GRAPH EXPO & CONVERTING EXPO 2003--Sheetfed and Web Offset
Komori America also came away from the show feeling optimistic, especially after announcing that Joe Davis, chairman, president and CEO of Houston-based Consolidated Graphics, had renewed a five-year, $50 million purchasing agreement with Komori. Consolidated, which boasts 65 companies in 25 states, made its first acquisition under the new deal by installing a six-color Lithrone S40 with coater at Mount Vernon Printing in Landover, MD. Davis says he envisions buying five 40? sheetfed and one half-web press in the coming year, depending on future company acquisitions that the industry consolidator would like to make.
On the new product front, Komori--which is celebrating its 80th anniversary--displayed its redesigned Lithrone 28P perfector in a six-color with in-line coater configuration. Perfector change-over can be done with the touch of a button; it requires no operator intervention or special tools.
The updated perfector design maintains Komori's standard double diameter cylinder configuration. With the sheet always controlled by grippers, the positive mechanical control of the sheet reduces registration errors and dropped sheets, and is especially important when perfecting thicker stocks like 18pt. board. (The new perfector design will be introduced on the 2003 GATF InterTech Award-winning Lithrone S40 in November.)
GRAPH EXPO attendees who made a side trip out to Komori's showroom in the Chicago suburbs also had the opportunity to see a demonstration on the Lithrone SP, the Komori Super Perfector that enables one-pass, two-sided printing at speeds up to 13,000 sph. The manufacturer revealed that it is currently testing the Lithrone SP with a double coater configuration, as well.
Presses Were Moving
According to Komori, 10 Lithrone SP presses will be in operation in the U.S. by the end of 2003, including two presses going to Jostens and a pair for Herff Jones. Since its introduction one year ago, 20 Lithrone S40 presses have been installed nationwide, with further sales pending.