Konica Minolta Australia expands smart, connected bizhub i-Series line to include new colour A3 multifunction printers

Konica Minolta Australia has expanded its bizhub iSeries range with the launch of two new colour A3 multifunction printers (MFPs). The new bizhub C450i and bizhub C650i are nextgeneration multifunctional devices designed to empower digital workflows.  

Shane Blandford, chief marketing and innovation officer, Konica Minolta, said, “Like every model in the bizhub i-Series product line, the new devices reflect a new paradigm for how multifunctional devices meet the needs of businesses by serving as a secure, smart technology hub to augment office connectivity. As SMBs continue their path to recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be critical that they choose smart technology that elevates their digital status. 

“The new MFPs offer fast, reliable solutions for document handling and serve as an intelligent device that effectively becomes the heart of the customer’s digital office. They can also be tailored to meet the requirements of each business with the wide breadth of applications that are available from Konica Minolta’s Marketplace, which is pre-installed on every device. Furthermore, by placing the customer’s need for high operational efficiency at the heart of each MFP solution, Konica Minolta delivers best-in-class service and troubleshooting through its Remote Service Platform.” 

The new models feature the bizhub iSeries’ fresh, contemporary exterior design and the highly intuitive smartphone-style user interface with a tiltable, floating 10-inch panel that is used throughout the bizhub iSeries range. It features a new cardtype quick copy screen and various apps with integrated guidance for better user experience. In addition, newly developed widget technology allows embedding and operating functionality directly from the MFP’s home screen, shortening the time spent in front of the MFP. This ensures an entirely natural and familiar user experience that is common across all bizhub iSeries devices.  

High performance operation and quick response is assured by the same powerful quad-core central processing unit and standard 8 GB of memory with a 256 GB SSD, (upgradeable to optional 1 TB SSD). The three new A3 colour MFPs offer a choice of 45ppm, 55ppm or 65ppm print speeds.  

As standard, the three new MFPs feature a dual-scan document feeder that can accommodate up to 300 sheets, with a faster 280 ipm scan speed and double-feed detection sensors. Newly designed finishers with an integrated manual staple feature are also available as an option. The new higherspeed bizhub i-Series models also have an automatic intelligent media sensor that can detect paper weight and media type. This helps to reduce user error and unnecessary support requests due to unmatched settings for the paper type being used leading to fewer paper jams, boosting productivity. 

bizhub i-Series MFPs have been designed to work with powerful workflow tools such as Konica Minolta’s Dispatcher Phoenix. Dispatcher Phoenix offers advanced document workflow and is an ideal solution for enhancing document security via digital workflows.  

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About Konica Minolta Australia  

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.  

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.  

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now.  

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.  

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home 

Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley’s 36 Squadron chooses Konica Minolta and MiR to explore logistics automation

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Amberley’s number 36 Squadron (36 SQN) has chosen Konica Minolta and MiR to explore the automation of the movement of aircraft parts.

SARAH, short for Supply Assistance Robot – Autonomous Hardware, in the form of an MiR200, was introduced at 36 SQN as phase one of an innovation program to automate the manual movement of aircraft parts from the logistics section to the technician, which is critical to the operations at 36 SQN.

RAAF Amberley Squadron Leader Evan Smith said, “36 SQN was interested in exploring whether there were ways to simplify or automate this task to free up the team’s time for higher value tasks and let a robot do the mindless manual handling tasks.”

Evan Smith reached out to Plan Jericho, a strategy designed to transform the RAAF by capitalising on future high technology systems. Plan Jericho supports people thinking outside the box to get their ideas implemented. The proposal laid out the vision for automated delivery of parts and equipment, phasing it from the simplest part of the problem to the end-state complete vision, resulting in two thirds of phase one being funded by Plan Jericho.

Martin Keetels, national manager of robotics and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “The 36 SQN was looking for innovative ways to be safer and more efficient. MiR introduces efficiencies by automating a simple part of the supply chain to free up people to do what only people can do.”

When SARAH arrived at the 36 SQN, Konica Minolta spent time with the team configuring and customising the user interface to their requirements. Upon pressing a digital button on the customised dashboard of the robot, it autonomously transports goods across the facility. It can carry up to 150kgs at a time and staff can call the robot to return the materials using their own smart phones, laptops or tablets via the intuitive web-based platform.

SARAH now travels 850 metres a day on average, fulfilling 20 missions. She’s also reducing the risk of injury from lifting and pushing heavy parts.

The cost benefit analysis has shown savings of more than $27,000 per year. Plus, the team is learning new transferable skills through working with artificial intelligence (AI) creating a real buzz around innovation.

An unexpected benefit is that SARAH has assisted the team with social distancing. SARAH has been working phenomenally by limiting the number of interactions between logistics and technicians, which has helped 36 SQN during COVID-19.

David Cooke, managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta has enjoyed an exceptional relationship with Defence over many years. From this we know that RAAF has a strong culture of innovation and transformation. Konica Minolta is proud to offer this solution to the 36 SQN, which is delivering tangible, measurable benefits.”

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About Konica Minolta Australia 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Konica Minolta and Diverseco partner to distribute Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR)

Konica Minolta has announced it will partner with Diverseco as co-distributors and exclusive systems integrators for Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR). MiR is a leading manufacturer of collaborative mobile robots that deliver a high level of automation to companies in the manufacturing and logistics sectors. This partnership expands on Konica Minolta’s existing relationship with MiR, which dates back to September 2018.

Martin Keetels, national manager of robotics and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta has seen sales of the MiR products surge by more than 350 per cent last financial year demonstrating that there is significant room in the market for growth. We believe this growth will only increase as a result of COVID-19 and the industry will be bolstered by trends such as re-shoring, business continuity and social distancing. There is no doubt workplaces of the future will benefit significantly from autonomous robots.

“This partnership with Diverseco adds fuel to Konica Minolta’s growth plans. Diverseco is one of Australasia’s leading automation solution providers, with deep knowledge of customer environments and their systems. We’re excited to partner with Diverseco to bring MiR solutions to more customers.”

Diverseco will work with Konica Minolta to develop MiR solutions for customers. Solutions will include design, programming, installation, training, and full support.

Tim Francis, executive general manager for automation, Diverseco, said, “Continuing our suite of partnerships with outstanding robotics companies, we’re proud to have Konica Minolta and MiR alongside our other product offerings, which are pivotal to the success of various industries. MiR plays an important role in the evolving industry, logistics, and manufacturing sectors by adding highly reliable, robust, and safe collaborative autonomous mobile robots to organisations looking to improve their overall efficiencies through automation. Working with Konica Minolta will let us pool our resources to ensure customers get maximum return on their investment in automation.”

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About Konica Minolta Australia 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Konica Minolta supports Breast Cancer Network Australia’s 55 Hours of Giving campaign

Every day this year 55 Australians will be told they have breast cancer, which means 20,000 more women and 170 more men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2020.

That’s why Konica Minolta will be supporting its charity partner, Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), to match donations and help raise $55k during its 55 Hours of Giving campaign.

In 2020, BCNA is relying more than ever on the generosity of partners and the community to provide additional support and resources for Australians living with breast cancer, their families and friends.

These additional resources have so far included:

  • extending BCNA’s helpline hours to 7 days a week, as required
  • ensuring up-to-date, accurate information is available on the My Journey online tool
  • producing a special COVID-19 podcast series.

While COVID-19 has increased the need for BCNA’s services and support, many of BCNA’s fundraising events and activities have had to be cancelled or postponed.

This year Konica Minolta has therefore decided to support BCNA’s 55 Hours of Giving campaign, which will double the impact of public donations over a 55 hour period.

The 55 Hours of Giving campaign will run from 8.00 am AEST 24 June to 3.00 pm AEST 26 June, and you can click here to double your donation during that time.

Konica Minolta has been a proud supporter of BCNA since 2013, supporting annual fundraising campaigns, as well as employee matched giving, fundraising, volunteering and in-kind support.

Shane Blandford, chief marketing and innovation officer, Konica Minolta, said, “Most people been affected by breast cancer in one way or another, as a survivor, friend or family member and we’re incredibly proud to help BCNA provide the information, care and support when it’s most needed.”

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About Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation. It exists to ensure that all Australians who are affected by breast cancer receive the very best care, treatment and support.

BCNA has free programs and services to inform and support people with breast cancer, including our Helpline – 1800 500 258 – and My Journey online tool – www.myjourney.org.au – an information resource for people diagnosed with breast cancer.

About Konica Minolta Australia

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Konica Minolta announces New Zealand distribution partnership with Brother International (NZ)

Konica Minolta has appointed Brother International (NZ) as the New Zealand distributor for its range of office equipment and associated document solutions. 

Through the partnership, Brother will provide Konica Minolta products through its extensive distribution and reseller network including full technical and service support for customers throughout New Zealand.  

The new relationship will provide the opportunity for existing Konica Minolta customers in New Zealand to continue to leverage their investment in their equipment, backed by Brother’s 24/7 NZ-based helpdesk service and support network in the region, which will be expanded to ensure full coverage for Konica Minolta products. The partnership also provides a platform for new customers to bring Konica Minolta equipment into their businesses. 

Dr David Cooke, managing director, Konica Minolta, said, “Brother represents a turnkey solution to maintain Konica Minolta’s 40-year commitment in New Zealand, which has been very successful in building a loyal customer base. Konica Minolta is committed to producing the highest quality products and, therefore, it is important that we are represented in New Zealand by the highest quality distributor. Brother is a recognised leader in the New Zealand print market, making it a perfect partner for Konica Minolta in the region. 

Graham Walshe, executive chairman, Brother NZ, said, “Brother is already acknowledged as a leading printer brand in all the segments it operates in; however, we see a great opportunity to expand Brother’s offering to include highervolume, A3-based products. With the recent changes in the New Zealand print market, Brother saw a large base of Konica Minolta customers wanting choice in being able to continue to use the technology they know and love. Brother already has huge capability in distribution and technical support, so adding a high-quality brand like Konica Minolta into the range was a logical step. This also provides the opportunity for Brother’s reseller partners across the country to sell A3 technology, letting them diversify and grow their product portfolio and revenue base.” 

Brother will distribute the full range of Konica Minolta’s awardwinning A3 office colour equipment in New Zealand 

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About Konica Minolta Australia  

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.  

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.  

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.  

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.  

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home 

 

Konica Minolta Australia announces the availability of the MiR 500 and MiR 1000 mobile industrial robots offering enhanced safety and financial benefits for manufacturing and logistics organisations

Konica Minolta Australia has announced the availability of the MiR 500 and MiR 1000, through its partner Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), a leading manufacturer of collaborative mobile robots that help increase efficiency and drive productivity. 

The robots are designed to help move pallets and heavy material around factories and logistics hubs. For organisations that rely on forklifts and conveyors to move pallets, robots offer an opportunity to take on this load with the added benefit of improving workplace safety.  

According to the Worksafe Queensland website, since July 2013, there have been 178 notified forklift incidents involving crush injuries or the risk of serious crush injuries and 114 statutory notices for the risk management of an incident involving a forklift crush injury have been issued. On average each year, 281 workers’ compensation claims are accepted for crush injuries involving forklifts. Forty per cent of these involve serious injuries requiring five or more days off work.[1]  

Martin Keetels, national manager – robotics and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “Workplace injuries involving forklifts represent a massive cost to the industry. Workplace safety is paramount in these industries to protect staff but also to protect the bottom line and organisations’ reputations. The MiR 500 and MiR 1000 can assist organisations with this as well as offer economic efficiencies associated with deploying the right technology to complete tasks autonomously, giving organisations the opportunity to redeploy people to higher value tasks.  In a 24/7 manufacturing or logistics facility, the MiR can offer a return on investment inside a year.” 

COVID-19 has highlighted the potential for a resurgence in manufacturing in Australia. Robots have a role to play in assisting smart manufacturers leverage smart technology. And, in the instance of widespread crises, such as a pandemic, robots offer a unique solution in both quickly scaling up operations to handle increased workload as well as helping with government restrictions such as social distancing. 

Martin Keetels said, “The MiR 500 and MiR 1000 will have a critical role to play in the manufacturing and logistics organisations of the future and will play an important part in protecting workers and businesses, and helping them de-risk and futureproof their operations. Konica Minolta is excited to play a role in that by bringing these robots to the local market backed by Konica Minolta’s service and support expertise.” 

The MiR Pallet Lift 500 ensures stable handling and transport of pallets and shelves. The MiR 500 lifts pallets autonomously from the MiR Pallet Rack and lowers the pallet for stable transportation of payloads up to 500 kg. It can integrate with conveyors and with customers’ Warehouse Management Systems.  

The MiR Pallet Lift 1000 ensures stable handling and transport of pallets. The MiR 1000 can lift pallets autonomously from the MiR Pallet Rack and lowers the pallet for stable transportation of payloads up to 1000 kg. It can integrate with conveyors and with customers’ Warehouse Management Systems.  

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About Konica Minolta Australia  

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.  

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.  

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.  

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.  

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home 

References:

[1] https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/alerts/incident-alerts/2019/fatal-forklift-incidents 

Konica Minolta Australia helps EGR with rapid prototyping to move its personal protective equipment to mass manufacture in record time

Konica Minolta, a leading supplier of 3D printing equipment and services in Australia, has worked with the EGR Group in the rapid prototyping phase of the company’s shift to personal protective equipment (PPE) for sectors including healthcare and retail in response to COVID-19. 

EGR produces thousands of tonnes of plastic sheeting a year for the automotive industry in Australia and globally. However, with COVID-19 slowing the automotive industry, EGR saw an opportunity to use its resources to help with PPE while at the same time keeping its business financially viable for the employment of its 800 local staff. 

EGR enlisted the help of long-term partner, Konica Minolta Australia, to assist with the rapid prototyping phase of the face shield design. Using the Markforged X7, Konica Minolta Australia was on hand to 3D print design iterations the same day or overnight, for the quick transition to mass manufacture. Capacity is now at 50,000 face shields per day in EGR’s Brisbane manufacturing facility. 

John Bartley, group general manager – advance engineering development, automotive division, EGR, said, “EGR is by nature an innovative company that can recognise new opportunities and the need to adapt to market conditions. For an Australian manufacturer, this speed and agility is critical to survival. We saw the opportunity to deploy EGR’s resources to address a critical need for PPE while keeping our people employed and our factory open. 

“The definition of the prototype produced by the Markforged X7 used by Konica Minolta as well as the ability to print with flexible material made it the right fit for this project. It produced a prototype that represented the end product, which assisted with the overall speed to market. Having Konica Minolta as an innovation partner was extremely important and the commitment the team showed in getting this off the ground was second to none.” 

Nathan Pallavicini​3D specialistKonica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta is proud to have helped EGR’s rapid change of direction to deliver PPE to essential workers. The Markforged X7 was the right fit due to the machines flexibility, rigidity, and structural integrity. Through 3D printing, Konica Minolta can assist businesses like EGR with rapid prototyping solutions as well as with 3D printing solutions that are capable of producing enduse parts to ensure their survival and success into the future. 

John Bartley said, “Throughout this process EGR has seen the benefits that commercial-grade 3D printing can have on the business and we are definitely keen to continue down the PPE route into the future as well as explore other potential use cases. The lesson here is that Australian manufacturers need to be adaptable, diverse and able to produce materials quickly and easily with less resources. 3D printing definitely has a critical role to play here in reducing manufacturing costs and speeding up time-to-market.” 

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About the EGR Group 

Founded in 1973, the EGR Group is a world-class designer and manufacturer of precision engineered solutions marketed through two strategic divisions – automotive and building and commercial products. 

We expect innovation, both in the products we produce, and in the way we operate. We cultivate craftsmanship, preserving skills learned over generations. Most of all, though, we believe in the importance of manufacturing. 

Manufacturing is the foundation of our economies, and our societies. It defines a nation’s inclusion into the developed world. It creates stable employment and welcomes all within its ranks. It is the start of the supply chain for everything, from health care and construction, to energy and defence. 

Whatever the shape of tomorrow’s economy, manufacturing will always be its foundation. Its value to our communities, to our lives, and to our identities cannot be overstated. 

At EGR, we’re proud to be a manufacturer. 

 

About Konica Minolta Australia  

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.  

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.  

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now.  

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.  

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home 

Konica Minolta Australia spearheads 3D printing effort to provide lifesaving equipment for COVID-19

Konica Minolta, a leading supplier of 3D printing equipment and services in Australia, is working with partners and customers to help address the likely shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators required on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

Matt Hunter, innovation product manager, Konica Minolta, said, “Rapidly-dwindling supplies of PPE and lifesaving ventilators have created a nightmare scenario in other countries as they battle the virus. 3D printing offers a unique opportunity to address these shortages by providing a fast, reliable production method that means essential equipment can be manufactured and delivered to hospitals without long lead times.

“Konica Minolta knew that many Australian organisations would be eager to help protect patients and healthcare workers from the deadly virus. We reached out to key customers and partners in the 3D printing space, as well as health authorities across Australia, to see what we could do. As a result, Konica Minolta is facilitating the development and manufacture of two key pieces of equipment: the hard-to-source Venturi ventilator valve for patients; and the essential P2/N95 filters for PPE for frontline health workers.”

Konica Minolta partner 3D Systems has designed the Venturi ventilator valve for 3D printing and sent the file to Konica Minolta, which will print the valves if they become required. The 3D-printed valve uses biocompatible, sterilisable, high-temperature-resistant material, making it ideal for medical use. And, because it’s 3D printed, the team can provide high volumes at unprecedented speeds, potentially meeting demand as the COVID-19 crisis hits its peak.

The P2/N95 filter is an essential part of the PPE that healthcare workers require. It filters the virus out of the air being breathed so the wearer breathes clean air. These cost-effective masks with a 3D-printed adaptor and easily replaceable filtration can be mass-produced and sent immediately to healthcare workers on the frontline.

Konica Minolta worked with Erebus Motorsport to develop the filter, which is printed using a 3D Systems Figure 4 3D printer. An existing Konica Minolta customer, Erebus had already been in contact to see how 3D printing could help in the fight against COVID-19. Working with Supercars medical delegate, Dr Carl Le, the team created the e-Mask, a snorkel-like face mask with a 3D-printed adaptor for the easy replacement of P2/N95 filters.

The Erebus team and Dr Carl Le also designed a ventilated Perspex box, which is placed around the patient’s head and chest to provide a continuous filtered airflow, called the e-Aerosol Box. The e-Aerosol Box has already been distributed to hospitals around Australia, as the Erebus team now looks at adapting the model for ambulance transportation.

Barry Ryan, CEO, Erebus Motorsport, said, “The urgency to produce PPE equipment for our health care workers right now is at the forefront of our minds, so with Dr Carl’s guidance we identified what is most crucial and our partners like Konica Minolta have been more than willing to get in and make things happen.

“No matter how big or small, we know that if everyone pitches in then we are doing our part to help protect those who are protecting us.

“It can’t be underestimated. We need to move on things right now and do our part. We want to make sure we are in a better position than overseas, so we are doing all we can to ensure we are ready, if and when the worst hits, and teaming with partners like Konica Minolta and encouraging everyone to pitch in is our way of doing our part as Australians.”

Matt Hunter said, “At this stage, no one knows exactly what the demand will look like as Australia continues to work hard to flatten the curve. However, it’s likely that a fast response will be required to save lives. By facilitating the capacity to 3D print these lifesaving components, Konica Minolta and our customers and partners are playing a small but important role in the fight against COVID-19. Having thoroughly tested the parts, we know they work. We’re now looking to see what other customers and partners we can pull into this project to increase capacity even further, and potentially find new ways to contribute.”

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About Erebus Motorsport

Erebus Motorsport is a Melbourne-based Australian Supercar team, owned by Betty Klimenko and sponsored by Penrite Oil. Erebus has risen throughout the ranks of Supercars, finishing fourth in the 2019 Teams Championship, with drivers including David Reynolds, Anton De Pasquale and rising star, Will Brown.

About Konica Minolta Australia

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Konica Minolta Australia releases proprietary workflow solution: Dispatcher Phoenix

Konica Minolta Australia has announced the release of Dispatcher Phoenix, a powerful workflow solution for organisations of all sizes, from small and mediumsized businesses to large enterprises. 

Dispatcher Phoenix provides businesses with the opportunity to increase their efficiencies, secure important business information, drive productive collaborations and distribute documents directly to content management systems via its powerful, automated processing features, batch scanning and indexing tools, and direct connectors to other vendors’ systems. 

Research shows employees spend considerable time on recurring tasks as part of their everyday office work. According to McKinsey, as many as 45 per cent of the activities individuals are paid to perform can be automated by adapting currently demonstrated technologies, representing around USD$2 trillion in annual wages.1  

This might include documents that need to be scanned, processed and delivered to one or more destinations, another department, or to a line of business system. These tasks involve a lot of manual intervention at each step, which results in lost productivity. One of the biggest drawbacks is that it’s simply not secure and organisations are at constant risk of a data breach if the right systems and processes aren’t in place. 

Shane Blandford, director of innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “For efficiency and economy, modern businesses need to automate and integrate routine office tasks. Ideally, document processing and printing routines should run in the background and with as little manual intervention as possible.  

Such advanced process automation lets operators, administrators and users concentrate on their core tasks, thus enhancing the overall productivity of the entire office. Dispatcher Phoenix assists users with customised workflows and common document processing tasks to improve productivity and work efficiently, all in a secure way.” 

Konica Minolta is one of the few multifunction printer (MFP) manufacturers that offers its own capture and workflow solution, placing it as part of an exclusive community of end-to-end solution providers.  

Featuring direct integration with Konica Minolta’s bizhub MFP control panel, Dispatcher Phoenix streamlines document scanning, indexing, processing and routing using a visually enhanced display. Dispatcher Phoenix can help employees store, process and access critical document processes and keep business running smoothly, and is useful for sharing files with teams securely and conveniently.  

Dispatcher Phoenix includes connectors to leading content management systems and cloud storage solutions such as SharePoint, OneDriveBox, Dropbox and Google DriveAdditionally, a desktop workstation application is available that will work with any manufacturer’s high-speed scanner, offering a variety of pre-scan options including automated document separation. It also supports a workflow scheduler, which lets users run workflow checks at specific times. 

Shane Blandford said, “Innovation is core to Konica Minolta’s business, which led to the development of Dispatcher Phoenix, our own workflow solution that helps organisations of all sizes increase efficiencies, secure important business information, improve productivity and drive collaboration. This solution will help Australian businesses leverage the benefits of workflow automation with a vendor they already know they can rely on.”  

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About Konica Minolta Australia 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing. 

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.  

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now. 

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies. 

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home 

Konica Minolta AccurioLabel Series hits 500th milestone in total shipments

Konica Minolta is pleased to announce that the AccurioLabel series marked another important milestone: the 500th unit shipped since launched in 2016. 

The Konica Minolta AccurioLabel series was designed for small to mid-size label converters by offering affordable entry to high-quality digital printing. It was developed to manage and deliver an increasing number of small to medium print jobs in ever-shorter processing times. Contrary to traditional conventional flexo and offset printing, the highly flexible digital presses can process jobs that require variable data printing, numbering or barcode printing easily and efficiently. 

Toshitaka Uemura, General Manager, Industrial Print Business Unit, Professional Print Business Headquarters, Konica Minolta, Inc. saidKonica Minolta entered the digital label press market in 2016 and has quickly hit the milestone of 500 units sold. We drove the growth of the overall digital label press market by creating a new market of the mid-range digital label press. Last year, we had one of the largest shares of the global market. 

This has been achieved by widespread support from customers for the AccurioLabel series as a solution to various issues faced by the label printing industry, including the growing demand for small to medium print jobs with fast delivery.  

“Many label converters, which used analogue printing alone, have entered digital printing for the first time using AccurioLabel. We will continue to help customers expand their businesses as their partner in the industrial printing business. 

Locally, the Australian label market offers huge potential with a number of key players now considering digital. Since launching its first label press to the Australian market at PacPrint in 2016, Konica Minolta has had great success and is looking to build on this with the AccurioLabel 230.  

Tatjana Ferguson, product marketing manager, industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “As a company, we are always looking at options that can add further value for our clients includingin the label market. We know that label converters are looking for shorter runs and shorter turnaround times and with the AccurioLabel 230 jobs that were difficult to produce efficiently on analogue presses can now be produced quickly and easily.  

The AccurioLabel series is also designed to deliver stable printing quality. It is clearly hitting the mark with label converters who want to be able to deliver high quality and consistent results, repeatedly.  

Features of the AccurioLabel 230 

 The latest model of AccurioLabel series, AccurioLabel 230 is a highly flexible system for on-demand job needs and runs most tack papers and films at speeds of up to 23.4 mpm. The output is high quality and high precision, with the printing resolution of 1,200x1,200 dpi and 256 gradations. The touch panel monitor enables intuitive operation and is easy to use for operators, eliminating the need for extensive user training. Tasks that were time-consuming on analogue machines can be performed quickly and accurately. 

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About Konica Minolta 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments.  

A global leader in the provision of multifunction printers, digital print presses, industrial print products, 3D printers, robotics and enterprise content management, Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. 

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers.  

Striving to create new value for customers, our vision is to be a global company that is vital to society, and one that is innovative, robust and constantly evolving. Konica Minolta was awarded the Human Rights Award 2018, for showing leadership in human rights in business. 

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home