Komori and Screen launch workflow system
Komori and Screen have started testing a new integrated workflow system that enhances automation in all processes from prepress through to postpress.
The advanced workflow system has been installed at Japanese printing company Mizukami Insatsu and is currently performing verification (beta) tests.
The system is being used to improve automation along a hybrid printing process that includes a PlateRite plate recorder, Lithrone G sheetfed offset press and Impremia IS29 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 to postpress.
“One of the prime goals we are promoting is the creation of a design for a smart factory by 2025,” says Katsuya Kawai, president of Mizukami Insatsu, “All devices, peripherals and processes will be connected using IoT concepts, enabling dramatically improved transparency of real-time operations."
"A single operator will control multiple systems, part-time employees, AI and robotics. Our vision is to create a smart factory that uses next-generation printing logistics to achieve a truly new dimension of productivity.”
The system combines KP-Connect Pro (formerly K-Station 4), Komori’s advanced printing task control software, and EQUIOS 5.0, the latest version of Screen GP’s universal workflow platform.
Komori and Screen GP plan to continue their current technical cooperation as they work to provide further optimised solutions to handle increasingly diversified, short-turnaround jobs.
“I firmly believe the next-generation integrated workflow solution formed by EQUIOS and KP-Connect Pro will help to significantly improve the optimisation and performance of prepress and press operations, and in fact the entire printing process,” says Eiji Kajita, director and GM, corporate Planning of Komori Corporation.
“We are currently performing verification tests of this workflow at Mizukami Insatsu, a highly progressive company that operates print lines including combined offset and digital systems. It fills me with great pride to be able to make this announcement,” Kajita concluded.
Print professionals who want to learn more about the various machinery and software options on offer in the market, can do so at FESPA 2017, which will take place from May 8-12 at the Hamburg Messe in Hamburg, Germany.
Leading names from the wide format industry will show the latest developments in machinery, software, printing materials and systems, consumables, finishing equipment and media encompassing screen, digital and textile print at the event.
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