Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1e is a Game Changer for the Kennickell Group
UV LED Inkjet Press Impacts Every Aspect of Business
Ramsey, NJ — Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leader in industrial and commercial printing and packaging solutions, is pleased to announce the installation of its inkjet press UV AccurioJet KM-1e LED at The Kennickell Group (Kennickell), a large format and commercial printing company founded in 1892. Savannah’s oldest family business and one of the region’s largest printers, Kennickell specializes in commercial printing, direct mail, publications, print on demand and large format printing.
Producing a huge range of work for clients, Kennickell executes jobs as small as business cards to magazines, books, direct mail, online storefronts, murals, vehicle wraps and more. Seeking to impact all aspects of its business, the printer sought a new high-quality digital printing platform with a larger sheet size than is available on most toner-based devices. Other requirements included low operating cost with high productivity. Kennickell reviewed a number of wide-format toner and inkjet presses, and ultimately chose Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1e for its print quality, upgradability, and UV inks for a fast drying.
Previously, Kennickell spent a lot of time moving its many direct mail and postcard projects from its printers to then process them on its inkjet printers. After installing the AccurioJet KM-1e, he was able to dramatically increase throughput by printing and addressing parts at the same time. Plus, what used to be a two-hour set-up on Kennickell’s offset presses now takes just minutes, with the AccurioJet KM-1e’s first sheet perfect.
“We love the print quality,” said Al Kennickell, president of The Kennickell Group. “We have a number of high-end customers that we print very difficult jobs for including heavy solids, multi-signature crossovers and ghosting issues, and the AccurioJet KM-1e handles all of this beautifully. .”
Kennickell expects the new press to significantly change the way its customers order printing. Shorter runs are now economical, as unit costs are kept low without having to order thousands more than necessary. With the AccurioJet KM-1e, direct mail can now be produced several days faster and more cost-effectively. The printer also purchased the MGI JETvarnish 3D One for its postcard applications and its potential for developing the packaging and signage part of its business.
Kennickell has long been committed to being good stewards of the environment by encouraging the use of recycled papers, recycling 100% of paper products/waste and aluminum plates, and using vegetable-based inks and products eco-friendly. The company was extremely pleased that with the AccurioJet KM-1e there is no longer a need for plates, no more wasted paper for preparations and less energy consumption.
“With the addition of the AccurioJet KM-1e, we had to train our staff to rethink throughput,” Kennickell added. “Until you have a press like this, you really don’t understand the flexibility you have, and we are rethinking many aspects of how we push work in our factory. I can truly say this is a game changer for us.
“We know the Kennickell Group prides itself on improving efficiency and reducing costs for its customers, while delivering the highest quality output, which we are able to make possible through the benefits of AccurioJet KM-1e,” said Bill Troxil, President, Industrial Printing and Production Printing, Konica Minolta. “We are proud that they have chosen to deploy the very latest in UV inkjet technology by investing in this device.”
The Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1e 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 0.6 mm. The press prints on a variety of media, including transparent film, metal media, canvas, and embossed paper.
Watch a brief video about the Kennickell Group and their experience with the AccurioJet KM-1e LED UV inkjet press.
Learn more about the press here.