Konica Minolta Launches Flagship Digital Color bizhub PRESS C1100 Rated at up to 100 PPM

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bizhug press c1100Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is rolling out its flagship bizhub PRESS C1100 and bizhub PRESS C1085 digital color production-printing systems. The firm says the new systems represent the next generation of market-leading speeds with a wide range of substrate handling and finishing options, including the ability to print at full-rated engine speeds on up to 300 gsm substrates.

The bizhub PRESS C1100 and bizhub PRESS C1085 are Konica Minolta’s next generation of digital presses, printing at 100 ppm and 85 ppm respectively, regardless of substrate type or weight.  Konica Minolta says the new digital presses do not compromise quality for speed, delivering reliably accurate registration and color consistency regardless of print job length or complexity. Substrate handling and inline document-finishing options provide professional looking output while enabling more effective workflow management.

The systems are designed for commercial printers, central reprographics departments, print providers, etc.

“Our relationship with Konica Minolta has always been a true partnership; they listen to our needs and address them in a timely and superior fashion.  With the bizhub PRESS C1100, our overall color quality and consistency now meets or even exceeds our needs,” says Todd Beauregard, owner of Custom Cuts Printing.  “The Konica Minolta commitment to service and support – as well as understanding critical output needs – is a key element to our ongoing success and competitive edge.”

“The bizhub PRESS C1100 series was built upon the success of our previous generations of digital presses, with expanded capabilities, flexibility and speeds to further drive productivity,” says Kevin Kern, senior vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  “Konica Minolta is committed to ongoing innovation and the consistent delivery of solutions that enhance our customers’ productivity and performance, across all industries.”

The bizhub PRESS C1100 and bizhub PRESS C1085 also feature enhanced Simitri HDE toner, S.E.A.D. IV screen processing to continuously maintain image stability over long press runs, air suction (vacuum) paper feeding for spot-on registration and reliable paper handling and hybrid decurling (zig zag plus moisture) for consistently flat output.

Energy consumption is said to be up to 20-percent lower than that of previous models, due to toner that can be fused to substrates at a lower temperature, and a single fusing station.

For more information and complete specifications on the bizhub PRESS C1100, visit Konica Minolta here, and here for the bizhub PRESS C1805.

Optional EFI Fiery Digital Front Ends

Electronics for Imaging (EFI) also announced the launch of two digital front ends (DFEs) for the new Konica Minolta bizhub C1085 and C1100. It says the updated EFI Fiery IC-308 DFE and the new, high-end EFI Fiery IC-310 DFE deliver exceptional performance and color quality, end-to-end workflow automation, and integration with EFI’s MIS and Web-to-print products.

According to EFI, the new Fiery IC-310 DFE brings accelerated production-printing performance to the bizhub print engines with unique Fiery HyperRIP technology, which processes an individual job up to 40-percent faster than DFEs from other manufacturers by splitting pages to simultaneously process them with multiple processor cores, interpreters, and rendering engines. The hardware and feature set makes the IC-310 twice as fast compared to the IC-308, and streamlines the processing of graphic-intensive and variable data print jobs to minimize data spikes and avoid lost production time.

“Konica Minolta bizhub C1085 and C1100 users can use our advanced Fiery DFE technology to scale their businesses for the future so they are prepared for evolving customer demands in high-end digital printing,” commented John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing for EFI. “With this multi-core processing speed acceleration and Fiery servers’ proven, ‘perfect pass’ image reproduction, these DFEs provide an unmatched, competitive production advantage in commercial print and in-house CRD environments.”

EFI says that with the extensive collection of standard and optional job- and color-management solutions that the Fiery IC-308 and IC-310 DFEs offer, users can be assured their jobs will print correctly the first time. Plus, the DFEs are based on EFI’s Fiery FS100 Pro platform technology – the first and only production platform to achieve a 100-percent perfect-pass rating from industry organization VIGC’s PDF RIP Audit. According to EFI, the rating underscores the DFEs’capabilities for accurate, consistent reproduction of intricately designed files, including print jobs with composite overprints, transparencies, and other complex design elements.

The Fiery FS100 Pro platform also is the first to achieve a JDF1.3 Integrated Digital Printing Interoperability Conformance Specifications certification from industry organization CIP4. The Fiery IC-308 and IC-310 DFEs also support all leading industry VDP standards, such as PDF/VT, VPS, and the latest PPML 3.0 specifications.

The Fiery IC-308 and IC-310 DFEs’ JDF capabilities allow for integration with Kodak PRINERGY and other third-party pre-press and workflow solutions, so that users can streamline their print production. Users can also integrate their DFEs with EFI’s industry-leading MIS and Web-to-print products.

The optional Fiery JobMaster enables users to produce higher-value jobs by automating complex document preparation and production. EFI says the intuitive make-ready product tackles some of the biggest production challenges, including visual tab insertion and design, bleed-edge and multi-bank tabs, late-stage page editing and numbering, page-level ticketing and chapterization. Fiery JobMaster is accessed through Fiery Command WorkStation, the central job management interface for Fiery DFEs, along with imposition, color management, and pre- and post-flight functions.

The new Fiery DFEs will be available July 9th from Konica Minolta and authorized Konica Minolta resellers. For more information about EFI Fiery Driven products, visit www.efi.com .

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