Konica Minolta raises the bar with breakthrough colour production systems

7 October 2010

Basildon UK, 6 October 2010
Konica Minolta has launched the bizhub PRESS C6000 and bizhub PRESS C7000, digital colour presses designed to meet the demanding and diverse requirements of the commercial print sector. With a print speed of up to 60 and 71 pages per minute respectively and an impressive maximum input capacity of up to 7,500 sheets, the bizhub PRESS C6000 and C7000 handle monthly volumes of around 330,000 prints with ease.

Equipped with a robust new eight-beam laser engine and eight bit full colour resolution at 1200 by 1200dpi, the bizhub PRESS C6000 and C7000 represent a turning point for digital colour stability and quality on long print runs. The bizhub PRESS C6000 and C7000 achieve this using Konica Minolta’s Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Process (SEAD II) technology, which combines an array of technical innovations to guarantee truly exceptional colour reproduction even at top speeds.

This includes FM (Frequency Modulated) screen technology which provides additional screens for higher quality prints; ITbit technology that helps to refine the clarity of text; image stability which automatically improves the stability of the image quality enhancing production efficiency; and density control which senses and corrects the gradations of different media according to the paper used, eliminating the time-consuming process of producing test patterns. These automated colour management tools facilitate streamlined workflows with calibration that is completely hands-free, and frees operators to focus on producing more outstanding quality jobs in less time.

The bizhub PRESS C6000 and C7000 also utilise Konica Minolta’s third-generation Simitri HD+ polymerised toner for enhanced image quality and low-temperature fusing even on thick paper, creating picture perfect prints on to paper weights of up to 300gsm, in both duplex and standard printing modes. In addition to low temperature fixing, the new third-generation Simitri HD+ polymerised toner also features enhanced heavy paper productivity, virtually eliminating paper curling.

Konica Minolta has also equipped the bizhub PRESS C6000 and C7000 with a mechanical decurler designed to reduce curl through the paper path. Where required the system performance can be enhanced with a unique optional humidification decurler which can raise the moisture content in the paper, reducing curling and cutting static charge.

The bizhub PRESS C6000 and C7000 are also the first colour digital presses to adopt Konica Minolta’s air suction belt paper feed system for highly accurate feeding of a wider range of substrates. There is also a skew detection system, which detects and prevents paper from skewing inside the machine, ensuring almost no image shift to photos on spread layouts. Customisable paper profiles and image alignment save time, increase productivity, and ensure the highest-quality output.

In common with the entire Konica Minolta professional production print system range, the bizhub PRESS C6000 and C7000 offer a flexible choice of online finishing options including large capacity stacker, hole punching, folding, stapling, saddle stitching and perfect binding.

For Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd, Pauline Brooks, Group Product Manager for the Production Print Division said, “When Konica Minolta launched its first professional colour digital system in 2006 it was a game changer for the market, providing affordable digital colour for the CRD and commercial print sectors. Since then our competitors have been playing catch-up but the new bizhub PRESS C6000 and C7000 raise the bar yet again. The systems offer outstanding image quality and image stability over long print runs, with output comparable to offset litho quality. The bizhub PRESS C6000 and C7000 represent a significant R&D investment and are clear evidence of Konica Minolta’s leadership in the colour production print sector.”