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Konica Minolta – First digital label press launched

The new bizhub Press C71cf produces short to mid runs on-demand

BELGIUM • At Labelexpo Europe Konica Minolta launched bizhub Press C71cf, the company’s first digital label press system. It is set to fill the gap between entry-level and high-end digital label printing presses.

Konica Minolta developed this machine especially because of the changing nature of print requests. According to the study “What do converters want?” published by InfoTrends in 2012, about 60% of converters’ print jobs are less than a run length of 10,000. The bizhub Press C71cf produces short to mid runs on-demand, provides a quick turnaround time and is easy to use. The device uses a dry toner electro-photographic imaging engine and will print roll-to-roll CMYK at 13.5 m/min (44.29 fpm) at a native solution of 1200 x 1200 dpi/8 bit. Maximum unwind/rewind diameter is 500 mm (20”). The continuous feed printing system is capable of printing a range of self-adhesive and non-adhesive material, including coated and uncoated paper, polypropylene and synthetic paper. The main application areas are labels for beverages, liquors, industrial goods, household products and food.

Before presenting the new press at Labelexpo, a prototype machine was tested at the Portuguese printing house Litho Formas. Miguel Pinto, Managing Director at Litho Formas, states: “The solids are better than we can achieve with flexo, particularly on difficult colours like blue. The text is very sharp, and the vignettes fade well to zero. The halftones are offset, not flexo quality.” It will be available in Europe from February 2016.

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Armin Karl Geiger

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