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Konica Minolta has launched the third generation of its AccurioLabel line of digital toner presses to bring high-end productivity to entry-level markets.

Available as of the start of June with a list price circa £160,000, the AccurioLabel 230 (AL230) will replace the AL190. With Konica Minolta taking orders now, the new machine will make its show debut at Labelexpo in Belgium on 24-27 September.

The most significant upgrade to its predecessor is its speed of 23.4m/min. The AL230 can print at full speed on most coated and uncoated papers, PP and PET media.
Industrial print business unit leader Jon Pritchard said: “I think one challenge that customers have when buying their first digital investment is the difference in productivity; they are used to 80m/min on flexo and the typical digital machine goes at 5-10m/min. Having gotten used to flexo speeds, it can be difficult to change that mindset. We’ve been fundamentally working on improving print speeds and have now done so significantly in a way that puts the AL230 alongside high-end toner presses in terms of productivity.

“Customers want an entry-level price point with the performance of higher-end presses and because of the capabilities of this press we will be marketing to all sizes of printers in all areas of the sector. At this price, there is nothing in the marketplace that can compete.”

Konica Minolta developed its AccurioLabel 230 machine in collaboration with Grafisk Maskinfabrik in Denmark. Alongside its increased speed, the AL230 can print at its highest resolution of 1,200dpi for runs of up to 1,000m without the need for recalibration.

It can be configured with an overprinting option to allow for seamless printing onto pre-printed media, such as overprinting on flexo white for clear PP labels, and has a built-in speed detector for media feeding to cut paper waste and increase registration accuracy.