In September 2018, The Papers, a newspaper, magazine publication, and commercial printer in Milford, Indiana, contracted with DCOS Automation Sweden for a press automation upgrade. The upgrade includes automatic register, ink density, and cut-off control cameras and associated control and integration equipment for the 16-unit MAN Cromoman press.
The Cromoman press configuration is four towers and one folder. The existing QTI register system will be replaced by eight CRC4 closed-loop density/register control cameras. The folder will be equipped with four PCT4 cut-off cameras. For ink density control, DCOS will integrate the CRC4 cameras with the existing Manroland remote ink system.
The equipment was installed in February 2019 and according to Todd Clark, plant manager for The Papers, “The system has been operational for only a few weeks and we are already seeing improved waste reduction.”
Ron Ehrhardt, DCOS sales director for the Americas, adds an interesting link to a past project at The Papers. “In 1968 my dad sold Arch and Ron Baumgartner a 3-unit Goss Community press, and 50 years later I was able to sell Ron this automation upgrade. I think that’s pretty cool.” Arch was there at the 1939 founding, and son Ron joined the company in 1968.