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Aug 15, 2003 12:00 AM
This is an online sidebar to August's DI press story.
While most of the direct-imaging (DI) presses on the market are smaller-format, Komori (Rolling Meadows, IL) does offer a fullsize model. Komori sells digital-imaging capability as an option to its Lithrone LS 40 sheetfed offset press. The "D" feature—LS40D—is not available as a retrofit on existing presses.
Because Komori currently only has one LS40D installation in North America (AGR in Don Mills, Ontario), Komori Imaging Systems general manager Jacki Hudmon acknowledges that it's difficult to identify a typical fullsize customer. "The interest in the LS40D usually comes from an all-digital shop, such as a prepress company that moved into DI or digital printing several years earlier," she explains. "Once these companies have established themselves as digital printers, and have effectively grown their business based upon the premise of a quick-turnaround, good-quality printing, a 40-inch DI press offers a good format to handle the increased capacity and attract new business."
Hudmon says a variety of jobs that can be done on the LS40D, including posters, sell sheets, point-of-purchase displays, labels, packaging and more. "Since the 'D' is an option to our flagship press, there are few limitations to the type of printing and level of quality that can be printed," she notes.
For more on DI presses, see "DI presses: Where are they now?," February 2002.