KM 1 equipped with key technical components

AccurioJet KM-1
Accurio Jet KM-1

Konica Minolta has come up with the AccurioJet KM-1 UV inkjet press. Konica Minolta is committed to be amongst the top manufacturers in the commercial and packaging printing arenas, and is investing a substantial amount in R&D. The company is continually investing to bring solutions for their clients with added value to print.

After years of research and development and incorporating some of the key technical components, Konica Minolta has come up with the AccurioJet KM1 printing press.

The company has a deep inkjet history and owns the world’s largest market share of over 40% in piezo inkjet heads. The AccurioJet KM-1 is in a way the result of 20 years of research and development. KM 1 is a combination of researched and improved inkjet head technology, ink development and processing technologies – all put together in a cutting-edge product.

Konica Minolta has developed a new and unique UV-curable inkjet technology for the AccurioJet KM-1, which achieves offset-like high quality image with productivity of up to 3,000 sheets per hour. A number of AccurioJet KM-1 have already run in the production lines of customers, and have gained reputation as ‘Real Digitalization Pioneer’ for the commercial printing industry.

Single-pass inkjet printing technology is still a big challenge for image processing. To avoid the dots coalescing, Konica Minolta has developed a new ink formulation and curing process which can control the ink viscosity precisely in the print head and on the recording media. With improved technology, the gloss level of the image is controlled. Combining them, Konica Minolta has developed a printing system which achieves offset-like high quality image with high productivity.
Konica Minolta has world class Business Intelligence Services and Global Client Services Organizations of engineers backed by a network of 24-hour call centers, supporting hundreds and thousands of customers every day.
The AccurioJet KM-1 allows print service providers to produce fully personalized 1200 x 1200 dpi, 23 x 29.5 inch sheets. The B2+ sheet size enables more pages up on a sheet than any other graphic arts quality digital technology on the market.

The AccurioJet KM-1 Press produces the equivalent of 18,000 full-bleed 8.5 x 11 inch pages an hour. Printers can also learn about the wide array of media types and weights on which they can print without any pre-treatment. The press was commercially launched in drupa 2016. So far, KM has installed the press in around 30 locations worldwide.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

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