Kyocera moves into production print market

Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa expanded into the production print market in 2020, with the launch of the TASKalfa Pro 15000c inkjet digital press. This development is the next step in Kyocera’s diversification, building on the company’s longstanding heritage and expertise in the printing industry, and its wealth of experience in the creation of inkjet printhead technology.

Inkjet technology delivers the ability to produce high volumes at incredible speeds, making digital printing more competitive than ever. The power of inkjet resides in its ability to combine Kyocera’s respect for paper, with efficient printing.

A single inkjet device removes the need for hybrid solutions or outsourcing contracts, allowing companies to take back control of their printing operations. This helps reduce wasted time by eliminating the need for complicated logistics involving templates or resources for several different machines. Another advantage of digital, is speed. Offset devices have so many moving parts that setting them up can be a nightmare, whereas inkjet is ready to print almost instantly, boosting uptime and productivity.

Championing innovation

The TASKalfa Pro 15000c offers high-quality printing, long-life components, and productivity that customers can rely on. Thanks to low maintenance, high efficiency and low energy consumption, it is also an economical way to print in large quantities.

‘Kyocera Document Solutions has championed innovative technology since 1934,’ says Heidie-Mari Middel, Production Specialist at Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa. ‘Our entry into the production print market is an important milestone for us and a significant innovation. Our production device provides companies of all sizes with an unrivalled return on investment thanks to its 150 pages per minute and market-leading reliability.’

The device has few moving parts, reducing the risk of breakdown. Of the parts that may need replacing, they can actually be easily replaced by users themselves, eliminating the need for a technician visit. This provides reliability for companies who require consistency from their printing services due to the high quantities of print demanded from each production job.

Additionally, the TASKalfa Pro 15000c can enhance the productivity of any print job, with a warm-up time of less than 120 seconds and a time to first print of 5.5 seconds or less. This offers improved agility and flexibility to companies who cannot afford to wait for their print output. When combined with simple integration into existing workflows, the device can ensure that users always find a way to meet even the most demanding of deadlines, without compromising on quality, control or costs.

‘We are upbeat about the opportunities in South Africa,’ Middel adds. ‘Companies are growing increasingly conscious of the need to improve security by internalising print services, particularly in sectors such as banking, healthcare, utilities and public services. In addition to this, as the direct mail market becomes more digital and personalised with shorter print runs, printers will need to offer high quality, fast output at a considerably lower cost. The TASKalfa Pro 15000c was designed to address these needs.’

Award-winning technology

Kyocera won the European Digital Press Association (EDP) award for the revolutionary TASKalfa Pro 15000c late last year. The EDP awards are evaluated in many ways. Importantly, it is not only the device or software itself that is a noteworthy consideration, but also the impact of the product on people and users, which was an important factor in the 2020 awards.

‘Being a new entrant to production printing and getting acknowledged by a panel of experts from the publishing industry, pays testament to the fact that we are on the right path of technological innovation with this inkjet device,’ says Middel.

Commitment to sustainability

Kyocera’s portfolio includes reliable and eco-friendly MFPs and printers, as well as business applications and consultative services which enable customers to optimise and manage their document workflow. With professional expertise and a culture of empathetic partnership, the objective of the company is to help organisations put knowledge to work to drive change.

The Wall Street Journal named Kyocera in its 2020 list of “100 Most Sustainably Managed Companies in the World.” The honour of recognition for innovation and dedication to environmental preservation is evident in the company’s commitment to “do the right thing as a human being” and is a core strength of Kyocera.

In line with this philosophy, the TASKalfa Pro 15000c offers reliability and environmental sustainability. The device operates at 6.3 KwH/week for Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC), representing one of the best energy efficient products in this category on the market. Focused on optimising energy usage as much as possible, the TASKalfa Pro 15000c maintains Kyocera’s focus on reducing environmental impact at the same time as cost.

‘We are serious about ensuring a dedicated premium service and product offering for our  customers, so that they can do business better now and well into the future in this accelerated digital economy,’ says Middel.