Kyocera develops inkjet printer

Kyocera Document Solutions, which makes office printers and copiers, has announced a new sheetfed inkjet printer, the TaskAlfa Pro 15000c that it hopes will take it into the production print market.

Kyocera’s TaskAlfa Pro 15000c is an inkjet press aimed at the transactional market.

This is an integrated printer/ copier with a monthly duty cycle of 1 million pages per month. It takes SRA3-sized sheets and can print 75ppm, which equates to 150 A4 ppm in both colour and black and white. It is capable of duplex printing, though these speeds appear to be for single-sided printing. 

It uses Kyocera drop-on-demand piezo printheads, with a maximum print resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. It prints CMYK, with three heads per colour for a total of 12. It uses water-based pigment inks, which Kyocera claims to also manufacture. The drying is through heaters producing hot air along an extended buffer pass.

The printer does not use any kind of primer. It will take paper, including plain and inkjet-receptive media, from 52 to 360gsm. Not surprisingly, it’s mostly aimed at the transactional and transpromo markets. 

It comes with a standard controller but there is also an optional Fiery FS300 pro available. It includes a scanner unit that offers resolution from 300 to 600 dpi with speeds from 120 to 70ipm in simplex or 220 to 76ipm duplex. 

Marcel Ebbenhorst, Manager of Production Print for Kyocera Document Solutions Europe, says that this inkjet press will offer a lower total cost of ownership than equivalent toner printers, adding: “We see market with print service providers and big corporate print rooms where we will be targeting transactional transpromotional and direct mail applications.”

Kyocera won’t commit to an actual price though Ebbenhorst says that it will be “in line with the 100 ppm and up toner devices.” All the people that I’ve spoken to at Kyocera say that this printer will be able to compete against the Canon i300 or Xerox Baltoro. However, this seems like quite a stretch given that both of these can print to a wide range of substrates, including offset coated papers. Ebbenhorst says that the Pro 15000c will have a much lower price point than these machines and that Kyocera will concentrate on the transactional market where it sees opportunities with customers handling volumes of 150,000 to 1 million pages per month.

It’s worth noting that Kyocera showed a preview of this printer in the States back in April 2018, officially launching it there earlier this year. It should be available in the UK from mid-December 2019. You can find further details at kyoceradocumentsolutions.co.uk.

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