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Komori Launches New Half Size Press, The Lithrone SX29

Press release from the issuing company

Rolling Meadows, IL, July 3, 2007—Komori America Corporation announces the introduction of the newest product in the award-winning Lithrone S series, the LSX29.  The LSX29 is the largest half size press Komori offers, accepting 24x29-1/2 inch sheet.  This larger size press fits a growing demand in the United States for a press that maximizes the sheet and provides impressively fast job cycle times. “The LSX29 has been in development for past few years,” says Komori America President and COO, Stephan Carter.  “It is yet another example of Komori kando.  We listened to our customers and designed a press that meets and exceeds their specific needs.”
The LSX29 includes a wide range of advanced technology, including a suction tape feeder, skeleton transfers, hi-speed start function and fully automatic console driven makeready.  In addition is available with fully automatic plate changing technology to speed makeready.
“The LSX has many refinements and provides the fastest job cycle time in the industry.  It’s the ideal machine for printers who do short run, fast turnaround work and for those in the highly competitive web to print market,” said Doug Schardt, Sheetfed Product Manager for Komori America.
Advanced Technology for the Industry’s Shortest Job Cycle Time
Some of the advanced features on the LSX29 include:
•    Larger sheet size, 24x29-1/2 inches, allows for sheet optimization, with space for gripper margins on both edges of the sheet; ideal for work and tumble and gang run printing.
•    Hi-speed start at 12,000 sph reduces waste and gets to a sellable sheet faster than any press on the market
•    Suction tape feeder ensures reliability at maximum press speed and feeds sheets accurately.
•    Automatic, console driven  makeready functions, including Komori’s KHS pre-inking and de-inking software and  one touch blanket and impression cylinder cleaning dramatically reduce job cycle time.
•    Fully automatic platechanging technology changes each plate in under 40 seconds.
•    When equipped with the skeleton transfer system improved sheet control and reduced marking, saves valuable production time.
Environmentally Friendly Press
In addition to being a highly productive press, the LSX29 is loaded with environmentally friendly features.  The high speed start function and reduced job cycle time dramatically reduces paper waste, and the industry standard  Komorimatic dampening system has been redesigned to provide a consistent supply of dampening solution directly to the plate and allows for non-VOC printing.  “Komori Corporation has a longstanding commitment to reduce the impact print has on the environment. This carries through in our printing equipment and in our manufacturing facilities, such as our new Tsukuba plant that uses wind and solar power and has a state of the art recycling program.  These issues will continue to gain importance and Komori is dedicated to environmental issues,” says Carter.
Komori will demonstrate the LSX29 at the upcoming Graph Expo, September 9-12, 2007, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.  “We will be focusing on the fast job cycle time of this new machine.  We’re looking forward to putting our new workhorse through its paces at the show.  And, we’ve just introduced the press and already have several orders, sight unseen.  That’s how powerful the LS platform has become in the printing industry,” says Carter.About Komori America Corporation
Tokyo-based Komori Corporation, a premier manufacturer of sheetfed and web offset printing presses, provides world class technology especially suited for today’s highly competitive printing marketplace. Delivering the highest level in print quality coupled with impressively fast makeready and JDF connectivity through open systems architecture, Komori presses help printers achieve higher productivity levels essential for increased margins and business growth.  Komori America Corporation is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, IL and manages a sales and service organization throughout North America.