Konica Minolta shows the AccurioJet KM-1

Shows JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil inkjet spot UV coater

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The AccurioJet KM-1 B2 digital inkjet press from Konica Minolta showed at drupa. Photo IPP

Konica Minolta (KM)showed the AccurioJet KM-1 B2 digital inkjet press at drupa. The press can produce high-quality images comparable to those of conventional sheetfed offset printing. Moreover, this product can directly print on a wide variety of paper media, ranging from art paper, coated paper and wood-free paper to embossed paper and packaging paper. 

Label and packaging printing zone 

KM showed how a combination of its bizhub PRESS C71cf, a digital label press capable of printing fullcolor labels at a high speed and JETvarnish, a product of MGI can reduce label print run lengths and production time and enable highquality production of high valueadded labels. As a new application of the digital inkjet printing technology established in the development of the AccurioJet KM-1, KM also displayed the KM-C, B1 digital inkjet press for paper packages. 

AccurioPro is the brand name of a series of digital printing solutions and services offered by KM to promote automation of printing tasks with a view to improve work efficiency, reducing production time and ensuring effective quality control. At drupa KM showcased two collaborative software products, AccurioPro Cloud Eye, which enables cloud-based central management of printing tasks at multiple locations, and AccurioPro Conductor, which enables operation of multiple presses at a higher efficiency.

MGI JETVarnish  

KM also displayed its flagship product from MGI JETvarnish series for various segments at the event. The JET varnish 3DS with iFoil is a unique technology that takes print to the next level by adding more value to printed documents. It is designed and manufactured by MGI with KM to help printers expand their services. This includes new amazing spot UV and 3D tactile varnishing capabilities. The MGI’s JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil can convert regular printed output into high-margin spot UV printed sheets, or even higher margin 3D embossed jobs with up to 100 microns of varnish. 

MGI’s JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil inkjet spot UV coater offers users the flexibility for two powerful and highly sought-after digital finishing capabilities – traditional flat spot UV coating and new 3D digital effects. The new machine is specially designed to take inputs from the digital machines and offset as well. The machine has capabilities to digitally foil and emboss.

Utilizing MGI’s patented inkjet engine technology, the JETvarnish 3DS can accommodate sheets from 8 x 11.8-inch up to 14.33 x 40-inch and substrate thicknesses from 135 to 450 gsm. The 100% digital JETvarnish 3DS uses no plates or screens and has virtually no makeready, ideally suited runs from one to thousands, with full variable data capabilities. JETvarnish 3DS is an environment friendly solution that also features solvent-free coatings and a closed circuit system that eliminates waste. Besides JETvarnish 3DS with ifoil, KM also demonstrated new products for various segments up to B1 size of paper and also the roll-to-roll version for Spot UV and Digital Spot Foil for the label segment.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

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India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

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