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Kodak and Konica Minolta Debut Fully Integrated Workflow and Front-End Solutions at Print ’13

image For the first time in the industry, Kodak and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (Konica Minolta) will demonstrate fully managed monochrome and color digital press solutions for commercial print and graphics communication professionals. From September 8-12, at Print ’13 Booth #518, the companies will showcase three new KODAK CREO Color Servers to drive the new and existing Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS digital presses that are connected to KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 6.

The IC-309 CREO Color Server will drive Konica Minolta’s soon to be released new bizhub PRESS full color presses—the bizhub PRESS C1060 and C1070 models, while the IC-312 CREO Color Server will drive Konica Minolta’s upcoming flagship models, the bizhub PRESS C1100 and C1085. Additionally, the companies will showcase the first CREO server for monochrome production devices. The IC-309M will drive the bizhub PRO 951, bizhub PRESS 1052 and bizhub PRESS 1250 monochrome presses. This collaboration will enable a common workflow process regardless of the device’s color capabilities.

“Customers with color devices have benefited for years from CREO Color Servers, and they are now available for monochrome systems with a common customer experience,” says Chris O’Connor, Vice President, Global Business Group, Kodak. “This unique connectivity between solutions from Kodak and Konica Minolta means that there is no longer a need to manage different types of traditional and digital presses as islands—whether the need is for light production, full production, color or monochrome.”

In a partnership spanning more than 20 years, Kodak and Konica Minolta have demonstrated a commitment to print customers through continued joint research and development, resulting in leading digital and hybrid technology innovations for the industry.

“The ongoing partnership between Kodak and Konica Minolta is represented at Print ’13 in these market-leading solutions,” says Kevin Kern, SVP, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., “We are truly excited about delivering new and continued value to our customers with the right solutions to ensure a seamless, integrated experience.”

Kodak will also be demonstrating its recently released PRINERGY Workflow 6 at the Konica Minolta booth. PRINERGY Workflow 6 is the latest evolution in prepress workflow, bringing the automation of production into the manufacturing process with not one, but two user experiences. The new Workspace interface, shown only at the Konica Minolta booth, provides advanced job management through three views—Manage, Plan and Track—allowing for quick job creation, simple intent-driven workflow processes and output device monitoring in real time.

“PRINERGY Workflow 6 allows for quick access to output device information for jobs already in production, providing real-time project status with ability to make adjustments from a central point,” says O’Connor. “The ability to automate, see all jobs, equipment and process status provides an advanced level of integrated control and efficiency over digital and offset production for customers in a single interface to a level never seen before.”

Print ’13 attendees can also see CREO Color Servers driving Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS digital presses at the Komori Corporation and MCS booths.

Source: Kodak