Björn Nickau

MWM and DCOS will start sales co-operation in the DACH region

Sweden, January 25th, 2018 – The Swedish based companies MWM Group and DCOS Sweden AB have agreed to join forces regarding sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The synergies between the companies are obvious; dynamic and flexible organizations offering complementing systems and services to automate, control and increase productivity and quality in printing.

MWM Group opened an office in Hamburg in early 2017 headed by Björn Nickau to further strengthen MWM´s position in the market and promote the MWM Print 365 Products, including Production Planning and Copy Track.

MWM Group is an interesting company with an impressive portfolio and strong focus on sales that fit well with our ambitions. I have known Björn Nickau for many years, he is a solid background in the industry working 19 years for EAE which obviously means he is familiar with the type of systems and solutions DCOS is offering. I´m very excited and optimistic about this co-operation”, says Mattias Andersson CEO at DCOS.

The co-operation is effective from January 1th 2018 and Björn Nickau will promote DCOS range of products to new and existing customers in the territory. DCOS is a global market leader in Closed-loop Density Systems for newspaper presses and a well-established provider of Retrofit solutions for press control and drive systems.

Björn Nickau explains; “With very interesting technical solutions in its Closed-Loop Inspection System and Drive & Control System Retrofit´s, DCOS is successful on the world-wide market. DCOS has already installations and good references in Germany but I´m very excited to have these solutions available for promotion to our markets”.

MWM solutions Print 365 for printers and Media 365 for publishers and media houses are of great interest to the European market

Since 2017 the MWM sales visited many newspaper and commercial printers especially in Germany and in Switzerland. We focus on our module-based Print 365 solutions which helps our customers within the newspaper and commercial printing industry to cut production cost and/or to increase revenue.
These proven solutions of MWM are already being used by a number of large German and Swiss printers like for example Swiss Printers, Burda Druck and TSB (Tiefdruck Schwann-Bagel). New projects will further increase the installed base in the year 2018.

In addition MWM Group has launched its MWM Media 365 product which attracted great interest at the Ifra World Publishing Expo & DCX Digital Content Expo in Berlin in September 2017.
The MWM Media 365 is a comprehensive solution for publishers and media houses for CRM, operations as well as total data management. The core module “Insight & Marketing” allows publishers the 360° view of their customers, to track data from their various activities, to standardize it, collate it and present it in configurable dashboards so that marketing initiatives and content can be optimally targeted. Two well-known large Scandinavian media houses are using the MWM Media 365 solution to manage the transition to new sales and marketing structures as well as to have opportunities to radically reduce the average age of their readership and to secure the long-term loyalty of tomorrow’s key customer groups.

There is a very good fit between the two companies products and services. Both deliver real value in supplying solutions with high quality and benefits. In addition both companies have a solid reputation for a long term comitment to the printing market and pleased customers. This is a further step to establish MWM Group as a strong player in the DACH area”. says Jörgen Karlsson, MWM Group

About DCOS Inspection System
DCOS Inspection Systems is a range of in-house developed camera based systems for the printing industry. The systems automate a majority of the traditionally manual quality adjustments made in the printing process. This in turn increases productivity and cost effectiveness as waste, start-up time, use of consumables and manning can be greatly reduced. At the same time a high and consistent quality is guaranteed. DCOS Inspection System measures solid ink micro marks. Offline densitometric measurement of ink solid is proven in the industry for decades, it simple and stable. DCOS has reengineered the concept and developed an online high-speed solution adaptable to any press. This technology is optimized for best performance, repeatability and effectiveness. This is proven at installation across the globe.

About DCOS
DCOS offers custom-designed automated solutions with a focus on user-friendliness, efficiency and reliability – the aim is to maximize the productivity of the customers. DCOS offers a new approach in operation and control systems, operator interfaces, production reporting and camera-based inspection systems for new and existing printing press installations, including retrofitting of existing presses- The company has installations across the world and operates a strong service organization based on a network of carefully selected and skilled agents and partners.

Contact information:
Jörgen Karlsson, MWM Group
+41 792272876
jorgen.karlsson@mwm.se

Björn Nickau, MWM Group
+49 1579 2350007
bjorn.nickau@mwm.se

Mattias Andersson, CEO, DCOS Sweden AB
+46 320 207544
mattias.andersson@dcos.se

Bold Printing

BOLD PRINTING boost`s its Manroland Colorman press together with DCOS

KINNA, October 5th, 2017 – – With three production sites and six presses, Bold Printing is one of the largest printing groups in the Nordic region. With strategic locations around southern Sweden (Stockholm, Malmö and Borås) Bold prints some 40 newspapers titles and around 700 million copies per year. Bold Printing was founded in 1998 and is owned by the Bonnier Group.

Bold Printing Stockholm (former known as “DNEX-tryckeriet”) is the largest print site with twenty-two stacked 9-Cylinder Colorman S Satellites from Manroland installed in 1992 and a 96-page KBA Commander CT from Koenig-Bauer installed in 2012.

Just a few years back the Colorman S press was not fully utilized and there were plans to phase out 60% of the press and move the remaining part of the press to the same press hall as the KBA and thereby better utilize the space. But lucky enough, this plan was never executed and due to restructuring among other printers in this region a couple of other printshops closed down and today the press runs 7 days a week and most days for 24h.

Based on the increased demand in printing and the fact that the press lacked modern automation, Bold Printing decided to start investigate adding more automation to their press, specifically closed-loop density and cut-off control.

Bold Printing had already closed-loop camera systems from different vendors on three of its presses, and began to investigate what would be their best option for the Colorman S.

We had the benefit of having a compete DCOS Inspection system running on our KBA Colora in Borås that could provide us reliable information on their waste efficiency, quality and savings. The system was installed back in 2012 and this gave us a chance to evaluate both system and vendor over a longer time, and finally we felt very comfortable in choosing DCOS as our partner in this project”, says Erik Wallhed Managing Director at BOLD Printing Stockholm.

The installation and commissioning will take place in November-December this year and involves installation of DCOS CRC4 closed-loop density system for 7 webs and fourteen PTC4 cut-off control scanners for the two folders.

Mattias Andersson, CEO at DCOS Sweden AB says; “DNEX-tryckeriet” is a symbol for newspaper printing in Sweden and I´m very proud we have been awarded this project by Erik and his team. We have repeatedly proven that we can reach amazing results with our inspection systems on older presses. This press is from 1992 and that will be our second oldest press to retrofit with closed-loop density. We like the challenge and I look forward to yet another success story!

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DCOS first out with closed-loop DENSITY control system for newspaper in DENMARK

KINNA, June 15th, 2017 – DCOS has secured yet another order for its closed-loop Inspection System technology. Skive Folkeblad decided in the end of last year to award DCOS the contract to modernize its Tensor press from 1999.

Dating back to year 1880, Skive Folkeblad is a publisher and printer in the beautiful Limfjorden area in Jylland, Denmark. With the daily newspaper “Skive Folkeblad” as its flagship, all their publications are for the local region, but as a contract printer their reach is across Europe.
The Tensor press was originally installed in 1999 and expanded in 2004 and consists of six 4-high printing towers and two folders with the newer equipment rated at 45.000cph. The press is equipped with a footprint shaftless drive and control system that was originally supplied by Söderqvist. Further it has spray a dampening system from Inventor Graphics and closed-loop register and cut-off system from Q.I Press controls.

The scope of the project is to replace the existing closed-loop register and cut-off system with a complete DCOS Inspection System package including closed-loop density. Twelve CRC4 scanners for combined closedloop density and register will be installed along with twelve PTC4 scanners for cut-off control. In addition, DCOS will integrated the existing EPG ink control system, the spray system and upgrade parts of the original press control system including two new integrated control desks.

John Vejle, Operation Manager at Skive Folkeblad, says: “We´ve always strived to be in the forefront when it comes to technology and methods of printing newspapers. This is how we have been able to stay successful and competitive over many years. For this particular investment, DCOS was able to show us a reference site that is almost identical to our press, 10 years younger but same type for equipment and automation. The Tensor press at Nr1Adressatrykk in Norway got equipped with DCOS closed loop density three years ago and the productivity on that press is amazing. Minimal manning and high efficiency. Based on their data, our ROI calculation fell in place and our choice became obvious.

The Danish market is undergoing a similar consolidation as many if its neighbor countries has gone through. But there´s still several small to mid-size printers and an overcapacity in the market. This investment will give Skive Folkeblad yet another edge to strengthen its position. The system will be in production by end of June this year and even though it´s not the first closed loop density system sold in Denmark (another vendor sold a system in 2014) this start-up marks the date for the first running system on a newspaper press in Denmark.

Closed-loop density control for coldest printing has really kicked off in the last couple of years. With 86 closed-loop cameras sold over the last 12 months, DCOS has taken a market leading role in this segment.

We are very pleased that Skive Folkeblad decided in favor of us and our technology. As always, our existing customers play a major role in our ongoing sales efforts and the support from Nr1Adressatrykk in sharing data, results and hands-on experience during more than a handful of visits was extremely helpful. I think this built the trust and provided the necessary facts needed to make a decision towards investing. A sales person can give hundreds of arguments, but at the end of the day, it’s results and ROI from running systems that represents the only hard facts.” says Mattias Andersson, CEO at DCOS Sweden AB.

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FINNISH printer chooses DCOS´s closed-loop automation technology

KINNA, June 1th, 2017 – The success for DCOS Print Inspection Systems continues as Finnish Media
Group Kaakon Viestintä Oy awarded DCOS the order for a Closed-loop Density, Register and cut-off
system for its KBA A510 press.
Kaakon Viestintä employs 800 people and is the leading newspaper group in the southeast region of
Finland. Over the last years Kaakon Viestintä has restructured and merged its three production sites
into one main print production facility in Kouvola, 1,5 hour east of Helsinki.

The KBA A510 press dates to 1991 and has served its owner well over the years. With seven daily
newspapers supplemented by twenty-one weeklies and bi-weeklies, Kaakon Viestintä produces
about 1.000.000 copies per week.
With the increasing amount of titles to print, Kaakon Viestintä found it necessary to investigate their
options for increasing productivity and lower production costs in order to strengthen their market
position.

Matti Härmä, Production Manager at Kaakon Viestintä explains why DCOS was the selected partner
for this project; “It has been a quite long process for us to evaluate the different options on the
market and our project team have put a lot of effort into this. We visited three DCOS installations, all
of them on fairly old presses, all different press types. Besides inspection system we also saw a
complete Honeywell retrofit and a partial Honeywell retrofit. It was simply very impressive based on
our needs.

The DCOS camera technology which will be installed on the press includes, ten CRC4 density and
color register cameras, and eighteen PTC4 cut-off cameras. The Honeywell control system will be
partly retrofitted and all quality functions will be taken over and be controlled by DCOS, including the
spray dampening system.

As in any investment these days the ROI is a key factor that requires in depth analysis. The reference
sites we visited were very helpful with results and feedback. They were also very convincing in their
experience and satisfaction of being a DCOS customer. This gave us confidence that we found a
company for a long-term cooperation and that put the customer’s interests and needs in focus.
”, says
Lasse Palminen, Chief Information Officer at Kaakon Viestintä.

The installation started mid-March and the system was fully commissioned and in production in May
and already serves it purpose well. After 3 weeks in operation the average start-up waste has been
reduced to 50% of the original waste and itis expected to continue to decrease in the next months.

Kaakon Viestintä has gone through some changes over the last year, merging three print shops into
one centralized facility. We are very proud to be part of their future and success. This project perfectly
symbolizes our capabilities of providing complete automation solutions for printing presses,
combining Retrofit with Productivity upgrades
”, says Mattias Andersson, CEO at DCOS Sweden AB.

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Larry Babcock

SOUND PUBLISHING retrofits its DGM press with automation from DCOS

KINNA December 1st, 2016 – Based in Everett (WA) in the northwest pacific region of USA, Sound Publishing plays a major role as the largest community media organization in the state. The company was founded in 1987 under the name Whidbey Press Newspaper Group and had three publication at that time. Mainly through acquisition the company has grown steadily over the years and today operates almost 50 newspaper titles of its own.

2007 was an important year for Sound Publishing as a new press facility was established and six smaller print shops was consolidated into one central print facility in Everett. An 8 tower, 2 folder DGM press from 2003 was acquired and became the flagship of the operation. The press was well automated with Indramat unit shaftless drive system, AR60 splicers, remote inking and auto-registration.

Larry Babcock, director of Operations at Sound Publishing says; “We have a few things that make our operation unique. First of all we have over 600 start-ups per month, secondly we run a 3-across format on single-wide press which adds some complexity to reach good presetting and efficiency. We were searching to find a vendor not only capable of extending service life of our equipment but who also has solutions to make us more cost and time efficient and who can offer us a one-source partnership for our entire press automation.

Contact was established between Sound Publishing and DCOS in 2015 and for about one year different solutions with its corresponding ROI calculations was discussed and evaluated. In August 2016 Sound publishing decided to place the order in favor for DCOS.

The project will include a new press control system (partly utilizing existing I/O structure), new control stations, DCOS motion controller to replace Indramat CLC´s, partial drive upgrade, remote inking system integration and upgrade. The installation will start in beginning of January 2017 and will be carried out on a tower-by-tower basis while the press is in normal production.

It has been a very interesting process to engage in discussions with Larry and his team on this project and we look forward to a long-term partnership with Sound Publishing. Our ideas of making printing more of an automated process will become reality in this project, and I feel we have come up with a very strong solution.
These types of projects– combining life time extension of press controls and drives with productivity and automation upgrades– is DCOS strength. Our uniqueness being the only company in the industry who has the capability to handle this type of project within one organization on any press brand.
” says Mattias Andersson CEO at DCOS.

This project represents DCOS tenth system installation in USA.

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Amedia Press Operator

DCOS win´s major Inspection System order in Norway

Just about 6 months after DCOS completed the press extension of Amedia Trykk´s GOSS Universal press in Lilleström and retrofitted the existing EAE control system, the parties has agreed on a new large project.

This time it is focus on print quality, efficiency and waste savings. The project is not only for the GOSS Universal press but also for the Geoman press from manroland. Both presses will be equipped with DCOS CRC4 closed-loop color and register control system, a total of 24 scanners. The inspection system will be integrated in the new DCOS control system platform on the Goss Universal press. DCOS will overtake Ink, register and water control on the manroland press.

“We have plenty of good experience in cooperating with Amedia since we´ve had many projects together over the years. Amedia already has two installations of our multi-function CRC4 scanners installed on other presses within their group and I believe their experience with our system and us as a partner is a major factor for us to win this order”, says Mattias Andersson, managing director at DCOS.

A condition for Amedia to invest was the investment had to be paid off in less than 24 months. Based on data from their running inspection system installations, the parties have together created a reliable ROI calculation that well fit the condition of 24 months return of investment.

“The great results we see on our existing installations in combination with the experience of a short start-up time that contributes to more or less instant savings has been our key factors. With our condensed ROI time, we also needed a system free from consumable costs or reoccurring calibration costs. So finally our choice was not too complicated”, says Morten Kringler, plant manager, Amedia Trykk

The installation and start-up will be carried out in summer 2016.

 

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Our DRUPA Highlights

The big event in our industry is near to start, the DRUPA expo in Germany. Since many years there has been a cooperation around the exhibitions between Tensor, DCOS and Tolerans and this year is no, different. We have partnered up again, in Hall 15, Booth C50-2.

TENSOR is presenting a couple of new major product improvements this Drupa;

#1   Tensor now offers automatic-plate lock-up on all series of printing units. This is a robust and yet simplistic solution to save a lot of setup time. On a well automated press, the plate up procedure is by far the most labor intensive task that often dictates the amount of press operators needed. This new feature makes it possible to operate a press efficiently with less people. It takes one operator less than two minutes to re-plate a 4-high tower.

 

#2   Tensors H50HD jaw folder with up to 14 webs capacity is a well-known product that has gone through a major redesign/upgrades;

  • It is now fully shaftless with independent Nip, RTF, Quarter folder and tape drives
  • The nipping section has been completely redesigned with pneumatic nip setting compared to the traditional ways of setting a fixed distance between nips and adjusting with any change in pagination
  • The folder is fitted with a touchscreen for settings, information and adjustments
  • Nips, trolleys and slitters are remotely controlled from the control desk or from the touch screen

 

DCOS is focusing on the two main topics in the industry today when it comes to automation; RETROFIT and CLOSED-LOOP systems.

#1  DCOS can offer drive and control system RETROFITS on most presses on the market. Our strength is finding the right customized solution for each customer and implementing on a running press. DCOS uses only standard industrial components which contributes to cost effective and future-proof solutions

 

#2 DCOS introduced the multi-function CRC4 closed-loop color scanner on DRUPA 2012. Four years later it´s fair to say that it was introduced at the right time and it was the right technology; it is a very successful product. Today the functionality has been further extend which we will be presenting at DRUPA. Based on data from all installations we have created a tool for ROI calculations that is providing us and our customers with accurate basis for an investment.

#3 A “one source” supplier

Many printers who are looking at extending service life of their presses by a RETROFIT also decides to increase the automation level by adding CLOSED-LOOP system to stay competitive.

DCOS is unique in our industry in offering both products within one company. DCOS has one R&D department, one software platform, one hardware platform, one project manager team and one team of technician. This makes DCOS cost effective, efficient and well-coordinated.

We look forward to see you in Düsseldorf in the next weeks!

 

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Swedish ´NYA WERMLANDS –TIDNINGEN´ opt´s for DCOS Inspection System

Nya Wermlands-Tidningen (NWT) with its headquarters in Karlstad, Sweden has a long history as a publisher and printer. The first issue of the paper hit the streets on January 4th 1837. NWT is currently one of Sweden´s largest local newspaper with coverage of news and distribution in the midland areas of Sweden. NWT is fully owned by the Ander family. Their hallmark is “strong finance and rigid technical solutions”, which is acknowledged by continuous optimization of their organization and investment in new technology. NWT Group has a major ownership interests in Norway, through the Norwegian subsidiary NWT MEDIA AS with holdings in media companies such as Schibsted AS and Polaris AS.

NWT`s printing press was supplied by GOSS and installed in 1995. The press configuration consists of seven HT70 4-high printing towers and three folders. NWT produces fourteen newspapers a long with inserts for the newspapers. NWT has a strong belief in the printed media and in the end of last year they decided to invest in a new Inspection System, and NWT choose in favor for DCOS. The system will replace an obsolete register control system from a different vendor and as part of NWT´s future strategy, the system is prepared for closed-loop density Control.

NWT’s CEO Mats Muregård comments on the investment; ”After visiting a DCOS reference site and gathering data from their production we could complete our ROI calculations. The ROI is based only on waste savings. Another aspect of our investment is that NWT (as the first printing company in Sweden, 1996) is exempt from notification under the Environmental Authority. This investment shows our customers a continued offensive strategy for the Environment”

The installation took place in January and the system has been in daily production since February.

“Our expectations on the investment has been exceeded and we are well ahead of our target of waste savings. The installation and start-up phase has been a positive experience and our operator’s says the system is self-explanatory which has made the whole process smooth and easy”, says NWT’s Production Manager Christoffer Andersson.

This order marks DCOS thirteenth Inspection System installation in Sweden.

“Sweden´s our domestic market and I´m sure this contributes to the success. But in general I believe it´s our install base and the results our customers are achieving that make the foundation for selling our systems. We are fortunate to have open-minded and accommodating customers who like to demonstrate our systems and share the results. And now we are proud to welcome yet another one!” says Patrik Martinsson, sales manager at DCOS.

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Swedish Printer Invests in DCOS Inspection System

Markbladet Tryckeri is located in Sweden, just about one hour drive south east of Gothenburg. Markbladet Tryckeri has continued its efforts to maximize the productivity of its Manugraph press by placing yet another order with DCOS. The scope is a complete inspection system with closed-loop color control, color register control, cut-off control and web-guide control. The order also includes DCOS softproof system.

Markbladet Tryckeri prints newspaper and inserts products. Two well-known customers are METRO newspaper and ICA. ICA´s insert work has a weekly circulation of almost 2 million copies. The press, a Manugraph HILINE, was installed in 2005 and consists of five 4-high printing towers and two folders.
Christofer Hammarström, MD at Markbladet Tryckeri, elaborates; “There is a lot going on at Markbladet Tryckeri in recent time. We have gone through a generation change and I have had the possibility to set a long term plan for the operation and initiate some internal processes to utilize our organization and equipment in the most efficient way. Our press is now paid off, which put us in a favorable financial situation giving us means to execute our plans for future growth and ensured productivity. We are happy, once again, to have DCOS be part of forming our future

The partnership between Markbladet Tryckeri and DCOS goes back a long way. DCOS has replaced several of the original systems on the press over the years to enhance stability and to obtain waste reductions. In 2008 the original Manugraph infeeds were redesigned and rebuilt to become closed-loop and the original PIV was replaced by a shaftless technology. In 2013 the original “Manucolor” ink control system was replaced by DCOS ink control system with ink presetting. Web alignment register was also motorized and remote controlled. And now in 2016, the existing closed-loop register and cut-off system will be replaced by DCOS technology, while also adding closed-loop color control, web guide control and softproof. “First of all we are extremely pleased that Markbladet Tryckeri choose to place their trust in us and our technology while taking this huge step in automation level. Together we have reached good results and savings in upgrading the press over the years and this is the largest leap so far. This is our first Inspction System installation on a Manugraph press and to our knowledge the first Manugraph press worldwide to be equipped with closed loop color. So this is a very exciting milestone for us”, says Andreas Andersson, Sales Manager at DCOS.

The installation will commence beginning of March.

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DCOS Completed a GEOMAN Retrofit Project at Senner Medien, Germany

The press, which was originally installed in 1996 and extended in year 2000, consists of two GEOMAN towers, one Folder and two MEG reelstands. A reestand retrofit was also part of the scope. After a careful selection process Senner Medien decided to place the order in favor of DCOS Sweden AB.
Markus Krichenbauer, CEO of Senner Druckhaus, has been closely involved in the project; ”With the IT & technology background I have, it´s been interesting for me to see a nearly 20 year old press undergo such a huge makeover. Most of the existing control system components were obsolete and it was hard to support the systems, we simply had to address this situation in order to secure our future production capability. That investment being a necessity, it´s the added automation that really made a difference for us.”
Based on the findings in the viability study, it became obvious to Senner Druckhaus that in order to remain competitive and ensure future profitability the press needed more automation. DCOS Inspection System with closed-loop color, register, fan-out and cut-off became the best fit for Senner Druckhaus.
”Our Quality Standards are probably very high for a coldset printer. We have some products that are very color sensitive and we do a lot of multi-fold book work that really puts the cut-off system to a test. With the closed-loop systems this all becomes an automated task and our operators can focus on other things. And last but not least, we have seen our waste levels drop well below our targets for the investment”, Markus Krichenbauer continues.
Two new integrated DCOS control desks, new control system, and the Inspection system were installed in parallel with the existing PECOM system and the retrofit was carried out function by function until the complete PECOM system was taken out.
Mattias Andersson, CEO DCOS: ”Retrofitting these old generations of PECOM where everything is obsolete has its challenges. But we are amazed about the productivity we see in this press today, I´m convinced this is the most productive GEOMAN of its generation and I believe it’s a combination of a very stable and robust press model, modernized with the latest technology.”
The project was finalized earlier this year and the press were in daily production thoughout the whole Project.
WRH Marketing Germany represents DCOS in Germany and was part of this success.

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