Komori will begin volume production of the Impremia NS40, its implantation of the Landa nanographic print technology, after Drupa next year.
The manufacturer has announced a Japanese carton and point of sale printer as the first beta site for the machine. This will be a four-colour single-sided version of the B1 digital press able to run at 6,500sph. The customer is Shinwa Factory, a long standing Komori customer with sales of £23 million.
Like Landa itself, development has taken longer for the machine to reach a state where it can be shipped to a customer. A year ago Komori had expressed hope that the first field sites would be in place earlier this year. Now it is at the point of shipping the first press.
Komori president and CEO Satoshi Mochica says: “Not only does this 40-inch [100cm] sheetfed Nanographic Printing System achieve high quality and high productivity that was previously unheard of, it brings to life gloss and lustre, which is the feature of nano ink, as well as the texture that the printing paper possesses, and the press can also print minutely detailed expressions accurately.
We are convinced that the Impremia NS40 can greatly contribute to not only expanding Shinwa Factory's current business, but also be used as a great tool to develop new businesses that add new value.”
The printer itself anticipates improvements to its business through installation of the nano print technology. It handles a lot of short run packaging, around 40% of these jobs requiring 2,000 or fewer sheets, which creates a bottleneck for its existing litho presses.
“We can expect that the the production volume of the Impremia NS40, with a print speed of 6,500sph and an extremely short changeover time, will far exceed our current offset printing capabilities,” says Shinwa factory director Yasunari Yamazaki.
The new machine will also be used to create more accurate proofs that are more precisely matched to offset colours. Until now the company has lost time trying to match the signed off proof when going into a full production run.
“With the Impremia NS40, there is almost no blurring of the proof and mass production colours, so we can confidently provide printed items to our customers that they will be satisfied with without hands-on checking,” he says.
“Even when there is a longer-run production, we will perform colour matching of digital and offset colour tones as much as possible and aim for a situation in which hands-on print checking is not necessary.”
Komori has provided the paper transport technology to Landa Digital Printing to add the imaging units. For the Komori version this continues. The machines differs in terms of colour management and press controls, Komori preferring to use its own K-Control interface and colour management and quality control technology to that used by Landa. Landa has itself added the option of using EyeC for quality assessment of each sheet printed as an alternative to the AVT technology it has used to date.
By Gareth Ward
The first user of the Komori Impremia NS40 B1 digital press will be Shinwa Factory where production schedulers have to cope with a growing volume of jobs requiring fewer than 2,000 sheets.