Graph Expo 2012 Report

Sunday , October 7-Wednesday , October 10 ,2012

Komori’s Graph Expo Closes with Success: Orders for 8 Lithrones

Just as one could feel fall changing to winter, Graph Expo 2012 was held from October 7 to 10, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois, with 21,022 participants (13,649 without exhibitors) (20,451 / 13,426 in 2011) attended and more than 500 companies exhibiting in the South Building of McCormick Place. On the first day, a Sunday, the opening of the exhibition was set at 12:00 o’clock noon because the Chicago Marathon was being held and traffic restrictions were in place.

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A large number of visitors waited for the opening at the entrance to the exhibition hall before noon on October 7 and entered as soon as it opened. While the U.S. economy is reported to be slowly recovering, severe conditions still remain, and if one looked out over the South Building, the area occupied by exhibitors appeared to be only two-thirds of the entire building. In the empty space, private meeting rooms for exhibitors and a large restaurant area were set up.

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The characteristic of this Graph Expo can be summed up by the small number of offset press exhibits and the large number of digital press-related exhibits. When coming in through the entrance, Xerox was right in front, Canon was on the left, and EFI and Ricoh were to the right. Going down the main aisle in the front, Heidelberg, which exhibited the only analog offset press of the show, was on the right side and further in were Hewlett-Packard, Pitney Bowes, Horizon and Komori. On the left side were Fuji Film, Konica Minolta, Agfa, Epson, Mitsubishi Imaging and Goss International. In the newspaper area that was further in, TKS and MHI-affiliated Mitsubishi Lithographic Press exhibited. Behind EFI and Ricoh were the booths of manroland web systems, Muller Martini, Duplo, KBA and Xeikon. In the rear on the right side was a Mailing and Fulfillment Center area in which many companies engaged in the mail and DM business were exhibiting. Behind this was an area for print-related educational institutions in which many colleges and technical training schools displayed their offerings. Nearby the booths of printing bodies from not only the U.S. but around the world and many booths of U.S. printers could be seen, making the observer feel that the succession of printing culture is properly taking place after all. In addition, a ‘Green Space’ was provided for environmentally oriented companies.

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At Graph Expo 2012, under the “Join the Efficiency Revolution” banner in a 50 x 60-foot booth, Komori America demonstrated products and services designed to help printers reduce waste, speed job cycle time and improve profitability.

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At this Graph Expo, with efficiency being the most important aspect of driving costs down and profitability up, Komori was excited to have the opportunity to focus on the many ways printers can achieve these critical goals for success. To support those goals, Komori exhibited a number of solutions designed to help printers cut wasted effort, time and paper out of their operation.

Introduced the Impremia IS29

Launched at drupa 2012, the Impremia IS29 marks Komori’s entry into the inkjet digital market space. This 29-inch sheetfed inkjet machine is the first of its kind, and is also equipped with a curing system based on H-UV 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 show the benefits of this technology at Graph Expo 2012,” said Jacki Hudmon, senior vice-president of sales for Komori America.

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Developed in conjunction with Konica Minolta, the IS29 can operate in straight or perfecting mode and can print on substrates from 60lb paper to 18 pt (24 pt in straight mode only) board, and does not require any specially treated papers. “This makes it an ideal partner to a sheetfed press, since you can use virtually the same substrates,” said Hudmon. Komori offered a simulated “live” demonstration of its new Impremia IS29 via an interactive hook-up with Komori’s production plant in Japan.

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Also through their partnership with Konica Minolta, Komori demonstrated the bizhub PRESS C8000 digital device at Graph Expo. According to Hudmon, “The beauty of this partnership is that the C8000 is the only G7 certified digital device, guaranteeing a color match between the digital press and the Komori sheetfed press, providing added versatility and efficiency for our customers.”

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KHS-AI: The backbone of Komori efficiency

No Komori offset presses were exhibited at this show. However, from October 8 to 10, demonstrations were held in Komori America’s GraphiCenter for interested customers to show the high level of efficiency attainable with Komori machines.

As part of its mission to support a high level of efficiency in the pressroom, Komori’s KHS-AI software can achieve ink and register stability in just 20 sheets—dramatically reducing makeready time and paper waste.

In addition, the company’s award-winning H-UV™ Curing System makes it possible to go from the press directly to bindery providing even extra added value to meet the demands of today’s fast-paced printing marketplace. “When you take the power of KHS-AI and marry it with the high efficiency of our H-UV™ system, it is the perfect storm of productivity,” says Doug Schardt, sheetfed product manager for Komori America.

KomoriKare solutions for improved productivity

At Graph Expo 2012, Komori America exhibited and offered additional efficiency solutions with its KomoriKare Program, which offers service packages developed to support printers as they strive to improve press efficiency through maintenance, upgrades and training programs.

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Additionally, by taking advantage of KomoriKare’s K-Supply program, Komori customers can now enjoy the convenience of one-stop shopping for consumables and replacement parts and be assured they’re utilizing the latest procedures and techniques to optimize their productivity and profitability. “It’s really amazing how efficiency can be enhanced with the addition of a software or hardware upgrade,” says Bob Buongiorno, vice president of technical business development.

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We wish to thank everyone who came to the Komori booth at Graph Expo 2012. Komori will exhibit at the PRINT show that will be held in Chicago in 2013. We look forward to seeing you all again at PRINT.