New York Times ensures a quality read with WinWedge

To meet the needs of readers and advertisers, the New York Times ensures not only quality editorial, but also quality production by enforcing high levels of quality control throughout all stages of production. This control extends right down to the inks used, as these are rigorously tested and evaluated in their own laboratories.

A densitometer is used to measure the density of ink printed on a newspaper as part of the meticulous quality assurance testing performed at the New York Times. The densitometer measures the reflection of light off sample black ink areas and these readings are input via WinWedge directly into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The data readings are automatically graphed in Excel to show the highs and lows. Statistical analysis is performed using Excel to determine if the measured ink densities fall within an acceptable range. Ink “rub-off” quality control tests are also performed with densitometer readings taken before and after the ink has been rubbed with a weighted tissue. WinWedge eliminates the need for slow, error-prone manual data entry of densitometer readings into Excel, greatly increasing the speed, accuracy and efficiency of the process. Hence WinWedge assists the quality control technicians to assure that the inks used are fit to print “All the News That’s Fit to Print”.

Benefits of using WinWedge include: 100% accurate and cost effective data collection, ease of set up and use, significant time reduction in data collection, and the ability to perform statistical analysis in Excel.

WinWedge is supplied and supported in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Germany and the USA by Adept Scientific plc, Amor Way, Letchworth, Herts. SG6 1ZA; telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810, fax +44 (0) 203 695 7819, email info@alfasoft.com; or see Adept’s World Wide Web site at http://www. adeptscience.co.uk. adeptscience.co.uk/.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.


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