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Konica Minolta to Preview Advanced Version of IC-304 Print Controller, a CREO Color Server, for the bizhub PRO C6500

Ramsey, N.J. - March 4, 2008 - 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, announced today that Version 2.0 of the IC-304 Print Controller for the bizhub PROTM C6500 color production print system will be previewed at the 2008 ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition. Based on CREO Color Server technology, this optional print controller will offer Konica Minolta customers complete support for the newly announced perfect binding finisher for the bizhub PRO C6500, as well as high-quality image and color control, advanced remote tools, VDP support and ease-of-use. Version 2.0 of the IC-304 Print Controller will support both entry-level and production versions of the award-winning bizhub PRO C6500 system.



Advanced Finisher Support


Version 2.0 of the IC-304 Print Controller will provide support for the Konica Minolta PB-501 inline perfect binding finisher. This print controller is tightly integrated with the bizhub PRO C6500 system which makes perfect binding a simple, continuous operation from automated imposition to printing the spines and binding the finished product. This will give Konica Minolta customers the unique opportunity to offer their clients perfect binding as a high-quality, high-value option.


Canon USA Introduces Authorized Send Document Distribution Embedded Application

BOSTON, March 4, 2008 – Taking another step in further expanding its MEAP application portfolio, Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced the release of its Authorized Send document distribution solution.



Authorized Send is a simple to use embedded MEAP application providing users with the ability to easily scan documents for delivery via electronic mail, to network folder locations, or directly to their desktop for manipulation. In addition to providing basic document scanning and delivery, Canon's Authorized Send also requires that users authenticate themselves prior to accessing the application. As a result, the scanning feature becomes available only when the user properly authenticates to this function.


Canon USA Introduces Two New Media for imagePROGRAF Printers and New Postal Reply Cards for Canon Office Copiers

BOSTON, March 4, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leading provider of digital imaging solutions, has added two new large format papers in two different weights for the Company's ever-expanding line of imagePROGRAF large format printers - Canon Premium Glossy Paper and Premium Satin Paper. Both new substrates will be available in light weight (200gsm) and heavy weight (280gsm) stocks. The light weight stocks provide an excellent economical option for Point-of-Purchase posters and proofing images, while the heavier stocks provide a higher-grade option for fine art and photography prints. With the addition of these four new media options, the Company's large format substrate portfolio is larger than ever before, and growing as new Canon-branded media is introduced each year. Canon will be debuting the new media at the Canon booth #1416 during the AIIM/On Demand Expo in Boston.



Canon Premium Glossy and Premium Satin Papers


Canon's new Premium Glossy and Premium Satin large format substrates are ideal for high quality photography, fine art and high-end graphics printing. Both new papers provide a high white-ness factor that is also less susceptible to light. A fluorescent whitening agent is often used to increase visual whiteness in media substrates, but fluorescent agents may react to ultraviolet rays, causing the print's white space to change drastically under different lighting conditions. Canon's new Premium Glossy and Premium Satin papers do not use these fluorescent agents and achieve their high-grade white appearance through the use of high white pulps. The new Canon substrates also incorporate Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) pulps promoting environmental friendliness. ECF is a bleaching agent that eliminates persistent, bio-accumulative toxic substances from paper mill waste water.


Workflow efficiency with Ricoh’s GlobalScan 3.1 workflow suite

BOSTON, March 4, 2008 -Ricoh Americas Corporation, theleading provider of digital office equipment, is previewing how document-intensive organizations and companies can improve workflow efficiencies by integrating scanning into their mission-critical business processes. GlobalScanTM 3.1 with Workflow Suite will be on display at the AIIM International Exposition and Conference, booth #631.



With GlobalScan 3.1's Workflow Suite, Powered by AutoStore®, several scanning plug-in features are included to seamlessly connect the MFP directly to different types of systems. The Scan-to-XML plug-in allows MFPs to scan documents and send directly to backend systems, enabling users to create their own customized workflows in order to capture specific information based on a particular project. By designing personalized workflows for each scan job, uses are able to streamline business processes in order to produce the most efficient workflows based on their needs at a given time.

Konica Minolta Turns Printing into Publishing with the Introduction of the Perfect Binder for the bizhub PRO C6500/C6500P Series

Ramsey, N.J. - March 4, 2008 - 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 unveiled the perfect binder finishing option for the bizhub PROTM C6500/C6500P Series. The new perfect binder option (PB-501), which is the latest addition to Konica Minolta's range of finishing options, allows these workhorse production print machines to handle everything from full-color company reports to paperback books and technical manuals.



Developed by Konica Minolta, the perfect binder works with a hot-melt gluing technology that ensures high reliability for perfect binding, whether the book is 10-sheets or hundreds of pages in length. The results are impressive - sheets are so securely bound that manuals, handbooks and reports still hold after significant wear and tear. The PB-501 works with the bizhub PRO C6500/C6500P Series to provide high-speed output of up to 65 color pages per minute, to help print production environments stay ahead of heavy workloads and tight deadlines.


Konica Minolta to Debut bizhub PRO 2500P, a Revolutionary Digital Duplex Cut-Sheet Printing System, at ON DEMAND

Ramsey, N.J. - March 4, 2008 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies today unveiled the bizhub PROTM 2500P at the 2008 ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition. The bizhub PRO 2500P is the first in a series of engines marketed by Konica Minolta to address heavy production print requirements in both the in plant and commercial printing markets. The new single pass duplex cut-sheet printers bring a new level of performance and value along with the productivity to meet the challenges of today's highly competitive print markets.



"The introduction of the bizhub PRO 2500P expands our production print market coverage and allows us to provide our customers with a complete range of monochrome and color solutions " saidKevin P. Kern, vice president, marketing and product planning, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "The addition of this new product family is evidence of our commitment to bringing compelling new offerings to the production print community."


Konica Minolta to Preview Several Groundbreaking Product and Solution Offerings at the 2008 ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition

Ramsey, N.J. - March 4, 2007 - 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 unveiled the latest product and solution offerings for 2008 in conjunction with the 2008 ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition in Boston this week. The company will preview its new offerings as part of the bizhub PROTM series production print systems and showcase a host of options to further optimize the performance of its bizhubTM office systems.



Konica Minolta will deliver updates on its leadership position in today's competitive marketplace, as well as the latest bizhubTM and bizhub PRO products and solutions, at a press conference to be held at 11:00a EST. on March 4, 2008 in conference room Number 54 at the exposition. These new products and solutions will be featured in demos in the Konica Minolta booth, Number 916, including:


Konica Minolta to Preview Latest Software Technologies at ON DEMAND

Ramsey, N.J. – March 4, 2008 – 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 they will be previewing their latest software technologies at the 2008 ON DEMAND Conference & Exposition. 



Canvas for Printgroove


A complementary software module to the Printgroove POD Suite, Canvas is a user-friendly, click-and-drop workflow charting application. It allows anyone the ability to create various types of workflows, simple or complex, by selecting an icon and drawing lines to connect them. Canvas will enable customers to design and implement improved processes without requiring an extensive learning curve. The click-and-drop feature allows them to quickly draw out the steps (nodes) used in their shop. The properties panel will allow the user to define the properties of each object they have drawn on the canvas. When the workflow is validated and saved to the associated Printgroove server, implementation of the improved process will take place almost immediately.




Konica Minolta Recognized as #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market

Ramsey, N.J. – March 4, 2008 – 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 that it was awarded first place in the 2008 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index in the “MFP Office Copier” category.  Each year New York-based marketing consultancy Brand Keys publishes its Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, which surveys 24,000+ adult Americans to determine how brands rank in customer loyalty.



Brand Keys research identified Konica Minolta as number one in the “MFP Office Copier” category for the first time this year based upon the company’s ability to engage consumers and create loyal customers when measured against the "ideal" office copier.  The Brand Keys data paints a detailed picture of the category drivers that engage customers, engender loyalty and drive real profits. Brand Keys formulates the “Ideal” for the category by asking respondents to characterize their perfect product – MFP, major sports league, computer, pizza, etc.  The result – the category “Ideal” – sets the standard for excellence within the category.


Canon Introduces a New imagePROGRAF iPF605 Printer for General Office Use and Technical Documents Market

Boston, March 4, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leading provider of office imaging systems, inkjet technology and digital photography equipment, today announced the latest addition to its large format printer line-up – the 24 inch imagePROGRAF iPF605 large format printer. This iPF605 is designed to ideally support the printing needs of technical document users working with Computer-Aided Design (CAD), GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) applications as well as entry-level users in general office environments.



The new Canon imagePROGRAF iPF605 printer builds on the Company's five-color dye/pigment Reactive ink system line of printers, which includes the imagePROGRAFiPF720, iPF710, iPF610 and the iPF500. The iPF605 joins the iPF610 as part of Canon's 24-inch printer portfolio, sharing much of the same advanced technology. The streamlined iPF605 prints from both roll media as well as cut sheet through the front loading manual feed. Without a cassette tray, the iPF605 printer is aimed to be an affordable solution for personal and small workgroup users producing large format technical drawings. The printer's small footprint fits nicely into a smaller work environment, while producing uncompromised print quality seen on Canon's larger printer models.


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