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Apr 1, 2008 12:00 AM

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Komori (Rolling Meadows, IL) Drupa display will include eight offset presses ranging in size from the small format Spica 529P to the System 38S 16-page web. Highlights for the 85-year-old vendor include the next generation of its LS technology and the KHS-AI advanced intelligence print start system.

Key Komori Drupa developments

Advanced intelligence (AI) on sheetfed presses

Komori's original KHS tool helped printers standardize and streamline makeready procedures to get up to color automatically. Now, with AI, the press is “self learning.” It can update itself to reflect changing conditions. Any changes the operator makes to CIP4 download information is memorized and used for subsequent jobs. Users reportedly can achieve target densities very quickly and ultimately hit color in 20 sheets.

Part of the KHS-AI function includes Smart Feedback — operators can temporarily recalibrate the ink profile on any or all units at a single key stroke.

Lithrone SX629 with inline cold foiling, UV coating and embossing

This 6-up press is the latest addition to the LS29 series. A larger sheet size enables multi-image layouts, such as labels, smaller cartons, and paperback, DVD and CD covers. In addition to cold foiling, coating and embossing, further added value can be provided with inline diecutting. UV drying provides gloss finish possibilities and enables users to varnish and emboss a wide variety of plastic and metallic materials.

Lithrone SX640 + coater

This new addition to the LS40 range has a higher speed (18,000 sph) and larger sheet size. Its faster, fully automatic plate change (F-APC), with nonstop plate removal, helps increase the speed for job-to-job changeover. The automated washup increases speed, precision and ease of use.

The System 38S 16-page web

Look for the high-speed single chopper folder shown for the first time with Komori flying paster, integrated infeed, Web guides and cutoff control. Komori PQA-W will ensure all levels of quality are monitored during makeready and production. Komori is one of two Drupa vendors to feature a web press running at the show.

New print quality assessment (PQA) systems

PQA-W on the Komori System 38S has been upgraded and fully integrated into the KHS-AI LINK. PQA-S has been introduced on the Komori Lithrone S40 presses for the first time.

PQA-S can be used in straight or perfecting mode. An RGB CCD camera inspects the running sheet inline. After the operator inputs the pass position, PQA-S creates a digital memory of the sheet, and then every subsequent sheet is automatically compared with the memorized data. The image of any defective sheet is captured and instantly identified on the PQA monitor incorporated into the press operation console.


Komori will launch a new monitoring system that shows real time details of the running conditions. Shown on the Lithrone S40P 8-color perfector, Videoscope enables real-time simultaneous monitoring of the four most critical air zones which the sheet passes through and provides slow motion playback, memory and on-the-run touchscreen adjustment.

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Five to see

Under its “Five Solutions” banner, Komori's booth will feature the following demonstration theatres:

  • Extra added value: A showcase for the 6-color LithroneSX29 with inline finishing capabiliites and 6-color Lithrone SX40 with coater.
  • One-pass high productivity on the Lithrone S440SP, Lithrone S840P and System 38S 16-page web press.
  • On-demand changeover on the 5-color Lithrone S40 and 5-color Lithrone S29.
  • Flexible multiprint on the 5-color Spica 29P perfector.
  • Preserving the environment. In addition to explaining its long-standing green manufacturing policies, Komori will detail paper, chemistry and energy savings on specific models.

Central to the five demonstration theatres is the Komori “DoNet Zone,” the command center for Komori's JDF workflow. JDF management of all Drupa presses, using three MIS vendors, will be networked through Komori's K-Station, which provides a bidirectional interface moving digital data throughout the entire production process.