Konica Minolta Launches New High-Speed Inkjet Printhead KM1024i for Ceramic Printing

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Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) (TOKYO:4902) (ISIN:JP3300600008) today announced the introduction of the KM1024i inkjet printhead for industrial use with the drive speed at approximately three times as fast as the existing models.

The new KM1024i is piezo on-demand printhead for industrial use with independent drive system of each nozzle channel, while the existing KM1024 series use 3-cycle drive system. The independent drive system enables the KM1024i to realize approximately triple the speed of the existing models.

The higher drive speed has significantly upgraded the new printhead's performance for industrial-use inkjet printers designed primarily for ceramic printing or label printing that demands higher productivity. The printhead structure with high ink durability and the high-performance built-in heater supports stable print quality when used with high-viscosity ink for ceramic printing. The KM1024's slim and compact body contributes to development of smaller industrial printers. The environmentally-considerate KM1024i has reduced petroleum-based resource usage and toxic chemical substance usage approximately to one-third of existing models and been certified as "Green Products."

Spain, Italy, China and South America have seen increasing demand in inkjet printing for building exterior materials and tiles, as the technology is suited for high-mix, small-lot printing. Expectations have risen for further growth of ceramic printing in those regions. Konica Minolta exhibited the KM1024i at drupa 2012, drawing widespread attention. With the addition of the KM1024i, Konica Minolta enhances its product lineup and continues to meet various needs of customers for higher productivity and efficiency.

Major Features

1. Multi-row structure inkjet printhead with independent drive system for all nozzles

2. Maximum drive frequency (45kHz), approximately tripled from the KM1024 series

3. Stable ejection performance and printhead structure with superb ink durability

4. High-performance built-in heater to control ink temperature

5. 360npi high-resolution nozzles, capable of maximum eight grayscale levels

6. Environmentally-considerate "Certified Green Products"


About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta, Inc. is a technology company of creative minds that provides innovative solutions to business and society. Giving shape to ideas with breakthrough innovations, Konica Minolta rises to the challenges of creating new value. Learn more at www.konicaminolta.com.

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Konica Minolta, Inc.
Fujio Kuwata/Hiroki Inada, +81-42-589-3702
Inkjet Business Unit
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