Modelling and controlling an offset lithographic printing process

Detta är en avhandling från Göteborg : Chalmers university of technology

Sammanfattning: The objective of this thesis is to provide methods for print quality enhancements in an offset lithographic printing proess. Various parameters characterising the print quality are recognised, however, in this work print quality is defined as the deviation of the amount of ink in a sample image from the reference print.The methods developed are model-based and historical data collected at the printing press are used to build the models. Inherent in the historical process data are outliers owing to sensor faults, measurement errors and impurity of the material used. It is essential to detect and remove these outliers to avoid using them to update the process models. A process modelbased outlieer detection tool has been proposed. Several diagnostic measures are ombined via a neural network to achieve robust data categorisation into inlier and outlier classes.To cope with the slow variation in printing process data, a SOM-based data mining and adaptive modelling technique has been proposed. The technique continously updates the data set characterising the process and the process models if they become out-of-date. A SOM-based approach to model ombination has been proposed to permit the cration of adaptive - data dependet - committees.A multiple models-based controller, which employs the process models developed, is combined with an integrating controller to achieve robust ink feed control. Results have shown that the robust ink feed controller is capable of controlling the ink feed in the newspaper printing press according to the desired process output. Based on the process modelling, techniques have also been developed for initialising the printing press in order to reduce the time needed to achieve the desired print quality. The use of the developed methods and tools at a print shop in Halmstad, Sweden, resulted in higher print quality and lower ink and paper waste.

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