Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1e Achieves Deinking Certification for Uncoated Paper
Konica Minolta Business Solutions has announced that its AccurioJet KM-1e LED UV Inkjet Press has been accredited by INGEDE, the International Association of the Deinking Industry, for the deinking of uncoated paper printed on the system, enabling such papers to go into the recycling process. Deinking is the removal process of printing ink from recovered paper during recycling. Key process steps for deinking are the detachment of ink film from the paper, ink fragmentation into a suitable size range, and removal from the pulp slurry.
“This certification gives our customers the confidence they can run the widest range of substrates in the industry, while still being good stewards of the environment,” said Bill Troxil, Senior Vice President, Industrial & Production Print, Konica Minolta Business Solutions. “Our customers count on us to help them provide value to their customers and to the environment. Now, in addition to our exclusive AccurioJet KM-1e UV ink formulation with zero VOC’s, we add complete deinkability to the message.”
Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1e LED UV Inkjet Press, which has been referred to as the Swiss Army Knife of printing because it has so many uses, already has the INGEDE deinking certification for coated papers, which includes recycled qualities. After rigorous testing and evaluation of uncoated papers by INGEDE, in which the KM-1e press achieved an extremely high rating in the “Assessment of Print Product Recyclability – Deinkability Test” (INGEDE Method 11), the accreditation has been extended.
The formal accreditation is another positive boost for customers, according to Hidetoshi Omo, Head of Competence KM-1 at Konica Business Solutions Europe. Omo stated, “We are extremely proud to have received the accreditation from INGEDE for the Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1e, which rewards a great deal of hard work and inspiration from our development teams and underpins our commitment to sustainability. The AccurioJet KM-1e is a press that enables almost endless possibilities for printing on a vast range of different substrates, and with so few digital presses having achieved this deinking standard, the press stands out even more from the competition now, giving our customers greater possibilities to growing their businesses in a sustainable way.”