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REHMS DRUCK MAKES UV INKJET THE REALITY
Rehms Druck, of Borken, Westphalia, in north west Germany, has been a loyal Konica Minolta customer for many years using its toner-based system. However, the company realised in 2016, at drupa, that the time was right to invest in cut-sheet UV inkjet technology and, specifically, the AccurioJet KM-1.
Before making the decision to invest, Rehms Druck set out a challenge for Konica Minolta to print a range of applications and to prove the ROI of moving to UV inkjet. The AccurioJet KM-1 team produced a range of applications that included direct mail and packaging. Various factors were compared to existing print processes, including:
Colour consistency over a long run
Media handling and flexibility
Variable data handling
Workflow integration with existing system
Traditionally, Rehms Druck had changed its litho presses every 7-8 years, but the introduction of the KM-1 has transformed management thinking. “Even a few years ago our management was open to exploring digital technology,” said Alexander Brand, Rehms Druck’s Assistant to the Managing Director and Project Leader. “We have been watching the development of UV inkjet very closely, as well as water-based. But we felt that water-based technology only addressed a certain amount of applications that we produce. Now the print quality for digital is there and we haven’t looked back. The key benefit is not only printing on all types of paper media, coated and noncoated, but it matched offset quality – this was criteria for our business.
The AccurioJet KM-1 is like a Swiss Army knife because it has so many uses. It ticks all the boxes and can be used for all kinds of substrates without the need for pre-coating. However, it’s not just about investing in a machine; it’s an investment in trust. Konica Minolta is a global innovator with world-class expertise across the world.
Managing, Director at Rehms Druck