For newspaper web printers, KBA displayed a four-high tower of a 6/2 waterless Cortina and a tower from a Commander CT press. For the commercial market, Compacta presses now enjoy the benefits that RollerTronic roller locks deliver in terms of print quality, energy efficiency and maintenance.
Komori Corp. made a surprise announcement during the show about its plan to invest Yen 10 billion to expand its flagship Tsukuba factory in Tsukuba City, Japan. According to company officials, the facility will double in size to become the world's largest press manufacturing facility.
This investment comes, in part, to anticipated demand for its new Lithrone SX40 (LSX40) short-run press platform. Capable of speeds to 18,000 sph and accommodating a 41? sheet size, the six-color LSX40 with coater enables a 50 percent reduction in makeready times. This is partly due to new KHS-AI "advanced intelligence" sheetfed technology, as well as a faster, fully automatic plate changing system. All inking functions, and air and register presets, are controlled with the touch of a button.
"Self-learning" capabilities also preset the press based on substrate conditions. And a Smart Sequence feature enables users to select the most appropriate of three pre-programmable, automatic operations for complete press setup.
To illustrate value-added printing, a six-color Lithrone SX629 was equipped with in-line foiling, in-line UV coating and in-line embossing. The six-up press, which handles up to a 24x291/2? sheet, can also be specified with an in-line diecutting unit.
A 4/4 Lithrone S440SP Super Perfector demonstrated Komori's new PQA-S Print Quality Assessment System. PQA-S inspects the running sheet with a CCD camera, creating a digital memory. Incorrect sheets are then identified on the PQA monitor. Likewise, a five-color version of Komori's Spica 29P perfector debuted, whereby the fifth unit enables a varnish or special color.
Among the few web presses actually running at this Drupa, Komori provided daily demonstrations of its 16-page 38S heatset press equipped with a high-speed, single chopper folder. The press featured a new Komori flying paster, integrated infeed, web guides and cutoff control. Job changeovers are enhanced with KHS-AI link and sequence control, while PQA-W monitors quality during makereadies and production.