Baldwin snaps up Quad's Digital Ink developments

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Baldwin will develop Quad/Graphics' Digital Ink System after buying intellectual property rights to developments currently underway.

Baldwin - which bought the QuadTech research and development division from Quad/Graphics late last year - already owns the rights to the Digital Ink System technology used in newspaper and commercial printing markets through its new Baldwin Vision Systems business.

The new agreement covers new developments underway for future applications of the technology.

Digital Ink System is a computer-controlled ink injection technology that replaces open fountain ink trains or can upgrade existing "pump and rail" systems, providing more precise density control at all press speeds with significant cost savings. The system eliminates ink contamination and delivers more consistent results.

Baldwin president and chief executive Brent Becker says the agreement affords new possibilities: "We see enormous potential for the Digital Ink System technology beyond the efficiencies already being realised by commercial and newspaper printers.

"With our new Vision Systems business segment in place, we plan to hit the ground running to deliver inventive new solutions and adaptations of proven technologies to new industries."

Privately owned by Barry-Wehmiller company BW Forsyth Partners, Baldwin works through 21 locations globally and a network of partners.

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