Norway-based newspaper printer Agderposten Trykk has contracted DCOS for a major automation upgrade of their Goss Magnum press, involving partial retrofit of the existing Goss Omnicon system, and adding a DCOS closed-loop inspection system.

The nine towers, three folder Goss Magnum press-line installed in 2006 produces over 10 million copies per month. This includes printing six of its own newspapers, contract printing for other newspapers, and commercial work.

The overall scope of the project involves separating the quality functions (ink, water, register and web tension) from the Omnicon system, which eliminates the need for the Goss WebCenter production management system, according to DCOS. The existing Quad Tech Multicam system will be replaced and the existing Baldwin spray system will be integrated.

DCOS, headquartered in Sweden with U.S. offices in Illinois, will install the control components to handle the quality functions of the press along with three operator desk touch screens, a printing framework software package including presetting and pre-press interface and its Inspection System (eighteen CRC4 cameras) for closed-loop control of the quality functions.

A first phase was completed in September. The second phase will take place next month.

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