Minuteman Press Cape Town owners Kobus Marais and Rob Brickhill recently took delivery of the new AccurioPress C6100 digital printing colour press from Konica Minolta at their premises in the City Bowl. The company has been using Konica Minolta’s digital presses in their operation since they opened over 14 years ago.
‘We upgrade our machines every three to four years to stay on top of technology,’ said Marais. ‘The C6100 is a natural progression from the C1100, which we were extremely happy with.’
In the company’s ongoing quest to ensure the highest possible quality for their customers, Minuteman insists on colour consistency and precision. They found this in the IQ-501 Intelligent Colour Optimiser, which comes as part of the AccurioPress C6100.
The IQ-501 ensures colour consistency and registration accuracy with highly automated image registration and colour control, a closed-loop system that constantly monitors and adjusts printed output, and automated colour calibration and profiling for quicker operations, less waste and industry-leading productivity.
Minuteman Press Cape Town is a full-service print centre with a large emphasis on booklets, business stationery and printed marketing material. The bulk of the company’s work tends to be on coated art paper and card. They also print across the range of fines and recycled for bespoke requirements, invitations and the like.
‘Konica Minolta is our single most important supplier,’ said Brickhill. ‘They provide the digital technology that has enabled us to grow our business with consistently good print quality and reliable service. Konica Minolta has always had the solutions to match our requirement at different stages in our growth. Konica Minolta gives credibility to our customer message. We certainly recommend them to other print providers.’
The C6100 installed at Minuteman Press Cape Town won the global 2018 Buyers Lab Production Pro Award for Outstanding Colour in Mid-Volume Production Print and is the world’s first electrophotographic press that could comply to the stringent ISO\PAS 15339 print criteria. The press features a 100ppm output speed on media up to 400gsm; 1,8 million sheet monthly duty cycle; automated closed-loop quality-management system and a paper capacity of up to 13,890 sheets.
Konica Minolta production print manager Leon Minnie said the C6100 was geared to being effective as well as efficient. ‘The compact press saves space on the client’s production floor, but it also saves time and labour costs with its simple operation and powerful in-line finishing,’ he said. ‘We are proud to have built such a long-lasting relationship with the Minuteman Press Cape Town owners and their team, and we wish them every success with their new press and with their business.’