“Even in the midst of the uncertain business environment brought on by the pandemic, we made the decision to remain focused on the future and purchase a new press. We thoroughly evaluated digital print options in our due diligence and concluded that offset presses have advanced and now compete with digital even for small run sizes,” said Don Ranalli, president of Allegheny Printed Plastics. “Allegheny’s longstanding dedication to lean manufacturing principles means all our products are produced using best practices to minimize waste and conserve resources. Komori developed the G40 to align with this culture. This press reduces material waste, saves energy and reduces noise, providing the commitment to sustainability and efficiency that make it an optimum choice for us as a company.”
Allegheny was impressed with the many automated features of the GL540 and its ability to produce the consistent color quality that its major retail brand customers require at twice the speed of its previous press. Les Gamble, operations manager for the company, notes that higher run speeds have lowered labor cost per job and the faster job set ups have lowered material costs per job as well. Given that the ‘G’ of the Lithrone G40 stands for green, the company appreciates that the high performance of this press was also created with consideration for the environment and ecology.
“We replaced an eight-color press with the Komori. We have another four-color offset press that will now serve as a backup since the highly efficient Komori is capable of handling 90% of our print needs,” said Gamble. “We also like the fact that the LED-UV ink curing process emits very little heat compared to traditional UV curing systems. Heat is a key variable we must control in printing on plastic since it can distort the sheets, causing registration and color shift issues. As we look to the future, it is clear that LED-UV ink curing will be the standard going forward.”
Additionally, a key factor in selecting Komori over its competitors was Komori’s reputation for service and support. Allegheny reports the installation of the new press was extremely well orchestrated and caused no disruptions to current job production, which is important to their ability to turn jobs quickly. Operators were running live jobs on the Komori within three weeks of removing the old press.
About Komori America Corporation
Tokyo-based Komori Corporation, a premier manufacturer of offset and digital presses, provides world-class technology based on three tenets core to which all Komori products are delivered—product reliability, outstanding print quality and substrate flexibility. From unsurpassed print quality and impressively fast makeready to intuitive software, Komori is dedicated to helping its customers navigate the changing market landscape. With hundreds of patents, a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, and representation around the globe, Komori is laser-focused on the advancement of print. Komori America Corporation is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, IL and manages a sales and service organization throughout North America. Visit Komori America at https://www.komori-america.us/