Lithrone S40 Wins 2003 GATF
InterTech Technology Award
On 23rd July, the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) announced awards of GATF InterTech Technology Awards to 13 products, including the Lithrone S40.
The prizes will be conferred on 15th November 2003 at an industry award dinner in San Antonio, Texas.
The Lithrone S40 has already won the Minister of Economy Trade and Industry Mechanical Engineering Design Award, the Good Design Award, and even the 2003 iF Design Award, which is a world-leading prize that demands superlative design quality.
The GATF InterTech Technology Prize
The InterTech Technology Award was established in 1978 with the aim of furthering the development of the graphical communication industry. Its stated goal is to "recognize superior technology that makes a contribution to the graphical communication industry". It is known for its foresight on new technologies that go on to strongly influence the productivity and profitability of printing.
The anonymous panel of judges comprises industry leaders and experts with no other connection to the GATF. The nomination criteria are that the technology must have been developed recently and not be widely applicable, as well as having proven application in the industry. Products are evaluated for ground-breaking and marketable technology, for usability in small printing companies to cut costs, and other attributes. Technology must also have open architecture, so compliance with industry standards and specifications is important. There is no limit on the number of awards in each category, and applicants need not be GATF/PIA members.
The GATF was founded in 1924 with the aim of contributing, through research and education, to the graphical communication industry as an important resource for technology, information and services. The GATF merged with the Printing Industries of America, Inc. (PIA) in 1999. The PIA was founded in 1887 as the word's largest graphical arts industry federation, representing an industry with 1.2 million employees. The GATF and PIA work to further the interests of their 13,000 member companies.
Evaluation of the Lithrone S40
The Lithrone S40 provides a level of automation unprecedented in a sheetfed press, combined with open architecture. It is also equipped with Komori's Color Connection software suite, and it connects to the CIP4-comptable K-Station, moving the press room further towards computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM). The automatic platechanging system changes six plates in three minutes, and the advanced automatic programming functions allow settings from a console for makeready, cleaning and makeready on the next job. This range of features further accelerates the makeready process. The Lithrone S40 has a maximum printing speed of 16,000sph, and can handle a broad range of paper weights. One of the judges emphasized that "The Lithrone S40 is a huge step towards CIM and the digital smart factory in the automation of print production".