Konica Minolta Direct Print for KIP Software Option Launched

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Utility Connects KIP Systems and Konica Minolta MFPs for Easy Document Viewing and Copying; Witness the KIP Systems in action at GRAPH EXPO 2010 October 3-6, McCormick Place, Chicago

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This single application for printing to one or more local Konica Minolta MFPs simplifies printing and saves customers time

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 Konica Minolta Direct Print for KIP software option, allowing users to access plans and complete jobs right from the KIP touch screen. Jointly developed by Konica Minolta and KIP America Inc. (KIP), a leading manufacturer of wide-format printing and imaging technology, the Konica Minolta Direct Print for KIP option is an integrated view, print and copy utility that connects KIP systems and Konica Minolta Multifunctional Products (MFPs – print, copy, fax, scan all-in-one system)) making document viewing, copying and printing simple and fast.

Konica Minolta Direct Print for KIP works with the KIP 700/7100/7700/7900/9900 models as well as the KIP Color 80 Wide Format Systems and lets customers view, print and copy documents directly to most current and legacy Konica Minolta color and monochrome MFPs, monochrome production print systems, and tabloid size color laser printers. It has been integrated into the KIP touch screen interface enabling design users to maximize output and quality while minimizing the time invested in producing prints of superb color accuracy. The Konica Minolta Direct Print for KIP allows for easy job creation for both small and wide format documents, with support for both color and monochrome documents. No additional hardware or software is needed.

Konica Minolta Direct Print for KIP supports a wide range of applications including half and full size sets of mechanical, electrical and engineering drawings, reference prints, schematics, graphics, engineering change orders (ECO’s), project time lines and statistical data. In addition, Konica Minolta Direct Print for KIP supports a wide variety of both vector and raster formats including DWF and PDF.

“This single application for printing to one or more local Konica Minolta MFPs simplifies printing and saves customers time,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. “Customers will see significant cost savings by printing where they want on either Konica Minolta or KIP devices.”

“The Direct Print integration with Konica Minolta signals a new synergy between Konica Minolta and KIP technologies to realize added productivity and cost savings,” said Rich Gigl, Vice President of Marketing, KIP America, Inc. “Konica Minolta Direct Print users receive many benefits from the integration of these two systems including, expedited document workflow, high speed printing directly to a supported Konica Minolta MFP and printers as well as strong image enhancement and viewing features available directly from the KIP touch screen.”

Pricing and Availability
Konica Minolta Direct Print for KIP option is available now for and MSRP of $795, and works with KIP 700/7100/7700/7900/9900 and KIP Color 80 Wide format Systems (that are equipped with a scanner). To learn more about the newly launched KIP 700 and KIP 7100, read our associated release, Konica Minolta Launches the KIP 700 and KIP 7100. This software option will be shown @ Graph Expo 2010 @ KIP’s Booth #1658 with KIP wide format products printing to Konica Minolta’s bizhub C652 Color MFP.

Konica Minolta Press Conference @ GRAPH EXPO 2010
Konica Minolta will hold a press conference on October 4 – starting at 11a CT – in Room S505A to review our award-winning technologies geared toward the Production Print marketplace.

GRAPH EXPO 2010 takes place at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Illinois from October 3 through October 6. To schedule a personal tour of the Konica Minolta Booth (#2244), reserve a spot at the Konica Minolta Press Conference, and/or an executive interview, please contact Doreen Maciak at dmaciak(at)kmbs(at)konicaminolta(dot)us.

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 http://www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook (@Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A), YouTube (@KonicaMinoltaUS), and Twitter (@KonicaMinoltaUS).

About KIP
KIP is the leading manufacturer of wide-format printing and imaging technology. Based in Novi, Mich., KIP is a major provider of wide format digital solutions for the architectural, engineering and manufacturing industries - solutions that deliver efficient, dependable, consistently high quality performance. For more information, visit http://www.kipamerica.com.

Konica Minolta Corporate Contact
Doreen Maciak
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 978.969.1504            
dmaciak(at)kmbs(at)konicaminolta(dot)us

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

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