Three Konica Minolta devices have received the Good Design Award 2016 from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, the JDP..
The awards went to Konica Minolta’s digital monochrome printing system, the bizhub PRO 1100; its inkjet textile printer, the Nassenger SP-1; and its luminance and colour meters.
He JDP screening committee said of the bizhub 1100, “This product incorporates the universal design concept at a high level and is extremely user-friendly. The interface elements of the operational panel including the GUI and the maintenance and paper setting methods, makes it easy to operate. The appearance of the product was designed to ensure high operational efficiency and to blend naturally with its surrounding environment.”
The committee gave these remarks on the Nassenger SP-1 inkjet textile printer: “Unlike conventional screen printing machines, this product does not require plate management, nor does it impact the environment with waste cleaning water. It boasts advanced features such as ultra-high speed and high resolution. The product has a streamlined, simple appearance and provides various solutions that enable users to work efficiently even in a limited space. When installed in a factory, the product makes the space appear clean and sophisticated.
The Nassenger SP-1 uses a single-pass system that prints on cloth fed on a belt under fixed printing units. Konica Minolta says it boasts a higher print speed than a scan-type printer that prints by moving a printhead carriage back and forth.
JDP says the Good Design Award, a comprehensive design commendation programme, aims to highlight and commend outstanding designs around us in the pursuit of prosperous lives and industrial and social development. The programme began in 1957, implemented by the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry, now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
It recognises around 1200 designs in all creative fields annually, with the number of award-winning designs totalling about 43,000 over the past 59 years.

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