15 April 2018 Digital Printing Technologies

Kyocera announces production capable sheetfed inkjet press

Japanese printhead developer Kyocera will take a step into production print with a 150ppm press coming next year.

Kyocera, the Japanese company best known for its desktop printers and for supplying inkjet heads for many narrow web label presses, has announced a 150ppm inkjet production print capable press.

The new machine will be the flagship of the TasKalfa family of document printers. It will be formally introduced at the start of next year, but the company revealed its existence at the 2018 Kyocera Innovate dealer conference last week in Florida. Consequently details of the machine are sparse until next year's launch.

The TasKalfa Pro 15000C will be a colour machine capable of 150 A4 pages a minute. The target users will be print service providers and the top end of the implant market. The early announcement will help Kyocera find and check dealers willing to take on the machine and prepare a sales and support network ahead of the launch.

The first markets for the new machine will be in North America and Europe. Trevor Maloney, product marketing manager for Kyocera Document Solutions UK, says: "The TasKalfa Pro15000c high-speed inkjet product will be launched in early calendar year 2019. It will initially be available in Europe and the US.

Although this is the only model that will be available within the next year, Kyocera Document Solutions plans to expand the line of high-speed colour inkjet devices in the future.”

The company’s KJ4B piezo printhead is available in 1200dpi resolution, firing 1.5pl, 3pl and 5pl droplets and running at 80m/min at its fastest on a 112.4mm print width. It uses an aqueous ink and is aimed at high resolution graphics applications. An image of the machine shows a press with multiple paper trays and choice of delivery units. Kyocera has established the credentials of its inkjet head technology with the version of the KJ4 piezo head firing more viscous UV inks in label printing. The company has made no announcement about which print head will be used.

The press is a two-page format rather than B2 as most inkjet press designs currently are and it is more likely to appeal to those replacing a toner machine that as an offset replacement press. Full specification, price and other details will be made public nearer the launch date in Q1 next year.

In the meantime, Kyocera has introduced three toner MFP printers, one A4 format and two A3 models. They are targeted at office users where ease of use and longevity thanks to an imaging drum expected to last the life of the printers. There are the TasKalfa 351CI A4 machine, the TasKalfa 3212I and 4012I, both A3 printers. All run with a 1200dpi image resolution and will print direct from a mobile devices.

Kyocera’s was not the only inkjet announcement of last week. Konica Minolta announced that it will distribute the WebJet 200D and WebJet 100D continuous feed inkjet machines in the US. These presses are manufactured by SuperWeb and use Memjet printheads. It is pitched at inplant, transactional and mailing applications, rated at up to 20 million pages a month.

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