KMBS U.S.A. Makes E-mailing From Digital Printer/Copier Simple With Print Controller System Software

New Pi4700e print controller system software: 
- Uses true LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) support to simplify scan to e-mail 
- Supports scan to hard disk drive (HDD) with new network TWAIN driver


RAMSEY, NJ - October 20, 2003 - To eliminate the headaches associated with scanning via e-mail from the Konica Minolta DiALTA Di470 printer/copier, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. has updated its print controller system software for the Pi4700e controller. The Pi4700e is an embedded print/scan controller that allows Di470 users to print and scan from connected workstations at up to 47 pages per minute. Phase 2 of this software contains true LDAP support to simplify acquisition of e-mail addresses and expands scanning options with new Scan to Hard Disk Drive capabilities. These new features are free of charge with the purchase of a Pi4700e print controller and existing Pi4700e customers may be upgraded for free.

Scan to e-mail Made Simple
LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is an internet protocol that e-mail programs use to look up contact information from an e-mail server. Having LDAP support eliminates the need to input entire e-mail addresses in order to use the scan to e-mail function on the Di470. Instead, users need only input a few letters of the name or address of the e-mail recipient and hit "Start Search." The controller then starts a real-time search of the LDAP-enabled e-mail server for matches. Because it is a real time search, search results will reflect all additions and deletions to the e-mail server. 

Without LDAP support, users must manually input the e-mail address for each scan to e-mail job, or network administrators must program the e-mail address into a one-touch button. Both methods can be time-consuming and frustrating. In addition, network administrators must manually add or delete e-mail information from a one-touch button when changes occur on the e-mail server.

"People have embraced scan to e-mail for its simplicity and speed," says Michael Fego, product marketing manager - High Volume Monochrome Systems for Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "By offering true LDAP support with the Pi4700e, we have made scan to e-mail as simple and fast as sending e-mails from the desktop. Eliminating all the frustration at having to remember and manually input e-mail addresses and the hassles of having to update one-touch buttons will certainly encourage more people to use this highly productive tool."

Scan to HDD with Network TWAIN
Phase 2 of the Pi4700e system software also offers a new way to save scanned images - on the print controller's hard disk drive. Scans may be saved in TIFF or PDF file formats on the print controller's hard disk drive. Users retrieve the scanned document via Adobe Acrobat Reader or an imaging program such as Microsoft Imaging for Windows using the new Pi4700e TWAIN driver. Once retrieved from the hard disk drive, the user can save or forward the scanned files as needed. 

Pi4700e Specifications

Processor speed:

Memory (Std/Max):
32MB/160MB RAM

Hard disk drive:
10GB (Optional)

Interface to Network:
Parallel (IEEE 1294)
RJ45 (Ethernet 10/100BaseT)
Token Ring (optional)

Network Protocols:
Ethertalk, LPR/LPD, HTTP 

47ppm (w/Di470)
True 600 x 600 dpi
(1200 x 1200 dpi equivalent with smoothing)
PCL5e/6, PostScript

47ppm (w/Di470)
600 x 600 dpi
Scan to E-Mail (with true LDAP support), FTP, URL, Scan-to-HDD with Network TWAIN
File formats:

Availability and Price
The DiALTA Di470 and Pi4700e print controller are both available from Konica Minolta Dealers nationwide.  The suggested retail price of the Pi4700e print controller is $2,495.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, was formed on October 1, 2003 through the integration of Minolta Corporation and Konica Business Technologies, Inc. The combined company offers a comprehensive line of color and black and white multifunction peripherals (MFPs), printers, facsimile machines and associated software that address the essentials of imaging for companies and organizations ranging from the small office/home office to large production operations. By bringing together the strengths of its two founding companies, Konica Minolta Business Solutions is able to offer its customers a wide range of state-of-the-art, cost effective office products and services. 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is the wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc., an operating company of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc., and will service the office technology needs of companies in North America.  Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. was formed on August 2003 through the merger of Minolta Co., Ltd. and Konica Corporation.

While the operational details of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. evolve, products will continue to be marketed in the U.S. under both the Minolta and Konica brand name until April 1, 2004, when all products will carry the combined Konica Minolta brand identity.  Product and service information will remain available on line at http://konicaminolta.us. Information on Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc., including merger details, can be found at http://konicaminolta.us.