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Konica Announces New Connectivity Options for Unify Konica 2.0

Press release from the issuing company

ON DEMAND 2003 Booth #2835 WINDSOR, Conn.--April 7, 2003-- Konica Business Technologies U.S.A., Inc. (Konica), the innovation leader in digital imaging solutions and a subsidiary of Konica Corporation, today announced the availability of Unify Konica 2.0 from Advanced Hi-Tech Corporation (AHT) for the Konica 7085, FORCE 85 and FORCE 65 Production Printing Systems, and the Konica 7165 and 7155 Departmental Document Systems. The Konica 7085, FORCE 85, FORCE 65, 7165 and 7155 can now be added to a cluster of same-speed devices through the Unify Konica 2.0 digital print server. With the ability to "cluster on demand", Unify Konica 2.0 is ideal for both the production print and enterprise environments. The Unify Konica 2.0 server connects multiple devices via a network or direct cable connection, delivering increased productivity, enhanced versatility and cost-effective document management. With Unify Konica 2.0 also comes a unique advantage -- "clustering on demand". Konica's printing technology enables businesses to use the Konica devices independently as needed, and cluster the printers at any time based upon the job requirements. The new connectivity allows for up to ten 7085s, ten FORCE 85s, ten FORCE 65s, ten 7165s or ten 7155s to form a cluster. If B&W and color output is necessary, including a single Konica 7915 or 7920 Color Imaging System -- direct connectivity will soon be available for the new 8020 and 8031 Color Imaging Systems -- to a cluster of up to nine same-speed B&W devices is another printing option. "With the new connectivity for the Konica 7085, FORCE 85, FORCE 65, 7165 and 7155, we have taken the versatility of the Unify Konica 2.0 solution up a notch. Our desire was to provide our customers with a comprehensive cluster printing product to meet their variety of needs. They can now choose the speed and type of engine that they would like to cluster," said William H. Brewster, vice president, marketing, Konica Business Technologies U.S.A., Inc. "We also wanted to keep the solution modestly priced leaving plenty of room to upgrade and to incorporate optional document management tools for functions such as imposition, document layout and variable data." Unify Konica 2.0 is targeted for central reprographic departments (CRD), print-for-pay, production print environments and networked offices. Standard features include: multiple copy splitting, document splitting, load balancing, color and B&W splitting, automatic job recovery, electronic collation, priority printing, intelligent scheduling, archiving and scanning. In addition, Unify Konica 2.0 utilizes a network connection that enables the system to successfully eliminate the distance boundaries between the server and connected printers. Specifically for the print-on-demand environment, Unify Konica 2.0 offers an optional Document Management Suite including: DocComposer, a document manipulation tool that allows you make changes to a document without changing the original file, especially beneficial for bookmaking; PageSetter, a full-featured imposition tool that provides users with pre-set and customizable templates that can transform a document into a booklet without altering the original files; and Vite technology, a variable data printing tool that enables users to incorporate variable text and images into any document for personalized output. Unify Konica 2.0 is a true "plug-and-play" solution built on Windows 2000 server technology and offering dual 2.0 GHz Intel Xeon processors with 512MB of RAM and a 80GB hard drive. Once the server is installed and given an IP address, anyone on that network can send print jobs through the browser-based interface, ensuring that all users can simultaneously view all pending jobs.