In september 2018, The Papers, a newspaper, magazine, 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 consists of four towers and one folder. The existing QTI register system was replaced by eight CRC4 closed-loop density/register control cameras. The folder was equipped with four PCT4 cutoff cameras. For ink density control, DCOS integrated the CRC4 cameras with the existing Manroland remote ink system.

Todd Clark, plant manager for The Papers, visited DCOS customers in Norway as part of the evaluation, taking note of startup waste numbers. “The other interest in the visits was reviewing the press controls upgrades offered by DCOS. This is an area of future interest for us as we consider options in keeping ahead of electronic obsolescence,” Clark said.

The equipment was installed in February 2019. “The system has been operational for only a few weeks and we are already seeing improved waste reduction,” according to Clark.

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 of The Papers, and son Ron Baumgartner joined the company in 1968.

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