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Q.I. Press Controls Completes Register System Retrofit in the UAE

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Press release from the issuing company

Oosterhout – Whereas the printing industry in other parts of the world has increasingly been discovering the merits of retrofitting, in the United Arab Emirates this is not yet part of daily practice. The process, which involves the installation of state-of-the art innovations in the field of automation technology on existing printing presses, still has to win over popularity in the region. Gulf News was the first printing concern in the UAE to decide on having its register system retrofitted.

To carry out the project, the company chose Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC), the Dutch specialist in measurement and control systems for the printing industry. “We see clear benefits in automated register control and an upgrade of our now outdated cut-off control,” explains Michael Condon of Gulf News, a company which now has a pioneering role in the region. “After having used a similar system from QIPC on our new KBA Cortina press, we decided to modernise our manroland CROMOMAN too.” QIPC is delighted that Gulf News has opted for them to install the trailblazing system. “What’s more, we are absolutely convinced that the success of this project will start to rouse the interests of other printing companies in the region,” Erwin van Rossem, head of sales at QIPC, believes.

Savings in waste
In total, 33 mRC-3D cameras for colour register and cut-off control were installed on nine towers. “The biggest savings will be during start-up,” anticipates Michael Condon. “Thanks to automation of the register system and improvements in the cut-off control, operators can devote more attention instead to ink-water balance and density. As a result we are now able to achieve better results more quickly and waste can be reduced by between 30 to 40 percent.” Erwin van Rossem adds this: “Gulf News will now be able to recover the costs of the investment within two years.”

Installation of the new automation system has just been completed. Nevertheless, both companies are already looking towards future cooperation. “I know for sure that support for the new system won’t be the only reason for staying in touch with QIPC,” says Michael Condon. “We’ll be keeping an eye out for other cost-saving technical innovations that may come on-stream in the future.” This is music to the ears of QIPC. “We’re keen to let other printers in the region know about the benefits that register control can bring,” concludes Erwin van Rossem. “Gulf News’ satisfaction with the system is the best advert we can have.”


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