Konica Minolta Launches Digital-Embellishment Press

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. today launched the MGI JETvarnish 3D One, which it bills as a simple, compact, and affordable digital embellishment press that provides raised “sensory” print applications for printers of every size.

The new system produces 100 percent digital print enhancements —  2D/3D dimensional Spot UV varnishes with foil highlights for applications on hundreds of substrate surfaces, including paper, plastic, and synthetic stocks.

With projected growth for decorative embellishment for 2017-2022 at more than 10-percent CAGR, according to IDC, Konica Minolta invested in the press as part of its mission to create opportunity for printers to increase and diversify their revenue streams. It first previewed the press last October during the PRINTING United conferece, alongside four other new products including a high-volume, toner-based production press, digital label press, desktop multi-purpose embellishment solution, and a corrugated box printer.

“Growth in the decorative embellishment area will be a real differentiator for many commercial printers who will be able to charge a high margin for the service,” commented Dino Pagliarello, vice president of Product Management and Planning. “In a recent study by NAPCO, brand owners said that on average they pay a 40-percent premium for 3-D variable data textures and this product is an affordable solution for printers to offer these services.”

Konica Minolta says the MGI JETvarnish 3D One digital print embellishment press represents a major new advancement in bringing digital special effects to the mainstream of the commercial printing, finishing, and packaging industries. This new press utilizes key components of JETvarnish technology, including the intelligent and adaptive AIS SmartScanner registration system, and is designed as  a compact, cost-effective, entry-level solution for all printers.

The company also says the small operational footprint of the JETvarnish 3D One allows printers, finishers, and converters to have an in-house full production and prototyping print embellishment system without screens, dies or plates. The all-purpose patented varnish formula allows both flat 2D Spot UV highlighting and sculptured 3D raised special effects on a wide range of substrate stocks and up to 450gsm, from offset and digital inks to lamination films and aqueous coatings.

According to Konica Minolta, the JETvarnish 3D One provides printers with the ability to generate more high-impact printed communications and profitable decorative embellishments on all commercial and in-plant applications including booklets, brochures, business cards, mailpieces, book covers, sheet-fed labels, small folding cartons, retail display signs and posters. Sheet sizes range from 14×29.5” and the LED 2D/3D effects reach 116 microns in a single pass.

The firm also says that this expansion of MGI’s JETvarnish 3D Series digital print enhancement technology offers a full spectrum of 2D/3D spot coating and dimensional textures for everyone. The cost-effective price point and automatic inkjet head cleaning technology, along with the AIS SmartScanner intelligent registration system, creates a simple, convenient path for developing new digital finishing applications and diverse new application-based revenue streams.

The new JETvarnish 3D One joins Konica Minolta and MGI’s existing series of sheet-fed and roll-fed digital special effects presses, which feature 2D/3D UV dimensional textures as standalone finishing hubs for digital, offset, gravure and flexo printed materials. Other enhancement presses include: JETvarnish 3D Evolution (29×47”), JETvarnish 3D Web (17” roll width) and the JETvarnish 3D S (14×40”), which also features embossed variable data foiling capabilities.

For more information, visit Konica Minolta here.

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