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Konica Enhances 8031 Color Imaging System Performance With Fiery S300 Print Server

Press release from the issuing company

WINDSOR, Conn., July 30 -- 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 the Fiery S300, a new print server from Electronics for Imaging, for its mid-range 8031 Color Imaging System. Featuring a powerful processor, variable data printing capabilities, and applications for color management, networking, scanning, and remote job management, the Fiery S300 makes it easy to create, print, scan, and manage complex print jobs. The 8031 is a full color and B&W multifunctional device, offering print and copy speeds of 31 pages per minute. Using Konica's Simitri(TM) Color Polymerized Toner, which enables control of the exact size and shape of each toner particle, the device delivers high-quality, accurate color output while maintaining the speed and efficiency advantages of a digital copier/printer. Powered by the Fiery S300 print server, the 8031 provides the latest in network color printing and scanning capabilities, making it ideally suited for corporate workgroups and graphic professionals who are looking for the most value and flexibility out of their color devices. Delivering the speed and performance necessary for short-run color printing in departmental, print-for- pay and graphic arts environments, this Windows 2000-ready server is powered by a 2GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor and contains 256MB (upgradeable to 1024MB) of standard memory and a 60GB hard drive. The Fiery S300 color server offers mid-range print environments the flexibility to expand with its variety of standard and optional features, including: Network Printing and Scanning Exceptional performance and color quality is achieved in a variety of print environments with EFI's award winning Fiery System software including: Command WorkStation(TM), setting the standard in centralized print job management with an intuitive interface and a variety of sophisticated, productivity-enhancing tools; ColorWise for flexible color control capabilities to achieve the highest quality output; and Fiery Scan for feature-rich scans that can be FTP'd, faxed, stored on a local hard drive or emailed to any email account around the world. EFI's Fiery System software also comes standard with Fiery WebTools for the ultimate control in remote workflow management and Fiery NetWise(TM) for seamless connectivity to the most popular network protocols. Optional for the Fiery S300 is DocBuilder Pro(TM) to edit and assemble entire documents before RIPping the files. Advanced Variable Data Printing The Konica Fiery S300 delivers fast, industry-leading, flexible variable data printing capabilities. With any authoring tool, users can create static and variable elements with EFI's flexible and open, end-to-end variable data solution. EFI's solution is compatible with the most comprehensive array of VDP languages, including Fiery FreeForm(TM), PPML, and a host of proprietary languages. Fiery Graphic Arts Package The optional Fiery Graphic Arts Package is a comprehensive suite of specialized tools specifically designed to help graphic arts professionals achieve their vision of color and print quality. This powerful suite of tools includes utilities for greater color precision and repeatability, support for accurate proofing and simulations, and accommodation for varied document formats. "This controller brings additional power and performance to the 8031, making it an ideal device for environments that need speed and advanced capabilities to handle short run color printing," said William H. Brewster Jr., vice president, marketing, Konica Business Technologies U.S.A., Inc. "The S300 provides outstanding performance, flexibility and great value. An excellent complement to the 8031, this combination gives mid-range users unparalleled power and control over their color print jobs." Highlighted Features of the Fiery S300: Seamless network connectivity Productivity-enhancing workflow tools Expanded document imposition features Flexible and open variable data support Expedient Internet printing and management via email Convenient network access to locally stored scans Pricing and Availability The Fiery S300 is available through Konica's North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the S300 is $19,500. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 8031 is $17,395.