Komori Debuts LS40 Press
* With its remote oscillation timing from the console, press operators can adjust the charge of ink anywhere on the sheet for each unit in 10mm increments, even when the press is operating at top speed.
* The LS can also stop oscillation in any unit to preserve ink profiles during press idles. This is especially valuable when running expensive substrates or where print quality must be maintained despite frequent stops.
* Inking and dampening declutch mechanisms come standard on the first and last units of the LS40, for use when these units are left open. This prolongs roller life and eliminates contamination from roller lube.
First American Manager
The event, which consisted of two groups of about 50 printers each, was also a coming out party of sorts for Stephan Carter, newly named president and COO of Komori America. A 20-year R.R. Donnelley veteran in sales and operations management, Carter noted that his executive appointment marks the first time in the Japanese press manufacturer's history that its U.S. subsidiary is managed by an American.
"Komori has worked to develop a 40˝ press that exceeds printers' expectations," he enthuses, "and we're confident that the LS will do just that."
He also revealed that four orders had already been received from U.S. customers prior to the North American introduction of the press, including one contract for a digital version featuring the Creo SQUAREspot thermal imaging option. A perfector option for the LS40, according to Carter, will be available in 2003.
In providing overall financials for Komori America's Japanese parent, Carter admitted the last fiscal year has been a difficult one. He referred to a business climate of weak press sales, reduced operating margins, high inventories and even press repossessions.
Carter noted that Komori is responding to these business conditions by developing strategic alliances, by maintaining "open architecture" platforms and by increasing efficiency throughout its operations. He mentioned, as examples, key Komori business partners such as GE Capital (press financing), Printcafe (links to job management systems), X-Rite (color measurement) and Creo (digital imaging).