Lithographic Printing: 'Heavy Iron' Comes Up Light
Similarly using Graph Expo to highlight its entry at drupa into the inkjet digital printing space, Komori America offered a simulated "live" demo, via an interactive hook-up with its production plant in Japan, of its new 29˝ Impremia IS29 sheetfed inkjet machine equipped with hybrid UV technology. Developed in conjunction with Konica Minolta, the IS29 operates in straight or perfecting mode and can print on substrates from 60-lb. paper to 18-pt. board, without requiring any specially treated papers. The bizhub PRESS C8000 digital press was promoted by Komori as well, based on its partnership with Konica Minolta.
Also featured at Graph Expo was Komori's KHS-AI software that enables a Komori press to achieve ink and register stability in just 20 sheets—dramatically reducing makeready time and paper waste. In addition, the company's H-UV curing system makes it possible to go from the press directly to the bindery. Finally, as an adjunct to KomoriKare, the company debuted its K-Supply program that provides consumables and replacement parts.
MLP U.S.A. also used GRAPH EXPO to talk up its drupa introductions. IPC III is a knowledge-based press control terminal that connects Mitsubishi printing presses to the rest of a printer's operations. It facilitates presetting of press functions and repeat job control. New features include eco-mode operation to reduce the minimum speed of the press when necessary, a calculator to track ink consumption and daily plate change counting.
Unveiled for Mitsubishi sheetfed presses, Diamond Eye-S combines on-press color and inspection control in one unit. It compares prepress image data with actual image data and automatically adjusts color density to reach the target. Another product—Diamond Color Navigator—automatically corrects ink key openings according to an operator's visual sense of color using a touchscreen color wheel. The ecoUV drying system, which consists of a single 120 watt lamp instead of the usual three to four 100 watt to 200 watt lamps, was also highlighted.