Konica Minolta India demonstrates AccurioPress C83hc at Sign Today in Mumbai

Highlighting photo printing capabilities of AccurioPress C83hc

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Shridhar Khanolkar of Konica Minolta with the AccurioPress C83hc at the company booth

Konica Minolta India demonstrated its AccurioPress C83hc digital press at the Sign Today expo that was held at Bombay Exhibition Centre from 8-10 April. The company booth also displayed a wide variety of samples printed using the AccurioPress C83hc digital press. 

“We are highlighting the photo printing capabilities of the AccurioPress C83hc at Sign Today as this expo is mainly for the photo printing segment. The AccurioPress C83hc has a high chroma print system and has the ability to produce high-impact vivid colors. This is especially beneficial for the photo album printers and photo lab operators,” said Shridhar Khanolkar of Konica Minolta India

Khanolkar stated that by utilizing the wider color gamut in the press, colors closer to RGB can be obtained. That is good for studio photo, photo book, nature photo, illustration, CG, and web to print, among others.

AccurioPress C83hc digital press, which was launched globally in 2019, has high-speed production print output of 81 pages per minute in color and black and white. Its Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Processing (SEAD-II) uses two real-time sensors to maintain color stability during long press runs on the production printing equipment.

The press has thick paper weight compatibility of up to 350 gsm and handles a variety of media such as banners and textured stocks. 

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Printed samples at Konica Minolta booth

Talking about the Sign Today expo, Khanolkar said that the footfall during the three days was more than satisfactory. He added that there was a lot of enthusiasm among the visitors because Sign Today was the first offline expo in Mumbai post the pandemic. 

“We got visitors mainly from tier 2 and tier 3 towns. This shows that the photo printing segment is recovering across the board. This segment was severely hit during the Covid-19 pandemic as large gatherings such as weddings were not taking place or were heavily restricted. Weddings across the country were mostly low-key affairs for almost two years. This impacted the photo labs. Now, with the restrictions lifted across the country, the segment is recovering fast. We have managed to close a few deals for AccurioPress C83hc during the expo,” Khanolkar concluded.

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