Konica Minolta’s Accurio Press C6100/C6085 launched in India

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Accurio Press C6100
Daisuki Mori

The new Accurio Press C6100 series from Konica Minolta offers cutting-edge innovation in the global printing segment, delivering professional image quality coupled with consistent productivity, without the requirement of any specialized operating skills.

The Accurio Press C6100 series comes as an end-to-end color production printing solution, offering industry leading performance with trend setting features, including auto color management; real time image correction; centralized color management as well as compatibility with numerous paper formats.

Auto color management and front-to-back registration
The automation of density adjustment, color management and front-to-back registration offered by the series eliminates time spent in making previous adjustments. As tasks including manual measurements as well as input of numerical values become obsolete, the scope of error in terms of measurement and inputs reduces drastically. The series also enables automated creation of color profiles for high color accuracy in minimal time.

Real-time image correction for uniform quality
The series also continuously monitor and rectifies gradation and front to back registration in real time without hampering the productivity one bit. The feature also improves image quality by minimizing color fluctuations, registration misalignment and other errors during printing process. It also shrinks your operational expensed by reducing.

Centralized color management for multiple locations via cloud
Konica Minolta’s cloud color management system enables centralized color management of printers at different locations (in-house offices and factories, affiliates’ facilities, etc.) via cloud.
The color reproduction of all connected printers, of wide-ranging models, is also remotely monitored in real-time without the requirement of any specialized skills.

S.E.A.D.
Konica Minolta’s proprietary Screen-Enhancing Active Digital (SEAD) system, embedded in the series combines highly accurate exposure controls, precision pixel placement and advanced screening to achieve unprecedented quality and resolution. It also enables flexible processing and image smoothing control to cater to diverse needs.

Simitri HD toner
Simitri HD toner comes as a next generation 3-dimensional polymer structure, which is highly compatible with all types of media. It also expands the color gamut for superior image accuracy and offers more natural skin tones. The toner also requires less heat for fusing reducing power consumption significantly.

Thick paper compatibility
The Accurio Press C6100/C6085 series also makes printing feasible on 400 gsm thick paper even while automatic duplexing with solid stability without the loss of productivity. This enables printing businesses to expand their services including printing of thick paper tags, stand-up menus, sales promotion tools and many more.

Envelope and banner printing
A fusing unit in the series, devoted to envelope printing enables stable, high-quality printing on general-purpose envelopes with the least folding creases or dissimilarities in adhesive strip gloss.
The series also prints banners up to 1,300 mm long as well as auto duplex them up to 762mm in length with unmatched quality.

Ideal for high volume jobs
Be it a printing paper of 52 or 400 gsm thickness, the large-diameter upper fusing system and Simitri HDE toner concludes in an output of 100 sheets per minute. The large surface area of the fusing belt which is optimized for rapid and consistent thermal conduction results in outstanding toner fusion and high productivity.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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