Konica Minolta & Troy Group partner to launch AccurioPress 6136P

Troy MICR Toner Secure – a fraud-resistant toner

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The new Konica Minolta 6136P for financial printing market

Konica Minolta, announced the launch of a MICR version of the AccurioPress 6136 in the US – giving the 6136P product line a MICR toner and developer that will have a significant impact on the financial printing market. “While personal checks are on the downtrend, commercial bank checks are still in high demand, with usage in financial institutions, government agencies, and educational segments,” said Dino Pagliarello, senior vice president, Product Management and Planning, Konica Minolta. “MICR printing represents a huge market with more than five billion checks printed annually.”

Konica Minolta partnered with Troy Group to help convert the AccurioPress 6136P to a MICR version, combining Troy’s patented MICR Toner Secure with its own proprietary developer bead. The toner has been extensively tested to ABA/ANSI standards. Troy Group is a worldwide leader in OEM MICR developed printers and has many patents on MICR Technology.

Through our partnership with Konica Minolta we are setting the standard in production check printing solutions for anti-tamper payments,” said Michael Riley, executive vice president/general manager at Troy Group. “We recognized the market need for a production solution to fill a void in the secure payment printing space. The AccurioPress 6136P MICR leverages Konica Minolta’s long history of print innovation and introduces Troy’s patented, MICR Toner Secure technology.”

Troy’s MICR Toner Secure, MICR developer, and MICR fonts were designed specifically for use in the 6136P print engine to ensure consistent MICR quality and performance. The AccurioPress 6136P MICR combines exceptional speed and versatility with unmatched durability and reliability to deliver high-quality, tamper-resistant MICR documents in high-volume production environments. Troy’s expertise in MICR toner development translates to consistent MICR character quality and the use of MICR Toner Secure guarantees a fraud-resistant MICR toner.

The biggest benefit of the AccurioPress 6136P MICR print solution is its print speed of 136 ppm and unique Troy MICR Toner Secure, a proven industry-standard in financial check printing. The high-quality toner – engineered exclusively for the 6136 Konica Minolta engine – maximizes readability and makes toner scraping nearly impossible. Through patented security technology that was achieved with the support of lawyers from Thompson Patent Law, red dye is released which voids the check if chemical alteration is attempted.

The printer can be specified to optimize print settings instantaneously, providing efficient paper setups with each job for up to 256 media profiles. Its 15-inch touch panel makes operating easy and affords greater visibility and operability. Operators can view and edit job tickets, create previews, and print sample output to confirm results, allowing for output operations that are efficient and waste-free. Advanced job management support simplifies output work and reduces labor costs.

Optional software available is AccurioPro VDP for variable data applications. The 6136P MICR production print device supports camera-based monitoring systems and document integrity software to ensure every piece prints in order.

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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