Konica Minolta to launch first dye sublimation printer


Published: 15 June 2023 | No comments yet

Konica Minolta to launch first dye sublimation printer

The AccurioTex 700 is a 2m transfer paper dye sublimation printer that brings Konica Minolta into a new sector

Konica Minolta used ITMA as the platform to announce its first dye sublimation printer, the AccurioTex 700, backed by production control software, and previewing a new nano-particle pigment ink concept.

The new AccurioTex 700 uses 16 of Konica Minolta’s variable drop size printheads and CMYK inks to offer print speeds of up to 190sqm/hr in draft mode (100/130sqm/hr in a choice of standard modes and 50 in the top quality 720 x 720dpi mode). Due to be officially launched later in 2023, it is a transfer paper printer with 2.05m roll width and like similar dye-sub machines, it is suitable for producing a range of polyester-based applications including fashion fabrics, furnishings, sportswear, outdoor and technical fabrics, soft signage, flags and banners.

Marketing division director Alberto Seteffenini admitted to Digital Textile Printer that Konica Minolta is a latecomer to this sector but explained that with its addition to the more industrially-focused Nassenger line of direct-to-fabric printers, the new machine would get customers of the latter ‘outside these areas, [and bring] more opportunities’.

The Konica Minolta textile printers are backed by Maestro production management software that that monitor the entire textile printing/decoration process from end-to-end, which may include that status of steaming and pre-treatment processes where relevant. Control status and waste output information can be gathered via Industry 4.0 connections with equipment upstream and downstream of the printer.

The company also previewed a nano pigment textile ink technology that is in development. Called Virabe, this is intended to cut post-processing and to work with a range of materials, including polyester, cotton and various synthetic blends such as polyester/rayon.


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