Konica Minolta Announces Release of Service Pack 2 Software for CREO-powered IC-304 Print Controller for bizhub PRO C6500

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Service Pack 2 for the IC-304 Print Controller provides bizhub PRO C6500 users additional configuration options.

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Customers who choose the optional IC-304 will benefit from a wealth of powerful CREO capabilities that deliver greater productivity, efficiency and profitability.

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 announced the availability of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the IC-304 v1.0 Print Controller (powered by CREO) for the bizhub PRO™ C6500 color production print system. Based on CREO Color Server technology, this optional print controller offers Konica Minolta customers advanced features for productivity, high-quality image and color control, VDP support and ease-of-use. SP2 supports both the entry-level and production versions of the award-winning bizhub PRO C6500.

With the addition of SP2, the IC-304 Print Controller now supports additional paper feed and finishing options on the bizhub PRO C6500 including:

  •     LU-202 Large Capacity Tray
  •     SD-501 Saddle Stitch Finisher + FS-503 100-sheet Stapling Finisher
  •     FD-501 Multi-folding Finisher + SD-501 + FS-503
  •     New FS-520 compact 50-sheet Stapling Finisher

The SP2 for the IC-304 v1.0 features enhanced color support with improved color calibration and support for the GretagMacbeth® Eye-One® Spectrophotometer. The IC-304 Print Controller also introduces greater productivity with printing SRA3 and SRA4 page sizes that can be output to the main tray. This allows longer and continuous runs when using those sizes, due to the higher capacity of the main tray.

“Working with the Print On-Demand Solutions Group to deliver the CREO-powered IC-304 Image Controller supports Konica Minolta’s objective of delivering unsurpassed system performance and innovation,“ said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Customers who choose the optional IC-304 will benefit from a wealth of powerful CREO capabilities that deliver greater productivity, efficiency and profitability.”

High Performance and Stability
The IC-304 Print Controller is designed to streamline the print production workflow and enable Konica Minolta customers to significantly increase their productivity. The optional IC-304 Print Controller is a stable, fast and reliable color server that prints jobs seamlessly on deadline. Its high performance and user-friendly workflow increases printer productivity and throughput, maximizes printer uptime, and decreases faults and costs.

Outstanding Color and Image Quality
The IC-304 Print Controller, custom-made for the bizhub PRO C6500 color production print system, supports Konica Minolta’s patented Simitri® HD Polymerized Toner, enabling the maximum color gamut and spectacular results. The IC-304 features superior default color settings and advanced color-management tools. With easy color calibration, the ability to make last-minute color corrections, spot-color editing and gradation corrections without re-RIPing, the IC-304 is an ideal option for bizhub PRO C6500 users who want offset-like print quality.

Bridging the Gap between Offset and Digital Printing
Using JDF-based connectivity, the IC-304 Controller offers a single workflow for both traditional offset and digital printing. This enables error-free integration for higher productivity, lower costs and increased profitability. The IC-304 integrates easily with leading offset printing workflows including Konica Minolta’s Printgroove Production Workflow Software, KODAK PRINERGY and KODAK BRISQUE Workflow Systems and other workflows through the Print On-Demand Solutions (PODS) group Workflow Partnership Program.

Optimized VDP Support for High Profit Margins
The architecture of the IC-304 Print Controller was designed to leverage comprehensive variable data printing (VDP) solutions for efficient processing of the most complex variable data jobs for one-to-one marketing. The unique Gallop mode accelerates the process by allowing the printing of a long VDP job to start while the job is still RIPing. Each element is RIPed only once but can be reused many times. The server provides full VDP functionality, including imposition. It supports all leading VDP formats including PPML, Optimized PDF, Optimized PostScript and VPS (Variable Print Specification).

See the bizhub PRO C6500, featuring the IC-304 Controller with Service Pack 2, in action at the 2007 GRAPH EXPO® in Konica Minolta’s booth (# 4436) from September 9-12, 2007.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. (http://www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us), a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, brings together unparalleled advances in security, print quality and network integration via its award-winning line of bizhub™ multifunctional products (MFPs); bizhub PRO™ production printing systems; magicolor® desktop color laser printers and all-in-ones; and pagepro™ monochrome desktop laser printers and all-in-ones. Konica Minolta also offers advanced software solutions, wide-format printers, microform digital imaging systems, and scanning systems for specialized applications.

Headquartered in Ramsey, NJ, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and client support through an extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.

About the Print On-Demand Solutions Group
The Print On-Demand Solutions group is an independent unit within Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group that develops and supports high-performance CREO Digital Color Servers for a range of digital printers and presses. It also develops advanced on-demand applications to enable the creation of personalized direct mail, targeted catalogs, and other powerful one-to-one marketing communications tools. For additional information about the Print On-Demand Solutions group, go to: http://www.pod-wf.com

Konica Minolta Corporate Contact:
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000
jnorberto @ kmbs.konicaminolta.us

Konica Minolta Media Contact:
Rachel Reed
Lois Paul and Partners
1-781-782-5785
Rachel_reed @ lpp.com

PODS Corporate Contact:
Mooki Talby
Print On-Demand Solutions Group
+1 551.404.7919
mooki.talby @ pod-wf.com

Konica Minolta is a trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. bizhub and bizhub PRO are 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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