BALDWIN Acquires Digital Ink System

MILWAUKEE, WI | BALDWIN Technology Company has reached an agreement with Quad/Graphics to acquire the intellectual property rights for the Digital Ink System, enabling continued development of the technology. BALDWIN is a global supplier of process automation solutions, consumables and services for the print, packaging, corrugated, and textile industries.

The Digital Ink System is a computer-controlled ink injection technology that replaces traditional open fountain ink trains—or can upgrade existing "pump and rail" systems—reportedly providing more precise density control at all press speeds with significant cost savings. The system is said to eliminate ink contamination and deliver consistently high quality results, metering the correct volume of ink delivered to each control zone across the printed image.

In late 2017 BALDWIN acquired Quad/Graphics’ research and development division, QuadTech, combining it with PC Industries and Web Printing Controls to form a new “BALDWIN Vision Systems” business segment.

“We are very enthusiastic about the new possibilities this agreement affords us, and more importantly—our customers,” says Brent Becker, president and CEO of BALDWIN. “We see enormous potential for the Digital Ink System technology beyond the efficiencies already being realized by commercial and newspaper printers. With our new Vision Systems business segment in place, we plan to hit the ground running to deliver inventive new solutions and adaptations of proven technologies to new industries.”

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