Komori And SCREEN GP Partner To Improve Printing Process Automation

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Komori Corporation and SCREEN Graphic and Precision Solutions (principals of sub-Saharan supplier Kemtek) have developed a solution that combines KP-Connect Pro, (Komori’s advanced printing task control software) and EQUIOS 5.0 (the latest version of Screen GP’s universal workflow platform). The solution significantly enhances automation in all processes from prepress to printing and through to postpress.

Komori and SCREEN GP have already installed the workflow at printing company Mizukami Insatsu and are currently performing verification tests. This workflow is being used to improve automation along a hybrid printing process that includes a PlateRite plate recorder, Lithrone G sheet-fed offset press and Impremia IS29 73,66cm (29 inch) sheet-fed UV inkjet digital printing system. These systems will also be linked to postpress devices via JDF, creating a workflow that supports comprehensive integrated control from prepress right through to postpress.

Komori’s KP-Connect Pro printing task control software is positioned between the MIS and production site, where it brings transparency to complex process information and allows all operators to share the latest production details. With its direct link to Komori’s production equipment, the software can automatically set work instructions and collect precise information on operating results. While it can easily be run from iPads or other tablet devices, its schedule creation/transmission and result collection functions enable sophisticated real-time control of all production devices.

To develop its EQUIOS universal workflow, SCREEN GP drew on its extensive technical knowledge of prepress and printing processes and combined this with its expertise in cutting-edge inkjet technologies. This wealth of results-based experience gave rise to a highly professional technology that offers high-speed processing using the latest RIP core, colour management linked to paper information and imposition functions that integrate SCREEN’s full prepress knowhow, allowing it to function as a control centre for a wide range of print devices.

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