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Production Takes Center Stage at Konica Minolta Technology Showcase

By George Mikolay, Senior Product Editor, A3/Copier MFPs, July 30, 2014

BLI recently attended a technology showcase at Konica Minolta’s New York City Customer Engagement Center. While much of the event was geared to the launch of the company’s new production hardware devices, the company also provided the latest on the earnings front and shared the latest developments on the software and solutions side. Attendees also got a first look at the 3D printers Konica Minolta will be carrying as part of its new partnership with 3D Systems.

It’s clear that Konica Minolta continues to reap the benefits of its continued investment in the production space. The company’s global production revenue grew 39 percent in 2013, according to Rick Taylor, president and chief operating office for Konica Minolta’s US operations.  Taylor also made mention of Konica Minolta’s 22 percent global revenue growth in the office space and 25 percent total MFP growth.

The Changing Landscape of Healthcare: A White Paper

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) went into effect, the landscape of healthcare has changed for all entities.

Since 1996, there have been significant advances in technology – sophisticated wireless networks, smartphones and tablets. HIPAA Privacy Rules had to be updated along with these advancements to address security and privacy concerns related to protected health information (PHI).

And on Jan. 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) addressed these concerns by announcing a new Final Omnibus Rule “to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information established under HIPAA.”1 Specifically, the Final Rule “provides the public with increased protection and control of personal health information.”1 The Final Rule applies to business associates, including subcontractors, or those entities or individuals that maintain PHI on behalf of a covered entity.2 For organizations and business associates not in compliance (no matter the size), there is a maximum fine of $1.5 million. The new privacy and security rules increased damages for civil penalties, and the criminal penalties remain the same; however, OCR is now taking a more proactive and strict approach to HIPAA violations and prosecutions.

From private practices to healthcare systems, organizations must take appropriate steps to make sure they are HIPAA compliant and follow the guidelines of the Final Rule. 

HIPAA PRIVACY RULE AND THE FINAL RULE

When instituted, HIPAA’s Privacy Rule was a set of standards to “address the use and disclosure of individual’s health information – called “protected health information” by organizations subject to the Privacy Rule.”2 One of the main objectives of the Privacy Rule was to protect PHI while promoting effective workfl ows within an organization.

Konica Minolta Launches Dual Engine bizhub PRESS 2250P

RAMSEY, NJ -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announces the launch of the bizhub® PRESS 2250P monochrome digital press. Developed by combining two bizhub PRESS 1250P engines in a single space-saving design, the new digital press is an ideal solution for print professionals that demand the highest levels of performance and productivity.

The bizhub PRESS 2250P builds upon the successful technology of the bizhub PRESS 1250 series, which includes LED imaging and Simitri HD toner for true 1200 x1200 dpi print resolution. Printing at up to 250 duplex impressions per minute (15,000 per hour), the bizhub PRESS 2250P easily handles long-run digital printing for improved turnaround times on all print jobs. In addition to fast output, the bizhub PRESS 2250P delivers accurate registration and the best B&W image quality available, while also supporting wide array of substrate types and weights and a broad range of inline finishing options.

Konica Minolta Launches New Color Printers

RAMSEY, NJ- June 18, 2014- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announces the availability of two new color printers: the bizhub® C3110 all-in-one and bizhub C3100P single function unit. Featuring support for user authentication and enhanced energy efficiency, the new bizhub models are ideal for small- to medium-sized print environments seeking high-speed, high-quality performance without compromising space.

Similar to Konica Minolta's existing line of bizhub MFPs, the bizhub C3110 and bizhub C3100P include the latest Emperon controller technology and support PageScope Enterprise Suite tools for easy integration with larger and/or existing printing fleets where central device monitoring and administration is required. These new models also include support for user ID card authentication via Konica Minolta's Authentication Manager, and both printers feature a number of options for special printing needs such as barcode printing.

Konica Minolta Acquires Copytronics Information Systems - Acquisition to Further Enhance Konica Minolta’s Reach in Florida

Ramsey, N.J. – June 4, 2014 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), today announced that it has acquired Copytronics Information Systems (Copytronics), a business solutions dealership headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., to further increase Konica Minolta’s reach in Florida.

Copytronics will continue to retain its current Florida locations in Jacksonville, Rockledge, Ocala, Daytona Beach and Winter Park, as well as its more than 85 sales, service and administrative staff. As a Konica Minolta company, Copytronics will continue to provide customers with best in class document management solutions, managed print services (MPS), hardware and services.  As part of the acquisition agreement, Copytronics’ executive management will report directly to Tim Marshall, president, CopySource, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta. The South Florida-based company was acquired by Konica Minolta in December 2013.

Konica Minolta now a Board Member of Mopria™ Alliance – A Global Industry Organisation That Aims for a Simplified Printing Environment with Mobile Devices

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President Shoei Yamana; hereinafter “Konica Minolta”) has been appointed as a board member of the Mopria Alliance, a non-profit membership organization comprised of leading global technology companies.

The Mopria Alliance was established with the goal of developing a set of technology standards to facilitate wireless printing from any smartphone, tablet or other mobile devices to any printer certified by the Alliance. Since its formation in September 2013, global companies from various industries – including printing, software, engineering, consulting and semiconductor manufacturing – have joined the Mopria Alliance to work collaboratively towards providing an ideal mobile printing environment.

Konica Minolta's Seven MFPs Win Globally Prestigious “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014”

Tokyo (March 25, 2014) - Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that the company has been awarded the “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014” for its main products in the Business Technologies business: five models of the bizhub-series A3 color MFPs (multi-functional peripherals) and two models of the bizhub-series A4 color MFPs.

The Red Dot Design Award is an international design competition organized by the Design Center Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany, and reputed as one of the world's most recognized design awards, along with the iF Design Award (Germany) and the IDEA awards (the U.S.).

The winners of the Red Dot Design Award have been chosen by the jury of international experts based on nine criteria including level of innovation, functionality, ecological compatibility, quality and ergonomics.

Production Site in Wuxi, China, Achieves First “Green Factory Certification Sytem Level 2” Among Business Technologies Factories

Tokyo (March 4, 2014) - Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that its manufacturing subsidiary, Konica Minolta Business Technologies (WUXI) Co., Ltd. (Wuxi Factory) in Wuxi, China, has been certified with Level 2 status of the Green Factory Certification System. Konica Minolta has implemented its unique Green Factory Certification System for comprehensive evaluation of the environmental activities of its production sites. Wuxi Factory is the first to be certified with Level 2 status among Konica Minolta's worldwide Business Technologies manufacturing plants.

Konica Minolta has been running the Green Factory Certification System since January 2010, as one of pillars helping it reach the goals in its Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2015. The system has a set of targets called “Level 2” to be achieved by fiscal 2015 in each of its objectives: preventing global warming; supporting a recycling-oriented society; reducing the risks of chemical substances; restoring and preserving biodiversity; and so on. Production sites around the world have been developing their environmental initiatives to meet the Level 2 goals. The Level 2 criteria include significant reduction in CO2 emissions, waste discharged externally and petroleum-based resource waste. Additionally, the production sites must meet requirements based on the guidelines with approximately 250 items regarding the implementation process of the initiatives.

Konica Minolta Launches bizhub 4020/3320 All-in-One Printers

RAMSEY, NJ -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announces the launch of the bizhub® 4020 and bizhub 3320 monochrome All-in-One (AIO) printers. Combining compact size with advanced multifunction capabilities, the bizhub 4020 and bizhub 3320 A4 AIOs are ideal for small- to medium-sized print environments that demand productivity and enhanced usability.

The bizhub 4020 and bizhub 3320 AIOs feature essential business capabilities (printing, copying, color scanning, faxing) at output speeds of up to 42 ppm, as well as support for PageScope Enterprise Suite 3.0 for full fleet document management. Combining compact size with wireless options, these new AIOs offer flexible network connectivity.

Konica Minolta joins the Mopria Alliance as an executive member. – Aiming to realize a simple printing environment with mobile devices –

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President Masatoshi Matsuzaki; hereinafter “Konica Minolta”) will become an executive member of the Mopria Alliance, a non-profit membership organization that promotes the standardization of wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

New work styles have emerged in recent years with the growing use of cloud services and mobile devices in offices and business. To meet such changes in our customers'office environments, Konica Minolta is focusing on enhancing usability and productivity in the office by strengthening compatibility between multi-functional peripherals (MFP) and mobile devices as part of our business strategy.

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