New mono press from Konica Minolta 

Konica Minolta has announced a new black and white production printer, the AccurioPress 6272P, which is essentially a twin-engined version of the existing AccurioPress 6136P.

Konica Minolta has created this AccurioPress 6272P monochrome production press by joining together two of its existing AP 6136 printers.

The AP 6136 replaced the Bizhub 1250, and since this was also available in a twin-engined version as the Bizhub 2250, I suggested at the time that Konica Minolta would also introduce a twin-engined version of the AP 6136 though it has taken the company four years to do so. 

The two engines are connected via the tandem relay unit TD-502, which should ensure consistent tones between both sides of the paper as well as keeping a check on the front to back registration. 

In theory, this arrangement means that anyone that already has an AP 6136P can simply add this unit and a second engine to boost their productivity, assuming that the first machine is not too far through its rated life span. It’s a sensible solution for anyone producing books, brochures or any other application that requires double-sided prints as it doubles the duplex speed to 272 A4 impressions per minute or 152 SRA3 ipm though the simplex speed remains the same at 136 A4 ppm, assuming 80gsm paper. 

However, although the single engined AP 6136 runs at 136 A4 ppm, this translates to 7940 A4 pph. The twin engined AP 6272P is slightly less than double this at 15504 A4 iph or 7752 duplex pages per hour. Nonetheless, this does represent a reasonable step up from the existing twin-engined 2250, which can produce 250 A4 ipm or 14856 A4 iph.

Of course, you could just run two of the existing AP 6136 machines side by side, and split the jobs across them, which is presumably what high volume users have been doing over the last four years since the AP 6136 was launched.

Otherwise the basic specifications remain the same as for the AP 6136, using the same Simitri HD toner and with resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi. It takes media from 40 to 350gsm and in sizes from 95x139mm up to 324 x 483mm. It will hold up to 18000 sheets in 11 paper trays

All the usual finishing options still apply, including stackers, a folding and punching unit and a choice of booklet makers. These booklet makers range from the Plockmatic SD 435/450 to the Watkiss Powersquare 224.

It’s also worth noting that Konica Minolta introduced an entry level monochrome press at the start of this year in the AccurioPrint 2100 so the company now has a good range of production printers to service the black and white market. 

You can find more details on these from konicaminolta.eu


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