Product of the Month: Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 400

The AccurioLabel 400 is Konica Minolta’s newest dry toner digital label press allowing customers to expand their businesses. Vijay Kamat, pre-sales – industrial print, Konica Minolta, tells Rahul Kumar that the press features a fifth station for white toner and can expand creative label applications

28 Oct 2023 | By Rahul Kumar

What does the machine do?
The AccurioLabel 400 roll-to-roll digital label printing equipment is ideal for printing labels with short-run requirements. Its USP is: it can print label applications, such as track & trace, VDP, and security printing.

What makes this machine stand out?
Label converters and commercial printers are faced with an increasing number of print jobs for small to medium runs, which they are expected to produce in ever-shorter processing times. With conventional flexo and offset printing, it is hardly possible to produce such orders profitably. Flexible digital printing, however, allows short-run jobs easily and efficiently.

What is the USP of the machine?
The USPs include high speed and support for long-run jobs to increase productivity; high-quality, automation, labour saving, skill-free use; addition of white toner for expanded applications; improved machine durability; ability to print CMYK and additional white with high opacity; and intelligent quality optimiser system to provide continuous highest quality.

When was it introduced to the Indian market?
In India, the machine was launched during the start of the current financial year. Earlier, it was launched in 2022 in the USA.

What was the thought process when the machine was conceived?
The AccurioLabel 400 is the fourth-generation model of Konica Minolta’s digital label solution. While communicating with the customers and with label converters, the KM team understood that additional white colour with high productivity was required to support a variety of print demands emanating from the market. Therefore, a new machine which catered to the market requirements was launched in the current year. 

How does this new press differ from the previous one?
The new equipment offers additional white colour, higher print production speed and improved quality control parameters. It also offers enhanced adaptability, as well as improved cost performance with longer life of operating components.

What is the target market?
The target market includes label converters and offset and packaging printers and brands planning backward integration of their production systems.

What are the types of substrate it can handle?
Coated tack / non-tack paper, natural shade media, PP, PET, and synthetic media are supported on this machine.

What is the speed of the machine?
The speed of the machine is 39.9-m/min with tack paper.

Is there anything in the machine which is available as a standalone?
The machine is available under standard configuration with 330-mm media width. However, the user can include additional width with 250-mm onward sizes. Additional components like corona unit and lamination unit can be supported as optional items.

Describe how is the machine user-friendly.
On the machine, print data can be directly outputted from the PC over the network. Only paper replacement requires manual operation. Most of the operations, such as colour calibration, print workflows and job management functions, are automated. Stable quality is ensured from the first sheet of the job onwards, reducing print wastage. Operator has to follow instructions which are displayed on the screen.

Training and support on offer?
Konica Minolta conducts one-week operator training. Also, support engineers are allocated from nearby offices of Konica Minolta. Site spares and consumable stocks are maintained at customer site. Regular scheduled preventive maintenance and regular support for technology upgrades, are followed under post installation support plan. 

Which are the main services available with the machine?
Konica Minolta connects all equipment over the intranet service network. All breakdown calls, first gets resoled by taking machine online thro remote operation and engineer travels only to attend major breakdown maintenance which hardly occurs looking at reliability of the equipment. Regular inks and consumable requirements are also tracked online so that all necessary components are supplied without any human intervention.  

Installation numbers?  
KM has sold it first AccurioLabel 400 to Multigraphics in Dehradun. The deal was inked during Labelexpo. PrintWeek is in touch with the KM team to ascertain the numbers on a worldwide basis. As per the team members from other Konica Minolta country organisations, the AccurioLabel 400 is one of the highest sold digital presses in Europe and USA.

Pawan Chauhan, 
sales head – industrial print. Konica Minolta
Mobile 7428589209