while the printing industry in other parts of the world has increasingly been discovering the merits of retrofitting, in the United Arab Emirates this is not yet common. The process, which involves the installation of state-of-the art innovations on existing printing presses, still has to take off in the region. Gulf News was the first printing concern in the UAE to opt to have its register system retrofitted.

The company chose Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC), Dutch specialist in measurement and control systems for the printing industry. “We see clear benefits in automated register control and an upgrade of our now outdated cut-off control,” said Michael Condon of Gulf News. “After having used a similar system from QIPC on our new KBA Cortina press, we decided to modernise our manroland CROMOMAN, too.”

In total, 33 mRC-3D cameras for color register and cut-off control were installed on nine towers. “The biggest savings will be during start-up,” Condon said. “Thanks to automation of the register system and improvements in the cut-off control, operators can devote more attention instead to ink-water balance and density. As a result we are now able to achieve better results more quickly and waste can be reduced by between 30 to 40 percent.”

Installation of the new automation system has recently been completed.

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