SHEETFED PRESSES -- Sizing Up the Options
The company recently unveiled new styling across its press line which, in addition to the 29˝ models, includes the 41˝ Roland 700 on up to the large-format Roland 900 press. The sizes offered in the 900 series have been doubled to six, ranging from 32x44˝ to 51x73˝. Automated plate changing is available on the entire press line and is standard on the Roland 700.
Komori's Newest Star
Komori America reports its new Lithrone S40 40˝ sheetfed press comes 'network-ready' and features automated, data-driven makeready as standard equipment. This capability is enabled by the Komori CIP4 data converter, KHS inking system and a new cassette-less automatic plate changing system. Its enhanced Komori Management System (KMS) features improved ergonomics and integration into the single press control console. Automatic cleaning also is standard, including a new automatic blanket washing system. The press is slated to make its U.S. debut at Graph Expo in October.
Another planned introduction at the show is the Sakurai 466SIP series sheetfed press. It is a 26˝, fully automatic, four-color convertible perfector press featuring a compact design and maximum running speed of 15,000 iph. Standard equipment includes automatic plate changers, automatic roller washers, touchscreen controls with CIP4 integration, Sakurai Auto Set sheet preset device and Sakurai color console. The press features a vacuum feed board, ink ductor ratio selection and roller declutching.
KBA considers automatically convertible perfecting units to be one of the standout features of its sheetfed press line. Perfecting is supported by the 20.47x29.1˝ Rapida 74 model on up through the large-format Rapida 162 (44x64˝) and 162a (47x64˝) machines. The standout in the line is the 41" Rapida 105 press, with its combination of high running speed, fast make-ready and automation features, McKinney says. A modular automation system, called Opera, provides solutions for production management (KBA Logotronic), quality control (KBA Densitronic S) and digital workflow integration based on CIP4 (KBA CIPLink).