Baldwin Saves in Sweden, Sells Betz Systems in U.S.

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By: E&P Staff

Baldwin Technology Co. in Shelton, Conn., reported that Swedish newspaper printer Mittmedia Print AB has seen sufficient savings from Baldwin spray dampening and filtration systems that its Ornskoldsvik plant expects a return on investment in under three years.

Baldwin installed 88 LithoSpray World spray bars on Mittmedia’s 11-unit, four-high Goss Community press, along with LongLife-C cross-flow filtration technology, mixer and control boards.

In what Production Manager Michael Sjogren described as a smooth installation and comprehensive training, Baldwin engineers equipped one four-high tower each day. “By the time the press had been completely updated, everyone felt comfortable with the new equipment,” Sjogren said in a statement.

The plant has seen faster make-readies and fewer unsellable copies, reducing paper “by around 3%” – a major saving for production of 110,000 newspaper copies per night and up to 160,000 magazines per weekday. Fountain solution consumption also fell, from 1,000 to about 600 liters per month. Ink consumption had not been analyzed but was expected to have declined as well.

Sjogren also cited improved print quality and satisfaction even among previously unhappy customers.

The LithoSpray World spray bars at Mittmedia are equipped with Baldwin Constant C air curtain technology, which eliminates the risk of plugged or blocked nozzles. The easy-to-install bars ensure precise water volumes and uniform dampening, with proprietary control algorithms to enable fast ink and water presetting.

LongLife-C filtration can be retrofitted to press lines and provides benefits when integrated with a spray dampening system. The LongLife-C system filters wastewater from the spray bars, allowing reuse of mixed fountain solution.

One reason for selecting LongLife-C technology, Sjogren said, “was to put the company ahead of current environmental legislation.”

Mittmedia prints various magazines during the day and two local newspapers and the northern editions of Aftonbladet, Metro and Dagens Industri overnight. Owned by Mittmedia F?rvaltnings AB, the company has five sister newspaper print sites in Sweden.

In a separate, early-spring announcement, Baldwin said it will represent German ink supply specialist Betz Technologies GmbH in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, enabling it to offer a full range of liquid-supply solutions for printing.

“Printers operating in the sheetfed, commercial web, semi-commercial and newspaper markets have the opportunity to take advantage of a true one-stop shop, which can supply solutions to enhance the print quality and productivity of their presses, while reducing waste and environmental impact,” Baldwin Global Business & Product Development Director Birger Hansson said in a statement.

A subcontractor to Baldwin since 1981, Betz began its own product line in 1990, leading to what owner and Managing Director Ludwig Betz called a “portfolio that is an ideal complement to the Baldwin range of process automation technologies.”

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