Kyocera Enters High-Speed Inkjet Production-Printer Market with New TASKalfa Pro 15000c

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Kyocera TASKalfa Pro 15000c

KYOCERA Document Solutions America today entered the production-printer market, previewing its first high-speed inkjet production printer and its first production printer – the new TASKalfa Pro 15000c high-speed, inkjet cut-sheet full-color printer – at its 2018 KYOCERA Innovate dealer conference being held in Orlando, Florida.

With print speeds of up to 150 ppm in A4 mode (146 ppm in Letter-size mode), regardless of media type, the firm says that this full-color production inkjet printer is ideally suited for print service providers (PSPs) and customers looking to run medium to large volume print jobs in-house at an attractive price point.

Yukio Ikeda, president and CEO of KYOCERA Document Solutions America, commented: “The TASKalfa Pro 15000c enables Kyocera, and its resellers, greater access to a broader customer audience, specifically in the production print market. The TASKalfa Pro 15000c will offer impressive media support and professional paper-handling options to handle everything from high-volume variable data printing requirements to shorter runs of custom output. Slated to launch globally in early 2019, the TASKalfa Pro 15000c will be available through select authorized resellers both in the U.S. and on a global scale.

“We are honored to be the first KYOCERA Document Solutions company to publicly show the TASKalfa Pro 15000c at our Dealer Partner conference this week in Orlando” continued Ikeda. “This product marks our entry into the color production print market in the US and across the Americas, and we are confident that it will be a success.”

The TASKalfa Pro 15000c will be commercially available in early 2019. Detailed product specifications, and MSRP will be made available at that time. For inquiries on how to become a KYOCERA Document Solutions reseller and gain access to the TASKalfa Pro 15000c in the United States,  contact Kyocera at integratedmarketing@da.kyocera.com.

As seen on this product page, Kyocera has been developing inkjet print head for digital textile and production printing for some time, but this appears to be the first time that it’s incorporated inkjet printing in a Kyocera-brand production or office printer. Kyocera inkjet print heads are said to feature:

  • Wide print width: 108mm for a wider printing coverage with fewer print heads
  • High-speed, high-resolution and grayscale printing – available simultaneously
  • Reliability in continuous printing – unique ink channel design provides stable ink supply to all 2,656 nozzles

Kyocera also previewed the TASKalfa 13600 black-and-white production-printer series, which consists of three models rated at 96, 111, and 136 ppm at 1,200 x 4,800 dpi resolution, with scanning at up 220 ipm, and an available optional EFI Fiery controller. Kyocera will be launching some 29 new hardware units in its 2019 fiscal year.

Reaffirms Dealer Commitment

Kyocera also reaffirmed its commitment to its authorized dealer channel, stating that it’s the “industry’s most dealer-centric company.”

The event drew more than 1,000 dealer partners, Kyocera executives, industry press, and guests from Canada, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Japan.

The conference theme, “It Takes a Team,” is said to refer to Kyocera’s “unparalleled commitment as the industry’s most dealer-centric document imaging and document management organization.” “We focus on creating a culture of teamwork that supports every member of the Kyocera family,” explained KYOCERA Document Solutions America’s Yukio Ikeda.

Much of Innovate 2018 conference focused on digitized data and the ways Kyocera is adapting to meet the evolving needs of today’s customer. This year the company says it’s taken its Total Document Solutions approach to the next level, with the launch of TDS 2.0.

“TDS 2.0 is about workflow optimization, enterprise content management, and business process improvement,” said Danielle Wolowitz, vice president of corporate marketing. “These solutions aren’t just for large-scale businesses anymore – with a TDS Assessment, we can find ways to improve any company’s workflow.”

Kyocera says it’s fully supporting its dealers’ TDS 2.0 efforts with comprehensive training, tools, and resources. Wolowitz pointed to Kyocera’s recent acquisition of DataBank, one of the world’s leading enterprise content management providers. “Our dealers now have support from a world-class partner in ECM and BPI solutions.”

New MFPs and Renewed Focus on Business Applications

Kyocera introduced a range of new copier/MFPs, filling out the higher end of its line with models whose print speeds enter production-level print levels. The company announced the roll out of 96 ppm, 111 ppm, and 136 ppm models, and channel partners had the opportunity to demo the new 90-ppm TASKalfa 9002i.

Kyocera says that software solutions – commonly called Business Applications – play a major role in the company’s TDS 2.0 approach. At the Technology Fair, attendees saw demonstrations of various business applications, including KYOCERA Net Manager, Kyocera Fleet Services (KFS), DMConnect / DMConnect Pro, Accusender ShareBase and more.

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