By Editor Morten B. Reitoft
This is our first visit to Komori's European headquarter; that's a fantastic building with a great experience center - and today, the frame for a Komori Open House event. A little less than 200 people are attending today. You will hear Turkish, Italian, English, Dutch, German, and many more languages spoken in a lively environment with a mixture of partners/exhibitors and presentations of Komori presses. The show's star is the G37 platform configured in an 8-color perfection setup with PDF/Auto Pilot functionality. The latter means that the machine is set up entirely autonomously and checks plates and output against the PDF with its camera inspection system.
MBO, which was acquired by Komori some years ago, presents its successful Cobo Stack along with MBO folders. The robots on the Cobo Stack increase the productivity in the bindery, and several hundred are in the field now, serving customers daily.The Open House opened at 9:00 and started with a short presentation by Eiji Kajita, who works for Komori International Europe as Head of Operations and President. He starts directly with an analysis describing the focus on resources, waste, energy, inflation, and market development as challenges that need to be addressed. Komori addresses the challenges with new technology that, according to Mr. Kajita, saves energy, reduces waste, and brings up the OEE/Productivity, essentially offering customers more for less. The G37 platform is an SRA-1 platform, enabling 16 A4 pages production, with less waste than B1, as the B1 format will require larger plates, blankets, etc. I do, however, believe that most printers - even with a B1 machine will consider using smaller plates, smaller blankets, and smaller format papers - but of course, why then buy a larger format printer?
After the presentation, the G378P is presented with three jobs on the same paper, different print runs, and using Komori's Auto Pilot solution that enables the setup of jobs without any operators, who now only need to place and remove plates physically.As mentioned, the Open House is well-visited and offers a lot of knowledge and information. Great opportunity to learn!