Left: John Vejle, Operation Manager @ Skive Folkeblad Right: Johan Andersson, Product Manager @ DCOS

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

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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