1992 Colorman gets a closed-loop lease on life

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A Colorman press which was to have been split or scrapped is being given a new lease on life with closed-loop automation.

A decision to "phase out" two thirds of the press at Bold Printing's Stockholm plant and move the remainder was deferred when the company looked to consolidate production from two other plants.

With three production sites and six presses, Bold is one of the largest printing groups in the Nordic region, having strategic locations around southern Sweden to prints 40 newspapers titles and around 700 million copies a year. Founded in 1998, is is now part of the Bonnier Group. Bold Stockholm - previously known as DNEX-tryckeriet - is the largest print site with 22 stacked nine-cylinder manroland Colorman S satellites installed in 1992, and a 96-page KBA Commander CT installed in 2012.

As a result of restructuring, the Colorman now runs seven days a week, most days for 24 hours.

With experience from their KBA Colora in Borås, Bold has now commissioned DCOS to install its CRC4 closed-loop density system Inspection system technology for seven webs with 14 PTC4 cut-off control scanners for the two folders. The work is schedulaed for November and December.

Bold already had closed-loop camera systems from different vendors on three of its presses, including the DCOS system in Borås. "That gave us a chance to evaluate both system and vendor over a longer time," says Bold managing director Erik Wallhed.

DCOS chief executive Mattias Andersson says the 1992 press will be their second oldest to retrofit with closed-loop density. "We like the challenge and I look forward to yet another success story," he says. "We have repeatedly proven that we can reach amazing results on older presses."

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