James Labels installs Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 230 from Focus Label Machinery

London, UK | 14 June 2024

James Labels, based in Bacup, Lancs, has enhanced its capabilities by installing the Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 230 digital toner press. Supplied by Focus Label Machinery Ltd., this installation marks James Labels as the latest UK label printer to adopt Konica Minolta’s cutting-edge technology.

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‘with our impressive growth over the last 12 months we needed to invest in new technology to compliment our existing digital offering to our increasing customer base. The new press will operate alongside existing Focus flexo presses to enable the company to satisfy the increasing demand for short run and variable data label production’.

Keven Mitchell

Joint Managing Director

The AccurioLabel 230 is designed for label printers who are looking to move into digital production, or who have existing digital technology such as inkjet and need to be able to offer an alternative.
With 23.4 m/min print speeds, and a native 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution, the output quality is claimed to compete favourably against other high-end digital presses which cost three to four times the price. The press is able to run standard 330mm width coated paper, uncoated paper and polypropylene label materials with no special pre-coating.
James Labels Joint Managing Director, Andrew James commented “We had been researching digital label presses for some time but kept coming back to the AccurioLabel 230. For the price and the footprint size, there isn’t another press available, which gives us the high print quality and variable data facility we need. As well as selecting the most suitable press, we were also conscious of choosing a reputable and reliable supplier. The partnership between Konica Minolta and Focus Label Machinery was the perfect solution for us.”
The new press comes with Konica Minolta’s own ‘AccurioPro Flux’ label imposition software, which optimises the use of media by automating jobs, such as impositioning and step-and-repeat, as well as support for variable data printing. It works on a simple drag-and-drop principle - where the one-up, print-ready PDF file is simply placed into the software, which then performs the necessary functions. This is complemented by a Konica Minolta Miyro Auto Scan Spectrophotometer, which provides the ability to accurately profile and calibrate colours in around four minutes. This technology is said to enable significant savings in both time and wastage.
The cost model of the press is based on a straightforward click price per linear metre, which includes all consumables, spare parts and servicing. This allows the user to quote for jobs without seeing the artwork, as there is no issue with estimating toner coverage.
Mr. James continued, “We find the AccurioLabel 230 very simple to operate, with intuitive software and controls. Both Focus and Konica Minolta were very helpful and professional throughout the procurement and installation process, helping us to conduct a number of trials, before we committed”.
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“Our partnership with Konica Minolta brings together the product excellence and support of this highly respected manufacturer, along with our own considerable printing & finishing expertise. This partnership continues to open up exciting new avenues for UK label printing companies, looking for an alternative way to provide production digital print services alongside traditional label printing methods. James Labels had been looking into digital label production for quite a while, before deciding that the Konica Minolta press was the best fit for them. We are very pleased that after such careful consideration, they have selected Focus & Konica Minolta for this latest investment

Antony Cotton

Technical Sales Manager at Focus Label Machinery

James Labels had been looking into digital label production for quite a while, before deciding that the Konica Minolta press was the best fit for them. We are very pleased that after such careful consideration, they have selected Focus & Konica Minolta for this latest investment.
He adds, “The AccurioLabel 230 provides a simple business model that makes perfect sense to all sizes of printing companies, competing in an ever-changing market. The considerable benefits include on demand full colour printing, sampling, variable data and graphics, fixed price printing, no special substrates, and low-cost investment - all fully serviced, and inclusive of consumables and components.”
He concludes, “Being a Konica Minolta expert reseller enables Focus to deliver an exciting new product option at the right price, which is perfect for customers looking to adapt to an evolving market.”
As well as being an accredited Konica Minolta Industrial Print Partner, Focus also specialises in supplying and manufacturing narrow web flexographic and integrated digital printing presses and innovative solutions for digital finishing equipment.
The AccurioLabel 230 is available for demonstration in the Focus technical showroom facility, alongside their Reflex 330 re-register label finishing systems. Visitors are able to directly compare digital toner & inkjet technologies side by side, as well as finishing & digital hybrid equipment.
For more details of Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 230 or Focus equipment, visit: www.focuslabel.com



Graham Thatcher

Chief PR Ltd