Konica Minolta is to show the first large format inkjet printer for display graphics with its own name at the Print 18 show in Chicago this month.
Previously the company has had a deal to sell EFI Vutek machines, but while there are Konica Minolta inkjet printers for textiles, there have been none in the commercial and display print space. That is changing with the introduction of the AccurioWide 160 and AccurioWide 200, 1.6 metre wide and 2.0 metre wide hybrid machines respectively.
Both operate with Konica Minolta 1024i printheads giving a resolution of 1440x720dpi. The printhead is in widespread use in other sectors and use a high pigment ink which is claimed to give a thinner ink layer and reduce overall ink volumes required.
Speed is dependent on resolution. The AccurioWide 160 comes in a four-colour plus white or six-colour versions, while the AccurioWide 200 offers six-colour plus white printing. Both combine LED UV and conventional UV curing for speed across the range of substrates.
The AccurioWide 160 will print at 63m2/hr in draft mode, falling to 7m2/hr in finest quality. It will print on most media including rigid sheets to 45mm thick.
Konica Minolta will link the machines to its FD-9 scanning spectrometer and both FD-5 and FD-7 hand held spectrophotometric colour measurement. These link to the AccurioPro WideDirector workflow application. This automates step and repeat image placement, nesting colour profiling and offers suggestions about optimal settings having analysed and run a preflight check on the incoming digital file. It will balance production across multiple printers.
The move comes hard on the heels of Ricoh’s first flatbed/hybrid printer the Pro T7210, which is now available in the UK. This is in a different class with a 50m2/hr standard mode and twice that in draft mode. It also offers primer and clear ink channel and is configured as a flatbed rather than hybrid printer.
Konica Minolta is building its own large format press around its printhead technology. The initial offering is a choice of two hybrid machines, with more sure to follow. These are being launched at shows in North America this month.