Konica Minolta Launches 1st Konica Minolta-Branded Wide-Format Printers

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Yesterday, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. launched its new AccurioWide 160and 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.

Powered by Konica Minolta KM1024i print-head technology, both printers use UV ink technology that’s said to incorporates more color pigment per droplet, reducing ink consumption compared to other printers on the market.  Outstanding print quality, with a large color gamut and outstanding color 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 are said to 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 colors with white inks or six color inks only. Konica Minolta states that the AccurioWide 200 has a larger print width, faster print speeds than the AccurioWide 160, and prints in six colors 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.

The AccurioPro WideDirector, a complete and robust software workflow that drives AccurioWide printers, is said to handle the most difficult and complex print jobs. The all-in-one software has the capability of managing colors 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 color profiling and color management. In the near future, AccurioPro WideDirector will also provide support for the Konica Minolta FD-5 and FD-7 hand-held spectrophotometers.

Dino Pagliarello, vice president of Product Management & Planning at Konica Minolta, commented: “The introduction of the AccurioWide 160 and 200 printers represents the first-ever Konica Minolta-branded wide format products released. They represent our continued achievements and expertise with Konica Minolta print head imaging technology and our color management tools to create incredible print value for our customers.  For our North America launch, we are currently taking U.S. product orders for both printers, with launches in Canada and Mexico anticipated in the months ahead.”

The AccurioWide 160 printer will be on display and demonstrated at the industry trade show, Print 18, being held at McCormick Place South, Chicago, September 30 – October 2, at booth #1611; and at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo, Las Vegas Convention Center, at booth #3769. The AccurioWide 200 will also be on display for the first time and demonstrated at the SGIA Expo.

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