Konica Minolta shows JetVarnish 3DS and C83hc together

A package solution for value added printing

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Konica minolta team at the demonstration in Gurugram.
Konica minolta team at the demonstration in Gurugram.

On 6 June 2019, Konica Minolta demonstrated its Accurio Press C83hc and MGI JetVarnish 3DS at its office and demonstration center in Gurugram. The purpose of the demonstration was to help prospective customers understand the technology and introduce the latest additions to these machines and how they work well as print and decoration or enhancement package.

The AccurioPress C83hc by Konica Minolta can produce colors close to the entire sRGB gamut with their high chroma CMYK inks. The high chroma engine is ideal for photo lab applications given the wider gamut toner used by the machine. The machine is equipped with IQ-501, an automated color and registration adjustment system that maintains quality in print products. “The IQ-501 system is optional. There is no requirement of verification if you have IQ-501,” explains Vikas Samania, manager of pre-sales, PP and IP marketing division.

Customers at the Konica Minolta demonstration.
Customers at the Konica Minolta demonstration.

KM’s high chroma toners

The ‘saturation mode’ of the C83hc using the high chroma toners expands the maximum color space of the print output, resulting in vibrant color reproduction with its CMYK inks. The IC 605 print controller monitor allows job management and editing from the main control unit. It allows the user to adjust tone curves. “As of now, nobody in the market, apart from us, has this technology. It is a flagship product. The machine is ideal for photo lab applications but also supports commercial and small lot label printing jobs,” says Samania.

The decoration is the thing

The MGI JetVarnish 3DS is a digital UV spot varnish device. The spot UV finishing can be done directly on digital prints. The machine has the ability to customize the coating thickness of varnish on individual sheets as per the demand of a customer. The MGI is ideal for lucrative short- and medium run printing. The HubManager allows the user to follow jobs, manage the job queue, create job tickets, recall reprints and adjust the artificial intelligence in one tool. “The AIS smart scanner detects any defects in sheet registration and corrects it. It ensures that the varnish is placed at the right spots by adjusting the sheet correctly,” says Vijay Kamat, product manager, PP and IP marketing division.

Varnish editor and Cost Analyzer

The Spot Varnish Editor edits job files while the process is in motion, giving the user the flexibility to adjust and modify print jobs to save time and money. The Product Cost Analyzer anticipates production cost and gives the precise cost of consumable for each print job even before it is printed.

Explaining the purpose of the demonstration, Kamat says, “What is happening is that technology changes everyday. When we sell a machine, we want our customers to understand the revenue and profitability model as well. We are showcasing the C83hc and MGI JetVarnish 3DS as one package. With the increase in competition, we want our customers to be able to differentiate themselves from others and generate value-added products at profit. The package offered by us can produce results at a lower cost and customers can see that and the sample jobs here. The whole idea is to teach our customers how to add value to their business.”

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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