Amiga Engineering chooses Konica Minolta and 3D metal printing to propel the company into the future

Konica Minolta LogoSydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has announced a partnership with Amiga Engineering to supply 3D SYSTEMS ProX 320 DMP metal printer and provide support, which will propel the company into the future.

The changing landscape of Australian industry means that engineering, machine shops, and jobbing workshops have been under increasing pressure to survive.

Michael Bourchier, general manager, Amiga Engineering, said, “Traditional industry, such as automotive, has moved offshore while the mining boom has faded. The country’s resources are being dug and pumped by large overseas corporations who no longer make capital investment here to have machinery or platforms made. Rather, they ship or float this equipment from Singapore or other locations around the world that are more competitive. Australians are left with being the maintenance crews of offshore-supplied equipment.”

Bourchier suggests that is a barrier to Australian creativity and innovation with Australia’s creative side is slipping to the lowest it has ever been.

According a CSIRO blog: “Despite the well publicised closure of some manufacturing sectors in Australia, manufacturing isn’t dying. Instead, like industry around the world, it’s undergoing a period of significant change as new, disruptive technologies and economic realities take hold and new markets emerge.”[1]

In an effort to keep up with world best practice, Amiga Engineering was looking for a new direction, and it found it in 3D metal printing.

Michael Bourchier said, “Amiga Engineering has been following the growth of this technology. We decided that now is the time to take the plunge into this concept area to grow it and expand the business. Without a way to reinvent the business it is probable that we would be like many other engineering shops across Australia: falling by the wayside or becoming a conservative small business surviving on whatever business comes in. We believe that 3D metal printing will take Amiga Engineering to the next level and ensure our future.

“Free geometry is the new catch-cry, where items can now be functional to the upper limits of design and not be hamstrung by the technology that it can be machined on. Amiga Engineering can add value to 3D metal printing by offering a complete service. We can not only print, we can also finish the parts to a useable state if required, and the creative genius of our design engineers can be cut loose.”

To do this, Amiga Engineering chose Konica Minolta and 3D SYSTEMS ProX 320 DMP metal printer.

Michael Bourchier said, “Amiga Engineering chose Konica Minolta because of the passion and willingness to invest in getting the idea off the ground for Amiga Engineering. Other considerations included ongoing service, longevity in the market, and who had the resources to not let us down.”

The ProX DMP 320 is a high-performance metal additive manufacturing system. It is a heavy-duty alternative to traditional metal manufacturing processes, offering reduced waste, greater speeds for production, short set-up times, and very dense and pure metal parts with leading surface quality.

Michael Bourchier said, “The 3D SYSTEMS ProX 320 DMP metal printer can swap materials through its cart system. Although this system is designed for production swap-outs of build chambers, it is the only machine on the market that could truly swap out different material types and grades in the least amount of time. As a start-up in this space, we realised very quickly we needed multiple machines for multiple materials to be able to 3D-print metal for any amount of clients. The 3D SYSTEMS ProX 320 DMP metal printer lets us do this straight up without having to invest in multiple machines.”

Amiga Engineering plans to install the 3D SYSTEMS ProX 320 DMP metal printer by the end of 2017.

Michael Bourchier said, “Amiga Engineering is excited to explore the possibilities of 3D metal printing with customers and prospects and also to help advance the industry as a whole by being a pioneer in the space, and creating use cases and applications for the technology.

“There is a lot of buzz already and we look forward to seeing where that will take us. We will be starting with applications such as medical-grade titanium for facial reconstruction and bone structures, and will look to advance into other sectors as we continue to invest in the technology.”

Ben Darling, 3D specialist, Konica Minolta, said, “3D metal printing opens up significant opportunities for companies, such as Amiga Engineering, to realise the full potential of metal manufacturing and open up new markets from medical and dental applications to aerospace and motorsports.”

References

[1] https://blog.csiro.au/the-australian-manufacturing-industry-is-not-dying-its-evolving-csiro-study/

Konica Minolta launches Innovators Series

Konica Minolta LogoSydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has launched the Innovators Series, a sequence of videos with high-profile innovators from Australian businesses sharing their insights into what is driving innovation.

Konica Minolta was curious to discover the many ways that innovation is understood and applied across the country. Through this video series, it aims to give innovation in Australia a voice to help other businesses learn from shared experiences and the challenges and opportunities other businesses have faced.

To do this, Konica Minolta has gone to the front line of some of Australia’s most exciting businesses to speak to professionals that champion positive change, for themselves, for their team and for their communities, every day. The result is a series of inspirational interviews, with some genuinely practical advice on how anyone can move great concepts into reality.

The video series will be rolled out commencing in November 2017, and will feature:

  1. Ben Sorenson, Business Development, CSIRO’s Data 61
  2. Michelle Mahoney, Executive Director of Innovation, King & Wood Mallesons
  3. Michael Postula, Director of Strategy and Innovation (IoT), Schneider Electric
  4. Sandra Arico, Head of Innovation, Swisse Wellness.

Dr David Cooke, managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, Konica Minolta, said, “As an innovator itself, Konica Minolta understands the need to change and adapt to survive. Innovation is the lifeblood of business, and those that can successfully disrupt or innovate will find themselves ahead of the pack.

“Konica Minolta believes in fostering meaningful innovation through collaboration, developing new technologies and growing creative ideas that deliver significant change for millions of people, and sharing stories is a powerful way of creating a community of innovators.”

 About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments.

Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers.

For more information: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Konica Minolta receives Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award

Konica Minolta LogoSydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has been named a recipient of an Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award in recognition of its commitment to helping combat exploitation through corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ethical sourcing.

The Freedom Awards raise awareness of all forms of slavery and human trafficking, and promote the positive difference individuals and organisations can make to the lives of trafficked and enslaved people.

Konica Minolta was nominated because of its contribution to anti-slavery and human trafficking initiatives through the company’s CSR and ethical sourcing initiatives. The nominations were evaluated by an independent expert committee of specialists in the fields of human rights, human trafficking, and labour exploitation.

Konica Minolta’s human rights framework is built on three core documents: an ethical sourcing roadmap; supplier code of conduct; and human rights position statement. Its efforts are aligned with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  This year, Konica Minolta has continued to work with suppliers to better understand where and how their goods and services are procured. Joining other corporate voices, Konica Minolta has also been an active voice in consultations on a proposed legislation for a modern slavery reporting requirement for large Australian organisations.

Dr David Cooke, managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “While modern slavery is a global issue, leadership must begin at home and the private sector is a critical stakeholder. We must hold ourselves, our business partners, and those in the business community to account on issues of human rights in supply chains.

“These days, being a good corporate citizen is more than philanthropy. Companies must turn inward to assess the impact of their core business and operations. A key consideration is whether business activities, or those of suppliers or business partners, negatively affect human rights. We urge all of our employees, customers, partners, and stakeholders to join us in the fight against modern slavery.”

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments.

Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers.

For more information: https://www.konicaminolta.com.au/sustainability

Konica Minolta partners with Western Sydney University to build digital manufacturing capabilities

Konica Minolta LogoSydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has announced a partnership with Western Sydney University (WSU) to build digital manufacturing capabilities for WSU research staff and students, and the Western Sydney community.

Many manufacturers are looking at digital manufacturing as a way to remain competitive and meet changing customer expectations; 3D printing is an important part of the process.

Konica Minolta will support WSU’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics as it explores the possibilities of cutting-edge digital manufacturing capabilities with the commissioning of the 3D SYSTEMS ProX 300 DMP Metal Printer.

3D metal printing opens up new and significant opportunities to not only explore faster, more reliable, precise metal manufacturing, previously impossible, for engineers, researchers and businesses, but also the ability transform their business operations and reach new markets.

The ProX DMP 300 is a high-performance, high-quality metal 3D printed part manufacturing system, offering reduced waste, greater speeds for production, short set up times, very dense metal parts, and the ability to produce complex assemblies as a single part.

Marc Brandon, 3D Printing Product Marketing Manager, Konica Minolta, said, “The construction of this new landmark advanced manufacturing facility, combined with our exciting new partnership with WSU that delivers cutting edge 3D metal printing, marks a new and promising era for WSU, the Western Sydney community, and beyond.

“Konica Minolta is excited to partner with WSU to ensure leading researchers, educators and engineers within the community can leverage the capabilities this game-changing 3D metal part manufacturing system offers to its full potential.”

Dr Tosin Famakinwa, Technical Manager for the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, WSU, said, “Western Sydney University is happy to partner with Konica Minolta in making available this 3D metal printer to the community and for the training of the future Western Sydney workforce. Additionally, this method also has the ability to improve energy productivity —all while creating high-impact job opportunities locally for the manufacturing community.”

About Konica Minolta 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments.

Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers.

Konica Minolta reveals efficient production digital colour models: the Accurio PRESS C6100/C6085 print systems

Konica Minolta LogoSydney, Australia – With the launch of the Accurio Press C6100 series, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia introduces two new presses for the mid to high-volume production print market. These print systems have been developed to deliver reliable efficient operation, while producing consistent image and colour quality, which is demanded by print professionals.

As a successor of the flagship bizhub PRESS C1100_C1085 series, the brand-new Accurio Press C6100 series combines the high-quality and performance of the previousmodels with additional capabilities, all designed to increase customer print and profitability.

Intelligent Quality Optimiser (IQ-501)

In addition to these two new models, Konica Minolta is introducing the new IQ-501, which embodies a fully-automated, closed-loop quality management system that results in superior colour consistency and accurate front-to-back registration. This new combination yields a comprehensive, automated process management system that delivers the precise colour and image quality print customers demand, yet with one-touch ease-of-use yields higher productivity and can assist in dramatically reducing set up time and labour costs.

Expanded media and print capabilities

The Accurio Press C6100 series delivers support on a large range of media types and weights, from 52 up to 400gsm at a maximum rated speed of 100ipm. In addition, envelope print functionality is now available with the advanced envelope fuser. Long sheet capability will be available in early 2018 enabling the printing of duplex long sheet up to 762mm and simplex up to 1200mm long, ideal for producing book covers and folded collateral, creating new opportunities professional print and graphic communications providers.

Both systems are available with a paper feed unit that includes the newly designed colour dual scanner which is capable of running at scan speeds of up to 240 ipm, and is equipped with a double-feed detection kit to avoid scanning two sheets at once, avoiding incomplete scanned document files.

Grant Thomas, Product Marketing Manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia, said, “With the expansion of value-added features and high-level improvements, the new Accurio PRESS C6100 series is efficient and versatile, while providing high-quality print and reliability to surpass our customers’ expectations.

“IQ-501 overcomes some of the biggest pain points in digital print production such as time-consuming front-to-back registration, extensive colour set-up and complex paper set-up operations with leading technologies that simplify the process.

“The new series also delivers a top-class monthly duty cycle with high yield parts and consumables. Collectively, these innovations have been combined into Konica Minolta’s fastest and most efficient and automated colour press to date.”

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend one of our Reveal Launch Sessions, over the coming weeks in one of our state branches.

About Konica Minolta 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments.

Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers.

Konica Minolta announces the return of the National Specialised Print Awards

Konica Minolta LogoSydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has announced that entries are now open for its 2017 National Specialised Print Awards. The awards recognise customers that achieve excellence in print with the help of a Konica Minolta digital press system.

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts in November 2017. All Konica Minolta customers with a Konica Minolta digital press are invited to submit their very best work in the below categories:

  • Digital Flat sheet Colour Output
  • Digital Finished Output
  • Digital Print with Embellishment
  • Digital Print on Label Media.

Anthony Lewis, general manager – Specialised Print, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta started the National Specialised Print Awards to give customers a point of differentiation in the market to help them win more business in an increasingly competitive environment. We received an extraordinary selection of entries in the 2016 inaugural year and we are looking forward to seeing how entrants push the boundaries with a Konica Minolta digital press this year.”

State finalists will be flown to Sydney to attend the Konica Minolta National Specialised Print Awards event where the overall winner will be announced and will receive return flights, accommodation and entry to GRAPH EXPO 18 in Chicago, USA.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday, October 6. For more information, judges’ tips, or to enter, visit: https://www.konicaminolta.com.au/nspa

 

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments.

Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers.

For more information: konicaminolta.com.au/home 

 

Konica Minolta sets the gold standard for environmental leadership

Konica Minolta LogoKonica Minolta has been recognised for its commitment to producing products that meet exacting environmental standards throughout their lifecycle, becoming the only company of its kind to achieve the highest possible certification from the world’s foremost environmental accreditation body for electrical products.

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) system rates electronic products against a range of environmental performance criteria. Products must meet all required criteria to be registered in EPEAT at the Bronze level. They may then be registered as Silver or Gold based on the percentage of optional criteria they meet above that baseline.

Konica Minolta has been awarded Gold Status for meeting strict environmental criteria that address the full product lifecycle, from energy conservation and toxic materials reduction to product longevity and end-of-life management.

EPEAT is a free source of environmental product ratings that makes it easy to select high-performance electronics that support organisations’ IT and sustainability goals. Managed by the Green Electronics Council, EPEAT currently tracks more than 4,400 products from more than 60 manufacturers across 43 countries, and is the definitive global environmental rating system for electronics.

Bill Christoforou, Product Marketing Manager, Konica Minolta, said, “This level of accreditation is rare, particularly in the Australian market. We have received Gold Status on the majority of our range, including our A3 multifunction devices. The fact that we are the only printer manufacturer in the country to attain Gold Status is something we are very proud of, as being environmentally conscious underpins everything we do.”


About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments.

Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers.

For more information: www.konicaminolta.com.au

Konica Minolta continues support for Breast Cancer Network Australia

Konica Minolta LogoKonica Minolta Australia has reaffirmed its ongoing partnership with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) through sponsorship of the 2016 Pink Lady luncheon series across Australia.

The BCNA Pink Lady luncheon series provides an opportunity to support Australians affected by breast cancer, and is held in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day (13 October). The series is the charity’s largest annual fundraiser.

Speakers at this year’s luncheons include former Governor-General of Australia, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, and former NSW Treasurer, The Honourable Nick Greiner AC. Nick Greiner, a breast cancer survivor, will be a speaker at the Sydney event.

Konica Minolta Australia is proud of its ongoing partnership with BCNA, which began in 2011. In that time, as part of its corporate social responsibility program, Konica Minolta Australia has given employees the opportunity to volunteer with the charity. In addition, it has also donated equipment for printing done within BCNA.

Dr David Cooke, managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “BCNA provides tremendous support for Australians’ affected by breast cancer.  As one of our first foundation charity partners we are proud to provide ongoing support as BCNA and the Pink Lady luncheons go from strength to strength.”

For many Konica Minolta employees, the connection with BCNA is personal. Internal fundraisers for the charity regularly occur, with speakers attending from BCNA that are in breast cancer remission. They inspire employees and help increase understanding of how to support their family or friends that may be diagnosed or are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Dr David Cooke said, “We are passionate about giving back to the communities in which our business operates. BCNA’s organisational values of energy, openness, caring, connection, and resilience are closely aligned with Konica Minolta’s own company vision and culture. The partnership with BCNA helps us live out these values whilst providing much needed financial support to an organisation and its people, who work tirelessly to empower those in difficult or vulnerable stages of their lives. For example the free and confidential one-on-one counselling support BCNA offers to women and men with secondary breast cancer, and their families is vital.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australian women. In 2016, it is estimated that 15,934 women and 150 men will be diagnosed with the disease, many of whom rely on organisations like BCNA to provide support as they undergo treatment.[1]

To attend a luncheon in your nearest capital city please visit – https://www.bcna.org.au/news-events/events/pink-lady-luncheon-series/ or call 1800 500 238.

[1] https://www.bcna.org.au/understanding-breast-cancer/

Konica Minolta Australia extends commitment to healthcare innovation by sponsoring Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s Bytes4Health competition

Konica Minolta Logo Konica Minolta Australia has partnered with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) to support its Bytes4Health Program. The program offers health tech startups the unique opportunity to showcase their latest innovations to leading healthcare and medical research experts. By working directly with these experts, selected companies will develop their innovations with clinical end user input and scientific validation thereby distinguishing themselves from many competitors and increasing the value of their companies.

As a Bytes4Health Foundation Partner, Konica Minolta will sit on the selection panel that reviews the program applicants and decides the finalists. Konica Minolta has also contributed $25,000 towards the program and will also provide business mentoring to finalists, nurturing the development of new healthcare technology in Australia.

Vickie Edwards, Business Development Manager, Healthcare and Innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “Bytes4Health is an exciting program that speaks to Konica Minolta’s core values regarding creating new value for society. Konica Minolta is delighted to be involved and sees this as an important way to bridge the gap between those developing technology products and services for the healthcare industry, and their end users. Konica Minolta is committed to driving healthcare innovation and this partnership is an important way to demonstrate that.”

The program selection panel includes commercial, clinical, technical, and industry professionals, including a representative from Konica Minolta. The panel will choose up to 10 finalists, two of whom will have the chance to co-locate to MCRI for four months. During this time, chosen finalists will develop their technologies alongside leading Australian healthcare experts. Successful companies will each receive $25,000 in funding plus research and clinical expertise to inform further development of their technology.

Vickie Edwards said, “This program provides an outstanding opportunity for organisations to take their products or services to the next level, and to strengthen their professional networks in the healthcare industry. It’s an honour for Konica Minolta to help facilitate this initiative, and we look forward to seeing the results.”

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments. Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers. For more information: www.konicaminolta.com.au.

Ben Darling appointment boosts Konica Minolta Australia’s 3D printing expansion

Konica Minolta Logo Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia has appointed 3D printing expert Ben Darling to the role of 3D Printing and Wide Format Sales Specialist for Australia’s southern region. His appointment will help drive the expansion of its rapidly-growing 3D printing business in the local market.

With a background in 3D printing that spans half a decade, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge to Konica Minolta’s 3D printing business. In his new role, he will help meet the needs of Konica Minolta’s 3D printing customers in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Ben Darling explained, “As the Additive Manufacturing industry continues to use 3D printing for production of end use parts, especially in the areas of medical and low volume high value manufacturing, 3D printers are increasingly becoming a mission critical part of organisations that have invested in the technology. This means that service response times have never been more important to the success of our customers. With a national footprint of service technicians Konica Minolta is able to maintain a minimum response to have a technician onsite. There is currently not another 3D Printer supplier in Australia that can match Konica Minolta service.”

“The second reason I have joined Konica Minolta was due to the partnership with 3D Systems – a world leader in 3D Printing technology. Because Konica Minolta has six major technologies we are able to better fit our customers with the best solution for their 3D printing needs. We can provide the best fit for individual customer needs, not just another product off the shelf.”

Ben’s appointment comes as Konica Minolta builds out its 3D printing footprint in Australia, with the company adding more staff and resources to meet growing demand in the local market.

Matthew Hunter, national manager, 3D Printing, Konica Minolta, said, “Having Ben on board will help Konica Minolta in its goal to provide Australian businesses with unsurpassed levels of service and an unmatched range of 3D printing technology options. His experience will provide Konica Minolta with the additional know-how to help drive our continued growth in the region.”

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About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments. Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers. For more information: www.konicaminolta.com.au.