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QuadTech at IFRA Expo 2010 reducing waste, increase profits for newspaper printers

Monday, September 27, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Sussex, Wisconsin, USA – With a theme of "moving you forward," the QuadTech stand at IFRA Expo 2010 (Hall 4, stand 101) features the industry's most effective solutions for color control, web inspection, register control and data management.

Color control and inspection capabilities
To be competitive, today's newspaper printer has to maximize capital equipment investment. That means doing more with less. Higher quality. Less labor. More color. Less capital outlay. QuadTech's latest technology advancement combines industry-leading color control and web inspection…all from the same sensor. The QuadTech Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam utilizes a proprietary 6-channel spectral sensor for L*a*b*-based color control – eliminating the need for colorbars or graybars. The image-based, closed loop system automatically obtains target aim point values from a high-resolution prepress file to maintain accurate color by automatically adjusting ink keys.  The system also automatically controls and optimizes the fountain ball for superb inking performance, creating better color, reduced waste and minimized operator intervention.

At the same time, all surfaces are being inspected and common print faults such as scumming, blanket smashes and color variations are detected. The system even verifies plating issues like transposed plates or running the wrong version. Common problems are discovered instantly as the job runs, rather than at the end of the press run or when an operator happens to notice the situation. As a result, waste is dramatically reduced.

Proven Register Control Performance
QuadTech's MultiCam has provided accurate color-to-color register, cut-off register and ribbon register to commercial web and newspaper printers in over 100 countries. With over 9,000 cameras built, MultiCam is the world's fastest and best selling register camera. QuadTech's new fan-out control software automatically keeps your system in lateral register across the full width of the web throughout the entire run. Register control cameras capture even the tiniest shift in lateral register position and instantly make automatic corrections via an interface with the bustle devices. Inaccuracies that occur with the subjectivity of manual corrections are eradicated. Reworks are dramatically reduced, makeready is faster and color fit is spot on.

According to Vince Balistrieri, responsible for QuadTech's newspaper and commercial SBU, "MultiCam is one of many QuadTech products that integrate over our ICON platform. As we use the interaction between systems to help printers produce better copies with less waste, we will continue to add features that add value and match evolving market trends. For example, 'fan-out' is an increasing challenge to printers as webs get wider. Our solution minimizes the register shift so that the entire web delivers excellent copies."

Performance reporting: your quality – quantified
Rebates and reruns are too often a fact of life for most high-volume printers. QuadTech's Data Central Performance Reporting Module minimizes rebates and reruns by helping you document and verify the quality of your work. Data Central is an application that receives, manages, stores, and displays data that you can use to generate reports for monitoring and improving the performance of your presses and processes. You can view graphics, reports, and charts after selecting from various filter alternatives to determine exactly which data to include in your reports and save these setups for future report generation.

Performance Proven Guarantee
To complement its extended range of products and to underline the company's confidence in its own technology, QuadTech is offering its Performance Proven Guarantee. This initiative is a pledge that customers will receive guaranteed levels of performance improvement as a result of their investment in QuadTech technology.

When an order is placed, QuadTech specialists agree with the customer the level of performance improvement expected after installation. Performance is then tracked using the reports generated by the QuadTech solution. Customers who do not experience agreed-upon levels of improvements, after a specified period, are entitled to a full refund of the equipment cost.

Karl Fritchen, President of QuadTech, comments: "Everything we do is focused on keeping our customers at the cutting edge of print quality and cost. The Performance Proven Guarantee reflects our confidence in our ability to deliver total satisfaction in all press control situations. You may hear similar promises of results from our competitors. Are they willing to guarantee it? QuadTech does…in writing. Our Performance Proven Guarantee details the performance you can expect for your specific application. And then we deliver it!"




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