AccurioJet KM-1 press achieves world’s first Fogra 53 accreditation

KM1 passes global color standard tests

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AccurioJet KM-1 press
AccurioJet KM-1 press

Konica Minolta announced on 15 July 2019 that it has become the world’s first press manufacturer to achieve the ‘robust’ (wide gamut-ICC profile) Fogra 53 profile certification. Achieved by the AccurioJet KM-1 B2 UV LED digital inkjet sheetfed press after exhaustive testing, its stability, versatility and color accuracy have all been recognized in the award. Konica Minolta says this wide color gamut cannot be consistently achieved by any standard 4-color offset press.

Dr Marco Mattuschka, Fogra prepress expert says, “Congratulations to Konica Minolta! For the first time ever, the AccurioJet KM-1 has achieved the FograCert Validation Printing System certification (ISO 12647-8) with the new characterization Fogra53, as well as Fogra characterization 39, 47, 51 and 52. In addition, another check was successfully carried out for the AccurioJet KM-1: a ‘combi-certification’ that establishes FograCert VPS from testing single-copy prints only to testing the printing stability of an entire run according to Fogra Standard PSD (ProcessStandard Digital). In accordance with available print condition references we further proved that the AccurioJet KM-1 meets all requirements for another two certification standards, GRACoL Coated and Uncoated (IDEAlliance) and Japan Color (Japan Printing Machinery Association). It is thus set for a very wide range of international print jobs. Testing and certifying three internationally renowned standards in one run was a premiere for Fogra and will expand the established testing regime of FograCert in the future.”

The AccurioJet KM-1 can print up to 3,000 single-sided B2 sheets per hour at up to 1,200 dpi. This allows moving short-run offset to digital inkjet and the ability to integrate the press into existing B2 offset workflow for hybrid printing. The AccurioJet KM-1 is capable of handling larger sheet sizes and packaging board as well as duplex printing. It can also print on lightweight paper and textured stock.

The press also benefits from what Konica Minolta calls ‘Dot Freeze Technology’, which has overcome one of the fundamental challenges of inkjet printing – uncontrolled ink dot movement that reduces print quality and workable materials. (Other manufacturers who have also overcome this problem call it ‘pinning.’) KM claims its DFT uniquely self-freezes ink drops immediately upon contact with the material. A rapid change in temperature turns high-flowing inks from a printhead nozzle into a low-flowing, immobile ink droplet when it hits the material so the challenge of mottling of colors and of printing on to porous materials is eliminated.

With its customer-centric approach, Konica Minolta has developed special pantone books to show customers the wide range of colors that can be produced on the KM-1, which has already been recognized as the ‘Best Cut-Sheet Colour B2+ Printer’ by the European Digital Press Association (EDP).

Colin Osborne MBE, head of Colour Management, Konica Minolta Marketing Services says, “The robust Fogra certification demonstrates the incredible stability, versatility and color management of the AccurioJet KM-1 and has been achieved after an exhaustive testing program. The comprehensive color gamut of the KM-1 ensures that any CMYK ICC profile can be achieved, including the wide gamut International Colour Consortium (ICC) Profile Fogra53. A standard four-color lithographic press would not be able to print to such a wide color gamut. The AccurioJet KM-1 has achieved Fogra certification for ICC Profiles: Fogra 39, 47, 51, 52, 53, Japan Color and GracoL Coated and Uncoated. This clearly demonstrates the press is a true global press, which can manage global brands. It also demonstrates color accuracy and consistency no matter what market the printing is produced in.”

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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