Konica Minolta has added an inline finishing option to its AccurioJet KM-1 B2 inkjet press as part of a raft of new technology partnerships. Also, the company has revealed the plans to increase the installed base to 50 later this year. The Japanese manufacturer currently has 30 AccurioJets installed worldwide, with the most recent installation of the UV inkjet press going into production last month at a large Polish printing company. A further sale to a French printer with a specific requirement to print onto plastic is also imminent.   
Mark Hinder, head of market development at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, said, “We have UK orders in the pipeline, but Brexit has made the UK a challenge. People are taking their time about capex.  The UK print market has always been innovative, but probably at this time Brexit is holding back decisions.”  
Hinder said the manufacturer aimed to hit 50 installations “in the next six-to-eight months”.   
He said that Konica Minolta’s patented inkjet droplet control technology, which has now been officially named ‘DotFreeze’, was opening up a variety of potential applications for the press. “We achieve perfect colour-to-colour registration with DotFreeze, and this allows us to do some quite unique things. We’ve been doing a lot of work with customers on hybrid printing applications where four-colour litho combined with four-colour KM-1 and it is matching perfectly,” Hinder explained.
He said that the KM-1’s ability to print onto a wide range of media types, including plastics and textured materials, was proving to be a key strength. Among the existing users the production of high-quality books and book jackets has also taken off.
The new technology partnerships include a tie-up with UK finishing kit manufacturer Rollem for a fully-automated inline finishing setup for the KM-1. Rollem has developed a special bridge that is likely to give users a number of workflow options for inline or near-line finishing.