In Sweden, a 20-year-old Goss Magnum to perform 'like new'

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An expiring lease and the end of a print contract have prompted a new life for an 11-tower Goss Magnum at one of MittMedia Print's five print sites in Sweden.

Dominant in the Swedish midlands, MMP produces almost 30 daily newspapers using a mix of equipment which includes older KBA and Solna presses as well as an ultra-modern KBA Cortina hybrid waterless press.

The Magnum in Örnsköldsvik was silenced in January with the end of a contract to print two of Sweden´s largest evening tabloids, and is being modernised and reconfigured at a new centre adjacent to existing MMP plant in Falun.

As part of the project, DCOS is moving and reconfiguring the press, and upgrading drive controls to include a closed-loop density, register and cut-off system.

MMP chief executive Jan Andersson says the group's topmost priority was to get a high-efficiency printing press based on the closed-loop upgrades: "DCOS demonstrated a couple of installations with 10-20 year-old presses like ours that preformed in line with a new press and this is simply what we need.

"High automation and low manning. This was decisive for our decision making."

The new configuration will be ten towers and one folder. DCOS, with its sister company Tensor, will dismantle, reconfigure and reinstall the press, retrofit and modernise the drive and control system, with other existing standalone systems fully integrated.

An older QTI register system is being replaced by 20 CRC4 closed-loop density, register and fan-out cameras, while the folder is being equipped with ten PCT4 cut-off cameras.

Dismantling started in August, and with the press to be completely moved, reconfigured, retrofitted and upgraded by next January, when it is expected to be the largest closed-loop density installation in the country.

DCOS Sweden chief executive Mattias Andersson says the project - one of the largest in its history - will allow them to combine a broad range of competences, resulting in a complete modernisation of their 20-year-old press. "This is what we like doing," he says.

Pictured: Mattias Andersson (second left) with MMP's Peter Lindberg, Jan Andersson and Kenneth Jansson

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