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 

Dr. David Cooke announces resignation from Konica Minolta after almost 15 years, including seven years as chairman and managing director

Konica Minolta Australia has announced that Dr. David Cooke has resigned from his position as chairman and managing director, and that he will remain until mid-July to see out the Japanese financial year and facilitate a smooth transition.  

Under Dr Cooke’s leadership, Konica Minolta has developed a reputation as a company that cares about its employees, customers and the community, and one that’s deeply committed to ethical leadership and creating societal value. 

In 2018 Konica Minolta was awarded the Human Rights Award for Business by the Australian Human Rights Commission for the work the company has done to promote and support human rights within its business and supply chain. 

Dr Cooke has been instrumental in leading the company’s transformation and expanding on its core strengths of office and production printing to become an IT and technology business partner, providing innovative products such as 3D printing and robotics, as well as software and services solutions to a growing number of customers.  

Dr. David Cooke, managing director, Australia, Konica Minolta, said, “As I am sure you can imagine I have very mixed feelings about leaving, with the greatest challenge being leaving behind the friends I have made during my nearly fifteen years at Konica Minolta. The choice of replacement however, gives me considerable confidence with regards to the future success of the company. 

Konica Minolta has appointed a new managing director from Japan, Yohei Konaka who is planning to commence on April 1, 2020. Yohei is currently in the office business planning division of Konica Minolta headquarters. He has extensive experience in the business holding roles in both the US and Canada in his 19 year career with the company. 

David Cooke said, “I’m confident that Yohei will continue to build on the reputation Konica Minolta Australia has as a leader in areas such as human rights and ethical sourcing in line with the company strategy aimed at creating value for business, customers and society and meeting our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and delivering that into the future. 

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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 Australia selected for Victorian government procurement panel for multifunction devices

Konica Minolta Australia has announced it has been included on the Victorian government procurement panel for multifunction devices and printers,  provided under a supplier or purchaser managed services model, covering maintenance, software and services support, account management, reporting and innovative solutions.

Konica Minolta was part of the previous panel, which has just been renewed for a least another three years. As well as being open to all of the mandated government departments that must use the contract, the offer extends to any government agency, such as schools or healthcare facilities for example, to leverage the contract as well.

Michael Byrne, general manager – government, education, enterprise and corporate, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta is offering 10 devices from its A3 colour range. This contract is strategically important for Konica Minolta because of the business opportunity associated with being able to provide to government departments and agencies across the state.

“With the Victorian procurement panel, the onus is on the provider to deliver a solution that is fit for purpose and that will meet the agencies’ needs. As a long-time provider on this panel, Konica Minolta can assure government agencies that it has the expertise to bring solutions that will work for them and deliver the outcomes they are looking for, with a proven history of delivering under the contract. Being selected again reinforces the success of the work Konica Minolta has already been doing as part of the panel.”

Part of the selection process included being able to demonstrate that Konica Minolta supports gender equality and the indigenous community, and has strong environmental policies. The business also had to be able to demonstrate the security of its equipment.

Michael Byrne said, “Konica Minolta demonstrated that it is a strong, credible organisation in all areas relevant to the government framework. Konica Minolta has the support and infrastructure across the state to deliver on the needs of government agencies and departments across the board.”

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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 reveals the MGI JetVarnish 3D One digital print embellishment press

Konica Minolta Australia has announced it will release the MGI JV 3D One press, an entry-level MGI UV Varnish solution, in April this year. The new press offers commercial printers an accessible and affordable option for 2D and 3D varnish effects that will add more value to what printers can offer their customers.

The MGI JV 3D One digital embellishment press was first introduced to the market at PRINTING United in October, 2019. The new press is a part of MGI’s JETVarnish range available from Konica Minolta and was designed to be complimentary with its AccurioPress and AccurioPrint digital print systems or as a standalone embellishment system.

The MGI JV 3D One press can be used for a variety of applications, including packaging, books, magazines, business cards, menus, photobooks and greeting cards. It is simple to use, compact, and has a smaller operational footprint than previous MGI models. It is highly efficient and can process up to 3500 A4 sheets per hour on a range of sheet sizes up to of 364 x 750mm.

Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “The MGI JV 3D One will give all commercial printers access to an embellishment press regardless of their size, offering them a way to differentiate themselves and stand out from competitors. Rather than outsourcing embellishment printing, commercial printers can leverage the MGI JV 3DOne to do embellishment in-house. Digital embellishment offers printers the opportunity to add value to the printed page and subsequently achieve margins.

The MGI JV 3DOne press features include:

  • digital print embellishment with UV coating and embossing
  • spot varnish editor for job modification
  • varying varnish thickness, between 21 and 116 micron in one pass
  • AIS SmartScanner registration technology which will minimise crop marks, waste and set-up time
  • a job cost calculator with job management tool
  • both 2D and 3D tactile effects.

Sue Threlfo said, “Konica Minolta and MGI work very closely to meet the needs of customers with the right solutions and products for the right applications. For Konica Minolta, service and support are paramount, so customers can rest assured their presses will be reliable and, when maintenance is required, they’ll be up and running again with minimal disruption.”

The MGI JV 3DOne digital press is expected to be released in April, 2020.

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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

Konica Minolta receives WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation four years running

Konica Minolta Australia has received a 2019-20 Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation in recognition of its continuing and unwavering commitment to gender equality in the workplace.

The WGEA EOCGE citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Konica Minolta has been actively working to create a diverse and inclusive workplace for many years and recently released its 2019 Gender Equality Strategy, which states the following goals:

  • creating an organisational culture and a working environment that is inclusive and fair to both women and men
  • improving the representation of women in leadership and management positions
  • improving gender balance across the organisation and the representation of women and men in job categories with greater than 40 per cent representation
  • removing gender pay gaps
  • providing a flexible and supportive workplace for all employees at all levels, including those with caring responsibilities.

Further, Konica Minolta has a number of key policies that are designed with gender equality in mind to make sure employees are supported in achieving health, safety and a good work-life balance including:

  • Domestic and Family Violence Support Policy, which provides comprehensive paid leave, flexible working arrangements and employee assistance programs for employees who are affected by a family or domestic violence situation.
  • Workplace Flexibility Policy to help balance work and other responsibilities to achieve an effective work-life balance.
  • Parental Leave Policy, which provides 12 weeks for both parents and can be taken at any time in the first three years.

Dr. David Cooke, managing director – Australia, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta is pleased to have again been acknowledged by the WGEA as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality. Each year the bar gets higher, and we continue to look for new ways to create a company that’s a great place to work for everyone. Our new parental leave policy removes the distinction between ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ carer and enables all new parents to take 12 weeks paid leave. It’s wonderful to know we’re able to provide support for people to enjoy this special time in their lives.”

Libby Lyons, Director, WGEA, said, “This year, we strengthened the eligibility criteria by placing even greater emphasis on accountability, outcomes, evidence and internal reporting processes. I would like to congratulate all of our 2019-20 EOCGE citation holders for the extra effort and commitment it has taken to meet these additional rigorous requirements. All these organisations are at the forefront of the momentum for change towards gender equality in Australian workplaces. These industry leaders are showing other Australian businesses how to create a better and more equal future for both women and men.”

Gabrielle Stevens, chief people and culture officer, Konica Minolta said, “Having targets is one thing, but helping our employees understand the value of gender diversity and what’s involved to create opportunities for women in leadership and non-traditional roles takes a shared desire for change. Providing a flexible and supportive workplace is in Konica Minolta’s DNA and it goes a long way to enabling our employees to balance their work and life commitments.”

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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 announces partnership with UiPath to bring robotic process automation to Australian customers

Konica Minolta Australia, market-leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services, has announced a partnership with UiPath, the leading enterprise robotic process automation (RPA) software company, to bring its solution to customers in the region for new levels of efficiency and performance to open up new revenue streams and improve customer experience.

UiPath is leading the automation-first era, championing one robot for every person, delivering free and open training and collaboration, and letting robots learn new skills through artificial intelligence (AI) and its subset, machine learning. Led by a commitment to bring digital-era skills to more than a million people, the company’s enterprise RPA platform has already automated millions of repetitive, mind-numbing tasks for business and government organisations all over the world, improving productivity, customer experience, and employee job satisfaction.

In contrast to other, traditional IT solutions, RPA lets organisations automate at a fraction of the cost and time previously encountered. RPA is also non-intrusive in nature and leverages the existing infrastructure without causing disruption to underlying systems, which would be difficult and costly to replace. With RPA, cost efficiency and compliance are no longer an operating cost but a byproduct of the automation. RPA delivers direct profitability while improving accuracy across organisations.

Eric Holtsmark, general manager – strategy, transformation and technology, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta Australia’s partnership with UiPath will provide customers with a powerful combination of tools and services to tackle business process opportunities, scaling from automation of repetitive and time-consuming procedures right through to full-scale transformation of end-to-end processes. This lets people focus on the more creative and complex problems facing the organisation.

“Konica Minolta Australia’s highly-skilled professional services staff work closely with clients to deliver a range of RPA services including strategy development, design, and technical development, project management, implementation, and support and maintenance.”

To learn more about UiPath, please visit www.uipath.com.

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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

Konica Minolta Australia announces AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses

Konica Minolta Australia has announced the release of the AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses, which will be available locally early next year. The presses offer higher total productivity and efficiency that will really change the game for commercial printers.

The 140 ppm AccurioPress C14000, along with the 120 ppm AccurioPress C12000, were designed from the ground up to be digital print factories. These presses really demonstrate Konica Minolta’s mission to support the transformation of its clients, with a number of advanced automation features and accessories that will help printers expand and streamline their operations to deliver increased, high-quality output with less waste.

The AccurioPress C14000 series offers the new TU-510 versatile trimmer unit for advanced operational efficiency. The TU-510 is a truly unique inline, four-edge trimmer and creaser that allows full bleed finishing support for banners, booklets, direct mail and a dedicated business card cutting option. In addition, the AccurioPress C14000 series is equipped with the Intelligent Quality Optimiser (IQ-501) as standard, which can also improve labour efficiency by as much as 30 per cent.

Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “The new AccurioPress C14000 series will be a game-changer for the industry. With the TU-510 inline trimmer unit and advanced automation features designed to maximise efficiency these presses will provide significant value to those in high-volume printing environments where deadlines are tight, quality is key and efficiencies must be gained. We are really looking forward seeing these new presses arrive in Australia early next year.”

Mark Brown, national product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said “The AccurioPress C14000 series is ideal for helping Australian printers attract and retain new customers, providing exceptional quality output at high speeds. This will let printers be more productive and turn high-quality jobs around faster, delivering an outstanding customer experience.”

Opportunities for business expansion
The unique features of the AccurioPress C14000 series make them ideal for customers looking to increase productivity through efficiencies and speed to grow their business. With resolution equivalent to 3600 x 2400 dpi and enhanced media capability up to 450 gsm, they offer breathtaking speeds with outstanding image quality and unparalleled media flexibility.

New duplex banner printing up to 900 millimetres and simplex banner length capability of 1300 millimetres combined with envelope and embossed media capability gives customers the opportunity to offer new types of work, such as four-panel gatefold brochures and book covers for finishing offline. To further improve efficiency and output, envelope printing can be accomplished using the standard fuser. Finally, new technology used in the print engine dramatically improves image quality on textured paper stocks.

Operational efficiency
Paired with Konica Minolta’s enhanced IQ-501, the new presses automatically and continuously measure and manage colour to ensure the first print in a run matches the last. Two-dimensional registration correction has also been improved through the higher output resolution. The automatic media detection sensor comes standard on these models, detecting the stock and assigning the appropriate tray, eliminating time consuming paper settings and operator error, reducing waste and increasing productivity.

The LS-507 large stacker supports higher speed, permits banner bypass and offers operators the advantage of offloading while the machine is still running, another new benefit added to Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress expanded line.

Convenient colour management and job management utilities are available with the Konica Minolta’s proprietary controller. A customisable operation screen makes the products extremely easy to operate. Other third-party controller options include the latest Fiery and Creo models.

Stability, high durability and reduced downtime improve total cost of ownership
Konica Minolta’s IQ-501 enhanced auto inspection options offer expanded inspection performance, verifying print quality and now detecting streaks and spots as well as blemishes. The high-quality prints mean maximum stability even during long-run jobs, while better registration and quality increases total usable print volume. The new presses offer a highly reliable duty cycle of 2.5 million, up from 1.8 million with the AccurioPress C6100, with double the toner capacity of earlier models.

The new AccurioPress C14000 and C12000 will be available in Australia in March 2020.

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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.

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Konica Minolta reinvents print technology with new IoT-enabled bizhub® i-Series

Next-generation bizhub i-Series seamlessly connects the dynamic office

Konica Minolta Australia, a leader in delivering world-class business transformation solutions and technologies, has unveiled the new bizhub i-Series, the next generation multifunction device product line from the award-winning bizhub legacy portfolio. Born from the company’s continuing ambition to create value for customers and driven by the desire to rethink the way multifunctional devices work for them, the i-Series is a smart technology hub that fully embraces the way businesses are evolving and sharpens their competitive edge.

The smart device technology augments office connectivity, optimising the way the office works while preparing it to be future-ready from operational improvements to digital transformation. Powering new opportunities for productivity and innovation, the i-Series provides the necessary tools for an effective communications network. It simplifies complexities to improve productivity and streamline business processes, for better decision-making and, ultimately, enable smarter business. Breaking through traditional office limitations, it helps navigate quickly to demands and changing conditions.

Shane Blandford, director of marketing and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “As office documents become more digitised and data volumes increase, document management and access assume more importance than ever. Remote access and cloud integration also heighten the need for security.

“Multifunctional devices and printers are now expected to connect people, places and devices simply and safely and create a new way of working. Konica Minolta wanted to provide a new-value office tool that could be used intuitively by digital natives. That intent gave rise to the second generation bizhub, the bizhub i-Series. The consistent and simplified usability of the new i-Series range, along with class-leading performance and connectivity enhancements make these our most productive multifunction devices.”

Simple design and usability

The stylish, contemporary design boasts an intuitive smartphone style user interface with a tiltable, floating 10” touchscreen panel, rounded edges, and LED status indicators. The interactive user experience provides ease-of-use through reduced wait times, vibration feedback, and customisation. Conveniently, both the A3 and A4 multifunction models function in precisely the same way so users can be productive, regardless of the specific device.

High-quality performance, enhanced efficiency and seamless connectivity

The i-Series multifunction models house a powerful engine, a quad-core Central Processing Unit with up to 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD, for quick-response, high-performance operations. And, the additional combination of full-speed media printing range, high-speed one pass double feed, digital skew correction, and large capability trays for the A3 models, expertly blends reliable functionality with versatile serviceability. Further extending the capabilities of the i-Series and adding flexibility, Konica Minolta MarketPlace gives the freedom to personalise the user interface and provides direct access to apps that boost business productivity. Efficiently integrating work processes and connections, it caters to all types of changing needs and fully accommodates evolving workstyles.

Smart service and next-level security

Minimising downtime and ensuring uninterrupted use, the i-Series intelligently collects data for self-diagnosis and for optimum replacement time predictions of parts and consumables. The exceptional service comes with an outfitted layer of top-grade security, which gives businesses one less thing to worry about. With bizhub SECURE services (optional) and self-encrypting SSD, the i-Series fosters a secure work ecosystem where data is protected and reliably accessible. Additionally, the optional BitDefender anti-virus extension automatically scans all transmitted and received data in real time, so data remains protected from external threats. All i-Series models are compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and ISO 15408 certified HCD-PP, so data privacy standards and security requirements are met in order to stay productive.

Commitment to sustainability

Konica Minolta is committed not only to innovation but to environmental sustainability. The fruition of the new i-Series reflects upon this strong commitment. As part of the top energy-saving bizhub product line, each model conforms to globally recognised standards from such organisations as EPEAT and Blue Angel. The new fusing unit and low-temperature fixing toner help achieve lower energy consumption in operating and sleep modes. Environmental impact is reduced further through the new packaging design, as traditional cushioning material has been replaced with lighter air cushions, still ensuring safety during transport. Best of all, operating sounds are quieter due to improvements made to the cooling fan and the document feeder mechanism resulting in fewer distractions for a better-focused work environment.

Shane Blandford said, “Konica Minolta recognises the i-Series as the next step; the innovative technology that lets businesses perform at their best and achieve high-quality work, all while providing the peace of mind for them to focus on more important matters. And, as businesses continue to evolve, the bizhub i-Series will grow with them.”

The new i-Series models available now are the bizhub C250i, C300i, C360i, (A3 colour MFPs), C3350i, and C4050i (A4 colour MFPs), C4000i and C3300i (A4 colour printers) and the C3320i (A4 colour MFP). Additional models to the i-Series product lineup will be released in the coming months.

iSeries will be on display at Stand E38 at CEBIT at the International Convention Centre Sydney from October 29-31.

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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.
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