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Oct 1, 2000 12:00 AM

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Komori's Project D, a 40-inch direct imaging (DI) press was announced at Drupa and made its North American debut at Graph Expo this past month. Several weeks prior to the show, the press manufacturer hosted a demonstration at its Rolling Meadows, IL, headquarters.

Project D's imaging system was developed jointly with CreoScitex. It features 830-nm heads capable of simultaneously imaging no-process plates at a resolution of 2400 dpi in less than four minutes. Digital prepress data is stored in the control system and transferred directly to the imaging units for simultaneous imaging of the plates - print production starts immediately. It is rated at 16,000 sph and features advanced networking (DoNet), press management and automation systems. The press is expected to be used for print runs ranging from 100 to 40,000.

Image files are prepared using standard workflow packages such as Brisque, Rampage or Prinergy, then transferred to the RIP to create printable TIFF files for each color. RIPed data for jobs can be queued in advance on hard disk.

At Drupa, the press was shown with no-process plates from Kodak Polychrome Graphics and Agfa. The company is also working with Asahi Chemical to provide a third no process plate option. Komori also is working with Agfa and CreoScitex on an advanced lithographic media - see related item on p.18.

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