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PC Industries Acquired by Baldwin

 

High speed 100% inspection technology added to core Web Process Control solutions

PC Industries is pleased to announce that as of September 13, 2017 we have joined Baldwin Technology Company, a $160M world leader in providing process automation solutions, consumables and services to the print, textile and film industries.

Baldwin currently employs over 731 people at its company locations worldwide, and is a part of Barry-Wehmiller Company, a $2.6B manufacturing and services company. The Barry-Wehmiller companies bring technology, innovation, and performance to a diverse platform of industries, including packaging, paper, converting, sheeting, corrugating, engineering, and IT consulting.

“The integration of PC Industries will add scale to our Vision business by opening up new customer opportunities and enhancing our ability to provide further capabilities to our existing customers,” said Brent Becker, CEO of Baldwin. “Baldwin’s global sales and service platform will allow PC Industries to expand its reach. The combination of their expertise in print quality verification and process data, and our expertise in process control will enhance our opportunities to provide the next level of fully automated closed loop process control.”

PC Industries will partner closely with the Baldwin Technology Company, Web Printing Controls, to expand and develop both product lines of robust process automation and quality control technologies for the Narrow and Wide Web markets. This partnership will leverage the combined knowledge base to improve what is already world class technical sales and support.

PC Industries is the fourth acquisition in Baldwin’s growing family of companies since Baldwin joined Barry-Wehmiller in 2012. Baldwin will continue to seek add-on acquisitions, with a focus on companies that manufacture process-automation equipment, components and consumables for the printing, packaging and other industrial segments around the world.

By bringing in new expertise, Baldwin will create a solid and stable foundation of technology, knowledge, and service from which the entire family of companies will benefit. PC Industries couldn’t be more excited to join the Baldwin family, and leverage the global set of resources and experience to further support our customers.

ABOUT PC INDUSTRIES
For more than 42 years, PC Industries has supported the printing, pharmaceutical, label, and security industries with high quality, technically advanced quality improvement solutions and unparalleled customer support. Since the early 1980’s, they have focused on developing some of the most advanced and reliable print inspection systems on the market. They offer a wide variety of print inspection solutions, tailored to address quality control issues from pre-press and throughout print production. They develop easy-to-use systems that fit seamlessly into the production process, either off-line or in-line.

ABOUT BALDWIN TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, INC.
Baldwin Technology Company, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of process-automation equipment and related consumables for the printing, packaging and other industrial segments, including technical textiles, chip and fiberboard, and film extrusion. Through their global footprint, Baldwin offers its customers a broad range of market-leading technologies, products and systems that enhance the quality of industrial-produced products, with a focus on improving the economic and environmental efficiency of the production process. As a total solutions provider, Baldwin not only offers new equipment to its customers, but also dedicates extensive resources to maintaining and servicing existing equipment. Baldwin is privately owned by BW Forsyth Partners, a Barry-Wehmiller company. For more information, please visit baldwintech.com.



Baldwin expands global platform with the acquisition of QuadTech, Inc.

Partnership creates vision and inspection print technology powerhouse.
ST. LOUIS – Dec. 8, 2017 – Baldwin Technology Company Inc.—a world leader in providing process automation solutions, consumables and services for the print, packaging, textile and corrugated industries—has acquired QuadTech, Inc., from its parent company, Quad/Graphics. With this acquisition, Baldwin adds all of QuadTech’s highly regarded technology and strategic locations across the Americas, Europe, China, Japan and India.

QuadTech is a global leader in the design and manufacture of control systems that help commercial, newspaper, packaging and publication gravure printers improve their performance and productivity. Headquartered in Sussex, Wisconsin (USA), QuadTech maintains a worldwide network of sales and service operations, and sells automated systems in more than 100 countries.

Baldwin will strategically unite QuadTech with two of its existing divisions—Web Printing Controls and PC Industries—creating a global platform that will operate as Baldwin Vision Systems. The resulting combination of businesses and technology will represent the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio available for print process automation, inspection and related services. Karl Fritchen, current QuadTech President, will lead the new Baldwin segment, which brings together the best and brightest global talent and capabilities in the industry. Product technologies will span closed-loop automation for registration, inking, color management, web handling and 100 percent inspection for the commercial, newspaper, labels, packaging, converting and publication gravure industries.

“The combination of products and expertise held within both companies will enable us to reach areas of the market we were unable to reach individually,” commented Fritchen. “From an international operations and market perspective, each party’s strengths are highly complementary. This is definitely a situation where we can accomplish much more together than we could have as independent companies.”

“QuadTech will serve as a catalyst for the formation of our new Baldwin Vision Systems segment, which will greatly enhance Baldwin’s ability to provide an even more comprehensive automation portfolio for our customers around the world,” said Brent Becker, President and CEO of Baldwin. “Together, we provide our customers an unmatched portfolio in commercial and newspaper automation, and I am very excited about
the additional capabilities we will gain in the packaging markets. The work QuadTech has done recently on color within the packaging market clearly places us as the industry leader, and we have aggressive plans to build upon that position. I fully expect that our combined global presence, coupled with a new tiered product offering, will position the company to further satisfy our customers’ needs in an even larger geographical area.”

QuadTech is Baldwin’s fifth acquisition since joining the BW Forsyth Partners family of companies in 2012, and the fourth completed in 2017.

“We are thrilled to partner with the QuadTech team, as this investment underscores our continued commitment to a strategy that blends organic and acquisition growth to enhance our global footprint, advance the technology and service we can deliver to our customers, and cultivate our unique culture of care and collaboration,” said Kyle Chapman, Founder and Managing Director of BW Forsyth Partners. “We will continue to support Baldwin’s strategy execution, as the team seeks opportunities to expand the company’s reach into new industries and new geographic markets, increasing solutions for customers.”

For further information, please contact:
Brent Becker, President and CEO
brent.becker@baldwintech.com

ABOUT BALDWIN TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, INC.
Baldwin Technology Company Inc. is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of process-automation equipment and related consumables for the printing, packaging and other industrial segments, including technical textiles, chip and fiberboard, and film extrusion. Through our global footprint, Baldwin offers our customers a broad range of market-leading technologies, products and systems that enhance the quality of ndustrial-produced products, with a focus on improving the economic and environmental efficiency of the production process. As a total solutions provider, Baldwin not only offers new equipment to our customers, but also dedicates extensive resources to maintaining and servicing existing equipment. Baldwin is privately owned by BW Forsyth Partners, a Barry-Wehmiller company. For more, please visit baldwintech.com.

ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER

BW Forsyth Partners is the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller. Established in 2009, BW Forsyth Partners blends Barry-Wehmiller’s unparalleled legacy of value creation and people-centric culture development with keen investing experience to help companies realize their true potential. With a focus limited to areas known well, BW Forsyth Partners seeks to partner with leadership teams to acquire small- to middle-market companies in the capital and component equipment, and professional services sectors. In each of our operating companies, BW Forsyth Partners deploys operational improvements and strategy development without compromising the autonomy, strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit of their leadership teams. For more information, visit bwforsyth.com



FTA Info*FLEX 2016

FTA Info*FLEX 2016

Info*FLEX was a great trade show again this year. It attracted nearly 2,000 visitors to Fort Worth to participate in the show and Info*FLEX Forum seminars. Over two days, professionals presented tools necessary to support successful package printing and converting operations, while benefiting from intensive networking and live demonstrations of running machinery.

PCI showcased two of their popular products, the Guardian OLP and GV-Spectro. The Guardian OLP yielded great interest from visitors as it provides a complete off-line proofing and inspection solution that helps operators control even the smallest pre-press and pressroom mistakes.

The GV-Spectro – an in-line absolute color measurement system – combines the advanced capabilities of a web viewer with a powerful spectrophotometer. It monitors the web and color values in-line, even at high speed.

In addition to the presented products, many customers and visitors were interested in talking about PC Industries’ capabilities in higher level print inspection applications, including dimensional gauging and variable data verification.

Jack and Gerry would like to thank all visitors who stopped by our booth, and we look forward to next year’s Info*FLEX in Phoenix, Arizona!

We’re keeping up our busy year of attending shows, make sure to visit us at the following exhibitions!

  • Converters Expo, Green Bay, WI – April 13, 14 2016
  • Label Summit Latin America 2016, Cartagena, Colombia – April 26, 27 2016
  • Label Day, Toronto, Canada – May 10 2016
  • Label Expo Americas 2016, Chicago, USA – September 13, 14, 15 2016


Guardian OLP: KDV Label’s choice for narrow web Flexo printing

Guardian OLP: KDV Label’s choice for narrow web Flexo printing

 

KDV Label provides labeling solutions for markets such as consumer goods, beverage, food, chemical petroleum, and more. KDV has strict quality requirement when it comes to supplying their customers with labels.

Defects can always happen in the pressroom. Preventive measures are the best way to protect a company from shipping labels with defects and having dissatisfied customers. KDV Label implemented PC Industries’ OLP Off-line proofing system to counter these issues at the source. For Nick Scharber, the Prepress Manager at KDV Label, “the system itself, ease of use, and access to the developers and support,” prompted them to partner with PC Industries. “After evaluating many inspection systems for our printed label products we chose PC Industries’ OLP system for our needs based off of the features, cost, and personnel. We have been using their OLP inspection system for over a year now and couldn’t be happier with our decision.”

In preparing for the press run, the Guardian OLP is used to verify register and job sign-off. By comparing press samples to the customer-approved master, the system helps guarantee plate quality and print job integrity. As for ease of use, these inspections typically only take a few seconds to perform, and can be set up with only a few clicks, to assure no interruption in the production process.

While a couple small issues arose, Nick recalls that these were taken care of within a day, accompanied by a very positive customer support experience, thanks to one of PC Industries’ engineers, Nick Baker. “Any struggles we had have been addressed quickly and we even have made specific requests for modifications within the software that were implemented by PC Industries,” says Nick Scharber.

The Guardian OLP has become an efficient tool for KDV Label when inspecting their production, ensuring defect free labels to their customers.



PC Industries Acquires VSL

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February 2016

 

Contact: Holly Poplawski                                                 Web Page: 10.97.57.37/PCI-Local
Phone:     (847)336-3300 x.63                                             E-mail: hollyp@pcindustries.com
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PC Industries Acquires VSL

PC Industries and Verification Systems Limited (VSL) have reached an agreement for PC Industries (USA) to acquire VSL (UK).

Both companies are in the process of merging the companies, resources, and technologies.
With their combined expertise and longevity, they will provide quality control systems with unparalleled inspection performance for demanding industries and applications world-wide. PC Industries and VSL endeavor to continuously expand their global network of distributors, representatives and support.
The merger will also allow PC Industries to provide support and service to its European clients from the United Kingdom.

PC Industries has been in business since 1975. Throughout the past 40 years, they have built a strong reputation through reliable, accurate, and powerful inspection systems and world-class customer support. They manufacture the widest range of print quality verification systems of any inspection system manufacturer.

Verification Systems Limited (VSL) is one of the world’s leading specialist in the development and manufacturing of Inspection and Verification Systems for Security Print including bank notes, cheques, certificates, licenses, brand protection labels and stamps. The first of these systems were developed in 1976. Their staff has years of experience in providing and servicing simple to complex inspection solutions for variable printed data including serial numbering and barcodes.



PC Industries Announces the Newest Version of the Guardian LSI

PC Industries Announces the Newest Version of the Guardian LSI

PC Industries’ Guardian LSI Full Web Inspection System will be presented for the first time at LabelExpo Brussels. Now featuring updated software, the Guardian LSI is PC Industries’ entry-level full web inspection solution. Designed for companies that don’t need to worry about tiny defects, this system provides everything needed for typical defect, missing label, and unremoved matrix detection.

 

The Guardian LSI is perfect for growing companies, providing an affordable way to move up from sampling web viewers to full web inspection. For companies looking to upgrade further at a later date, the Guardian LSI is part of PC Industries’ trade-in program, which provides an easy way to step up from basic inspection to a more powerful, 100% inspection system like the Guardian PQV.

 

To help showcase this system’s ease of use, we have developed an interactive walkthrough of this system and its newest features. If you would like to see this system in action, visit us at stand 7A47 at LabelExpo Brussels, or contact our sales representatives at sales@pcindustries.com.

 

PC Industries has been in business since 1975. Throughout the past 40 years, they have built a strong reputation through reliable, accurate, and powerful inspection systems and world-class customer support.  They manufacture the widest range of print quality verification systems of any inspection system manufacturer. Contact PC Industries today to learn more about the Guardian LSI Full Web Inspection System, as well as their entire line of print inspection solutions.



Variable Data and Quality Assurance in Digital Printing

Variable Data and Quality Assurance in Digital Printing

The challenger to a centuries old printing process, digital printing has become a staple in the printing industry, settling nicely into a niche that answers questions that traditional printing just can’t. Along with these answers, digital presses pose unique challenges in quality control and assurance that inspection system manufacturers have addressed with increasing efficiency in the past decade. Among these challenges are variations in print position on the sheet or roll, and the verification of variable printed data such as 1D and 2D bar and serial codes. Whether human readable or machine readable, accuracy is of the utmost importance.

PC Industries has developed several solutions to tackle the unique demands of digital printing, including verification of variable data. Whether you need 100% inspection or only need to verify a single feature on a label, such as a 1D and 2D code or serial number, PC Industries delivers.

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The Guardian MINI offers customizable inspection that can be set to inspect only critical areas of interest, such as bar codes and serial numbers. This helps the printer save money on their inspection system by requiring a smaller area of view for the camera, and therefore less processing power. Every repeat of the code is inspected, and the results can be recorded to help create a secure audit trail.

The Guardian PQV offers the same accuracy as the Guardian MINI, but is a full-featured solution for companies with more demanding needs. The system will inspect and record defects from the entire repeat, not just the smaller area of interest. Additionally, the system offers a suite of other capabilities, including bar code grading, defect roll mapping, dimensional measurement and gauging, and OCR/OCV. Like the MINI, the PQV also generates a defect report to help create a secure audit trail.

To see how these and other PC Industries inspection solutions can help your business save money while printing better product, contact PC Industries today!



PC Industries provides high-accuracy, high-speed security print inspection solutions

PC Industries provides high-accuracy, high-speed security print inspection solutions

PC Industries, partnered with Vision Assurance Systems and Gremser Graphishe  Maschinen, announces the recent successful installation of a 100% security print inspection system in the Netherlands for currency and banknote inspection. Known for tackling some of the most demanding applications in the print industry, PC Industries continues to surpass expectations with the installation of these recent systems.

Security printing applications pose a unique set of challenges for inspection systems, including placing higher demands on cameras and CPUs. These high-speed applications demand a level of speed and accuracy that have often presented problems to off-the-shelf and even engineered systems. Additionally, the different processes used in security printing, such as intaglio and offset, all pose their own specific types of challenges. The solutions provided by PC Industries combine multiple high-resolution cameras with special lighting to inspect visible, UV, IR, and transmissive security features. The systems also have embedded security features such as password-protected operator accounts that keep a secure log of all operator actions, and the ability to output and securely store PDF reports of inspection results.

The engineering efforts that ensured the success of this installation will help PC Industries improve their entire line of print inspection products. PC Industries will continue to push at the forefront of technology to provide their customers with the most technologically capable and advanced systems available.

In business since 1975, PC Industries has a strong history of innovation and unmatched customer support. Designed with intense focus on combining ease of use, accuracy and industrial reliability, PC Industries’ products stand out through unparalleled performance in the pressroom. Their flagship products are Inspection Systems®, which include the Guardian PQV 100% Print Defect Detection System, Guardian OLP Offline PDF Proofing System, Guardian MINI Modular Inspection System.  In addition to these and their Graphic-Vision® Digital Web Viewers, they also manufacture length monitoring, registration control, and dedicated barcode verification systems.

Vision Assurance Systems, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, designs, manufactures, installs, commissions and supports camera-based inspection and verification systems primarily for the security print sector. Their expertise lies in providing turnkey solutions to satisfy customers’ quality control requirements. They continuously support these systems, some of which have been in use for the past 15 years.

PC Industries
176 Ambrogio Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031
847-336-3300
sales@pcindustries.com
10.97.57.37/PCI-Local

Vision Assurance Systems
3542 Estates Landing Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
770-517-3344
e.wagner@earthlink.net
http://www.visionassurancesystems.com



PC Industries’ Guardian PQV Gains Interest at Andina-Pack

PC Industries’ Guardian PQV Gains Interest at Andina-Pack

PC Industries recently attended the Andina-Pack 2013 show with their partners ISA International and Grupo Cosalco. Andina-Pack 2013 in Bogotá, Colombia serves as one of Latin America’s premier trade shows for the packaging industry. It connects nearly 800 exhibitors with nearly 20,000 professional visitors from the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, converting and other related industries.

PC Industries received great customer response to their Guardian Inspection Systems®, including the Guardian PQV Print Quality Verification system, Guardian OLP Offline PDF Proofing System, and Guardian MINI Modular Inspection systems. The Guardian PQV 100% Inspection System received the greatest amount of interest thanks to the versatility it can offer the packaging industry. Of particular interest was the systems’ ability to reliably inspect wide web substrates on which 100% inspection has traditionally proven difficult.

In business since 1975, PC Industries has a strong history of innovation and unmatched customer support. Designed with intense focus on combining ease of use, accuracy and industrial reliability, PC Industries’ products stand out through unparalleled performance in the pressroom. Their flagship products are Inspection Systems®, which include the Guardian PQV 100% Print Defect Detection System, Guardian OLP Offline PDF Proofing System, Guardian MINI Modular Inspection System. In addition to these and their Graphic-Vision® Digital Web Viewers, they also manufacture length monitoring, registration control, and dedicated barcode verification systems.



PC Industries’ Announces New Latin American Agent

PC Industries’ Announces New Latin American Agent

Headquartered in New Jersey, ISA International serves as PC Industries’ official exclusive agent in Latin America and the Caribbean. ISA International is known for creating effective, long lasting business relationships through exceptional customer service and support. They specialize in the international sales of industrial equipment for the printing, converting and paper industries.

ISA International currently has offices through its local partners in 11 countries throughout the region. In addition they have two service centers to offer full technical support.

To help serve these markets, ISA has recently launched a new website. This website connects clients with a wide range of products, suppliers, and professional services. Their website can be found at ISA-INTL.COM



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