Over the years the printing industry has undergone a number of changes; especially with a gradual yet significant shift from offset to digital printing technology. Initiated by growing demands for high printing volumes followed by the incessant needs of outsourcing, the adoption of digital production printing has not only opened up new avenues for providers of printing solutions; but has rather helped in revolutionising businesses in many new different ways.
Displaying such vitality in the growth of the printing industry, Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESSC8000 is a state of the art digital production printer that offers a broad range of proficiencies to meet varying customer demands particularly that of increased productivity. Complementing its image as a heavy duty printer, the product not only supports more than 10,000 sheets paper capacity and has a capacity to print upto 5,00,000 A4 pages a month.
Conceived with an aim to provide customers with competitive prices, the bizhub PRESS C8000manages to reduce on overheads primarily by cutting down on offset charges for processes like wash ups, inks and plates. Commenting on C8000’s unparalleled capacity and cost saving features, Mr Hitesh Tandon of HP Dzine and Prints Pvt. Ltd. said, “We got the bizhub PressC8000 installed in August 2011 because of its unique ability to allow printing on a 350 GSM paper as compared to its competitors to secure outputs. The product has provided us with good returns on investment and facilitates us in achieving printing targets way before time. It’s an extremely competitive product which we are sure is going to change the face of digital production printing in India and elsewhere.”
In order to manage heavy printing volumes, the bizhub PRESSC8000 possesses exclusive built-in technologies. While the dual fusing feature supports heavier stock at full rated speed providing offset quality images without time constraints of using offset production press, the De-curling and air vacuum paper feeding ensures that even heavy paper stock moves quickly and smoothly through the system.
Fascinated with the unequivocal performance of this newly installed product, Mr. Shaji Anthony of Koral Graphics, Kochi asserted, “We cater to a wide variety of customers with varied run lengths. Konica Minolta bizhub PRESSC8000 shall provide us with the capability of meeting the varied print requirement, even on thicker media upto 350 gsm. Kerala is a great tourism destination and we cater to good number of customers from tourism industry where timely delivery is very critical, with the addition of c8000 we expect to improve the turn-around time.”
Besides being spectacular in terms of its load bearing capacity, the printer guarantees an edge over the others when quality is taken into consideration; providing a 1200*1200 DPI resolution along with 8-bit processing for smoother and more realistic images. The machine has a flexibility to be connected to various colour servers from EFI, Creo and Konica Minolta proprietary server. The colour servers on C8000 provides the customers with colour management tools that are able to perform custom colour matching leading to long running image stability throughout multiple jobs.
Adding on to this, as the manufacturers have claimed the C8000 to be a complete production house in itself, the product has been designed to provide printing houses with an option of inline saddle stitch, perfect binder and stapler unit that reduces production time and labour costs appreciated by off-line finishing of materials. While the production team is able to run high volume binding jobs, the large capacity stacker unit available as part of the printer is customised to handle up to 5,000-sheet output with rollaway trolley to move the digital printing press output to offline finishing or distribution points.
Konica Minolta, a world class technology company has in recent years understood the need for adhering to greener technologies in order to gift the society with a pollution free environment and their products are a clear reflection of their ideologies. Based on the next-generation toner using simitri technology, the printer has a lesser environmental impact during both the production process and use by the consumer.
Providing his feedback on the way C8000 has impacted his business, Mr Manish from MM DTP Network stated, “We have been using the printer since January 2013 for printing bulk orders of catalogues, booklets, visiting cards, brochures, invitation cards amongst others. The printer provides superior quality prints at competitive prices which has enabled us to offer affordable printing solutions to our customers. We are not only able to complete our orders on time; but rather C8000 has helped us equip ourselves to a level wherein we can call ourselves as a single hot spot for all printing services.