Konica Minolta launches AccurioPress C4070 & AccurioPrint C4065 color presses

Higher resolution entry-level digital production presses from KM

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Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C4070
Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C4070 Image Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions India introduced a new line of color digital production presses, the AccurioPress C4070 and AccurioPrint C4065, on 12 August via a virtual press event. “Our launch of the C4070 & C4065 is yet another important step in enhancing our line of color production printers, providing an easy transition into digital printing with inline finishing options allowing prints to be ready for delivery off the press,” said by Tai Nizawa, managing director of Konica Minolta Business Solutions India. “The advanced automation, high quality and productivity and myriad finishing options these presses offer translate into endless opportunities for printers to expand into new markets.”

Nizawa said that Konica Minolta has established a very strong market position in India and the company would like to continue to enhance its customers’ businesses. “Our customers can expect much better enhanced quality from these newly launched presses,” he said. 

Tai Nizawa and Kuldeep Malhotra, the vice president, and director of Konica Minolta India|remote management
Tai Nizawa managing director Konica Minolta India and Kuldeep Malhotra, the vice president, and director of Konica Minolta India File Photo Naresh Khanna for Indian Printer & Publisher 

Konica AccurioPress series uses Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Process technology

The AccurioPress C4070 and AccurioPrint C4065 offer intelligent automation, outstanding image quality and print application diversity. The C4070 Series replaces the C3070 Series, an entry-level, light production press debuted in 2018. The new series also includes the AccurioPress C4070 and AccurioPrint C4065, a lighter version that can bridge the gap between an entry level Color and production print with the same image quality at a more affordable budget. 

The AccurioPress C4070 and AccurioPrint C4065 digital press print at 71 and 66 A4 impressions per minute respectively, offer the flexibility of two-sided printing on sheets up to 34-inches long (allowing the capability of producing an 8-panel, letter-size or A4 brochure) with and an improved resolution of 2400 dpi, (which is 8-bit 2400 x 3600 equivalent).

The AccurioPress Series uses the Konica Minolta’s advanced colour processing technology Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Process (S.E.A.D). This combines an array of technical innovations to guarantee exceptional color reproduction at top speed.

Kuldeep Malhotra, deputy managing director, Konica Minolta India said that these new presses will help the start ups in the print business. “These new color presses are going to really help the start ups establish their print businesses. We have been able to maintain leadership in the color printing market and light production printing segment has played a major role in that,” Malhotra said. 

A timely launch to get the industry going

Naresh Khanna, editor of Indian Printer and Publisher, an industry technical consultant for the past 40 years, says, “It is good to see Konica Minolta leading the digital printing industry back to business with the launch of an interesting and attractive new press, with a higher resolution and with the possibility of easily adding several quality and finishing options. We can understand that the India launch has been delayed a bit because of various circumstances and formalities. 

“As the constraints on street-facing print businesses diminish and commercial print activity increases, the customer is not bothered whether his work is done on offset or digital. And with the current gradual return to business operations, the advantages of gradually gearing up the marketing collateral with short runs and quick flexibility of changing the consumer products available and their discounts and prices will help product sales pick up in real shops and normal environments. 

“We all need to do our best to revive the utility and benefits of high quality print. Why should any customer be deprived of high quality marketing collateral when he wants to buy something – especially when we are looking for customers. This looks like a good new press and I am keen to see it in operation myself especially since it is offering some of the interesting upgrade for color quality and the automated in-line finishing options that have been introduced by KM over the past couple of years,” says Khanna.

Productivity and versatility options

The AccurioPress C4070 expands application offerings such as envelope printing without the need for an additional fuser. The AccurioPres C4070 offers various finishing options, including booklets, perfect bound, punching, stapling, inline trimming, and stacking to meet customers’ needs and tap into new revenue streams. Productivity of C4070 / C4065 @300 GSM is 45 A4/26 A3 subsequently.

The range has been adaptive with any workflow environment, Konica Minolta offers a choice of controllers from Konica Minolta and EFI. The AccurioPress 4070 Series also benefit from a range of productivity solutions under AccurioPro Suite umbrella, one of the industry’s most versatile and powerful tool to optimise print operations and workflows. The solutions include various tools for pre-press, job ticketing, press management, job management, unified color management, web to print etc.

Advanced automation

New to the C4070 Series is the IM-101 external media detection sensor, an optional sensor for measuring and identifying media, ensuring the correct media settings are selected no matter the operator’s skill. The TU-510, IM-101, and the IQ-501, a fully automated, closed-loop quality management tool, provide customers with the ability to produce fully-finished, high-quality, ready to be boxed output quickly and easily without skilled operators — meaning increased uptime, productivity, quality, and profit. 

The AccurioPress C4070 Series offers Inline Trimmer Unit TU 501, which produces fully finished output with inline slitting and trimming and additional options for inline creasing (valley and mountain crease), business cards, postcard cutting and perforation (vertical and horizontal). Plus, the TU-510.

Image quality and media flexibility

The AccurioPress C4070 provides image quality with 3600 (equivalent) x2400 dpi resolution and prints duplex sheets up to 34-inch Envelopes can be printed with the standard fuser at half speed, or full speed with an optional dedicated envelope fuser. The IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer also comes into play here, performing automatic density correction and front-to-back registration prior to printing. Media versatility up to 360 gsm will provide a wide portfolio of paper choices and print applications.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

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India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

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– Naresh Khanna

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