By: E&P Staff
Through local agents Plunkett & Johnson, newspaper press controls specialist QuadTech, Sussex, Wis., has installed its QuadTech Register Guidance System with MultiCam on a nine-tower MAN Roland Uniset 75 press line at The Ballarat (Australia) Courier, one of the largest sites in the Rural Press group, now a part of Fairfax Media.
Demand for more and higher-quality color pages, faster start-ups and reduced waste prompted the site to upgrade its register control from a system that controlled only the top and bottom cylinders on each tower to one capable of managing the entire press line.
The Courier’s new QuadTech system is integrated through the latest ICON platform, enabling the whole press line to be controlled from one console using a single interface. The system was chosen for its ease of installation, back-up service in Australia and cost competitiveness, according to Michael Condon, manager of Rural Press Printing Ballarat. QuadTech already had worked with Rural Press at several sites.
“The QuadTech technology is a much quicker system,” Condon said in a statement released by QuadTech. “It locks in much faster so the press operators have more time on the press to get their colour right.”
Benefits of the MultiCam camera include the smallest “white space” requirements on the page, fast dot searching and tracking, and reduced maintenance. According to QuadTech, the system has reduced operating waste by 1%, start-ups have been faster with less spoilage, and productivity has improved.
In addition to the six-day Courier, the site prints a range of local and regional newspapers and coldset commercial and contract work, including magazines. Condon said clients have commented on the improved print quality since the new system was installed.