Komori to demo Lithrone GX 40 6 color H-UV L (LED) for packaging

Lithrone GX 40 6 color H-UV L (LED)
Lithrone GX 40 6 color H-UV L (LED)

Komori, who hosts the exhibition’s largest booth at the biennial IGAS in Tokyo where it will introduce its Innovate to Create concept and show its evolution as a Print Engineering Service Provider (PESP).

It plans to show technologies, products and systems for IoT through its KP-connect Pro connecting pre-press, press and post-press and its new offset Autopilot and Parallel Makeready technologies. Its duplex printing version of the Konica Minolta Accurio KM1, the Komori Impremia IS29 B2 inkjet digital printing system will be shown running at its stand as will the Apressia CTX fully automatic cutting system.

Komori says, that what the printing industry needs now is a shift from manufacturing to creative. Based on its Innovate to Create concept, will present solutions that answer customer issues, starting with KP-Connect, currently connecting nearly 250 machines and provides visualization of production status such as operating conditions and operating totals.

The demonstrations will show Connected Automation, which maximizes production efficiency by linking prepress, press and postpress using the evolved KP-Connect Pro as middleware that connects processes. New offset technologies include Autopilot, an automatic operation system that provides nonstop printing from test printing to production printing, and Parallel Makeready that shortens preparation time by running the job changeover processes in parallel.

Komori will show its multicolor Lithrone GX 40 6 color H-UV L (LED) with inline coater at IGAS. For diverse applications, including package printing this press prints on a wide sheet thickness range of 0.06–1.0 mm, at an 18,000 sph maximum printing speed. Combining parallel control of the A-APC Asynchronous Automatic Plate Changer, blanket washing and roller cleaning with the latest KHS-AI V6 integrated control system, the Lithrone GX40 also has what Komori claims is a revolutionary Parallel Makeready that greatly reduces the operator workload, paper waste at print start-up and changeover makeready time. The exhibit press is equipped with the functions optimal for board and package printing, the high sensitivity H-UV L (LED) UV curing system and ink mist and VOC recovery system for the ecosystem and the working environment.

Anilox changer, PDC-SX and PQA Dramatically improving ease of use when changing the quantity of coating, the anilox roll for coating changer can be loaded with up to four anilox rollers. This automates the heavy roller changing work, significantly reduces the workload and improves the working environment. The PDF Comparator System optional with PDC-SX provides powerful backup for print quality stability. Printed images are read by image sensors, enabling comparison with the PDF data used for plates. This enables checking for missing printed characters in the initial printing stage and the prevention of production losses and the outflow of defective sheets. Equipped with the Sheet Numbering System optional with PQA-S V5 Print Quality Assessment System for Sheetfed. The system prints a serial number above the feeder board, allowing checking for defects and waste sheets and contributing to strengthened quality control (traceability).

The demonstrations on high value packaging board will highlight H-UV L (LED) fast print drying as well as K-Supply coating and special inks; the quick changeover of package jobs, including changeover of special colors and anilox rollers; the PQA-S Print Quality Assessment System for Sheetfed and PDF Comparator System using processless plates; and, printing process control using the KP-Connect Pro.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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