Komori and Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions have completed development of a new integrated workflow solution that significantly enhances automation in all processes – from prepress to printing to postpress. Komori and Screen GP have already installed the workflow at printing company Mizukami Insatsu in Japan and are currently performing verification tests. The solution 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. This workflow is being used at the Mizukami Insatsu site to improve automation along a hybrid printing process that includes a PlateRite plate recorder, Lithrone G sheetfed offset press and Impremia IS29 29” sheetfed 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 through to postpress. Komori’s KP-Connect Pro software is positioned between the MIS and production site, where it brings transparency to complex process information and allows all operators to share the latest production details. With its direct link to Komori’s production equipment, the software is able to automatically set work instructions and collect precise information on operating results. While it can easily be run from iPads or other tablet devices, its schedule creation and transmission-and-result collection functions enable sophisticated real-time control of all production devices.
To develop its Equios universal workflow, Screen GP drew on its extensive technical knowledge of prepress and printing processes and combined this with its expertise in cutting-edge inkjet technologies. This results-based experience resulted in high-speed processing using the latest RIP core, colour management linked to paper information, and imposition functions that integrate Screen’s full prepress expertise, allowing it to function as a control centre for a wide range of print devices. In short, Equios helps to create an environment in which any printing system can produce outstanding quality, performance and stability even for relatively inexperienced operators. The OEMs added: “Komori and Screen GP plan to continue their current technical cooperation as they work to provide further optimized solutions to the printing industry’s need to handle increasingly diversified, short-turnaround jobs. Both companies are also committed to maintaining their efforts to promote continuing growth of the overall printing industry.”