Konica Minolta to Showcase Print Controller Technologies, Powered by CREO Color Server Technology, at “The Power of Performance”

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Konica Minolta’s 2010 Business Conference and Product Expo May 2 - 5 in Los Angeles

Konica Minolta bizhub PRO C65hc

Customers in production environments are poised to realize tremendous performance capabilities with our award-winning lineup of color digital presses backed with CREO Color Servers' strong record in workflow, image quality, and productivity

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today will showcase print controllers, Powered by CREO Color Server Technology, at the company’s “The Power of Performance” Business Conference and Product Expo at the JW Marriott in L.A. Live.

The IC-307 Print Controller, a new digital front end in the late stages of development, will be released later this year with the upcoming release of the new flagship color digital press from Konica Minolta, the bizhub PRESS® C8000.

Geared to support Konica Minolta’s continuous strengthening of its foothold in the print production market, the new CREO Color Server is exceptional in its workflow connectivity via built-in JDF capabilities and comprehensive variable data printing (VDP) functionality. Konica Minolta’s customers will be able to integrate with a variety of professional workflows with open connectivity using JDF standards, such as Kodak Prinergy Workflow System, Agfa:Apogee System, and others. The IC-307 Print Controller will enable print service providers to manage their offset and digital workflows from one central point, while benefitting from the renounced easy-to-use GUI.

The well-known advanced color management tools will continue to improve print output quality and include: superior default color settings, easy color calibration, last minute color correction features, spot-color editing, and correct gradation without re-RIPing. Like its predecessors, the IC-307 Print Controller also supports all of the production printing systems’ comprehensive finishing capabilities, including the Perfect Binder Finisher with the ability print variable information on the spine.

When paired with the IC-304 Plus Print Controller, the bizhub PRO® C65hc delivers high-productivity power and an easy-to-learn interface that streamlines your production workflow and delivers greater value for professional graphic arts services, creative agencies, mid-production applications, CRDs and commercial printers. Once installed, the IC-304 Plus Print Controller significantly increases the productivity of the bizhub PRO C65hc as well accelerates the digital color system’s print speed, both for static print jobs and Variable Data Printing (VDP).

The IC-304 Plus Print Controller meets the sophisticated requirements of advanced VDP as it is capable of keeping the production speed steady even if there are alternations in the printed document within a print run. And, in terms of finishing, production print professionals using the new IC-304 Plus Print Controller in combination with the bizhub PRO C65hc gain access to all of the production printing systems' comprehensive finishing capabilities. This includes full Perfect Binder Finisher support, enabling automatic production of perfect bound books.

“Customers in production environments are poised to realize tremendous performance capabilities with our award-winning lineup of color digital presses backed with CREO Color Servers’ strong record in workflow, image quality, and productivity,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “We are pleased to once again to partner with CREO to deliver exceptional performance to our customers.

“Providing the powerful CREO Color Server Technology enables Konica Minolta’s digital presses to better serve the demands of professional users,” says Hezy Rotman, General Manager Kodak’s Print On-Demand Solutions Group. “Traditional commercial printers are looking for digital solutions that can integrate with their existing workflows. The IC-304 Plus and IC307 Print Controllers enable this type of efficient hybrid environment – helping commercial printers add digital workflow management solutions without jeopardizing their productivity and high quality.”

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop. In 2009, Konica Minolta was named Supplier of the Year by both the Allegra Network and the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP), as well as received the Sales Support Award from Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. For more information, please visit u http://www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook and Twitter.

About Print On-Demand Solutions Group
The Print On-Demand Solutions Group develops high-performance CREO Color Servers and workflow solutions for a wide range of digital production printers and presses. CREO Color Servers offer the digital printing industry leading workflow connectivity solutions. They utilize intelligent, JDF-enabled automation of all print-production steps to help drive business performance and profit.

This independent unit of Eastman Kodak Company continues to unlock the power of print on-demand to maximize customers' success in digital printing and workflow solutions.

For more information about CREO Color Servers, visit http://www.creoservers.com.

Kodak, Creo, and Prinergy are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.

Konica Minolta Contact
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000
PR(at)kmbs.konicaminolta(dot)us

Konica Minolta is a registered trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. bizhub PRESS and bizhub PRO are registered trademarks of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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