ProPrint installs the UK’s first Carton Spec Komori Lithrone GL640
Last month saw the implementation of a £1.8m investment - our brand-new Komori Lithrone GL640 Advance six-colour plus coater B1 press. It is the first of its kind Carton Specification Lithrone Advance installed in the UK and will offer increased print capacity for fast turnaround cartons for FMCG customers.
Bob Green & Gary Large of ProPrint Group with Harro de Vries of Komori
The new press was delivered in July to our Morris Close site in Wellingborough and runs alongside our first B1 Komori, a Lithrone GL640 installed five years ago.
Nigel Tollman, ProPrint Group Founder explained the reasoning behind the investment for 2023:
“Our existing B1 Komori was almost at full capacity, giving very little downtime. Our USP is all about speed and service, and we were starting to lose that. This put us at risk of developing into a ‘me too’ business, which is not something we want to become. Our lead times were creeping, and customers would obviously not expect that from us. We needed to do something to react, which is why we purchased.”
The new machine is a step forward in terms of automation, operation, and productivity. The press can run with either conventional or UV inks. Interdeck UV lamps can be easily transferred between all units for ultimate flexibility when printing complex designs. The coater can run either aqueous or UV varnishes, and importantly, has a fully automatic nonstop delivery system for continuous running. This can move a full pallet away from the delivery and replace it with a new pallet without intervention for non-stop printing.
Given the firm’s history with Komori, Tollman said it made sense to go to the manufacturer for the new machine.
“The support that Komori has provided for the first press has been brilliant. We have grown rapidly as a business over the last couple of years and needed additional capacity. It made sense to stay with Komori.”
Komori’s PQ-A closed loop density control and camera inspection systems monitor and maintain print quality. The latest PDC XS systems ensure that the sheet is within the colour tolerances set by ISO 12647-2. A single large screen keeps operators informed about how the press is performing. “As a result of the technology, waste and make ready times are minimised and running speed is increased, delivering a net production increase of 40% in sheets produced an hour,” confirms Tollman.
The new press began full 24/6 production just weeks after installation, with the original press taking more of a supporting role and providing greater flexibility over shift patterns.