V-TAB Landvetter DCOS Retrofit

V-TAB LANDVETTER turns to DCOS for their second retrofit project

KINNA, May 22, 2019 – The V-TAB group with headquarters in Göteborg, Sweden, is a major player for printed media in Nordic countries. With Newspapers, Inserts, Magazines and other Commercial products and a total of four coldest printing plants across in the south of Sweden, newspaper production is their largest business.

In 2010 V-TAB made a large investment in building a new printing facility in Landvetter Sweden. A used manroland Colorman press (originally from Stockholm) was purchased, refurbished and installed, including a press control system Retrofit and a conversion to shaftless by the German company EAE.

In 2016, V-TAB saw the emerging need to address the increasing print quality challenges on its 9-cylinder Colorman satellite units. At the same time V-TAB shuttered its printing plant in Örebro which had three Koenig & Bauer (K&B) Commander satellite towers in good condition.

In the end of March 2017, things became more critical and V-TAB reached out to DCOS and asked for urgent assistance in their retrofit project. The first K&B tower was mechanically installed and ready for electrical retrofit and installation with the intent to commission in early summer. Question was placed if DCOS could manage the project in the given short time frame.

After two weeks of intensive technical study and negotiations, the contract was signed and DCOS immediately assigned an engineering team to the project.

“This is the first time we experienced executing a project this size in such short notice. It´s obviously a huge challenge and the close proximity to V-TAB Landvetter was important. Four weeks after the contract signing, we started retrofitting hardware on the tower and another 4 weeks later we were running”, says Mattias Andersson, managing director at DCOS.

Since the project began in April 2017 two identical towers have been installed, retrofitted and commissioned. In the next weeks the third and last tower will be commissioned. In addition, V-TAB also decided to invest in DCOS Closed-Loop Density, Register and Cut-off control for the three K&B Satellite towers.

Dan Eriksson, Project Manager V-TAB, added; “Getting DCOS involved in our project turned into a huge success for us, not only did they help us keep our critical schedule in place, but they also brought our level of automation to a higher standard, with a full scale closed-loop system. We had a worry that two different control and operator systems on a single press could cause challenges for the operators, but the way DCOS implemented their system made this transition easy, and our operators are very pleased with the solution.”

The final press layout is six Manroland Colorman satellite towers, three K&B Commander satellite towers, two Manroland folders and one K&B folder.


CARSON CITY taps DCOS for drive and control retrofit

KINNA, May 15, 2019 – PressWorks Ink, a subsidiary of Swift Communications, Inc., has contracted DCOS Automation Sweden for a complete drives and controls retrofit on its DGM 440 press. PressWorks Ink prints the Carson City “Nevada Appeal” and the Reno “Gazette-Journal” along with several other weekly, monthly, tabloid, and specialty products.

DCOS will replace the existing six Eurotherm SSD drives with new digital drives. The existing DGM consoles will be replaced with new DCOS consoles that integrate all press functions, ink presetting and remote inking control, dampening, splicers and infeed’s to new touchscreen control. The existing fiber optic loop will be replaced with a new EtherCat star-network with direct communication to each drive.

The drives and controls are supported by DCOS 24/7 remote support. Chris Johnson, Director of Print Manufacturing for Swift Communications adds; “for years we have spent too much time and effort troubleshooting our drive and controls issues. These older systems now have very limited technical support and spare parts availability. We felt the time was right to upgrade to a more modern, supportable platform. The feedback we received from DCOS customers with similar projects gave us the confidence to move forward with them.”

DCOS will also assist in the scavenging of useful spare parts from the old Eurotherm drives and DGM console to be used at another Swift Communications site.

While DCOS has a strong history of drives and controls retrofits in Europe on nearly all types of newspaper presses, this is the most extensive drives and controls project so far in the USA. “Obviously we are very excited to be awarded this project. It will demonstrate all our capabilities as we assist centralized newspaper printers like PressWorks Ink in the long-term performance and supportability of their presses” adds Ron Ehrhardt, Sales Director for DCOS in North and South America. “We now have recent drive, controls, and closed loop automation customers in the USA, and look forward to demonstrating our capabilities to this market.”

The installation will begin in September 2019.


ENGLE PRINTING COMPANY orders second DCOS press automation upgrade

KINNA, May 8, 2019 –Engle Printing Company, Inc (EPC,) a family owned printing company located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has ordered a second CRC4 closed loop density / register control system from DCOS Automation.

The CRC4 system will be installed on a second Tensor T400BE press with a configuration of four towers and one folder replacing the existing WPC register system. For ink density control, DCOS will integrate the CRC4 camera system with the existing Perretta remote inkers-The second press order came only a month after completion of the initial installation.
Jeremy Engle, VP Operation on why they moved forward with the project so quickly, “we are very happy with the DCOS solution that was installed last year. We are seeing immediate results and our production team believes it was the best install they have experienced.”

“Engle has been a fantastic customer for our closed loop density and register control equipment. We greatly appreciate the confidence they have in DCOS and look forward to continuing this partnership with the goal of making their presses run more efficiently, with low waste, and enhanced print quality” says Ron Ehrhardt, Sales Director – Americas, DCOS Sweden AB.
DCOS has also been contracted to replace the drives on an existing chill roll assembly on Engle’s Tensor T460 press with IR dryers.

The equipment will be shipped in May 2019 and installation
will be completed by the end of June 2019.


DCOS contracted for extensive NORWEGIAN press project

KINNA, March 21th, 2019 – Norwegian newspaper Sunnhordland Trykkeri, located in the town of Leirvik on the island of Stord on the Norwegian west coast, has contracted with DCOS for an extensive press addition and upgrade project. Sunnhordland Trykkeri is a privately-owned newspaper and printshop and one of the few in Scandinavia who is independent from the larger groups. The closing of printshops in the surrounding area of Stord has enabled Sunnhordland Trykkeri to attract more contract work.

The additional newspapers created a need for press expansion and upgrading to meet higher page count and color needs. DCOS will install 3 – Goss Community 4-high towers and a Tensor H50 folder to the existing Goss Community/Global press in a multi-phase installation while maintaining daily production at the facility.

DCOS will perform a complete electrical retrofit replacing existing drives and controls with new drives and controls, a new control console, and converting the shafted drive system to a group shaftless drive configuration of 1-motor per 2-4 High towers. Other DCOS upgrades include adding remote inking and register motors to all current manual 4-High towers.

According to Reidar Hystad, Managing Director at Sunnhordland “In times when consolidation and down-scaling projects are the main topic, it´s encouraging to be in a position where we have many opportunities that allows us to expand our press in terms of page capacity, efficiency and means to future-proofing our drive and control system. With the complexity in a project like this, keeping our production running daily during the six phases of mechanical and electrical work, we were looking for a single partner to handle this complete project for us. DCOS reputation and experience in a project like this was very convincing for us.

Mattias Andersson, Managing Director of DCOS adds “This project showcases all of the unique capabilities of the DCOS family of products and services. Our acquisition of Tensor now allows us to be heavily involved in the mechanical aspects of a project, like the removal and reinstallation of equipment, adding remote inking, along with the traditional DCOS capabilities such as drive, controls, and automatic press registration and density control equipment upgrades.

DCOS will complete the project in April of 2019.


INDIANA PRINTING COMPANY taps DCOS for their press automation upgrade

KINNA, March 8th, 2019 – Located in the northern Indiana town of Milford, The Papers, Incorporated, has been a family owned and operated business founded in 1939 when Arch Baumgartner took over the reins of The Milford Mail. From that humble beginning, The Papers has evolved into a diverse combination of newspaper, magazine publications, and commercial printing now run by Arch’s son Ron Baumgartner who joined the company in 1966.

In September of 2018, The Papers contracted with DCOS Automation Sweden for a press automation upgrade which includes automatic register, ink density, and cut-off control camera’s and associated control and integration equipment for the 16-unit MAN Cromoman press.

The Cromoman press configuration is four towers and one folder. The existing QTI register system will be replaced by eight CRC4 closed-loop density/register control cameras. The folder will be equipped with four PCT4 cut-off cameras. For ink density control, DCOS will integrate the CRC4 cameras with the existing MAN Roland remote ink system.

According to Todd Clark, Plant Manager for The Papers, the project evaluation took place in 2018 and after initial meetings with DCOS “We contacted several DCOS users who shared positive feedback on the ease of use and how the system has exceeded their performance expectations in terms of quality and waste control.

Clark visited DCOS customers in Norway as part of the evaluation. “The Norway site visits really demonstrated the savings the DCOS systems can provide. The startup waste numbers were amazingly low. The other interest in the visits were 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” said Clark.

The equipment was installed in February 2019 and according to Clark, “The system has been operational for only a few weeks and we are already seeing improved waste reduction. We have also received compliments from customers regarding print quality achieved from the closed loop color control”.

Ron Ehrhardt, DCOS Sales Director for the Americas, adds an interesting “second generation” link of this project 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”.


NORWEGIAN PRINTER selects DCOS for major investment in automation

KINNA, October 4th, 2018 – In an effort to secure their role as a leading newspaper printer in Norway, Agderposten Trykk AS, based in Arendal, has contracted DCOS for a major automation upgrade of their Goss Magnum press, involving partial retrofit of the Goss Omnicon system and adding DCOS Closed-loop inspection system.

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

The existing drive and control system engineered by Goss at the time of installation in 2006 created many challenges during the first years. The complexity in design, lack of support and the growing need to tackle obsolesces pushed Agderposten Trykk to find other solutions to futureproof their automation solutions. Besides the need to secure system uptime, parts and support Agderposten Trykk was also looking at measures to reduce the waste and consumable costs.

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

Rune Andresen, Managing director at Agderposten Trykk AS says: “We found a partner who step-by-step can take ownership of our entire press control, this was a very strong argument for our decision towards DCOS”.

DCOS will install the control components to handle the quality functions of the press along with three operator desk touch screens, Printing framework software package including presetting and pre-press interface and finally its Inspection System (eighteen CRC4 cameras) for closed-loop control of the quality functions.

Our primary incitement to invest in Closed-loop Density is to reduce our start-up waste and ink consumption, and in that aspect, based on what we have experienced in our procurement process, DCOS technology is very convincing”, Rune continues.

To handle the emerging need to retrofit the Goss WebCenter, the project was divided in two phases. The first phase, to take over the control of quality functions was completed in September. The second phase to install the closed-loop system will take place next month.

I´m very grateful and excited about the confidence we got from Rune and his team. This project has most of the typical ingredient of a DCOS project; customized, cost-effective solutions assembled to futureproof and automate the functions which has most impact on the waste and productivity”, says Mattias Andersson, CEO DCOS Sweden AB.


ENGLE PRINTING COMPANY taps DCOS for their press automation upgrade

KINNA, September 27th, 2018 – Located in picturesque Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Engle Printing Company, Inc (EPC) has been a family owned and operated business founded in 1954 by Alvin Engle and his wife Pauline. A business that started with a sheet-fed press located in the basement of their home has now grown into a multi-press operation with five single width offset presses now in operation at their Hempfield plant which opened in 1999.

In late 2017, EPC began consideration on the possibility of modernizing one of their existing Tensor T400BE presses, and in May of 2018 contracted with DCOS Sweden for a press automation upgrade which includes automatic register, ink density, and cut-off control camera’s and associated control and integration equipment.

The Tensor T400BE press configuration is four towers and one folder. The existing WPC register system will be replaced by eight CRC4 closed-loop density/register control cameras. The folder will be equipped with four PCT4 cut-off cameras. For ink density control, DCOS will integrate the CRC4 cameras with the existing Perretta remote ink system.

As printers struggle to make their presses more efficient and easier to operate, this is a very important project for DCOS in the United States as it demonstrates the full capacity of our press register, density and cutoff inspection and automatic control capabilities,” says Ron Ehrhardt, Sales Director – Americas, DCOS Sweden AB.

The equipment will be shipped in late September 2018 and installation will be completed by the end of November 2018.

Contract signing MMP DCOS

MITTMEDIA PRINT taps DCOS for press reconfiguration and automation upgrade

KINNA, August 16th, 2018 – With the mountains and wilderness in the north, and the major cities and
famous East and West coasts in the south, Sweden is Europe’s fifth largest country in area, and stretches
over 1500km in longitude. MittMedia Print (MMP) with a total of five printing facilities, is the dominating
newspaper producer in the Swedish midlands, encompassing nearly one third of the length of Sweden.
MMP is the production division of Mittmedia Group, a media producer with almost 30 daily newspapers,
free newspapers, online media and apps.

MMP has a mix of press equipment across their plants, ranging from older KBA and Solna presses, to an
ultra-modern KBA Cortina hybrid press. One of the presses, an 11 tower Goss Magnum located in
Örnsköldsvik, was silenced in January this year when the print contract with two of Sweden´s largest
evening tabloids expired. Since the remaining products could be printed on the Cortina press, the Goss
press originally commissioned in 2000 was no longer needed.

At the same time, Mittmedia needed to address the expiring lease situation at a printshop located in a
downtown area of Gävle. The conclusion was to close the Gävle plant, move, reconfigure and modernize
the press from Örnsköldsvik, and expand a new highly efficient print facility next door to the existing MMP
plant in Falun. Centralizing two print shops would create logistic benefits and improve resource utilization.

DCOS was awarded the contract to move, reconfigure and upgrade the drive and control system, including
a new closed-loop density, register and cut-off control system.

Jan Andersson CEO of MMP explains why DCOS was picked; “It´s always a benefit to have one partner
capable of carrying out all aspects of a project but in this case the topmost priority for us was to get a highefficiency
printing press based on the closed-loop upgrades. DCOS demonstrated a couple of installations
with 10-20 years old presses like ours that preformed in line with a new press and this is simply what we
need. High automation and low manning. This was decisive for our decision making.

The new press configuration will be ten towers and one folder. DCOS, together with its sister company
Tensor, will carry out the dismantling, reconfiguration, reinstallation and commissioning. The drive and
control system will be retrofitted and modernized. Other existing stand-alone systems will be fully
integrated to the new press control-system. The existing QTI register system will be replaced by twenty
CRC4 closed-loop density, register and fan-out cameras. The folder will be equipped with ten PCT4 cut-off
Dismantling started in August, and the press shall be completely moved, reconfigured, retrofitted and
upgraded by January 2019. This will become the largest closed-loop density installation in Sweden.

We are very pleased and excited about winning this project and partnering with MMP. Overall this is one of
the largest projects in DCOS history, allowing us to combine our broad range of competences, resulting in a
complete modernization of their 20-year-old press. This is what we like doing!
”, says Mattias Andersson CEO
DCOS Sweden AB.

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

Björn Nickau, MWM Group
+49 1579 2350007

Mattias Andersson, CEO, DCOS Sweden AB
+46 320 207544

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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