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Constantly innovating and thinking of how to offer your clients added value is critical for you to keep ahead of the competition. As the print and communications market continues to change, understanding how this will affect your value proposition is paramount.
Printing technology has gone through a big change over the last twenty years. Printing markets have needed to adapt accordingly. This has also meant that clients’ demands have changed.
Inkjet technology enables non-contact printing, making it perfect for printing on all kinds of media.
Here’s how to enhance your business operations in four steps with inkjet printing
By using inkjet printing, you can diversify your print products and stand out from the competition. Konica Minolta’s inkjet technology enables non-contact printing, making it perfect for printing on all kinds of media.
Inkjet printing and automated workflows mean you can both increase profitability and reduce costs at the prepress stage. Extend your flexibility further still by using digital UV inkjet, which has a wide media latitude capable of printing on thin substrates, textured media and heavyweight board stock.
Increase your profitability and build a new business: Reduce costs in prepress, make ready and costly consumables to make short run jobs more profitable.
Extend your flexibility: Digital UV inkjet has a wide media latitude capable of printing on thin substrates, textured media and heavyweight board stock.
Be more productive: Move jobs to finishing without waiting for ink to dry – dispatch and invoice sooner.
Digital offset quality: Fine inkjet drops create superior images with sharp text and line quality without affecting photos and graphics.
Technology at the heart of your production: AccurioJet KM-1e is the world’s first UV offset duplexing press that uses offset gripper to gripper media handling for highly accurate registration.
Dimensions: 5,400 (W) x 3,000 (D) x 2,400 (H) mm
High-precision colour-matching technology
Image quality control
Machine weight: Approx. 9000 kg
Major reductions in preparation time
Number of colours: 4
Printing speeds: 3,000 sph (single-sided) / 1,500 sph (double-sided)
Resolution: 1,200 x 1,200 dpi
Sheet size: Up to 585 x 750 mm
Sheet thickness: 0.06 – 0.6 mm (single-sided) / 0.06 – 0.45 mm (double-sided)
Stable printing quality
Type: sheetfed B2+ perfecting UV inkjet press
Wide colour gamut
Ink: UV Ink
Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 press achieves world’s first FOGRA53 accreditation
Konica Minolta has become the world’s first press manufacturer and global solutions provider to achieve the ‘robust’ Fogra 53 profile certification – another reason to celebrate for its growing family of AccurioJet KM-1 users.
Having previously outsourced book cover production, with the AccurioJet KM-1 the whole process can be managed in-house which enables Totem.com.pl to offer a real print on demand service, the company benefits from offset-like quality production and lower costs as well as the ability to print on standard offset media as well as cardboard, metallic grades and plastics that allows to support publisher creativity
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Four steps to build your business:
As the print and communications market continues to change, understanding how this will affect your production processes is paramount. You know your business and your clients; our dedicated team of inkjet consultants advise you on what opportunities exist that can create new innovation and wealth.
Having defined potential new opportunities together with you, we continue to advise you on what is practical, cost-effective and most urgent supporting the B2+ inkjet business case for changing your production methods.
We will help you assess which of your clients could benefit from B2+ inkjet, analysing the type of application, media type, and production costs, as well as new applications that you can create.
Traditional offset versus UV Inkjet
As run lengths continue to drop while the number of jobs is increasing, it’s essential for you to know which device or technology to use to produce your clients’ print products and maintain profitability at the same time. Our dedicated teams carry out this assessment and provide you with an accurate analysis you can use to evaluate your return on investment.
Creating innovations in print can be hard when you are managing the daily needs of your business. How do you inspire innovation to create new ideas? We assess and advise in numerous ways – from innovation workshops helping you decide which ideas can be turned into useable offerings, to media testing to evaluate new substrates and media.
Konica Minolta has invested in support teams that work with you to help maximise your return on investment. Each stage of the implementation process is carefully mapped out so that you always know which team will be looking after you. Each customer will be supplied with a plan which will clearly show the steps needed and a return on investment.
Our teams consist of highly skilled individuals with industry experience in:
Hundreds of customers know that our dedication focuses not just on successful projects but also on achieving long-term gains for our clients.
This is why we continue to work with you during and after implementation so that you can keep benefitting from our knowledge, expertise and innovation. To ensure and ease your smooth adaptation to changing market conditions, our team of business consultants will continue to support your investment, suggesting new ideas and regular innovation. We will periodically offer you the option to review your situation, and to participate in workshops and programmes that are designed to help you grow your business:
Step into the world of evolutionary UV inkjet colour printing.
Now what? Contact our Inkjet experts!
Rehms Druck, of Borken, Westphalia, in north west Germany, has been a loyal Konica Minolta customer for many years using its toner-based system. However, the company realised in 2016, at drupa, that the time was right to invest in cut-sheet UV inkjet technology and, specifi cally, the AccurioJet KM-1. Employing 110 staff and with a turnover of €18.5 million, Rehms Druck wanted a production system to enable it to grow into new markets. It wanted one digital inkjet technology in a team partnership approach using world-class expertise.
Before making the decision to invest, Rehms Druck set out a challenge for Konica Minolta to print a range of applications and to prove the ROI of moving to UV inkjet. The AccurioJet KM-1 team produced a range of applications that included direct mail and packaging. Various factors were compared to existing print processes, including:
Print quality had to match Rehms Druck’s extremely high standards, and those demanded by customers. Rehms Druck also set out a challenge that the break-even point had to be low enough to move jobs from off set to the Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 to allow them not only to save money but also increase their ability to turn jobs around quicker. Another a key factor was to reduce the lead time customers waited for work to be printed and shipped.
This would enable the company then to split work to prioritise the longer run lengths on off set, with the new UV inkjet press producing lots of small jobs improving their customers’ experience and at the same time increasing Rehms Druck profitability. A key saving was the ability to use the same media the off set presses were using on the new inkjet system.
This enabled the maximisation of purchasing power with paper merchants through the highly accurate colour capabilities of KM-1 to print and match their clients’ corporate colours. The result was not only increased efficiency, but jobs were proving to be highly profitable. Rehms Druck also wanted to grow business opportunities in new markets and innovate its print offering to existing and new clients with the ability to print on a wide range of new media, including plastics.
The Germany-based print provider Rehms Druck has a history of being a traditional offset printing company. They decided to invest in Konica Minolta's digital inkjet press AccurioJet KM-1, in order to fulfill their customers' demands for short print-runs and production times, while keeping the ability to print on different substrates as well as producing highest print quality.
“Even a few years ago our management was open to exploring digital technology,” said Alexander Brand, Rehms Druck’s Assistant to the Managing Director and Project Leader. “We have been watching the development of UV inkjet very closely, as well as water-based. But we felt that water-based technology only addressed a certain amount of applications that we produce. Now the print quality for digital is there and we haven’t looked back.
The key benefi t is not only printing on all types of paper media, coated and non-coated, but it matched off set quality – this was criteria for our business. I can say without reservation that the AccurioJet KM-1 is a highly flexible, adaptable platform that has opened up a new huge world of opportunity for Rehms Druck.”
In addition to quality and performance advantages in the AccurioJet KM-1 B2 inkjet press, central to the decision to invest was the provision of support services from Konica Minolta. These included market planning, application development and insight, and on-site training. The solution required a business partner and one proven technology capable of printing packaging as well as commercial work. The ideal job on the KM-1 according to Rehms Druck is brochure work and manuals, but the company is also exploring different kinds of media to run on with the Konica Minolta B2 inkjet press.
Diversify your print products and stand out from the competition with our innovative inkjet technology, giving you the flexibility to print on almost any substrate.
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