Konica Minolta Introduces New IC-304 Plus Print Controller, Powered by CREO

Konica Minolta and CREO introduces the new IC-304 Plus Print Controller to support the bizhub PRO C6501/C5501 Series of digital color production print systems


Graph Expo 2008 - Chicago, Ill. - October 26, 2008 - For high performance and outstanding color quality in the production printing environment, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) introduces the new IC-304 Plus Print Controller, Powered by CREO, to support the bizhub PRO® C6501/C5501 Series of digital color production print systems. The advanced external print controller enables operators not only to speed up their systems but also to considerably improve the excellence of their output. The IC-304 Plus Print Controller's list of benefits is rounded off by the wide range of in-line finishing capabilities that it offers in conjunction with the hardware.

The IC-304 Plus Print Controller, Powered by CREO, is the enhanced version of the innovative and powerful IC-304 Print Controller. The IC-304 Plus Print Controller is a reliable and flexible partner no matter how complex and versatile the environment.  It features open connectivity with current, industry-leading operating systems and file formats as well as the latest Konica Minolta advanced imaging technologies.  The IC-304 Plus Print Controller is suitable for use by central reprographic departments (CRDs) and commercial printers (CP) in the most diverse operating environments.

"The IC-304 Plus Print Controller is a powerful tool to streamline and manage workflows.  This is becoming ever more important in production printing," says Kevin Kern, Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "As production printing environments grow in complexity, the IC-304 Plus Print Controller ensures that operators are easily able to maintain control of workflows and hardware thanks to the controller's intuitive and easy to operate graphical user interface."

Installation is quick and easy.  And once installed, the IC-304 Plus Print Controller significantly increases the productivity of the Konica Minolta bizhub PRO C6501/C5501 Series.  It accelerates the digital color systems' print speed, both for static print jobs and Variable Data Printing (VDP).  The IC-304 Plus Print Controller meets the sophisticated requirements of advanced VDP as it is capable of keeping the production speed steady even if there are alternations in the printed document within a print run.

Along with increasing productivity, the IC-304 Plus Print Controller provides advanced color management.  Its technology features superior default color settings, easy color calibration, the ability to make last minute color corrections easily, edit spot-colors and correct gradation without re-RIPing. The IC-304 Plus Print Controller is the ideal choice for users who want advanced color management to produce offset-like print quality.

In terms of finishing, production print professionals using the new IC-304 Plus Print Controller in combination with the bizhub PRO C6501/C5501 Series gain access to all of the production printing systems' comprehensive finishing capabilities.  This includes full Perfect Binder Finisher support, enabling automatic production of perfectly bound books.  Tightly integrated with the bizhub PRO C6501/C5501 series, the IC-304 Plus Print Controller makes printing a simple, continuous operation from automated imposition to printing and finishing the final product.

In conjunction with the bizhub PRO C6501/C5501 Series, the IC-304 Plus Print Controller gives operators access to market-leading color, productivity and performance. 

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 2008, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys.  For more information, please visit www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us
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About Print On-Demand Solutions Group
The Print On-Demand Solutions Group develops and supports high-performance CREO Color Servers and key workflow solutions for a range of digital production 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.

This independent unit of Kodak's Graphic Communications Group will continue to help its customers leverage their investment in digital printing.

For more information about CREO Color Servers, visit www.creoservers.com.

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

Konica Minolta Media Contact
Doreen Maciak
Lois Paul and Partners
+1 781.782.5832
doreen_maciak@lpp.com

CREO Branded Products Contact
Mooki Talby
CREO Branded Products
+1 155 14047919
Mooki.talby@creoservers.com

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Konica Minolta is a trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. bizhub PRO is a registered trademark of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. 

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