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  • 12 Sep 2022

Konica Minolta unveils AccurioLabel 400 press

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. will be participating at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago, Illinois, September 13 – 15. The company will display a full line of labeling presses at Booth 5803, including the unveiling of the AccurioLabel 400 five-color label press for the first time in the United States.

Konica Minolta unveils AccurioLabel 400, the new 5-color label press for the first time in the US. The company is also showcasing the entire range of its labeling presses.

According to the company, the press was initially designed to offer an affordable entry point into high-quality digital printing for small-to-mid sized label converters. AccurioLabel presses are now widely accepted by large-sized businesses as well. According to global market intelligence firm IDC, Konica Minolta currently leads the US label market with 41 percent market share in the first quarter of 2022. The company aims to gain an even greater foothold with the addition of the AccurioLabel 400.

Available in spring of 2023, the AccurioLabel 400 incorporates all of Konica Minolta’s technology, including the Intelligent Quality Optimizer (IQ-520) color management functionality for real-time color stability and registration control. The new press features a fifth well for white toner to expand creative label applications, plus resolution equivalent to 3,600 x 2,400 DPI and many automated control features for highly productive output.

'We are showcasing some amazing technologieso, including exciting previews of two new devices – the AccurioLabel 400 and PKG-1300 - that make high-quality digital label printing and packaging faster, easier and more affordable for commercial printers, converters and their customers,' said Dino Pagliarello, senior vice president of product management and planning at Konica Minolta. 'A main focus of our exhibit is the AccurioLabel 400. By building this press off our flagship toner product, and incorporating the IQ-520 technology and optional fifth color station with white toner, we’re adding a whole layer of capability we haven’t had on the label side of the business until now, which will really differentiate us in the market.'

Konica Minolta also showcases the AccurioLabel 230 digital label press paired up with the GM DC330 Mini. According to the company, this label finisher allows users to add UV varnish with options for spot UV varnish, laminate, super-gloss and cold foil. It can also die-cut, slit and rewind to provide completely finished labels. Based on the GM DC330 platform, this device has been designed and improved over eight generations, and features new electronics, a newly designed control panel and an updated user interface.

A technology preview of the PKG-1300 full-color digital packaging press is also be part of the exhibit. With image quality up to 1,200 x 1,200 DPI, the company says that this package printer supports printing on uncoated and clay coated materials at thicknesses from 1 to 50mm. The PKG-1300 ink is water-based pigment ink which is safe for the food and cosmetic markets. Three configurations can include auto feeders and stackers to provide high productivity and performance.

Additionally, Konica Minolta is driving awareness for its long-term environmental action plan, which includes achieving Carbon Minus Status by 2030 and reducing CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycle 80 percent by 2050. As part of this mission, the company has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation the last two years to plant 20,000 trees in an effort to revitalize US national forests. Booth visitors can write their name on a specially printed label which will be adhered to a tree as part of the exhibit. Following the show, Konica Minolta will plant a tree for every label collected.

'It gives me great pleasure to welcome Konica Minolta to Labelexpo Americas 2022,' said Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series. 'The global launch of the Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 400 digital press is another great reason for label converters to attend Labelexpo Americas as the North American industry continues its transition from analog to digital.'

Konica Minolta will hold a press conference during Labelexpo on Tuesday, September 13, at 12pm ET in Press Conference Room 13 within the conference suite adjacent to the show floor. The company is also participating in Labelexpo’s Digital Embellishment Trail to enable attendees to explore the full range of digital decoration options.

Virtual product demos are available at the booth for Konica Minolta’s MGI JETvarnish 3D Web. Experts are on-site for product demonstrations and questions.

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