In late August, Komori Corp. (Booth 1255) launched its PEPIO offset gravure press line designed for the manufacture of printed electronics (PE). With its long history in the design and development of web and sheetfed offset presses, as well as high-precision intaglio printing technologies for the securities and currency markets, the design of specialty gravure presses for the PE market was the next logical addition to the Komori press line, the manufacturer says.
The PEPIO F20 is a flatbed gravure offset press designed for the manufacture of touch panels, a market that is forecast to grow in the future. The target substrates are glass and film. The F20 is a high-precision printing press that integrates Komori’s latest technologies. With this state-of-the- art technology, the press produces, through gravure-offset printing, a very fine line width of L/S=30/30 m or less, which meets the narrow bezel requirement of projected capacitive touchpanels. This achievement, which until now could not be produced through the printing process, will be a major contribution to the development of printed electronics, Komori says.
Specifications for the PEPIO F20:
• Printing speed 0.5 – 20 m/min
• Substrate size 250x250mm – 520x600mm
• Substrate thickness 45 – 250 m (Option : 3mm MAX.)
• Maximum printing area 500x580mm
The PEPIO R20 is a continuous roll-to-roll gravure offset press aimed at next-generation high productivity in printing fine lines. The target substrate is roll film. While the target market of this press is the same as that of the PEPIO F20, it enables printing of fine lines with a line width of 50 m or less with high productivity. Because the R20 is a roll-to-roll type machine that prints on film, it uses the Komori Smart Alignment System and a center position control system to ensure high-precision position alignment.
Specifications for the PEPIO R20 include:
• Printing speed 1 – 10 m/min
• Substrate width 250x250mm
• Substrate thickness 45 – 200 m
• Maximum printing area 500x610mm
“First and foremost, Komori is an expert in precision manufacturing, and the entry into the printed electronics marketplace reinforces Komori’s message at drupa 2012 that we are expanding into new markets,” says Kosh Miyao, President and COO of Komori America Corporation. “We are very excited about this new product offering, not only for the opportunities for business growth it provides, but as further evidence of Komori’s commitment to the advancement of printing technology.”