Q.I. Press Controls North America management is delighted with a key order from
McLaren Press Graphics, a leading commercial printer based in Bracebridge , Ontario, Canada. Q.I. Press
Controls is pleased to announce the recent sale of the advanced, latest generation closed-loop mRC-3D fullcolor
register system complete with cut-off controls for McLaren’s DGM430 coldset single-width press line.
For McLaren Press Graphics this investment replaces their existing register
system, which did not include cut-off controls. Drew McLaren, President of
McLaren Press Graphics: “We were one of the first commercial printers to install
registration controls on a non-heatset press back in the 1990’s, and we recognized
the ROI immediately. Given the relatively high cost of this technology at the time,
we still experienced significant cost savings to justify this investment. This was
achieved despite the fact that we were running lower cost uncoated substrates
than typical heat-set installations, who were the first companies to invest in this
technology because they were running higher cost coated stocks yielding greater
savings and quicker ROI’s”. With Q.I. Press Controls’ mRC-3D they wanted to
resolve their cut-off waste issues while taking advantage of the new camera
technology to further enhance their quality process and improve their waste
numbers. Drew McLaren: “Originally we didn’t realize how different the product was from other brands on the
market.” What McLaren wanted was an all-in-one, cost effective, state-of-the-art solution for their coldset
application. They needed to look no further than Q.I Press Controls’ mRC-3D register system. The mRC-3D’s
depth-scanning principle is ideal for their DGM430 press configuration, which has some fairly long web leads.
The mRC-3D functions perfectly in such an environment. Drew McLaren: “Q.I. Press Controls will allow us to
close the loop on our press controls as our current system does not address the bottleneck of manual cut-off
controls. We had been looking for a system that would address this weak link in our automation and Q.I. Press
Controls’ mRC-3D system will allow us to now include this component, while addressing registration controls
that perform quicker and provide better feedback to our press operators.”
McLaren’s coldset production line is a DGM430 with a 89 cm (35”) web
width and 57.8 cm (22 ¾”) cut-off. The press line consists of seven
four high color units with press vintages dating from 1994, 1998 and
2008 and has two (½ and ¼) DGM 1035 folders. The most widely
utilized four color units will be equipped with a mRC-3D register
camera, with the AIMS (Automatic Ink Mist Shield). The total order
comprises eight mRC-3D register cameras including processors and
operating system. This fully automated closed-loop platform controls
the double-sided full-color register of the
four printing webs as well as the cut-off
register in the DGM folders.
This order was finalized with the assistance of Graphic Machinery Sales, the agent
for Q.I. Press Controls in Canada. As part of Q.I. Press Controls’ worldwide
network, this company was an important link in capturing the order. Graphic
Machinery Sales will also play a key role during the implementation phase as well
as in providing local service. The system will be fully integrated into McLaren’s
press in the Spring of 2014 complete with a full training program.
McLaren Press Graphics
McLaren Press Graphics, a full-service, family owned printing company was founded in 1977, managed by two
generations of the McLaren family. With the combination of prepress, coldset web, sheetfed offset, and print
finishing, this quality-conscious company has expanded to become one of the leading 50 print companies in
Canada. It was amongst the first in Canada to introduce an automatic register system on its coldset web press.
McLaren Press Graphics processes upwards of 3,000 orders per year, including full-color newspapers and
periodicals with circulation figures of ranging between 3,000 and 75,000 copies. Furthermore the company
produces flyers, brochures, magazines and specials with circulations of up to one million; all this adds up to an
output of more than1.4 billion pages annually. McLaren employs a staff of 55 employees and has a separate
division for digital publishing and online revenue generating products for their publishing clients.
About Q.I. Press Controls:
Q.I. Press Controls develops and delivers innovative, high quality optical measure and control systems. We are
globally active in the newspaper and magazine printing industry. Our total solutions are supported by a
worldwide service network. These reliable systems are proven in the market of existing and new printing
presses and offer our customers structural better results.