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Premier Press upgrades to Komori 8-color UV perfector

Komori America Corp. has installed an 8-color, 40-inch Komori Lithrone perfecting press with UV at Premier Press of Portland, OR. The new press features Komori’s advanced KHS-AI self-learning technology designed to trim makeready time to a minimum, optimize productivity and reduce waste, while at the same time ensuring high level image quality. The press replaces a 10-year-old, 40-inch Komori 6-color press.

Founded in 1974, family-owned Premier Press is a long-time Komori customer and prides itself on taking advantage of the latest in print technology to serve its broad and diverse regional customer base. The new LS840P offers single-pass perfecting, cutting on-press production time in half for two-sided work. Its KHS-AI management system reduces makeready times by enabling automatic presetting of register and color matching that permits the press to reliably attain target densities within 20 sheets at startup. The press is equipped with UV, which helps reduce marking and adds the ability for special effect coatings.

“We produce a large amount of 4-color work that’s printed on two sides, and the turnaround times that our customers require continue to shrink. We decided one way to satisfy these fast turnaround times is to go with a perfector,” says president Chris Feryn. “Some printers focus on the speed of the press. However, we think that the focus should be on how to ensure the makeready is quick. The LS840P press not only reduces our makeready times, it shortens the printing process from start to finish. This capability was definitely a determining factor in our selection of this press.”

The company also operates a 28-inch Komori offset press and offers a variety of finishing and bindery options, as well as digital variable printing. Ancillary services include web-to-print, warehousing and fulfillment, URL/PURL development and support, marketing campaign management, and wide-format printing.

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