Komori to promote connected automation at Drupa 2024

Komori will exhibit at Drupa 2024 in Düsseldorf, Germany after an eight-year hiatus from 28 May to 7 June. During these eight years, the speed of social change has increased, consumption patterns have shifted, and outlooks have undergone significant transformations.

08 Apr 2024 | By Rahul Kumar

Team Komori

“During the celebration of our 100th anniversary last year, the company defined its purpose as Delivering Kando beyond expectations by contributing to society with print technology.” According to a company release, it is determined to evolve towards the future while adapting to the changes of the times. “Over the next 100 years, we will continue to develop new technologies and products that surpass expectations along with appropriate and prompt service to deliver Kando beyond expectations,” the release said.

At Drupa 2024, under the theme of Connected Automation, Komori will promote automation that maximises customer value and propose solutions that are friendly to both people and the environment to make the future sustainable. Moreover, this time, it will announce new models of offset presses and digital machines. 

Satoshi Mochida, representative director, president and CEO of Komori said, “The printing industry has undergone rapid change in recent years. The influences of social media, online advertising, rising raw materials and energy prices, and labour shortages, have become critical issues. Moreover, because of spreading global environmental concerns, reducing environmental impact, decarbonisation, and waste management have become urgent challenges. To address these worldwide issues head-on, Komori will show a wide range of technology with the theme of Connected Automation.”

He said that Connected Automation is a method that enhances operations by establishing a production site that links different devices from many sources and removes barriers between processes. The core system — KP Connect — facilitates visibility, automation, and streamlining of the production site by connecting all equipment, from MIS to pre-press, press, and post-press systems. This leads to the optimisation of the entire process, ultimately maximising productivity and profitability.

“Komori's printing presses have been updated to have a low environmental impact. Through improved controls, automation of quality inspections, robot logistics, and energy saving and paper waste reduction technologies, Komori promotes the construction of a smart factory that features safe and environmentally friendly operations for everyone,” he added.

At Drupa 2024, Komori will, for the first time, show a new, environmentally friendly offset press and a next-generation digital printing machine. Visitors will see a seamlessly connected smart factory utilising autonomous mobile robots (AMR) to link pre-press, press, and post-press that incorporates MBO folding machines and the MBO CoBo-Stack collaborative robot. 

Jitender Rohilla, general manager of sales at Komori India, said, “The world is looking at the Indian market as one of the fastest growing markets in the packaging and printing industry. We are excited and ready to serve the industry with our existing and new launch (an offset press and digital inkjet press will be launched at Drupa). Both the new launches are being developed to keep the present scenario in mind from the brands and packaging converters' side. Recently, we attended Pamex 2024, where we closed multiple deals of 21 printing presses. One higher than Pamex 2023. Similarly, Komori India, along with Komori Corporation, is working hard to offer relevant products and services as per customers’ demand. We are committed to the environment and our solutions are being developed to keep green and sustainable operations in concern. Thus, our existing and new products will be more application-oriented and pro-environment friendly production.”

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