Coming to America
The latest offering to the sheetfed printing market from Komori, the Lithrone S40 (LS40), has landed on U.S. shores having made its world debut in March.
The LS40 features console driven makeready, an inking system that controls all ink aspects to provide consistency between operators, and a standard double diameter cylinder configuration. With the LS40's advanced automated makeready features, press operators can program makeready functions from the press console eliminating downtime between jobs, a company statement said.
"We're looking forward to introducing this new press to printers in the US and Canada," says Stephan Carter, president and chief operating officer of Komori America, which will distribute the system to the North American market. "Komori has worked to develop a 40" press that exceeds printers' expectations. We're confident that the LS will do just that."
Other features included on the LS40 are automatic plate changers that can change six plates in three minutes, or 50% faster than other plate changing systems; a hi-start feature that automatically ramps up to 700 sph, guaranteeing a stable print speed before the ink hits the paper, reducing makeready waste; skeleton-type transfer cylinders with venturi air pans that limit marking and maintain perfect sheet control through the press; and oscillating form rollers in each printing unit that maximize print on tough ghosting jobs.
Komori equipped the LS40 with its Color Connection software suite, a productivity tool that streamlines the workflow from design through production. Komori's ink key tool, Bladesetter, converts digital CIP3/4 data, or PPF files, to Komori ink key profiles. The KHS inking system uses Bladesetter data to pre-ink the press.
Additionally, Komori's K-ColorProfiler quickly determines the color gamut of the press by incorporating a series of supplied color targets ensuring that the digital proof will match the press sheet.
Komori also offers the Lithrone LS as a convertible perfecting press, known as the 40P. The double-triple perfecting mechanism allows smooth performance at maximum print speeds, according to a company release, and features the same cylinder configuration in the printing and perfecting units. The 40P is equipped with a cylinder and air cushion system for sheet transfer in the delivery unit. A variety of options are also available.