Professional Printing Center Installs New Press

CHESAPEAKE, VA—Professional Printing Center, a full-service commercial printer located here, has installed its fourth Komori press, a five-color Lithrone S40 (LS540) with advanced interface (AI) software, to answer customers’ increased demand for high-quality, more sophisticated applications. The company reports that the technology of the LS540 coupled with AI software has significantly enhanced its productivity and improved profitability with its ability to cut makeready time by 50 percent and reduce sheet count by up to 70 percent.

“We expanded our services over the last two years, so a higher level of productivity was important to us for a number of reasons,” said Brian Ward, president of Professional Printing Center. “We had a huge comfort level with Komori because we know we can count on them. Other manufacturers may make great presses, but they just can’t compete with the support you get from Komori.”

In selecting the press, Professional Printing Center was particularly impressed that AI technology allows all press functions to be preset from the console, saving time and money. In addition, the AI software also has self-learning technology that progressively updates press settings over time to reduce waste. The acquisition enabled Professional Printing Center to eliminate two older presses.

“We are FSC certified and serious about establishing sustainable efforts at every level of production, so having the ability to further reduce waste was a very important consideration and the LS540 delivers on that feature,” said Pat Wilcox, vice president and plant manager for Professional Printing Center. “Additionally, we are excited that the new technology makes it possible to offer a high level of repeatability with every job and the ability to turn jobs around very quickly.”

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