Konica Minolta launches new UV inkjet press
01 July 2020
Konica Minolta have just launched the AccurioJet KM-1e digital inkjet B2+ sheetfed LED UV color inkjet production press. The new machine exceeds the specifications of the KM-1; the KM-1e can print reliably onto an even wider range of media, and at even higher quality.
Konica Minolta launched the first press of this family, the AccurioJet KM-1, at Drupa in 2016. Developed in co-operation with Komori, it has become known for being able to reproduce high-quality prints onto an impressive range of media due to the fast ultra-violet curing. It can achieve print quality exceeding that of offset printing without changing the surface quality of the paper media, which had previously been considered impossible with digital printing presses.
Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 as well as its successor benefit from Konica Minolta’s unique Dot Freeze Technology™. The patented process, known as DFT, has overcome one of the fundamental challenges of inkjet printing – uncontrolled ink dot movement that reduces print quality and workable materials. The technology uniquely self-freezes ink drops upon contact with materials, resulting in superior colour stability and consistency and excellent results with instantly dry perfects prints.
The flagship for the “Accurio” hallmark at Konica Minolta (representing accuracy, advanced and automated), the original KM-1 is capable of printing up to 3000 B2+ sheets per hour (1500 in duplex mode) with a resolution up to 1200 dpi.
The new machine, the AccurioJet KM-1e can deliver 1600 x 1375 true dots per inch, and can print onto complex textured and embossed surfaces, plastics, backlit signage, transparent film, foiled paper, metallic media, canvas and synthetic substrates. The thickest media it can handle is 0.6mm.
“We have attained a leadership position in the North American marketplace with our LED UV inkjet technology and finishing solutions, and we are proud to announce the AccurioJet KM-1e as the newest addition to our Industrial Print lineup of world class solutions,” said Bill Troxil, Senior Vice President, Industrial and Inkjet Printing, Konica Minolta. “Our customers will be enabled to deliver the best print quality and wide variety of substrates to their end user clients like never before.”
“Under our concept ’Igniting Print Possibilities’ we summarize our drive to solve customers’ and social challenges by the means of digital printing through further automation, integrated on-demand digital production and visualization of quality and operation. The AccurioJet KM-1e is a key pillar in our strategy to help our customers seize the many new opportunities digitalisation brings along, supporting the trend to switch from offset to inkjet printing in a fast-growing market,” said Toshi Uemura, Executive Officer, Division President of Professional Print, Konica Minolta Inc.
He added: “The main benefit of AccurioJet KM-1e remains its infinite expansion possibilities. It helps customers to unlock doors to new and more profitable applications. As just one example, we know from feedback that some customers are working more with agencies directly now thanks to the combination of world-class technologies. We can offer from high quality print through to varnishing and highly sophisticated decorative cutting for customer business expansions.”