Relaunching Kyocera TASKalfa Pro 15000c at virtual.drupa

Kyocera shows the SRA3 digital press released in 2019

The Kyocera TASKalfa Pro 15000c inkjet printer relaunched at virtua.drupa 2021
The Kyocera TASKalfa Pro 15000c inkjet printer relaunched at virtua.drupa 2021

Japan’s Kyocera exhibited its inkjet production printing device, the TASKalfa Pro 15000c, at the recently concluded virtual.drupa 2021. The press installed in the company’s European experience was demonstrated to the virtual visitors. Kyocera entered the inkjet commercial print production market with the TASKalfa Pro 15000c in November 2019.

During the company’s virtual sessions on 20 April and 22 April, Kyocera’s print manager, Marcel Ebbenhorst, spoke about the ease of use, productivity, and quality that can be achieved with the press and explained how it could improve the revenues of print businesses of all shapes and sizes.

“Kyocera’s decision to move into production print is a strategic decision, and we plan to expand this business in the near future,” Ebbenhorst said. Kyocera is a renowned supplier of inkjet heads and manufactures digital presses for label and flexible packaging applications. Its technology is used in several vendor’s high-speed inkjet systems.

He explained that the company’s inkjet printhead legacy and partnerships with EFI Fiery and Solimar Systems reflect its domain and operational knowledge in making the technology work productively. He described potential market segments such as direct mail for their strong potential for positive one-to-one customer communication. Quality print and attractive materials help brands stand out, and higher quality inkjet print is now available in larger quantities. With the TASKalfa Pro 15000c, organizations can truly benefit from Kyocera’s innovation, he said.

What the Kyocera TASKalfa Pro 15000c offers

According to Kyocera, the Pro 15000c press offers two high-capacity feeders which can handle 2,400 sheets per tray using vacuum and air separation technology for reliable throughput at maximum press speeds. There is an option to add another multipurpose tray for banner printing.

The press offers a drying unit which dries sheets in tandem at 58 degrees Celsius. The high-capacity stacking unit can handle 5,000 sheets with the capacity to add more if required. There are three in-line finishing options – one for small run work, one for stacking, and one for booklet making with stapling and punching.

The digital press runs at a maximum speed of 150 A4 pages a minute at 600×600 dpi resolution on paper sizes ranging from A6 to SRA3. The paper substance weights it accepts range from 56 to 360 gsm. The Pro 15000c comes with a standard Kyocera onboard controller. However, a digital front end (DFE) from EFI Fiery is available as an option.

Ebbenhorst did not provide the number of installations of the TASKalfa Pro 15000c but said that the numbers were ‘nice.’ Nevertheless, he did acknowledge that the installations worldwide are below the company’s target – mainly due to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. “The machines that are already in the field are performing well and living up to their promise,” he added.

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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