Komori America has announced it will be launching the digital presses it showed at drupa as early as 2013. The two prototype devices, the Impremia IS29 and the IW20, are collaborations with Konica Minolta, who will be supplying the inkjet printhead technology.
“Komori has been working on this new product line for the past several years, and we are very pleased that we are able to bring these cutting edge new technologies to market,” said Jacki Hudmon, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Komori America. “We listened to our customers, and are bringing what we believe is the best solution for the changing printing landscape.”
The IS29 is a B2-format sheetfed UV inkjet press that can operate in perfecting or straight mode, printing on up to 18 point board substrates. It runs at 3,300 sheets per hour in straight mode. The IW20 is a 20-inch webfed machine which prints at up to 150 meters per second. According to Komori, this machine will be available as a roll-to-roll, roll-to-sheet, roll-to-saddle stitching or roll-to-perfecting binding configurations.
Being UV devices, the company says they will be able to print on a variety of stocks, as a precoating is not required.
“We are excited about this introduction because we know these Impremia presses are truly game changing,” said Hudmon. “We have taken what Komori knows best—precision manufacturing—and married it with inkjet technology. No one knows sheet path better than Komori, and quite frankly, the quality of our inkjet output was far superior to any other sheets shown at drupa."