Norwegian newspaper printer selects DCOS for automation

PrintAction Staff
October 05, 2018
By PrintAction Staff
Newspaper printer Agderposten Trykk AS, based in Arendal, Norway, has contracted DCOS for a major automation upgrade of its Goss Magnum press, involving partial retrofit of the Goss Omnicon system and adding DCOS closed-loop inspection system.

Installed in 2006, the nine towers, three-folder Goss Magnum press line produces more than 10 million copies per month. This includes printing six of its own newspapers, contract printing for other Norwegian newspapers and commercial work.

The overall scope of the project involves separating the quality functions (ink, water, register and web tension) from the Omnicon platform. As well, the existing Quad Tech Multicam system will be replaced and the existing Baldwin spray system will be integrated.

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 in November.

“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,” says Rune Andresen, Managing Director at Agderposten Trykk AS.

DCOS will install the control components to handle the quality functions of the press along with three operator desk touchscreens, Printing framework software package including presetting and prepress interface and finally its inspection system (18 CRC4 cameras) for closed-loop control of the quality functions.

“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.

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