First such printer to achieve certification validating the accuracy and consistency of its digital colour print process
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that its AccurioPress C6100 Digital Colour Press has been awarded the Idealliance ISO/PAS 15339 certification. The C6100 is now the first high-volume digital press to earn this certification using dry toner electrophotographic printing technology.
ISO/PAS 15339 (International Standards Organization/Publicly Available Specifications) certification recognizes those digital press manufacturers that demonstrate their products are capable of consistently and accurately printing colour spaces as per the CRPCs (Characterized Reference Printing Conditions) specifications of the Idealliance compliance program.
Print samples from the C6100 were first delivered to the Rochester Institute of Technology for testing against six CRPC specifications. A report on the outcome of these stringent tests is then forwarded to Idealliance for ISO/PAS 15339 certification under their program guidelines.
“The Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6100 was the world’s first electrophotographic press to achieve Idealliance ISO/PAS 15339 certification. Konica Minolta’s unique polymerized toner Simitri®, their front-end press technology, and their highly trained staff in colour management and metrology, all played a role in this great achievement,” said Timothy Baechle, CEO at Idealliance. “What is extraordinary is the Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6100 is a 4-colour EP press, and the colour gamut this press can achieve, and especially the tolerances the press can hold over a print run, is simply remarkable. This certification is another great testament and benchmark for Konica Minolta. The craftsmanship they are doing not only with their technology, but how this type of performance and quality serves their customer base, is achieved with the support of certified colour management experts,” added Baechle.
The AccurioPress C6100 Digital Colour Press can print an astounding 5,455 colour pages per hour. This press uses a fully automated, closed-loop quality management system to deliver superior colour quality and consistency, as well as accurate front to back registration. It offers 1200 x 1200 dpi (dots per inch) resolution with 8-bit processing for smoother, more realistic colour images that rival offset printing at a fraction of the cost.
“Having our AccurioPress C6100 be awarded the ISO/PAS 15339 certification – a world-first for a digital press using electrophotographic technology – is demonstrative of the exceptional value our products offer to mid and large-volume printers,” said Norm Bussolaro, Sr. Director of Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. “No other manufacturer has obtained this level of certification, and this is yet another reason why customers should look to us for innovative and industry-leading technology solutions.”
The recipe of AccurioPress technology, IQ-501 inline quality inspection system, Creo IC-314 DFE, and AccurioPro CloudEye colour management solution ensured precise alignment with ISO 15339 RPC 6 (GRACoL 2013). The combination of print engine, inline spectrophotometry, Digital Front End (DFE), and advanced International Colour Consortium (ICC) profiling – synchronized and close-looped – proved successful with little user intervention. The entire process to achieve this level of precision took less than one hour; from full press linearization and calibration, press fingerprinting (ICC profiling), to results validation.
Idealliance, a global think tank, is a non-profit graphic communications industry organization with 12 strategically located offices around the world. Idealliance serves brands, content and media creators, manufacturers, service providers in print and packaging, mail delivery, marketing, material suppliers, and technology partners worldwide. We do our work through ISO Standards Innovation, Print and Digital Workflows & Technologies Collaboration, Technical Research & Industry Insights, and Certification, Training, and Brand and Facility Auditing Programs. Our specifications have transformed the graphic communications industry by defining production workflows for colour (GRACoL®, SWOP®, XCMYK™, G7®, BrandQ®), content management (PRISM®), mail supply (Mail.dat®, Mail.XML™), and paper (papiNet®). ISO recognizes Idealliance as the world’s foremost certifying body for competencies, systems, materials and facilities, and Idealliance is the world’s leading contributor to ISO standards.
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