Above: More Than Ink executives with their newly installed Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 LED UV Inkjet Press. Left to right: John Christiansen, co-owner / President; Isabel Christiansen, co-owner/accounting; Aaron Canaday, co-owner/vice president; Peterjohn Christiansen, CFO
Konica Minolta announced the installation of its AccurioJet KM-1 LED UV Inkjet Press at More Than Ink. More Than Ink is an eco-friendly print shop focused on digital printing which includes booklets, catalogs, envelopes, pads, brochures and folders. It offers direct and bulk mailing and design services as well as a large format department for signs, storefronts and trade show items.
More Than Ink has used Konica Minolta presses for ten years, most recently purchasing the AccurioPress C6100 Digital Printing Color Press in 2020 and the bizhub PRESS C1085 Digital Printing Press in 2018.
When More Than Ink sought a new solution that was more competitive to traditional offset printing than the digital toner presses it currently used, it turned to Konica Minolta as its “go-to option” based on the relationship the two companies had established. Specifically, the printer was looking to grow into more books, catalogs, and magazines – which are only reasonable up to a certain quantity on the digital toner presses before needing to go offset. More Than Ink knew the AccurioJet KM-1 would allow it to stay as a digital shop and expand into the new inkjet technology to be more competitive with larger runs and faster turnaround time.
“We are extremely satisfied with the quality of the AccurioJet KM-1 and the options available to us to scale quality and ink consumption depending on the job,” said John Christiansen, president, More Than Ink. “This investment will help us produce jobs with vivid and consistent colors over large run sizes, while also offering our customers faster turn-around times when needed and better control over the price point.”
Current estimations show that with the AccurioJet KM-1, More Than Ink will be able to bring the majority of its outsourced offset jobs back in house to control cost, overhead, and production times more efficiently. As an eco-friendly print shop, More Than Ink recycles everything it can throughout the building including paper, cardboard, plastics, and toner cartridges. It was pleased with the increased sheet sizes which allows for more up per page to help reduce overall waste. Working with a relatively small space, More Than Ink was happy to work with Konica Minolta technicians who were helpful in ensuring it had the very best placement of the equipment in its building.
“More Than Ink is extremely passionate about their work, constantly striving to deliver the highest-quality products possible to ensure they exceed their clients’ expectations,” said Bill Troxil, president, Industrial Print and Production Print Business, Konica Minolta. “We are pleased that they have continued to invest in Konica Minolta equipment to grow their business by taking advantage of the AccurioJet KM-1 and all the benefits that the latest in UV inkjet technology has to offer.”
The Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 is a 29-inch sheet-fed UV inkjet press. The KM-1e can produce up to 3,000 sheets per hour on a wide range of paper thicknesses, from 0.06 to 0.6mm. The press prints on various media, including typical offset stocks, clear film, metallic media, canvas, Tyvek and embossed paper.