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    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.

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  • 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

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  • The GV-Spectro is More than Just Color Measurement and Reporting

    Color Measurement, Spectrophotometer

    Debuting in mid 2014, the Graphic-Vision® GV-Spectro had a great reception in the industry as demand for inline and absolute color measurement is on the rise. Undergoing continuous development in those two years, there have been many new features introduced that have kept this system an industry leader in both performance and innovation. The GV-Spectro still offers the most accurate real-time color measurement and reporting available on the market. Paired with advanced, programmable positioning capabilities, the system is simply a staple for any printer looking for the most efficient way to get the most accurate color measurements from their press.

    The newest GV-Spectro has improved system performance and efficiency without impacting the bottom line. Along with improved hardware specifications, the system now offers dot gain measurement and tracking, off-line setup, job management, and higher speed capabilities.

    Spectrophotometer Screen ShotDot Gain Measurement and Tracking

    The GV-Spectro supports up to 50 dot gain measurements, which require measuring the substrate once, as well as a solid and tint of the same color.  A min and max value can be set and will be charted and displayed exactly like the ∆E and Density measurements.

    For more information on dot gain, click here

    Off-line Setup

    Graphic-Vision Spectro Offline Setup

    • Easily configure Step and Repeat image files (PDF/TIF/BMP) with up to 50 measurement points. Simply click and drag markers to the required areas.
    • Use the configured Step & Repeat file to automatically configure the Measurement Program. Note: Unique points are required in order to map the positions correctly.
    • Import CXF3 color library file containing the ‘standard’ color values & density for the measurement points, and easily link to the measurement position.
      • Default values can be set
      • ∆E & Density tolerances are configurable per position
      • If CXF3 color library is unavailable, manual input of ‘Standard’ color values & density can be used

     

    Job Management

    • Measurement data is saved in two formats: CXF3 & CSV.
      • CXF3 = Complete group or each measurement
      • CSV = Each color L.a.b, density & remission data.
    • Measurement data is time stamped and can be configured to save to a specific location.
    • Job Files store complete job information, including measurement positions, color values, and densities. They can be easily recalled for subsequent job runs:
      • Stored on the network and shared with multiple systems
      • Recalled for modifications to positions and color value

    High Speed

    up to 900fpm where sample color blocks of 10mm x 10mm or larger are available (I have no idea if this is right atm)

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  • What is Dot Gain?

    Dot gain occurs whenever ink is applied to a substrate in a non-solid ink coverage area. It is defined by the amount a digital raster dot spreads beyond its intended coverage, given in percentage. While mainly a product of paper or substrate absorption rates, there are many other factors that also determine the effective dot gain, such as plate pressure, and ink viscosity, and many ways to mitigate the effects within the printing process.

    Verifying dot gain on press is an efficient way to help monitor print color quality. As dot gain increases, the perceived color in that area will often darken or over-saturate, muddying textures and obscuring details. Conversely in highlight areas where dots are very small, images can either wash out if too little dot gain or create a color cast if too much dot gain, depending on the primary color. While the human eye might be able to catch some subtle changes, electronic measurement is the most reliable way to assure that dot gain values are within what is allowed by the job specifications.

    A few notes on Dot Gain:

    • Dot gain is also known as tone value increase (TVI), as it is measured based off the deviation from the desired tone, in percent.
    • Dot gain is typically the largest in midtones for three main reasons:
      1. The volume of ink applied is greater than in highlights
      2. The amount of empty space between dots for the ink to absorb into is greater than in shadows
      3. The ratio of the dot perimeter to blank substrate is most favorable for the greatest amount of ink spread.
    • Optical dot gain is the apparent spreading of color due to the way light diffuses on the substrate surface before hitting your eye. It’s not a direct result of ink and paper; it’s just the nature of light. It can vary based on the reflectivity of the substrate, and is measurable. It can account for 10-35% dot gain.
    • Expected dot gain varies based on substrate and tone value, with the smallest values typically being in the darkest print areas, often around 10% (depending on ink and substrate, of course)
    • Most design software that is designed for professional print output has settings that will help compensate for expected image quality changes due to dot gain.

    Measuring Dot Gain

    Densitometers and spectrophotometers are two tools that can be used to calculate dot gain of a printed sample.  Though neither can be used to measure dot gain directly, both are effectively capable of measuring density, from which dot gain can be calculated. These tools work by focusing characterized light onto a surface. This light is either transmitted through the substrate, reflected to the sensor, or scattered away from the sensor, depending on the type of substrate. The amount and wavelength of light that is reflected to the sensor can be used to determine several attributes about the print at that location, including density and spectral remission data.

    For any spectrometer to measure dot area, the spectrophotometer must measure the density of the substrate, the density of the solid ink (SID) and the density of the tint.  These parameters are taken from color bars printed on the edge of the printed web.  There are typically more than just these 3 patch types on a color bar, but these are the most common.  Typically, the most forgotten patch is a substrate only patch. The measurement is necessary for density and dot gain calculations for ink patches, and manual measurements must be taken if they’re forgotten during calibration.

    In addition to calculating the actual dot area, it is necessary to compare that to a target value. This target value, as noted above, can vary depending on substrate and other factors.

    The two main measurements used to calculate dot gain are the density measurement from the area of interest and the solid ink density measurement from the calibration set. Before the final dot gain calculation is performed, each measurement is adjusted to account for the substrate density. The resulting numbers are plugged into the Murray-Davies formula, shown below:

    Dot Area Percent= \(100* \frac{1-10^{-DT}}{1-10^{-DS}}\)

     

    Where DT is the measured tone density (adjusted for the substrate density) and DS is the solid ink density from the solid ink patch, (adjusted for the substrate density). The result from this equation shows what percentage of a given area of print is covered by halftone dots. Finally, the ideal tone value percent is subtracted from the actual dot area percent, and that result is the dot gain for that area of interest.

    Glossary of terms

    Densitometers
    An instrument for measuring the photographic density of an image on a film or photographic print.

    Density
    Effectively, the percent of an area of the substrate that is covered by in on a given sample. However, as it is a function of light reflectivity, blank substrate can also have a density. This is why it is important to consider a substrate’s density when calculating dot gain.

    Dot gain
    The difference between actual and the idea percent area coverage for a halftone dot

    Highlights
    Typically, areas with tone values less than 30%

    Midtones
    Typically, areas with tone values between 30% and 70% coverage

    Optical dot gain
    Apparent spreading of color due to light diffusion by ink, substrate, atmosphere, or other factors.

    Reflectivity
    Tendency for a given surface to reflect light, or how much light that surface reflects

    Shadows
    Typically, areas with tone values greater than 70%

    Spectral remission data
    Collection of data points representing the intensity (power) of light of each nm band at which a measurement is taken

    Spectrophotometers
    An apparatus for measuring the intensity of light the visible spectrum, especially as transmitted or emitted by particular substances.

    Substrate
    The material on which ink is applied

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  • With many manufacturers providing standardized one-size-fits-all inspection systems, catching defects on a higher speed web or sheet often comes with compromises. When running at the highest speeds, standardized systems will often hit a limit in inspection and processing capability. These systems have no choice but to lower sensitivity and allow the passage of larger defects in order to maintain speed. Unfortunately, the printer may not realize their 100% inspection is not providing accurate or consistent defect detection. This can be one result of selecting an inspection system that hasn’t been configured for a printer’s specific application requirements or equipment.

    The four key components to reliable high speed inspection

     

    How can you find out which 100% inspection systems will provide consistent defect size detection throughout the full speed range without decreasing sensitivity? First of all, your inspection system provider should include technical specifications for their system along with a written performance guaranty. In addition, four key components of the inspection system should be selected to meet the requirements of your application, integrate seamlessly in your process, and provide you with reliable and accurate inspection. These components are:

    • High performance cameras
    • High quality LED lighting
    • Robust fully developed inspection algorithms
    • Powerful computer processing

    High-Speed HD cameras and powerful LED lighting work in unison to capture high resolution images of the web or sheet. If either the lighting or the camera are not specified for the full range of your application requirements, the captured image will be lower in quality, especially at higher speeds. Starting with a less than perfect image will result in a less than perfect inspection.

    If the image quality is excellent, then it’s up to the systems software and computer processing to complete the inspection.
    The inspection system’s software algorithms should be developed to handle the demands of high speed 100% print inspection, along with any added bar code or variable data verification if required. A powerful processor selected for your unique application requirements will ensure that the system can detect and highlight defects accurately.

    An inspection system correctly configured for the requirements of your application will accurately and consistently detect defects at high speeds without a variance of defect size. Achieving the high productivity you need without compromising your inspection process is an important step towards satisfying your customers and growing your business!

    Eliminate the inspection compromise between small defect size and high-speed

     

    If you are looking for a system that performs at the highest speeds while guaranteeing a consistent minimum defect size, the Guardian PQV 100% Inspection System is the perfect solution to improve your quality and help your business. Click on the button below to discover all the Guardian PQV’s capabilities.

    Accuracy is critical to make the most out of your quality control investment and reap process and productivity benefits. PC Industries’ systems are designed to provide that accuracy. We are committed to understanding your application requirements and providing a 100% inspection solution that meets your needs today while providing performance growth for the future.

    We will be present at Label Expo Americas at booth 1411 in Rosemont, IL from the 13th to the 15th of September. You can request a consultation during the show by clicking the button below.

    Request Consultation at Label Expo

     

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  • Label Expo Series Trade Shows in 2016

    Labelexpo_usa_2016_logo_vertical_whitePrinters and converters across Central and South America have shown great interest in PC Industries’ intelligent and automated inspection systems at Label Summit Latin America. The Guardian LSI was PC Industries’ product highlight, providing printers and converters with automated defect detection capabilities at a low investment. In addition, the excellent networking opportunities PC Industries saw at the show are continuing to pay off. We’re looking forward to continuing this trend at Label Expo Americas in September!

    For the upcoming Label Expo Americas show, we will highlight our latest defect detection technology, which allows high speed inspection without sacrificing resolution. We hope this showcase will spark your curiosity, so make sure to visit us at booth 1411 from September 13-15 in Rosemont, IL!

    Stepping up from simple web viewing…

    Web viewers are the perfect way to implement basic inspection capabilities in your quality control process. PC Industries’ viewers are equipped with high resolution cameras which take snapshots of the web at various positions. With the included HD monitor, the operator gets clear images of the web, and can more easily see any defects, registration problems, or other results of process errors that are present.

    The Graphic-Vision® GV series web viewers are easy-to-use and economical web-viewing systems that help identify press-defects. PC Industries standard web-viewing systems are also capable of decoding and displaying 1D and 2D barcodes for easy review.

    … to automatic defect detection solutions.

    For increased inspection power, efficiency, and accuracy, intelligent inspection systems are a must. These systems provide automatic defect detection and advanced capabilities such as barcode grading, dimensional measurement and gauging, and sequential data verification.

    PC Industries’ Guardian LSI is an affordable, entry-level, full web automatic defect detection system. It detects and highlights typical defects such as ink splashes and spots, registration errors, missing labels, unremoved matrix, and more.

    For printers looking for more capabilities and power, the Guardian PQV offers full featured inspection. The system finds smaller defects and higher speeds, and provides all the advanced features listed above.   By alerting the operator of defects automatically and immediately, the defective product can be minimized, ensuring continuous and measurable quality, customer satisfaction, and a rapid ROI.

    PC Industries will present their high speed inspection capabilities at Label Expo Americas

    At this year’s Label Expo Americas, we will be presenting our leading edge capabilities which allow for high speed inspection without sacrificing resolution.

    This leading edge performance is made possible through the latest high-speed, high-resolution line scan cameras, optimized algorithms for print defect detection, and powerful solid state LED lighting modules.

    Curious to discover a high performance inspection system in action? Come visit us at booth 1411 at Label Expo Americas from September 13-15 in Rosemont, IL! To schedule a demonstration, please click here and fill out our online form. A PC Industries representative will contact you soon to discuss your application.

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