In what Konica Minolta is calling a paradigm shift in the Indian printing industry, the company has installed its first state-of-the-art UV inkjet press, the AccurioJet KM-1 at Dina Digital Prints in KM Street (Ellis Road) in Chennai. The news comes to us on 14 May 2018, exactly a week after we visited the location and the engineers were still at work. The installation in Dina Color Labs in Chennai also marks the first AccurioJet KM-1 installation in the entire Southeast Asia region.
Dina Digital Prints at KM Street, Triplicane, Chennai. Photo IPP
Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press solution is a B2+ sheet-fed inkjet press, and is equipped with the company’s patented UV inkjet technology. It can print 3,000 sheets an hour in simplex mode and 1,500 sheets per hour in duplex mode, on a variety of substrates that eliminate the need to use special digital stocks or expensive coatings or primers. The press can handle oversized B2 sheets of up to 585×750 mm, with piezo shear technology inkjet arrays fitted in pairs to offer true 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution.
The AccurioJet KM-1 can produce quality print on a wide range of substrates, with its consistency in paper feeding, registration, image quality, and repeatability through excellent front-to-back registration accuracy, enabled by a gripper-to-gripper offset paper movement technology. Its proprietary KM controller for the servers also enables excellent RIPping quality at par with the machine’s rated speed.
The KM-1 is also a solution for the print on demand for UV applications. Konica Minolta has also provided its Web to Print software cloud solution to Dina Colour lab to be available to its customers 24×7 and have an additional communication channel for marketing and production.
The AccurioJet KM-1 meets the specific requirements of multiple commercial print and packaging applications while eliminating several prepress workflow steps and materials such as plates that can substantially reduce turnaround times and costs. The KM-1 which was shown running at IGAS 2015 and then again at drupa 2016 where it was launched for sale has already achieved a good number of sales and installations around the world.
The first installation of an sheetfed inkjet press in the country is an important achievement for the company which dominates the digital printing industry in India with its toner based digital presses that have been particularly successful for SMBs, given Konica Minolta’s strong customer service in India to its huge and varied customer footprint. The Dina Group itself is a very strong and remarkable first customer with many kinds of creative, restoration, scanning, photographic and digital print services using a large array of technology from its approximately 40 customer-facing locations across the state of Tamil Nadu.