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Innovators strike gold in Ballarat

Wednesday, 15 August 2018
By Jake Nelson
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Konica Minolta guests visited Ballarat’s Revolution Print.

Printers from around Australia flew into Melbourne last week for an exclusive Konica Minolta innovators event on Thursday, August 9, capped off by a visit to Revolution Print in Ballarat.

The event featured a keynote address from Andrew Grant, CEO of Tirian and author of The Innovation Race, who spoke about the tension between ‘explorers’, who are driven to constantly find new ideas, and ‘preservers’, who seek to keep existing structures intact. “Don’t let this tension tear your organisation apart,” he told guests. “Use it to pull yourselves forward.”

Konica Minolta customers Andrew Cester of Whirlwind, and Leon Wilson of Revolution Print, shared their experiences with Konica Minolta digital technology before the group boarded a coach to Ballarat for a live demonstration of Revolution’s AccurioJet KM-1 B2 inkjet press, the second installed in Australia.

(L-R) Leon Wilson, Revolution; Sue Threlfo, Konica Minolta; John Schreenan, Revolution; and David Procter, Konica Minolta.

At Revolution’s high-tech plant in Ballarat, Wilson and fellow director John Schreenan showed off the custom vinyl-wrapped KM-1’s capabilities, including its high speed and print quality, and fielded questions from attendees. Samples were also on display, demonstrating the range of the press’s output.

Sue Threlfo, general manager of production and industrial print at Konica Minolta, hailed the event as a big success. “We’d never tried something like this before, but with innovation in our industry being so important, we wanted to have some of our key customers and potential customers really think about how they could embrace innovation and change their practices for the future,” she said. “It’s been very successful – people are now talking about how they can change the way they do business for the better.”

Threlfo believes more innovation days like this may be on the cards. “We were oversubscribed to this event,” she said. “Even before the day, we were considering another event prior to Christmas.

“It’s all been positive feedback, and lots of it,” she said.

16 Responses to “Innovators strike gold in Ballarat”

  1. August 14, 2018 at 5:01 pm,

    Fred
    said:

    Nearly as many KM staff in the group as potential customers.

  2. August 15, 2018 at 9:55 am,

    Fairgo
    said:

    What’s wrong with that Fred? If all suppliers invested in training their staff so well it’d be a good thing wouldn’t you say?

  3. August 15, 2018 at 10:30 am,

    Comrade Dave
    said:

    Big Investment, along with the risk of new Technology, I would say good on them!
    The world of print is changing.
    Interesting times ahead.

  4. August 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm,

    Anthony
    said:

    It was a great initiative and KM should be congratulated on not only promoting innovation in the industry but providing a first hand opportunity to see their new KM-1. All who were there thoroughly enjoyed themselves, so too bad if you missed out.

  5. August 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm,

    Fred
    said:

    No, I wouldn’t say so.
    I congratulate John and Leon for investing into new technology and all the printers that are willing to show an interest in the new technology.
    But it is a typical Corporate affair, as I don’t see the need to have A-Level, B-Level and C-Level representatives from a company present, just to blow their horn.
    Did they all visit Minuteman Press in Glen Waverley to have a look at the other machine?

  6. August 15, 2018 at 1:54 pm,

    Anthony
    said:

    It’s quite presumptuous when you don’t work there to assume who is A,B & C level employees.
    What ‘other” machine are you referring too?

  7. August 15, 2018 at 7:15 pm,

    Ink in my blood
    said:

    I think Fred is talking about the other K-1 . Minuteman built a room around the press at great cost, I don’t think revolution had that problem. These two sites would have a discount in price on the press, but no one else will I can guarantee that. There is a problem with colour correction for jobs, it takes a long time, other presses including the 12000 indigo doesn’t have that problem. The colour gamut is not as good as offset. KM talks about no fussing needed, but the amount of power needed for this press is more than any digital press out there, to me, defeats the purpose of a economical press. KM techs are learning on the go. There is no tech manual to go by. If there is a power failure, it is a big problem, a 2 day down problem. To me, for the price of 2.2 million, the technology isn’t there yet.

  8. August 15, 2018 at 10:06 pm,

    Who Wantstoknow
    said:

    Fred does raise some valid points, must be all the ex FXA staff at KM.

  9. August 16, 2018 at 10:34 am,

    Comrade Dave
    said:

    I have to say I’m not all enthralled with the HP12000 either, unless its the operator having a bad day.
    No colour consistency and not great on photo’s.
    At the end of the day I dont think you can beat offset when compared to large digital.
    That said, digital small size is as good or if not better in some cases than offset,

  10. August 16, 2018 at 2:03 pm,

    Fairgo
    said:

    Always makes me smile when I read the barrack-room experts’ criticisms. Did you guys see the front cover of December Print21? All printed on the KM-1 at Jossimo (not Minuteman). The poster insert also. Re the HP Indigo 12000, there are now over 500 of these installed worldwide and it is the highest selling B2 press of all kinds. There must be something about it that is beating offset eh? Let’s not fall into the trap of denouncing new technologies in the way that horse-and-buggy interests decried the railways and automobiles and the Pony Express decried the Telegraph!

  11. August 16, 2018 at 3:34 pm,

    Comrade Dave
    said:

    500 that’s not a huge number fairgo, not in the scheme of things not when you take into consideration the specialists print sites that have multiple 12000, think Vistaprint along with the photobook specialist.

    as for the cover and insert in dec. yes looked fantastic, but so it should they want to sell the machine.

    If I had 500 presentation folders to be printed with say a heavy solid, I would go offset any day.
    If I wanted to impress a new client with 500 A4 6pp brochures, if it meant winning more work I would go offset. I just dont have the confidence to trust the 12000 in giving me a consistent quality job.
    Even if offset cost more and I made less profit I would go offset. The smaller digital presses HP included
    are great and are offset quality or better in some cases.

  12. August 16, 2018 at 3:38 pm,

    Ink in my blood
    said:

    Fairgo, I have been in this great industry for 37 years now, I have seen a lot of tech come and go, I have and had, some I have researched. Offset and digital go hand in hand. If you think buying technology because samples have been in a mag, please ! I had MK 1 indigo purring like a kitten, printing great stuff, but it took a lot of work. Now down the track it’s easier. I agree move with the times but use some sense please. Better to think about uptime, that makes money , not just for innovation and new tech ! Lol . I would have 3 7800 or 1000i ‘s at the moment.

  13. August 16, 2018 at 5:48 pm,

    Fred
    said:

    Dear Anthony,
    I am in the industry for quite some time and know every KM employee on the photo. I have worked for KM in the past as well, but the industry is like a merry-go-round, as most of the guys go from one supplier to the next.
    Are you in the photo, as you seem offended?

    Jossimo is not a Minuteman Press franchisee? Strange, as they run three Minuteman Press shops in Melbourne.

    I congratulate KM for pushing the machine into the market and delivered somewhat on the time promise from Drupa 2012. Landa still hasn’t delivered! Great to see customers taking the risk of purchasing a first generation machine.

  14. August 17, 2018 at 10:31 am,

    Fairgo
    said:

    Guys, if I came across as anti-offset that’s a misreading; I am definitely not. I take your points but ask you to take mine – the knee-jerk reaction to new tech as shown in the early comments, including taking the p*ss for having KM staff members present at the open house is an attitude that does our industry no good. Compare our national predisposition to cynicism to the USA’s ‘hey that’s a great idea, let’s talk about it’ and you can see why they are where they are and why we are a quarry, farm, beach and McMansion culture. I guess I’m saying negativity is contagious. Sure, do the tests and diligence on new kit (yes, incl. Uptime and solid coverage Dave!); but at least give it a go eh?

  15. August 21, 2018 at 10:13 am,

    Comrade Dave
    said:

    Hi Fairgo,
    I did not think for one moment you are against offset.
    The thing with any digital purchase, especially a big purchase like above, is you have to get the ROI.
    otherwise it will be a big drain on the business. I have another business and just sold a piece of equipment at 70% of what I paid for this machine when bought new14yrs ago. So not only did I make money from the machine while I had it, but it still had a resale value. Probably could have asked for more due to the strong interest I had. I ask you what would you get for any digital press after 5yrs.
    CD

  16. August 21, 2018 at 7:21 pm,

    Fairgo
    said:

    True Dave. you don’t want to be left owning a digital press at end of contract. They sell clicks and maintenance not machines unless very high end. If you look at whay Heidelb are doing with system service selling….it’s the same thing!

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