News . 3D Printing

30 Apr 2019

In today’s highly-competitive printing sector, opening up new market opportunities requires print shops to invest in multifunctional printing presses loaded with advanced automation services for increasing productivity, cost competitiveness and value-added service offerings.

IN its ongoing quest to add value by offering customers many different types of leading-edge technology solutions to help them stand out from competitors, Remata Communications and Printers has invested in a Komori Lithrone G37 sheetfed offset press with an inline coater, the first to be installed and commissioned by South African distributor, Kemtek.

During a recent open house at its Midrand facility in Johannesburg, Remata showcased the evolution of high-definition printing, including the Komori Lithrone G37’s ‘OffsetOnDemand’ capabilities. Kemtek’s head of conventional division, Johan Faurie, explained that the press’s maximum printing speed of 15 000 sheets/hour and sheet size of 640 x 940mm accommodates a wide range of publishing, commercial and packaging printing needs. ‘OffsetOnDemand’ is Komori’s system for facilitating short runs and quick job turnarounds by shortening makeready time, cutting paper waste and reducing the printing process to the absolute minimum while maintaining the high print quality and productivity of offset printing. This highly-reliable OffsetOnDemand technology is driven by a combination of three systems: Komori’s independently developed H-UV instant UV curing and KHS-IA integrated control system with advanced colour management.

In addition to providing the ability to print on heavy stocks and special substrates, Komori’s H-UV curing system offers excellent economic and eco-friendly performance through immediate inline drying and decreased ink volume usage (PPM Festive 2018). Johan described the PDC-SX spectral print density control as an indispensable system for print standardisation because it  automatically digitises colours by scanning the colour bar on the sheet. Its Smart Feedback function, which is linked to the KHS-AI control system, contributes to quicker colour matching and reduced paper loss.

Pushing creative boundaries

‘This open day is a prime example of Remata’s open door policy, which encourages customers to come and witness our production processes in action and hopefully spark their creativity to create something unique in collaboration with our team,’ said sales & production director, Esmé Bense. ‘With the Komori Lithrone G37 sheetfed offset press, we can now push the boundaries of creativity even further – the possibilities for publishing, commercial and packaging printing are endless.’ Esmé guided PPM’s team of Malissa Smit, Susi Moore and Samantha Moore through the facility,
explaining that after discussing Remata’s need to inject new life into the local printing industry and supply customers with exciting alternatives with long-term printing equipment partner, Kemtek, the team concluded that the Komori Lithrone G37 press was the best fit.

Automated features in the spotlight

EQUIPPED with a benderless/flat plate fullyautomatic plate changer, the Komori Lithrone G37 sheetfed offset press improves plate registry accuracy and reduces makeready time by completing job changeovers within eight minutes. This is according to Remata Communications and Printers’ Quim de Sousa who notes that automated cleaning functions – activated by pressing a button – include blanket washing, as well as impression cylinder and ink roller cleaning. Additionally, the sheet thickness preset function enables the operators to adjust the sheet thickness by simply inputting a digital value on the touchscreen panel, without having to adjust the transfer cylinder gripper pad. ‘This preset functionality, therefore, lightens the operator’s workload and dramatically shortens sheet size changeover times as it enables the simultaneous adjustment of the sucker box, side lay, delivery side jogger and suction wheel position,’ Quim states. ‘Moreover, the high-speed print start-up function shortens test printing time, reduces paper waste and raises productivity and efficiency levels.’


Credit to PPM that supplied the article.