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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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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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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