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

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

FESPA 2013

Business Wire

TOKYO -- June 18, 2013

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.

KM1024i (Photo: Business Wire)

KM1024i (Photo: Business Wire)

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"

Specifications

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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Contact:

Konica Minolta, Inc.
Fujio Kuwata/Hiroki Inada, +81-42-589-3702
Inkjet Business Unit
textile-support@pub.konicaminolta.jp