Graph Expo Review: Presses - Offset, Digital Integration
Meanwhile, Komori America promoted its “OffsetOnDemand” concept centered around ultra-short runs and quick turnarounds using Komori sheetfed offset presses. The core of the system is the fusion of Komori’s KHS-AI integrated control system and its H-UV curing system. KHS-AI significantly reduces makeready and production times, and cuts paper waste.
The H-UV curing system—a 2011 InterTech Award recipient—employs a single UV lamp. From an environmental standpoint, H-UV generates no VOCs, requires very little heat (thus reducing power consumption) and does not require the use of spray powder.
The new Komori Lithrone G40, introduced to the North American market last July, is the backbone of OffsetOnDemand. The 40˝ press combines many of the technologies from the Lithrone SX series with the features of the Lithrone S line. With the ability to print on a wide range of substrates at speeds up to 16,500 iph, the G40 features a re- designed feeder and delivery.
Komori also launched its PDC-SX print density control scanning system, which allows for color bar placement anywhere on the sheet to maximize the printing area. In addition to automatically tracking the color bar and measuring color and density, it displays and controls register. Additionally, the Komori Info-Service Display (KID) made its North American debut. A large display unit installed on the press console, it allows the operator to quickly check the operating status of the press, as well as provides a full-size display of the image data for the job and ink key data.
From a service standpoint, Graph Expo marked the launch of the KomoriKare Advantage program. Packages are available that improve press efficiency through maintenance, upgrade and training programs. Also debuting was the Komori 360 program, designed to integrate Komori’s sales and service team with its customers’ management and pressroom teams to achieve measurable process improvement.