Konica Minolta’s production inkjet is lead by the flagship AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press. Behind this revolution is a long and powerful history of Konica Minolta technologies that are being leveraged to change the commercial production print environment.
“Konica Minolta is committed to be amongst the top manufacturers in the commercial and packaging printing arenas, and is investing a substantial amount of R&D dollars to do it. Company is continually investing to bring solutions for their clients to add more value to print.”
Years of R&D and industry experience in key technical components – inkjet heads, ink, and processing technologies – were brought together as foundational components that led to the revolutionary new AccurioJet KM-1 Press.
In Inkjet Konica Minolta enjoys a strong market position with the world’s largest market share of over 40% in piezo inkjet heads. The AccurioJet KM-1 takes full advantage of the 20 plus years of Konica Minolta R&D commitment to deliver the graphic arts quality the AccurioJet KM-1 is gaining world-wide recognition for. Konica Minolta has taken its rich knowledge in inkjet head technology, ink development, and processing technologies to put them all together into a cutting-edge new product. It has developed its unique UV-curable inkjet technology for the sheet-fed inkjet digital press AccurioJet KM-1, which achieves offset like high quality image with high productivity of 3,000 sheets per hour. A number of AccurioJet KM-1 have been already running in the production lines of customers, and have gained reputation as “Real Digitalization Pioneer” for commercial printing industry.
The single-pass inkjet printing technology, one of the key technologies for the high productivity, is still a big challenge for image processing. To avoid the dots coalescing, Konica Minolta’s new ink formulation and curing process controls the ink viscosity precisely in the print head and on the recording media. Additionally, the improved technology efficiently controls the gloss level of the image. Combining them is Konica Minolta’s printing system with offset like high quality image as well as high productivity.
The UV ink that the KM-1 utilizes an unconventional ink and delivery system that produces startlingly beautiful, graphic arts quality output, thus eliminating the UV ink drawbacks of the past.
Konica Minolta global client services are backed by a network of 24-hour call centers, supporting hundreds of thousands of customers through a team of competent engineers.
Industry response to the rich graphic arts quality of the files printed on the AccurioJet KM-1 is quite enthusiastic. AccurioJet KM-1 features impressive resolution and wide colour gamut which surpasses inkjet.
The AccurioJet KM-1 allows print service providers to produce fully personalized 1200 x 1200 DPI, 23 x 29.5-inch sheets that compare to offset quality with no plates, no make-ready, and no waste. The large B2+ sheet size enables more pages ‘up’ on a sheet than any other graphic arts quality digital technology on the market. Getting more on the sheet means getting the job done faster with fewer sheets, and driving a more profitable bottom line.
The AccurioJet KM-1 Press produces the equivalent of 18,000 full-bleed 8.5 x 11” pages an hour – that’s 300 letter size pages (with variable data) per minute. What’s more, it can print a wide array of media types and weights without requiring any pre-treatment.
Many customers are taking advantage of the KM-1’s UV ink for durability with Direct Mail and other applications needing scratch resistance. Many others are adding digital light weight package printing to their capabilities as well as textured and synthetic stocks.
Konica Minolta has revealed important market updates for its AccurioJet KM-1 inkjet digital press, which was commercially launched at drupa 2016. More than 30 worldwide installations have been achieved, including new ones in Europe for January and February this year.