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Breakthrough Press Control Technologies

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Breakthrough Press Control Technologies

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The Chicago Tribune Co. is making a major investment in print quality, centered on color control, inspection, and register control technology. In the largest deal of QuadTech's 33-year history, the publishing group is equipping 52 towers on 10 printing lines with the Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam and the Register Control System with MultiCam at its Freedom Center plant in Chicago. Tribune Co.'s 10 MAN Colorman and Goss Metrocolor presses manufacture 2,850,000 products each day, printing a host of major newspaper titles including the Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, Chicago Sun-Times Media publications, plus more than 20 regional and specialty business titles.

"This investment is being made to gain efficiency, uniformity in our press operations, and improvement in print quality for ours and our commercial clients' products," said Brian Karnick, vice president of operations at Chicago Tribune Media Group. "We are confidently investing in the future of print. The installation of QuadTech's technology represents our commitment to delivering consistent quality and minimizing our cost structures, especially for our customers in the short-run market."

At drupa, QuadTech will showcase an assortment of color control and inspection innovations to help printers achieve consistent quality, reduce waste, and improve profit margins. Significant new introductions include the addition of water control to the Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam; introduction of the AccuCam system for the Retail Insert market; and Service Advantage with Proactive Care.

QuadTech's current product range broadly covers the areas of register and ribbon control, color control, web inspection, and print-data management.

For commercial and newspaper printers, QuadTech's Register Guidance System with MultiCam is a closed-loop, color-to-color register control system designed to work on the ICON integrated platform with other QuadTech products such as Ribbon Control System with MultiCam. The uniqueness of the MultiCam design is that it can search the entire repeat length of the web, identifying marks as small as 0.36mm (0.014 inches). It can easily process the volume of data generated by a 640 x 480 pixel sensor using unique FPGA-based hardware. MultiCam makes adjustments at press speeds of up to 17. …

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