Konica Minolta has brought the latest HP and Océ wide format solutions to the New Zealand market
HP Designjet expands business
Byron Bassa, national production product manager for Konica Minolta New Zealand says the HP Designjet Z6200 printer has proved a popular choice for print and copy shops looking for new revenue streams.
He says, “While we sell the entire Designjet range (with the exception of only the Latex models), the Z6200 is our high-end Designjet seller. It has become popular because it gives companies the opportunity to expand their business. We are talking about companies that are moving toward digitisation, expanding their businesses and looking for new revenue. Typically, graphic designers and photographers can go to a print or copy shop to get that work done rather than investing in the printers themselves.”
He adds that the Z6200 printer has numerous benefits for printing. He says, “Being an eight-colour printer makes the Z6200 an automatic choice for a number of our clients. With lower running costs, printers can add to their bottom lines. It has a 775millilitre ink tank with new print heads. That allows more prints per cartridge. It also has three black cartridges (light grey, photo black and matte black) which give rich, neutral blacks on a wide range of materials giving the final product a smooth gradation.”
The Z6200 has new formulation HP vivid Photo inks that feature new pigments; smaller pigment particles; more uniform pigment particle size colour-to-colour; and a new blend of polymers in the ink vehicle.
He says , “Together these advances in ink design deliver significant benefits to users, such as a 53 per cent higher print speed on glossy media; improved gloss level and uniformity; reduced bronzing; deep neutral blacks’ a wider colour gamut; and higher ink efficiency. The Z6200 offers 2400 by 1200dpi print quality and boasts an HP embedded spectrophotometer and an HP optical media advance sensor.”
Konica Minolta also offers a complete service and support network. Bassa says, “Our service and support capability comes firstly with a team of fully trained and HP authorised service personnel. Service personnel use GPS to achieve our aim of limited down time for the printers. We also supply all of the consumables.”
He describes Konica Minolta New Zealand as a total printing solutions provider. He says, “It makes sense for clients to get everything they need from the one shop, rather than wasting valuable time with several different suppliers. For our clients, we want to save money, save time and place the client first.”
He adds, “Most importantly, the HP Designjet Z6200 is affordable. Finding new revenue streams can mean the difference between profit and loss, so it helps greatly that our price point makes this printer such an attractive proposition.”
Océ increases speed
Konica Minolta has sold Océ printers for 20 years and Byron Bassa doesn’t see the status quo changing soon. He believes the Océ ColorWave 650 will fit comfortably into the company’s portfolio.
He says, “Konica Minolta is still selling Océ printers. As far as we are concerned, it is business as usual. The Océ ColorWave 650 printer is ideal for the light volume monochrome market but you can also get colour printing for a similar price as black and white printing. It’s still the same technology in terms of the toner pearls that Océ uses, so you have the best of both worlds in terms of ink and toner.
“How it differs from previous models is inside the machine, with enhancements in terms of processing, in addition to the increased swath speed, the extra speed is mainly achieved from the new ‘cut while print behaviour’ which accumulates over each printed page to give huge speed benefits over large sets of printed documents. That is why the speed improvements are calculated over course of an hour showing a massive difference.
“The Océ ColorWave 650 has an optional take-up reel for roll fed prints for those customers who require this functionality. You can also utilise online finishing options with an interface kit, you can plug in an optional Estefold 4311 folder for full fold plans or the Estefold 2400 for fan fold plans through the Océ ColorWave 650 drivers, submitters and scanner, thereby saving you time and money. The embedded controller has been upgraded as well. The user interface is now a colour screen (similar to the ColorWave 300) allowing the operator to setup the printer, define the media, monitor the media and toner stock, access smart inboxes, control the engine and its workflow, and do maintenance and problem solving. Where you have repeat jobs, all the information you need is right there for you. Overall, Océ estimates 50 per cent increased efficiency over its predecessor.”
He sees the printer becoming popular in a range of settings. He says, “It can widen your business margin. You can bring in work that previously you couldn’t get. More than that, the Océ ColorWave 650 has one of the lowest total costs of ownerships in the industry.”