Konica Minolta AccurioWide: A Hybrid Solution
Konica Minolta (PRINTING United Booth 9536) highlights the AccurioWide 200 wide-format printer. The printer employs a hybrid technology platform that can print on most types of roll-to-roll, flexible roll and rigid media. The AccurioWide 200 is positioned for commercial printers, franchise printers and sign shops that want to take their wide-format production to the next level for efficiency and cost savings.
Powered by Konica Minolta KM1024i printhead technology, the AccurioWide 200 uses UV ink technology that incorporates more color pigment per droplet, reducing ink consumption compared to other printers on the market. Outstanding print quality, with a large color gamut and outstanding color vibrancy, is achieved by printing up to 1,440 dpi by 720 dpi print resolution. For print production savings, a combination of air-cooled ultraviolet light (UV) and LED curing lamps speed up ink drying times and, in most cases, the LEDs will last the life of the printer.
The AccurioWide 200 was launched together with the AccurioWide 160. The AccurioWide 160, printing at a width of 1.6 meters, operates in various print speed modes, from draft to high quality, printing with four colors with white inks or six-color inks only. The AccurioWide 200 has a larger print width at 2 meters, faster print speeds than the 160, and prints in six colors with white inks. Capable of printing to a wide range of media and substrates, the AccurioWide printers allow for traditional sign and display applications like point-of-purchase banners, as well as niche applications including printing directly to aluminum di-bond metal or wood for specialty products.
In addition, the AccurioPro WideDirector, a complete and robust software workflow that drives AccurioWide printers, can handle the most difficult and complex print jobs. The all-in-one software has the capability of managing colors and preflight tools by automatically analyzing an incoming digital print job, making suggestions to improve image quality as needed. The software offers automated job layout with step and repeat, image nesting with printing to multiple printers and compatibility with print finishers. The AccurioPro WideDirector also features compatibility with Konica Minolta FD-9 scanning spectrophotometer and other third-party devices for color profiling and color management. Enhancements to the software earlier this year included improved G7 calibration, general color management improvements, dongle-less protection, support for Konica Minolta FD-5/FD-7 spectrophotometers and the new Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.0.