The Chicago Tribune and QuadTech embark on the largest newspaper installation of color control technology in the world

Image-based AccuCam™ on 52 towers will provide consistently high color quality, waste reduction and cost reduction

Sussex, Wisconsin, USA—14 February, 2012—The Chicago Tribune Company is making a major investment in print quality – centered around QuadTech's color control, inspection and register control technology.

Chicago Tribune

In the largest deal of QuadTech's 33-year history, one of the USA's most prestigious newspaper publishing groups is equipping 52 towers, on 10 printing lines with QuadTech's Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam™ and Register Control System with MultiCam™ at its Freedom Center plant in Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune's Freedom Center is the largest newspaper web-offset operation under one roof in North America. Its ten MAN Colorman and Goss Metrocolor presses manufacture 2,850,000 products each day, printing a host of major newspaper titles, including the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, Chicago Sun-Times Media Publications, and over 20 regional and specialist business titles.

Karl Fritchen, President, QuadTech with Rebecca Brubaker, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and
Distribution, Chicago Tribune
Karl Fritchen (left), President, QuadTech
with Rebecca Brubaker, Senior Vice
President of Manufacturing and
Distribution, Chicago Tribune.

"This investment is being made to gain efficiency, uniformity in our press operations and improvement in print quality for ours and our commercial clients' products. We are confidently investing in the future of print. The installation of QuadTech's technology represents our commitment to delivering consistent quality and minimizing our cost structures, especially for our customers in the short-run market," commented Brian Karnick, Chicago Tribune Vice President of Operations.

Karl Fritchen, QuadTech president, commented: "With the advent of the digital age, readers and advertisers alike are less tolerant of defects, including variations in density, color reproduction and registration. We are delighted to form a strategic partnership with the Chicago Tribune to overcome these challenges and deliver to the same exacting standards of reproduction as rival media alternatives, with this landmark agreement."

The Chicago Tribune's Freedom Center is the largest newspaper web-offset operation under one roof in North America
The Chicago Tribune's Freedom Center is
the largest newspaper web-offset operation
under one roof in North America.

QuadTech's AccuCam combines color control and web inspection capability, all from the same sensor. Its proprietary spectral sensor for L*a*b* image-based color control eliminates the need for colorbars or graybars. A closed-loop system, AccuCam analyzes the entire image and automatically obtains target aim point values from a high-resolution prepress file to maintain accurate color, by automatically adjusting ink keys throughout the production run. The system also controls and optimizes the ink ratchet for high inking performance, creating better color, reduced waste and minimized operator intervention. All surfaces are inspected and common print faults such as scumming, blanket smashes, incorrect plates and color variations, are detected. Early spotting of inconsistencies allows for corrective action before defects become a costly problem.

QuadTech's MultiCam® provides accurate color-to-color register, cut-off register and ribbon register to commercial web and newspaper printers. Like AccuCam, the MultiCam systems are designed to work on the ICON™ integrated platform with other QuadTech products. MultiCam is the world's best-selling register camera with over 10,000 cameras built.

Vince Balistrieri, Tom Beilke, Karl Fritchen, Rebecca Brubaker, Brian Karnick, Kris Socia, Greg Kallman
L-R: Vince Balistrieri, Director of Engineering and GM of
Commercial & Newspaper, QuadTech; Tom Beilke, Senior
Manager, Facilities and Maintenance, Chicago Tribune; Karl
Fritchen, President, QuadTech; Rebecca Brubaker, Senior Vice
President of Manufacturing and Distribution, Chicago Tribune;
Brian Karnick, Vice President of Operations, Chicago Tribune;
Kris Socia, Senior Manager Press Operations, Chicago Tribune;
Greg Kallman, Regional Sales Manager, QuadTech.

On the decision to invest in QuadTech's technology, the Chicago Tribune's Brian Karnick said: "There are many color control choices in the marketplace. QuadTech was the best fit for our needs in terms of quality control and defect detection. The modular design and image-based technology allows for state-of-the-art image control without the need for additional targets and gray bars. This made it very appealing for our team. In addition, the ability for the system to alert operators to other defects such as ink loss or ink scumming is like another set of eyes for our press team."

QuadTech's strategic partnerships with newspaper printers have led to continuing development of AccuCam capabilities. At drupa 2012 (Hall 17 / A01) the company will introduce the addition of water control to the AccuCam system's array of capabilities.

About QuadTech

QuadTech, Inc. is the world's leading innovator of advanced color and inspection technology for the printing industry. Founded in 1979, QuadTech sells its automated auxiliary control systems in more than 100 countries to the web offset newspaper and commercial markets, packaging and converting markets, and publication gravure market. Headquartered in Sussex, WI, USA, QuadTech maintains a worldwide network of sales and service operations, and is proud to be registered ISO 9001:2008 DNV.

Contacts:

Craig Du Mez, QuadTech
Phone: +1 414 566 7500
Email: craig.dumez@quadtechworld.com

Nicole O’Donoghue, Bespoke
Phone: +44 (0) 1737 215200
Email: quadtech@bespoke.co.uk

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