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Konica Minolta adds hybrid functionality to its Accuriolabel presses

Konica Minolta has today announced the launch of a new optional Flexo Printing Unit for its AccurioLabel presses to enable inline production of white and other colours. First unveiled as an overprinting unit at Labelexpo just over a year ago, the retrofit option will enable label-converters to advance their digital solutions.

Developed with Konica Minolta’s manufacturing partner in Europe, Danish company Grafisk Maskinfabrik A/S (GM), the Flexo Printing Unit can be retrofitted to the Konica Minolta original AccurioLabel 190 or AccurioLabel 230 (launched in September last year) toner label presses.

Following successful trials, a new Flexo Printing Unit is now also commercially available. It will target label converters who are looking for a complete hybrid solution to complement high-end digital printing systems.

The AccurioLabel Flexo Printing Unit uses standard flexo inks. In combination with the already available overprint sensor kit, it provides perfectly registered inline overprinting of white or any other colour, which will open doors to a wider range of print applications such as printing on clear substrates.

The Flexo Printing Unit comprises an unwinder, web guide, a complete flexo printing station, UV curing system, an output NIP and a touch control panel.   The new option is smoothly integrated into the AccurioLabel operational concept in order to maintain its ease-of-use.

All AccurioLabel presses also benefit from AccurioPro Label Impose software that works seamlessly and provides optimised media usage, avoiding potential waste of label substrates. Easy to use, it enables operators to handle many prepress tasks from one central control station.

Edoardo Cotichini, Team Manager Industrial Printing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, said: “The label printing market is considered as one of the main market segments that will grow in the future. And this year alone, almost half of the narrow web label installations will be digital. The introduction of our optional Flexo Printing Unit is a new way of looking at hybrid technology. It’s been driven by market demands and we are looking forward to further growing our market share in labels – a market we only entered five years ago but have now sold over 500 label machines – and industrial print in general. Working closely with our customers in a partnership approach, we will also help them to rethink what’s possible. The march of digital production is unstoppable.”

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd

Konica Minolta’s innovations help businesses to shape the future, today, changing the way people conduct business and use technology to work smarter, faster and better. As a leading Smart Data and Digital IT Services company, we meet the changing needs of customers with our Digital Print, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality solutions.

As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta also delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with intelligent workflow automation, and implements solutions in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leader in print transformation’. 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 (InfoSource). 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 innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021’ from Keypoint Intelligence.

Konica Minolta’s solutions are proven to improve quality, reduce cost, eradicate risk, increase accuracy and streamline business processes. Recognising there are no two businesses the same, we pride ourselves on our customer partnerships and tailor our solutions to our customer needs, giving them the competitive edge they need to remain at the forefront of their markets.

Combining our market leading, award winning and easy to integrate technological platforms, with our strategic partnerships, business solutions and services portfolio, Konica Minolta is continually improving quality, reducing cost, eradicating risk, increasing accuracy and streamlining business processes for our customers. Our strategy has our customers at its core. With strong and mutually beneficial customer partnerships, our aim is to achieve mutual sustainable growth through technological innovation – giving shape to our customers’ ideas. We bring flexible solutions that not only meet our customer expectations, but exceed them, time after time.

Part of the global Konica Minolta Group, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd is headquartered in Basildon, Essex and operates out of 10 offices across the UK, employing over 750 people.

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