Archives by Tag 'Konica Minolta'

Is Digital Print Enhancement the Next Big Thing?

Last updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Since being introduced in the market, innovations in color digital printing have aimed at transferring pages from offset. As digital set its sights on the offset market, the first areas of focus were image quality, speed, and costs. Once digital printing image quality was acceptable and productivity reasonable, the focus continued to expand to other [...]

Four Way Battle for Light Production Color Market

Last updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

In my last two blog articles (click here) I discussed the heavy and mid-duty cycle segments of the color digital printing market. Now let’s take a look at the light production duty cycle segment, which has print engines that print up to 100K simplex, letter size impressions per month.  The following print engines are included: Xerox [...]

Digital Printing at drupa 2016

Last updated: Thursday, June 16, 2016

I had the opportunity to go to Dusseldorf, Germany and attend drupa 2016. Here is my summary of what I saw with regard to digital press developments and trends. While all the major digital press vendors had their wares on display, HP was most impressive with an entire hall full of their gear.   

Can Konica Minolta capture the B2 market for digital color printing?

Last updated: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The centerpiece of Konica Minolta’s sprawling booth at drupa is clearly the KM-1, which is their new B2 size inkjet press intended for the commercial graphic arts market.  First shown as a technology demonstration at drupa 2012 the product is finally coming out of beta and will be ready for purchase soon.   It’s been a [...]

2015 Digital Color Press Review

Last updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Looking back on 2015 there were a number of high profile advances in inkjet technology, but a number of new toner-based products offered expanded capabilities that were well received by print service providers. Inkjet Products for Transactional/Books/Direct Mail (letters) The adoption of high speed continuous feed inkjet for transactional and book printing was well underway [...]

Great Options for Larger Sheet Size Color Digital Presses

Last updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Image quality is always the first criterion when Printers are selecting a new digital press, because if you can’t sell the output it’s not a viable option.  But not far behind are factors including substrate flexibility, sheet size, productivity, reliability, service and costs (both capital and operating). Sheet size continues to be key factor in [...]

100+ PPM Digital Toner Presses on Display at Graph Expo 2015

Last updated: Thursday, November 5, 2015

In the market for a digital color press?  Looking for something fast, say 100 ppm or faster?  While there is a lot of buzz around inkjet the color digital presses that are selling today for high quality graphics applications are primarily toner-based. (I’m including Indigo’s ElectroInk in this group as well.)  The inkjet cutsheet presses [...]

Inkjet with Great Image Quality on Uncoated Offset Stock on Display at Graph Expo 2015

Last updated: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Color inkjet printing has made tremendous progress over the last several years.  Page volumes grew by 38% in 2014 and pages from high speed continuous form inkjet presses accounted for 45% of the total color production digital pages in North America. This growth has been in the areas of transactional statements, books, and direct mail. [...]

How You VDP and Workflow in 2015

Last updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company A couple of weeks ago I asked people in the industry to share the VDP languages, workflow solutions and MIS solutions they use. It is always good to take a quick pulse of the industry and the results confirm much of what I already [...]

Graph Expo 2014 Digital Press Review

Last updated: Friday, November 7, 2014

For those of us who have been to a few Graph Expo’s the first thing we noticed as we walked in was the registration area was in the Heidelberg booth, well not really in the Heidelberg booth, but in the space where the Heidelberg booth used to be, which means the footprint of the show [...]