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’ FOGRA53 profile certification – another reason to celebrate for its growing family of AccurioJet KM-1 users.
This award was made for Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 B2 UV LED digital inkjet sheetfed printer after an exhausting testing program. The machine’s incredible stability, versatility and colour accuracy have all been recognised in the award.
The AccurioJet KM-1 can print up to 3,000 single-sided B2 sheets per hour at up to 1,200 dpi. Major benefits of the system include moving short-run offset to digital inkjet, the ability to carry out hybrid printing with the integration of the AccurioJet KM-1 into existing offset processes, duplex printing and larger sheet sizes as well as printing on packaging board, lightweight papers and textured stock.
The AccurioJet KM-1 also benefits from Dot Freeze Technology®, which has overcome one of the fundamental challenges of inkjet printing – uncontrolled ink dot movement that reduces print quality and workable materials. DFT uniquely self-freezes ink drops immediately upon contact with the material. A rapid change in temperature turns high-flowing inks from a printhead nozzle into a low-flowing, immobile ink droplet when it hits the material so the challenge of mottling of colours and of printing on to porous materials is eliminated.
Underpinning its customer-centric approach, Konica Minolta has developed special pantone books to showcase for customers the wide range of colours that can be produced on the AccurioJet KM-1, which has already been recognized as the “Best Cut-Sheet Colour B2+ Printer” by the European Digital Press Association (EDP).
The robust Fogra certification demonstrates the incredible stability, versatility and colour management of the AccurioJet KM-1 and has been achieved after an exhaustive testing program. The comprehensive colour gamut of the KM-1 ensures that any CMYK ICC Profile can be achieved, including the wide gamut International Colour Consortium (ICC) Profile FOGRA53. A standard four colour lithographic press would not be able to print to such a wide colour gamut. The patented Konica Minolta’s Dot Freeze UV cured KM-1 ink, guarantees the colour stability during the run with a remarkable, industry-leading accuracy when measured on a print run of 500 copies.The AccurioJet KM-1 has achieved Fogra certification for ICC Profiles: FOGRA39, 47, 51, 52, 53, Japan Colour and GRACoL Coated and Uncoated. This clearly demonstrates the press is a true global press, which can manage global brands. It also demonstrates colour accuracy and consistency no matter what market the printing is produced in.
Fogra – full name Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies – is a German-based research institute for printing and media. It operates under the umbrella of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF). The AiF oversees and support joint industrial research on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
Congratulations to Konica Minolta! For the first time ever, the AccurioJet KM-1 has achieved the FograCert Validation Printing System certification (ISO 12647-8) with the new characterization FOGRA53, as well as FOGRA characterization 39, 47, 51 and 52. In addition, another check was successfully carried out for the AccurioJet KM-1: a “combi-certification” that establishes FograCert VPS from testing single-copy prints only to testing the printing stability of an entire run according to Fogra Standard PSD (ProcessStandard Digital). In accordance with available print condition references we further proofed that the AccurioJet KM-1 meets all requirements for another two certification standards, GRACoL Coated and Uncoated (IDEAlliance) and Japan Color (Japan Printing Machinery Association). It is thus set for a very wide range of international print jobs. Testing and certifying three internationally renowned standards in one run was a premiere for Fogra and will expand the established testing regime of FograCert in the future.
For more information: https://www.konicaminolta.eu/eu-en/hardware/inkjet/accuriojet-km-1
About Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies
Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies works for the good of the printing and media industry – independent and committed. Members of Fogra are small, medium and large companies across the entire spectrum of the industry, from equipment manufacturers to the producers of printed and electronic media. Fogra conducts application-focused research and has been involved in the development of many forward-looking and globally acknowledged process and quality inspection standards. As a modern service provider Fogra carries out inspections tailored to the industry’s needs, advises companies on questions of quality and mediates in technical disputes. Fogra’s capital consists of a massive and constantly expanding body of knowledge combined with a high degree of technological expertise and a detailed understanding of current developments. Fogra makes this available to the industry through numerous publications, one-to-one consultancy, symposia and other specialist events. In offering media companies an expert network and supporting them in making their adjustments to structural change Fogra wants to stimulate the opening up of new areas of business and to ensure that the industry is properly configured for the future.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, ‘IDC MarketScape: Western Europe Smart Multifunctional Peripheral 2018 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leading smart MFP provider of note’. As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its solutions that combine ‘smart service with smart technology’, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Outstanding Serviceability 2018/2019’ from Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With almost 10,300 employees (as of April 2019), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.39 billion in financial year 2018/19.
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