First KM-1 digital inkjet B2 sold at PacPrint

Three store Minuteman Press franchisees Simon Crabtree and Melinda Shilland have bought Australia’s first Konica Minolta B2 digital inkjet sheetfed press, and will use it to create a central printing hub for their stores under the Jossimo name.

Crabtree says, “We bought it for the quality. It prints on offset stocks at offset quality, but with the digital benefits of no makeready, no plates and instant printing.”

Named the AccurioJet KM-1 the new Konica Minolta printer is essentially a Komori chassis with feed, paper transport and delivery from the Japanese offset giant, with the inkjet printing technology from Konica Minolta. It prints on offset stocks at 1200x1200dpi in single sided or perfecting mode at 2700sph. There are no plates, no makeready, and it can print variable data.

Crabtree and Shilland own three Minuteman stores in Melbourne, and say they will use the AccurioJet KM-1 as the core production unit at a new central print hub they are creating to serve the stores. Crabtree bought the first store in 2009, with Shilland joining two years later.

Crabtree says, “The quality of the KM-1 is at an offset level, it prints on offset stocks with no pre-coat or post-coat, and has robust engineering. Our clients are demanding this level of quality, this enables us to meet that requirement, but without having to use offset presses.

“The speed and productivity of the KM-1 are impressive but it is the quality that we went for, it is at another level and will be warmly welcomed by our growing client base.”

Mark Brown, newly installed as product marketing manager says, “Make no mistake the Accuriojet KM-1 will be an offset replacement machine. Run lengths are coming down all the time, most work is now short run, and most work is wanted virtually immediately, the KM-1 delivers on all these points. No plates and no makeready make life easy for printers.”

Crabtree says, “We got the idea of  a central hub for a Minuteman franchisee in the US who has six stores, all served by one hub he has created. It is efficient and will work for us, and will mean we can service our clients to a level that exceeds their expectations.”

The KM-1 is being supplied through Konica Minolta’s newly created Industrial Print division, which also includes the MGI line of digital embellishing equipment.

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