QuadTech Products at Louisiana State Printing Boost Efficiency and Productivity

Sussex, WI--October 2007--Louisiana State Printing based in Eunice, Louisiana, USA, purchased the QuadTech® Register Guidance System with MultiCam® and the QuadTech® Register Motorization System in January 2007. Both products are integrated through the QuadTech® ICON™ platform. Subsequently, the company has seen a boost in efficiency, productivity and a reduction in waste and is looking to build upon its improvements.

The company specializes in the web offset printing of newspapers and installed QuadTech products on its 14-unit DGM 430 press, a recent addition, which has been configured as six mono units and two four-high towers.

Blake Messner, General Manager, Louisiana State Printing commented, “We printed our first color newspaper issue on February 5 and so far, we are very pleased with the results.  We are seeing faster startups and reduced makeready times.  Its reliability is second to none.”

With the newspaper industry currently in a state of transition, the emphasis today resides on technological advances to give the edge over competitors and gain advertisers. Competition in the newspaper printing market has never been greater, with demands for shorter runs and better quality images, meaning less room for error with paper spoilage and waste that cause material costs to spiral.

Blake noted, “The market is driving us towards better color consistency and keeping our waste to a minimum. We have had positive results already and are certain that we can cut our waste by up to 50% over the next few months.

“We initially spoke with other printing companies, and they recommended QuadTech. For our money, there isn’t a better package on the market. Our press minders have found it is easy to operate, and the entire system has saved us on manual operations.  We would definitely use QuadTech again.”

Blake continued, “The fact that minimal maintenance is needed for the MultiCam camera lens due to the OptiGuard, means we can leave the Register Guidance System to virtually run itself.”

Louisiana State Printing is a sister company of The Louisiana State Newspapers and currently has 15 employees at its facility. The largest two daily newspapers it prints are The Crowley Post Signal and The Abbeville Meridianal; it also prints 28 other publications.

The unique MultiCam camera can be combined with the QuadTech Ribbon Control System and the QuadTech Register Guidance System. It’s unrivalled performance lies in it’s ability to detect blemishes on the web up to 30 times per second. The camera’s strobe light source is produced by LEDs, which have a life expectancy of ten years plus. This makes the camera virtually maintenance free during its life span.

The Register Guidance System is a fully automated color-to-color register system that can set up parameters to handle 1,000 jobs. It relies on the most specific up-to-date technology for the task-in-hand rather than off the shelf hardware.

These products are used in conjunction with the ICON platform, which is designed to centralize all QuadTech equipment in one user-friendly control station. From this location the press minder can use the intuitive interface to eradicate errors, thereby reducing setup times and waste material, while increasing turnaround times and productivity.

About BALDWIN | Vision Systems (formerly QuadTech)

BALDWIN’s Vision Systems division is the world’s leading innovator of advanced color and inspection technology for the printing industry. BALDWIN | Vision Systems sells its automated control systems in more than 100 countries to the packaging and converting markets, web offset newspaper and commercial markets, and publication gravure market. BALDWIN maintains a worldwide network of sales and service operations, and is privately owned by BW Forsyth Partner, the investment arm of multi-billion dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller.


Craig Du Mez, BALDWIN | Vision Systems
Phone: +1 414 566 7500
Email: craig.dumez@quadtechworld.com

Clare Porter, Bespoke
Phone: +44 (0) 1737 215200
Email: quadtech@bespoke.co.uk