Ramsey, N.J. and Foster City, Calif. – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, and EFI , a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that the EFI MicroPress RIP and production workflow solution is driving the bizhub PRO 1200 Series of monochrome digital presses. This technology combination enables mid-to-high volume digital print environments to maximize their Konica Minolta equipment investment by providing a high-performance, feature-rich document solution for the control of many pre-press processes.
The newest series in Konica Minolta's award-winning line of monochrome digital presses combines long-run reliability and image quality with fast output speeds – 120 ppm on the bizhub PRO 1200 and bizhub PRO 1200P, and 105 ppm on the bizhub PRO 1051.
"Our bizhub PRO 1200 Series is built to be a professional replacement for offset systems in the digital era, so we once again joined forces with EFI, a leader in digital RIP and workflow technology, to drive these systems," said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. "Delivering unmatched flexibility, speed, efficiency and customized capabilities, the bizhub PRO 1200 Series is further proof of how customers can count on Konica Minolta for their entire spectrum of production print needs."
With EFI MicroPress, users will realize increases in efficiency and reduction of costs through streamlined and automated workflows, allowing for even more productivity and greater engine utilization. EFI MicroPress supports the latest industry standard file formats, with the power to natively process PostScript, PDF and XPS, resulting in faster, more accurate output. The offering takes advantage of powerful hardware to provide production print environments with the fastest, most capable, late-stage editing solution available. Addressing last minute job changes without reverting back to a native file or requiring changes to the production workflow saves operators time and increases efficiency. EFI MicroPress is scalable to manage up to 12 digital print engines, providing a seamless growth path to support expanding future production workflow demands.
"Today's production print providers are constantly facing the challenge of delivering high volumes of documents with complex requirements in a short time," said John Henze, vice president of marketing, Fiery division, EFI. "The combination of EFI MicroPress and the new bizhub PRO 1200 digital presses help alleviate these headaches, ensuring high-quality output at top speed to meet the most demanding customer requirements."