First-Ever Konica Minolta-Branded Wide Format Products
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. (Konica Minolta), a leader in the Graphic Communications Industry, announced the commercial launch of the AccurioWide 160 and AccurioWide 200 wide format printers, both of which employ a hybrid technology platform that can print on most types of roll-to-roll, flexible roll and rigid media. The AccurioWide printers are positioned for commercial printers, franchise printers and sign shops that want to take their wide format production to the next level for efficiency and cost savings and are now available for purchase in Canada.
Powered by Konica Minolta KM1024i print head technology, both printers use UV ink technology that incorporates more colour pigment per droplet, reducing ink consumption compared to other printers on the market. Outstanding print quality, with a large colour gamut and outstanding colour vibrancy, is achieved by printing up to 1440 x 720 dpi print resolutions. For print production savings, a combination of air-cooled ultraviolet light (UV) and LED curing lamps speed up ink drying times, and, in most cases, the LEDs will last the life of the printer.
The AccurioWide 160 operates in various print speed modes, from draft to high quality, printing with four colours with white inks or six colour inks only. The AccurioWide 200 has a larger print width, faster print speeds than the 160, and prints in six colours with white inks. Capable of printing to a wide range of media and substrates, the AccurioWide printers will allow for traditional sign and display applications like point of purchase banners, as well as niche applications including printing directly to aluminum di-bond metal or wood for specialty products.
In addition, the AccurioPro WideDirector, a complete and robust software workflow that drives AccurioWide printers, can handle the most difficult and complex print jobs. The all-in-one software has the capability of managing colours and pre-flight tools by automatically analyzing an incoming digital print job, making suggestions to improve image quality as needed. The software offers automated job layout with step & repeat, image nesting with printing to multiple printers and compatibility with print finishers. The AccurioPro WideDirector also features compatibility with Konica Minolta FD-9 scanning spectrophotometer and other third-party devices for colour profiling and colour management. In the near future, AccurioPro WideDirector will also provide support for the Konica Minolta FD-5 and FD-7 hand held spectrophotometers.
“These two products represent Konica Minolta’s first official foray into wide-format printing, and we think they are emblematic of the technological innovation that the company has come to be associated with. The print head imaging technology and colour management tools contained in the AccurioWide 160 and 200 are state of the art, and bring immense value to our customers,” said Norm Bussolaro, Sr. Director of Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd.
The AccurioWide 160 printer was on display at the recent Print18 trade show in Chicago, and both devices were demonstrated at the 2018 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo in Las Vegas. Both printers are now available to order for Canadian customers. Interested parties should contact their Konica Minolta representative for more information.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. is a leader in the Graphic Communications Industry. With our comprehensive portfolio, we provide award-winning production, industrial print and inkjet solutions. Konica Minolta’s IT Services Division offers a range of IT strategy, support and network security solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has been recognized by Brand Keys as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier market for 11 consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for six years in a row. We partner with our customers to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit www.konicaminolta.ca.