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Komori Introduces Offset-on-Demand with Launch of Lithrone G40 Press

August 11, 2011
ROLLING MEADOWS, IL, August 11, 2011—Komori America, a premier manufacturer of sheetfed and web offset printing presses, announced the launch of its latest press in the Komori line-up, the Lithrone G40. Formally introduced on July 20 to a select group of customers at Komori America’s GraphiCenter in Rolling Meadows, IL, the Lithrone G40 combines many of the state-of-the-art technologies from the Lithrone SX40 with the award-winning features of the Lithrone S40 to deliver a best-in-class machine that meets the demands of today’s fast-paced printing marketplace.

With Komori’s revolutionary KHS-AI technology at its core, and a maximum printing speed of 16,500 sheets per hour, the Lithrone G40 is the backbone of Komori’s innovative “Offset-on-Demand” concept. The press is a high-performance machine that delivers outstanding efficiency and print quality through a stable printing platform. Some of the features on the new G40 include:

• Suction Tape Feeder Board equipped with one belt in the center and no brushers or rollers ensures stable, highly accurate feeding regardless of paper weight.

• With KHS-AI’s self learning function, paper waste is significantly improved reducing cost and environmental impact.

• The quickest automatic blanket washing system in the industry is further enhanced with the use of pre-soaked cloth for blanket and impression washer cleaning.

• The new full-APC (automatic plate changing) is not only faster than previous systems, it employs the use of a benderless clamp, eliminating the need to bend plates and making plate discharge and feeding more efficient.
“We are very excited that we can now take the KHS-AI-equipped Lithrone G40 and marry it with our newly introduced H-UV system,” said Doug Schardt, product manager for Komori. “The entire system is very efficient. With KHS-AI, you can make your first pull at 20 sheets, dramatically reducing makeready waste, then print the job on the H-UV equipped Lithrone G40, and literally produce a high quality, bindery-ready job in minutes. It is the perfect storm of productivity.”
During the demonstration at Komori America’s headquarters, a 16-page signature was printed on the Lithrone G40 using H-UV, and then immediately sent to bindery for cutting, folding and stitching on a Horizon Stitchliner 5500. The Stitchliner 5500 is an innovative saddle-stitching system which incorporates flat sheet collating, scoring, folding, stitching and three-knife trimming in-line. “We produced 500 completely finished 16-page, high quality brochures in just under 25 minutes,” said Schardt.

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