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Kyocera enters production print market

Built for speed, versatility and reliability, the Kyocera TASKalfa Pro 15000c marks the company’s entry into the colour cut-sheet, high-speed production inkjet printing market

Kyocera has decades of experience in the manufacture of inkjet print technology, its unique print heads and inkjet technology feature in many high-speed direct-to-garment and production print platforms. The TASKalfa Pro 15000c is the first Kyocera-branded device using its own technology. 

The production print industry is set to undergo drastic changes in the next five years or so. Unlike office and consumer markets, production print has not yet matured, meaning that there is still room for innovation and growth. 

Within the digital environment, inkjet is gaining the upper hand because it can produce high volumes more affordably than most toner devices. The TASKalfa Pro 15000c enables customers to scale up their inhouse printing capabilities and produce customised content in large quantities, rather than outsourcing to a print service provider. 

“Although inkjet is not new technology, it is evolving rapidly,” said Channel Marketing Manager, Julie Field. “Inkjet technology combines the benefits of digital technology, such as quick turnaround and variable data printing, with the high volume capabilities of offset presses, and it is revolutionising the production print market. Smithers Pira forecasts that it will drive growth for digital print through 2023 and beyond. 

“Inkjet devices deliver quick, reliable performance with sector-leading energy efficiency, making them also better for the environment too. By avoiding the need to rely on heat to fuse toner onto paper, energy consumption is reduced. That impacts not just the cost of a print job, but also the environmental cost by cutting waste and improving efficiency. At Kyocera, we believe that pursuing innovation, and with the environment in mind, is essential,” she added.

Alternative to conventional printing 

The TASKalfa Pro 15000c is engineered for outstanding performance in any paper-heavy environment. The device provides a cost-effective alternative to conventional printing in central reprographic departments, transactional, trans-promotional and direct mail applications, which use a combination of images and variable data, and is built to ensure outstanding results with minimal maintenance. 

The TASKalfa Pro 15000c expertly handles high volumes and critical processes enabling secure, predictable workflows in a wide range of environments from healthcare and education, to finance, marketing, postal services and government departments. 

The full colour production inkjet printing system delivers unparalleled quality and reliability. The robust, durable design and high quality components including Kyocera’s own time-proven inkjet head, ensures consistent performance in the most demanding environments. 

A print resolution of 600 x 600 dpi ensures stable image quality, while accurate front to back registration delivers consistent image positioning on every page. Print and copy speeds are among the fastest in the market – 150 A4 pages per minute – with no speed reduction on heavy media stock. Plus, with additional high capacity stackers and vacuum paper feeders, paper output can reach 14,000 sheets. 

Designed for the production of up to one million A4 prints per month, the TASKalfa Pro 15000c offers a warm-up time of less than 120 seconds and a time to first print of 5.5 seconds or less. The device also offers superb media handling capability – it can support paper sizes ranging from A6 to SRA3 and stock weights from 56 to 360gsm. 

The TASKalfa Pro 15000c was developed for high volume printing with exceptional turnaround time. The Fiery controller manages the print queue efficiently and Managed Enterprise Output (MEO) software takes care of more complex workflows. Finishing options include booklet finishing and a high capacity stacker and there’s also an optional Fiery System to optimise colour and boost productivity with advanced workflow options. Moreover, ease of use is built-in, with operation simple to do using the intuitive touch panel interface. 

“The TASKalfa Pro 15000c retains many of the key features that have made the Kyocera brand so successful,” Julie said. “For example, the device is really easy to maintain, thanks to few moving parts that help reduce the risk of breakdown. Advanced users are also able to perform maintenance, this helps optimise uptime and provides reliability for companies who require consistency from their printing services due to the high quantities of print demanded from each production job,” she concluded. 

For further information or to arrange a demo at Kyocera’s Reading showroom, please contact Print Production Manager Chris Matthews,

TASKalfa Pro 15000c at a glance 

*Speed: 146 ppm 

*Warm up time: 120 seconds or less 

*First page out time: Copy: 5 seconds or less Print: 5.5 seconds or less n

*Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi; 600 x 1200 dpi 

*Maximum duty cycle: 1 million pages per month 

*Scalability: Modular design allows for different configurations *Maximum paper capacity: Storage for 14,310 sheets