3 AWARDS FOR ACCURIOLABEL 400
The new Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 400 Press – designed for on-demand label print production with the latest in automated technology – has won a trio of global product awards.
They include the iF Design Award, the Red Dot Design Award, and the Good Design Award, for the label press that prints at 40 metres a minute on rolls up to 3000 or 4000 metres long.
Andrew Cocker, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta Australia is pleased to see the AccurioLabel 400 Press receiving global recognition. We see this latest offering in the local market as pivotal in helping to support the growing label production and packaging industries in Australia.”
The iF International Forum Design is headquartered in Hannover, Germany, and is the world's oldest independent design organisation that annually recognises outstanding designs, and presents them with the iF Design Award. This year there were approximately 11,000 applications from 56 countries and regions.
The Red Dot Design Award was founded in 1955, it is one of the world's largest design competitions organised by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. The award consists of three categories – Product Design Award, Communication Design Award, and Design Concept Award – and thousands of entries are received every year from all over the world.
The Good Design Award is the only comprehensive design evaluation and recommendation system in Japan. The Good Design Mark has been widely known as the "G Mark" and is engaged in activities to improve people's lives and society through design.
Cocker said, “The AccurioLabel 400 achieves unprecedented operational efficiency and capability, even in the high-volume range, by utilising high-speed printing, extended continuous printing length, and advanced process automation. This not only minimises time loss at the printing site, but it also supports a significant reduction in the training period of operators. The addition of new white toner adds more value to digital label printing while expanding the range of media possible.”
The press uses dry toner electrophotography, has a five-colour 3600dpi resolution of cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white, and has a high maximum print speed up to 39.9 metres per minute.
The five-colour station with white toner is used in one pass when printing, widening the range of print applications while, says Konica Minolta, saving time, reducing costs, and improving productivity for printers.
It uses electric web guides rather than tension for guiding the web in a precise path. The press tells the operator when the web needs to be changed, with splicing taking place at one point just beyond the unwind, meaning there is no need to guide the whole new web through the press.
The new press has a resolution of 1,200 x 2,400 dpi (3,600 equivalent dpi), delivering “high precision” image reproduction. The inbuilt Intelligent Quality Optimiser provides colour stability, print registration, and density adjustments on the fly, while also reducing set up times. Konica Minolta says the automatic calibrations and profile creation “ensures the highest colour quality” during print runs and when reproducing the same print output over time.