP and other protocols.

Most commonly-used automation products for printing applications


From shaft-turners to heavy-horsepower to multi-axis servos, Siemens has the world’s broadest spectrum of drive products to meet every printing machine challenge. Notable for reliability and performance, Siemens drives also provide flexibility, ease-of-use and integrated safety features.

Most commonly-used drive products for printing applications

SIMOTION Motion Control

SIMOTION ensures the most precise and dynamic motion control of drives. The ideal solution for basic applications as well as precise synchronization of multiple drive axes SIMOTION is available in three


When it comes to dynamic performance and precision, SIMOTICS motors are optimally adapted to Siemens SINAMICS drives to ensure that your machine performs reliably in-line with specified performance criteria.
The compact SIMOTICS M-1PH8 main motors or SIMOTICS S-1FK7 servomotors are especially well suited for printing applications. The compact and rugged SIMOTICS T-1FW3 torque motors are perfect for direct drives (e.g. gearless roller drives with high precision).

Encoders are already integrated into all SIMOTICS motors. Further, they fulfill all of the requirements for use as Safety Integrated components.

Most commonly-used motors for printing applications