EPC DCOS New project (Mattias Andersson at DCOS, Jermey Engle and Daryl Rutt at Engle Printing)

EPC PLACES THIRD CLOSED-LOOP DENSITY ORDER WITH DCOS, COMBINED WITH GOSS UNIVERSAL UPGRADE

KINNA, October 7, 2021 -Engle Printing Company Inc (EPC), a family-owned printing company located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, decided in 2018 to equip one of its Tensor press lines with DCOS Print Inspection System for Closed-loop Register and Density control. Just a month later when the waste savings became obvious, EPC signed a second contract for an installation on another Tensor press line. This project was installed in 2019. In early 2020, the plans were to initiate the third closed-loop project on its Goss Universal press, but the pandemic came and put plans on hold.

EPC saw the business starting to come back in the spring of 2021 and decided it was time to give its Goss Universal press a lift. Besides waste and quality improvement, the press from 1998 was also in need of a drive system retrofit and the Allen Bradley/Harland Simon quality control system was getting difficult and expensive to support.

DCOS technology has improved our quality, efficiency and clearly minimized our printing waste, that’s why we continue to replace our older technology with DCOS solutions. We have several presses and a variety of equipment, we appreciate working with DCOS as they have answers to our automation needs and they are always there when we need them”, says Darly E. Rutt, Treasurer at EPC.

This project includes a Closed-Loop Density & Register system for six towers that will replace existing WPC system, but also additional retrofits on the Goss Universal press. The Goss Universal was originally installed with an Allen Bradley control/quality system, and in 2015 retrofitted by Harland Simon. As these systems have proven to be difficult and costly to support this project includes a partial retrofit. The Z808 & PN859 ink, water & register control modules will be retrofitted and replaced by standard hardware from DCOS. Additionally, the Bosch Rexroth DIAX system has well past its due date and DCOS will retrofit drives on one folder and one tower/infeed.

Mattias Andersson, CEO of DCOS, values the partnership, “We have been working closely with EPC for some years now and it’s a great team to work with. They are propulsive and aggressive in their ambition to maintain a strong position in the industry and I’m excited to be part of and support EPC in building a strong foundation for the future”.

The installation will start in end of November.

Visvaldis Troksa and Mattias Andersson at Contract signing

DCOS SELLS TENSOR PRESS TO PGM IN LATVIA INCLUDING UPGRADES

KINNA, September 16th, 2021 – After a relaxing life at the island of Bornholm in Denmark, this Tensor press will be up for more action on the other side of the Baltic Sea. The Tensor press installed in 2003 on the popular vacation island of Bornholm has had 18 years of very light production and is almost spotless.

Poligrāfijas Grupa MŪKUSALA based in Riga, Latvia has contracted DCOS for the purchase, relocation, upgrade and commissioning of the press. The press will be configured with four T1400 4-high printing towers and one H50 Folder with quarter folder and will replace a Solna D400 and a Goss Community press. The press is equipped with DCOS Drive and control system and AMAL AR60C splicers.

“This press is a perfect fit for us as our existing coldest presses are aging and we are looking to increase our print quality and efficiency. DCOS, with its sister companies Tensor and AMAL, is the ideal partner for us not only to execute the relocation project but also for long term service and support of the press and its systems”, says Visvaldis Trokša, Chairman of the board PGM.

The drive and control system was retrofitted by DCOS in 2019 and is ready for another 15 years of stable operation. In relation to this project DCOS will upgrade the Control System with new Control Desks and an integration of the existing Lincoln ink filling system.
DCOS is now underway with the press dismantling and the installation is scheduled to start in February 2022.

Mattias Andersson, CEO at DCOS says; “This is probably the best kept used press we have ever sold and I’m happy its new home will be with our friends at PGM. Our relation stretches back 20 years when I commissioned a shatfless extension to their Goss Community press and first got to know Visvaldis and his team. It’s very encouraging to work on another project together!”

Doug Wilson APG (source APG)

APG AWARDS DCOS TWO UPGRADE PROJECTS

KINNA, July 22nd, 2021 – Adams Publishing Group (APG), owners of 37 daily newspapers has awarded two contracts to DCOS Automation for new press controls and closed-loop automation at their printing facilities in Cheyenne, WY and Boseman, MT.

For the Cheyenne project, a manroland Uniset press from 2008 was retrofitted with a new virtualized PPM server and two new desk controllers. This retrofit was competed in January this year.

We are particularly excited to be awarded this order as it’s the first manroland retrofit in the US for us. DCOS has been doing retrofit on manroland presses since 2013 and the acquisition of the Germany-based Automation company IGA last year has further strengthen our capabilities” says Ron Ehrhardt, sales director for DCOS in North America.

Doug Wilson, VP of Production at APG adds; “The DCOS team provided a flawless installation with excellent support. We have had no issues or problems to date, and they have even went above and beyond to provide support on issue that were not related to the PECOM upgrade. They continuously monitor for any anomalies that may cause any delay in printing or disruptions to our clients.

For the Bozeman project DCOS will supply a closed-loop color density and registration system to a DGM 440 press, consisting of four 4-high towers, one 2-high and two folders. The equipment has just arrived in Bozeman and the installation will start in the next weeks.

In the last year we have upgraded three DGM 440 press users with our closed-loop systems, including 4 heatset and 1 UV DGM 440 presses. We welcome any opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities to the DGM user base at our U.S customer sites” adds Ehrhardt.

CMNM Gypsum

SWIFT COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS DCOS A SECOND RETROFIT PROJECT

KINNA, March 12th, 2021 – Colorado Mountain News Media, a division of Swift Communications located in Gypsum Colorado has awarded DCOS Automation – Sweden a contract to replace drive- and control system on their DGM press. This is the second DGM 440 press that Swift has changed their Automation over to DCOS. The first being their printshop in Carson City. NV in 2019. Swift’s properties in Colorado include traditional community newspapers; resort property, agricultural and rural lifestyle publications.

The Carson City project was a huge success for all parties, there we proved the capabilities of our equipment on a DGM Platform,” says Ron Ehrhardt, sales director for DCOS in North America. Swift sent their Gypsum production team to Carson City during the install, “This gave them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with our equipment and support capabilities” added Ehrhardt.

This is Swift Communications’ second drive and controls retrofit with DCOS; Mattias, Ron and the rest of the DCOS team are some of the best in the business and will stand behind their work and deliver what was promised. During the installation at PressWorks, Ink in Carson City, Nevada DCOS met every deadline and so did we. Now, I’m excited to work with them in our Colorado Mountain News Media facility in Gypsum, Colorado,” says Chris Johnston Director of Print Manufacturing, Swift Communications.

DCOS will supply five (5) new digital drives to replace the five existing Eurotherm drives that were installed when the press was originally purchased. 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.

These older drive and control system are now at the end of their supportable and operational life and DCOS has developed a Retrofit solution that not only future-proof the systems but also bring the automation and efficiency to the next level.

We encourage anyone with a Eurotherm drive system to contact DCOS, as we now have two ex-Eurotherm sites in Gypsum and Carson City in the U.S. to demonstrate our capabilities,” adds Ehrhardt

NWT-DCOS

NWT PICKS DCOS FOR RETROFIT AND INSPECTION SYSTEM

KINNA, February 3rd, 2021 – NWT is short for Nya Wermlands Tidningen, the regional newspaper in the Karlstad area of Sweden with great publishing traditions dating back to 1837. NWT Gruppen AB, the mother company, is a cornerstone in the Swedish and Norwegian media and newspaper industry. Publisher of 16 newspapers, shareholders in Schibsted & Polaris groups in Norway and shareholder in Stampen group in Sweden, NWT Gruppen AB is a vital part of the news media in Scandinavia.

After a procurement process lasting several years with the goal to retrofit and futureproof its printing press, a Goss HT70 from 1995, NWT decided in January 2021 to partner up with DCOS.

After only three months as the new CEO of the NWT group, Sture Bergman didn’t think twice about the decision: “I have a clear ambition to develop and strengthen our digital portfolio, but I’m also convinced the printed products is and will be a vital and important part of our business for a long time to come. Working with DCOS is a proven, reliable and efficient way forward for us.

The Goss HT70 press consist of seven (7) 4-high printing towers and three folders. The current control system from Honeywell will be completely retrofitted by DCOS and the existing DCOS Inspection System will be upgraded with Closed-loop Density and Cut-off control. The project also includes retrofit of seven GOSS CT50P splicers and complete retrofit of the ABB and Bosch Rexroth drive systems.

We have been working with DCOS now for five years since we purchased their Closed-loop Register system in 2015. Besides the Inspection System they have done some minor retrofits for us over the years. Speaking for both myself and our maintenance team; we have never had a vendor that has supported us to such a degree as DCOS, they are always there for us with solutions. Incorporating new ideas, being flexible and reliable. DCOS is definitely our preferred choice and I’m excited about this project”, says Christoffer Andersson, Managing Director, NWT Printing.

The project will be executed in parallel with full production. The pre-installation phase and Quality System retrofit will be completed prior summer and the drive and control system retrofit will start in August after the summer vacation period.
Mattias Andersson, CEO at DCOS says: “I’m very pleased to win the trust of Sture and Christoffer to be their future automation partner. NWT is a fantastic company and with this project they put themselves in a strong position for future. This is a very exciting project and one of the largest retrofit orders ever for DCOS.

This project represents the fourth Retrofit project of Honeywell press control system done by DCOS.

Compacta Camera Installation

KOENIG & BAUER PARTNERED WITH DCOS ON COMPACTA S80 RETROFIT AND UPGRADE

KINNA, October 22nd, 2020 – The Koenig & Bauer Compacta S80 short-grain heatset press is known for its robustness, dependability and high print quality. Even though these presses were manufactured decades ago, it’s still a hot candidate for service-life-extensions and automation upgrades.

Koenig & Bauer decided to partnered with DCOS to develop a retrofit & upgrade solution for these presses and first out is a 1991 vintage Compacta S80 in Germany. Besides a complete drive and control system upgrade the project also includes a fully loaded Print Inspection System.

The original drive and control systems was facing absolute obsolescence and becoming a liability. DCOS automation platform Printing Framework was customized to fit the needs in a combined engineering effort between Koenig & Bauer and DCOS.
It incorporates new main drive system, mechanical PIVs has been replaced by shaftless drives, updated safety system and a new machine and quality control system.

Mattias Andersson, CEO at DCOS says: “Customizing a Retrofit on a thirty-year-old press, that was fairly automated for its time, always comes with some engineering challenges. We have enjoyed being part of this project together with Koenig & Bauer and it is rewarding to see the outcome. A modernized & fully automated press with many productive years ahead… and only 30 year old.

To further increase print quality and waste efficient the project scope also included a full DCOS closed-loop Density, Color register and Cut-off control system and Softproof system.
A new feature in the DCOS Print Inspection Systems family was developed for this project, a camera based closed-loop web-guide control system. This feature will serve as a possible upgrade solution for obsolete web-guide control systems.

Leif_Bergstrom

DCOS UP FOR ANOTHER OMNICON RETROFIT AND INSPECTION SYSTEM INSTALLATION ON A GOSS MAGNUM PRESS

KINNA, October 8th, 2020 – In May 2020, DCOS inked a deal with Tryck i Norrbotten (Luleå, Sweden) to future-proof their eight tower, single folder Goss Magnum press. The order includes a “full DCOS package solution”, replacing and retrofitting the complete Omnicon system, the shaftless drive system and the QTI Multicam system.

Obsolescence of components and support on the Omnicon platform has been driving factors behind the decision as well as the desire to improve waste efficiency and productivity.

DCOS became the natural choice for us as they can take ownership of all automation systems on the press & auxiliary equipment and be the long-term partner we need to secure future support and uptime from one source. The Closed-Loop Density system is an essential part of our project and we have very high expectations on it being the ROI driver on this whole investment.” Says Leif Bergström, CEO at Tryck i Norrbotten.

The Goss Magnum press was installed in 2009 and is unique in the aspect it has a Goss Universal folder with single former board and three sections ribbon split, all stitched.

Tryck i Norrbotten is a fully owned subsidiary of Norr Media AB which is part of the NTM Media group. NTM group is publishing thirty-three newspapers and operating three printshops across Sweden.
NTM group recently continued its growth in northern part of Sweden by acquiring the newspaper “Norran”. The consecutive closure of “Norrans” printing operation has consequently further increased the print volume at Tryck i Norrbotten.

In order to minimize operational and consumable costs, Tryck i Norrbotten decided to invest in a complete Print Inspection System with Density, Register and Cut-off control. 24 Closed-loop cameras will be installed to ensure maximum waste efficiency and high consistent print quality.

In addition, DCOS sister company AMAL Webline will carry out a retrofit on two of the existing AR70A splicers.

Mattias Andersson, CEO at DCOS: “I’m honored that Leif and his team decided to partner up with DCOS, I’m convinced this will be a success for both parties now and in the future. DCOS has done many similar projects over the years and I think this is where we can bring most value to our customers, one partner that can take overall responsibility and make sure to get the maximum press performance.

The installation will take place in the fourth quarter of 2020 and finalize prior to the new year.

The Charleston Post & Courier

THE CHARLESTON POST AND COURIER GETS DCOS AUTOMATION UPGRADE

KINNA, August 5th, 2020 – DCOS AUTOMATION is pleased to announce an order at The Charleston (SC) Post and Courier for a new controls system integration for their 108 Goss digital page packs including ink preset and a new closed-loop color registration/ink density system replacement to their existing CC1 register system.

We are very excited to have the opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities regarding lowering waste, producing high print quality and ease of operation on a non-4-high tower GOSS Metro Press consisting of mono-units and color decks” said Ron Ehrhardt, Sales Director for DCOS North American Operations.

While the more traditional ‘old school Goss Metro’ base is shrinking somewhat over the last few years there are still quite a few out there that can benefit from our upgrade, I look forward to speaking with these customers soon, hopefully at a rescheduled Metro Production conference later this year or in 2021?” adds Ehrhardt. “It’s also nice to see newspapers making investments in upgrade equipment during this current Covid 19 economic situation.

The project started in 2019, according to Sidney Stover Production Manager at The Charleston Post and Courier: “Near the end of 2019 the current system failed and we were without ink presetting capabilities for two weeks. Our IT department was able to restore the system, but it was only a matter of time before it will fail and not be recoverable.”

Sid Stover adds “We later realized the original planned upgrade to our existing system was not going to fix the issues we were having. We were facing a much larger investment to keep the system running. So we began researching ink presetting system vendors. The owners at DCOS are very hands-on and easy to communicate with. The company’s services are exactly what we were looking for and DCOS focuses on using nonproprietary components. They have a strong commitment to the printed product and the high level of quality print customers have come to expect. This mirrors our company’s commitment to a quality printed product. We are making a financial investment in our printing equipment to maintain and even improve the quality for our customers and readers. Another key factor for us choosing to partner with DCOS was that they not only have a proven track record with digital ink presetting systems, but the same system has camera registration controls. This allowed us to replace another aging legacy system on the press at the same time.

DCOS has a strong history with open fountain presses on both single and double width presses and now will gain experience on a Digital Page Pack inking System double width press. We have installed our closed loop ink density inspection equipment on just about every type of press in operation and this order moves us into a new market” Says Ehrhardt.

The contract was signed in July and the installation is schedule for the end of this year.

Bodo

AMEDIA BODÖ GETS RETOFIT AND CLOSED-LOOP SYSTEM FROM DCOS

KINNA, July 8th, 2020 – In the past weekend the DCOS crew replaced the original drive and control system of the eight tower, single folder Tensor press at Amedia´s printing facility in Bodö, Norway. Two weeks of preparation cumulated in the silencing of the old systems from 2006 and the new drive and control system installed, tested and ready for Sunday production. Long days and hard work to meet the customers print schedule.

Pasi Ylikankaanpää who was the first DCOS technician on-site says; ”It has been a couple of intensive weeks of preparations and minor retrofits steps to put us in a position to carry out the main system switch in such a short time frame. Good planning is the key. It rewarding to see the result of the effort and see the first live print job hit the street on time”.

The press was also upgraded with a new DCOS closed-loop cut-off system for eight webs.
The first ever installation of DCOS Closed-loop system was in Norway back in 2007. This order marks the milestone for over 200 DCOS closed-loop cameras installed in Norway.

I´m pleased we have completed the project and our drive and control system is now top modern. The project has been intensive but right on time, I´m very satisfied with the close co-operation with the team from DCOS. The closest printshop is 6 hours away so its an understatement to say we are very dependent on a modern supportable press control system”, says Trond Olsen, managing director Amedia Bodö.