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MicroPress Plus

Essential print control

Digital workflow controller MicroPress Plus


MicroPress Plus, digital workflow controller

Pivot of the print workflow Versatility for today and tomorrow With MicroPress Plus Konica Minolta and EFI present a breakthrough in controller technology for the management of on-demand production printing. Suitable for an extensive range of applications in the digital production market, this is a tremendous step forward in performance and reliability. MicroPress Plus comes with a user-friendly unified GUI, which communicates in an identical fashion with any system in the bizhub PRO production range. It has the capacity to link up to four print systems, including one or two colour devices; and it can allocate print jobs in the most effective manner. This includes colour splitting and cluster printing, both particularly welcome for the rapid and efficient completion of mission-critical jobs.

bizhub PRO 950

bizhub PRO C5501

Outstanding print quality is assured with the extensive and remarkably effective suites of document makeready and editing facilities as well as Konica Minolta’s state-of-the-art print technology. MicroPress Plus offers users the technology of the future today! It is the cornerstone for quality, flexibility, adaptability, speed and cost-effectiveness. .

bizhub PRO C6501


The bizhub PRO production range The backbone of any digital production printing environment, Konica Minolta’s colour and b/w production systems stand for professional quality printing at remarkable speed coupled with exceptional versatility and reliability. Up to four production devices can be combined with one MicroPress Plus controller, among them up to two colour systems. Where required, an optional extension of MicroPress Plus can link more devices, serving higher demands and more extensive volume requirements.

bizhub PRO 950

bizhub PRO 1051 & bizhub PRO 1200/P

The workhorse for black & white This affordable but powerful production system for central in-house printing facilities and external print-forpay services combines a sturdy and reliable construction, high performance and numerous inline finishing possibilities with advanced technologies for enhanced black and white print quality. The bizhub PRO 950 impresses with its high media flexibility and processes up to 300 gsm paper. It delivers up to 5,700 prints per hour, has an input capacity of up to 6,650 sheets and up to 3,200 sheets output capacity and can handle a maximum of 750,000 prints per month.

Ingenius in quality and modularity With more than 40 different system configurations, bizhub PRO 1051 and PRO 1200 provide speed, efficiency, productivity and flawless quality in combination with almost limitless flexibility and customisation to individual user demands. They can be configured to a max. capacity of 14,000 sheets in 8 paper magazines and process media up to 350 gsm. At up to 105 and 120 prints per minute or 6,300 and 7,200 prints per hour (PRO 1051/PRO 1200), the bizhub PRO 1051 is good for max. 2 million prints while the bizhub PRO 1200 has a maximum duty cycle of 3 million prints per month. Their extensive finishing versatility includes perfect binding and the production of trimmed booklets as well as the inline combination of booklet maker, perfect binder and staple finisher in a single digital production system.

bizhub PRO C5501 & bizhub PRO C6501 Digital colour printing at its best Offering impressive speed and absolute reliability, bizhub PRO C5501 and bizhub PRO C6501 stand for versatile yet cost-effective digital colour printing with outstanding image quality, thanks to Simitri HD® (High Definition), Konica Minolta’s own polymerised toner. With up to 55 and 65 colour prints per minute, these systems have a maximum monthly duty cycle of 250,000 (C5501) and 300,000 prints (C6501). Equipped with up to 4,250 sheets paper input and max. 3,100 sheets output capacity, both process media of up to 300 gsm and feature versatile finishing capabilities, including booklet production for up to 80 pages.

bizhub PRO 1051/1200/1200P

The bizhub PRO C6501e/eP Colour production printing par excellence Equipped for simply outstanding performance, the bizhub PRO C6501e/eP has the speed and all the other capabilities of the bizhub PRO C6501 and so much more. 16 versatile configurations leave virtually nothing to be desired, featuring a paper input capacity of up to 7,500 sheets and an output capacity of max. 5,000 sheets and including comprehensive finishing, e.g. booklets of 200 pages, 6 different folding modes.

bizhub PRO C6501e/eP


MicroPress Plus, digital workflow controller

Fantastic fast workflow Sophisticated simplicity

Large companies, corporate departments, print-forpay shops and production printing firms will enjoy remarkable returns using this professional controller development, which combines the competence of Konica Minolta and EFI and results from their close collaboration. Supporting and enhancing all the impressive functions and options of the bizhub PRO range of digital production systems, the MicroPress Plus print controller is the perfect interface between user and printer, being both intuitive and user-friendly. This sophisticated tool gives the key operator a central pivotal role and empowers him to efficiently, effectively and flexibly manage and monitor the most complex of print workflows.

MicroPress Plus fulfils the perfect pivotal print management role. It covers Document Makeready, Print Output Management and Print Monitoring. It embraces any form of incoming data and operates with a GUI which is applicable to all machines and operations, thus ensuring full compatibility, remarkable versatility, excellent quality, maximum productivity, a short learning curve and excellent cost control.

LAN Compatible output devices Client PC

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PrintStation Manager TrueColor Client PC

TrueEdit

Direct Data Import via USB CD DVD

Spooler

RIP

bizhub PRO C5501

Imposition Document merge Archive

bizhub PRO C6501

Media Catalogue Preview

HOT FOLDER

bizhub PRO 1051/1200/1200P

Scanning bizhub PRO C6501e/eP

Incoming data from any source is automatically spooled, queued and ripped – ready for the PrintStation Manager.


Effective productivity Colour Split Colour Split will automatically and immediately separate colour from black and white pages within a document and allocate the print jobs to the appropriate output devices. This furthers flexibility, improves the handling of mission critical jobs and represents a tremendous saving potential.

bizhub PRO 1051/1200/1200P

bizhub PRO C6501e/eP

Cluster Printing To accomodate variations in job size and workflow Cluster Printing spreads a job simultaneously across several identical devices. This flexibility heightens perfor­ mance and speed which is particularly beneficial for mission critical jobs.

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One document with 5,000 pages

bizhub PRO 1051/1200/1200P

Page 2,500 – 5,000

bizhub PRO 1051/1200/1200P


MicroPress Plus, digital workflow controller

PrintStation Manager universally yours The PrintStation Manager is the control tool for all print jobs and is designed to maximise productivity. It is equipped with an all-em­bra­cing Graphical User Interface (GUI) which is intuitive, extremely user-friendly and requires an incredibly short learning curve. The en­joy­ment of the sheer simplicity and straight­for­ward­ness is further heightened in the know­ledge that all print engines are controlled in an identical manner. A truly universal solution.

n Compatibility between different sets of data (e.g. Word, QuarkXPress, PDF) is assured. The complete independance from the original application and author means the Key Operator can entirely concentrate on the quality of the document. This is particularly advantageous for merging and editing of documents.

n Printing can take place immediately once the data has been edited and/or processed.

The PrintStation Manager deals entirely with ripped data. This produces these essential benefits:

PrintStation Manager

Configurations

Engine Messages

VE Status

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General Information


Document Make-Ready An extensive range of options designed to streamline document production and finishing.

n Imposition – The following Imposition templates are available: Booklet, perfect bound, stack and repeat, cut and marry and double mint as well as user defined. After the document is essentially finished the Imposition template is selected and the PrintStation Manager automatically prepares the arrangement of pages for printing.

Imposition

n Document Merge – As all documents are in the ripped form they can be combined at will. This is a remarkable benefit and enables the Key Operator to speedily produce the required new documents without needing to consider compatibility. For example, a new document can be produced from components created by different applications.

n Page Numbering – The addition of numbers

Document merge

to pages – generally required after merging and editing.

n Archive – For the freeing of valuable storage space and the optimisation of print job organisation each print job can be stored where it is required. Further flexibility is achieved with the use of the PDF format or other formats.

n Forms – Insertion of personalised and/or variable specific data onto a basis of a particular form.

n Media Catalogue – The five magazines for paper input are internally pre-determined. There is of course the option to introduce new media. The Key Operator needs only specify the media required and the PSM automatically selects the correct magazine. Page Numbering

n Preview – The presentation of the print job page by page on the screen.

Everything under control The PSM is also equipped with a complete monitoring service. This enables the Key Operator to maintain an overall view of the status of all aspects of the entire production process, plan replacements and top-ups and, in the event of irregularities, to respond im­me­diately. This is a great all-round timesaver.

Preview


MicroPress Plus, digital workflow controller

Full view and refinement TrueEdit At the heart of TrueEdit is the first class Preview function. This tool has the power to display the whole document or any subset of the document on the screen, naturally including thumbnails at page level to indicate each finishing decision. The Key Operator can then immediately edit at page level or organise the whole or any subset of the document. The Preview function is pure versatilty at a mindboggling speed, consequently reducing proof printing to a rare occurrence.

Further major benefits of using only ripped data soon become obvious with the application of TrueEdit. The available editing tools are very effective, fulfill all needs and are operated with amazing speed and ease. The complete independence from the original application and author means the Key Operator can concentrate entirely on the quality of the document.

TrueEdit includes the following functions ■ Adding text to a page ■ Adding graphical elements to a page ■ Removing contents ■ Inserting tabs ■ Deskewing and Despeckling ■ Deleting pages of a document ■ Reordering pages within a document

TrueEdit


The brilliance of TrueColor A superfine software suite from EFI incorpora­ting RIP calibration and colour matching within an exemplary GUI.

n Gammatic Gammatic is the premier tool for the automatic calibration and colour balancing of the bizhub PRO colour products. Maximum density, grey balance and linearisation are all set in a single step and the printer response is modified to match the critical ICC colour profiles. Gammatic also provides a consistent platform for printing RGB, CMY and other proprietary spot colour models.

n ConTune ConTune assures colour consistency and quality across several of the bizhub PRO colour products. The sliders provide an easy visual “fine tune” and the curve function offers precise control. If necessary the calibration can be perio­dically checked. Calibrations can be saved and applied to one or more of the bizhub PRO colour devices.

n ICC Profile Processor This intelligently maps each colour system to the correct CMYK values for each printer. It can automatically recognise RGB, CMYK, Lab and Spot Colours even when mixed on the same page.

Spot Colour Matching

n Spot Colour Matching Incorporating a unique spot colour handling system, this is the most accurate Pantone® colour matching in the industry. For even easier colour selection the spot colours can be printed as a swatch.

n TrueCurves – Universal Curve Creation This is a comprehensive seamless approach to colour quality variation. The four toner curves, one for each of CMYK, can be ad­justed together or individually through anchor points and mouse drag. There is also the hue circle and the brightness and contrast sliders. TrueCurves is an infinitely variable colour control system. To complete the ease of operation the effects of the changes can be viewed on the screen alongside the original throughout the adjustment process.

TrueCurve


MicroPress Plus, digital workflow controller

Black-and-white quality and versatility

TrueCurve

Screening Setup

TrueImage These user-friendly options are available for the fine tuning of the following processes in order to maximise black and white print quality. Each change can be saved and is then applied to all subsequent ripping of documents in the respective category.

■ Screening Setup LPI, dot shape and raste angle play an im­portant role in the quality of digital printing. Screening Setup is an intuitive and straightforward tool so that the Key Operator can experiment with various settings for each of the three in oder to maximise the quality of the finished product.

■ TrueCurve This is particularly beneficial for the improvement of photographs, and other graphical elements. Throughout the adjustment pro­cess the effects of the changes can be viewed on screen alongside the original. As well as contrast and brightness sliders there is the completely versatile, graphically displayed toner curve to evenly adjust toner coverage in particular parts of the document.

■ RIP Setup Easy adjustment of the RIP via the user-friendly GUI.


Combination possibilities Impressive versatility Reliable control is of essential importance in print environments – the more so the more complex the workflows are and the more interaction is required among the various connected printing systems. Giving the key operator complete control over any production process, MicroPress Plus links up to

four of Konica Minolta’s digital production systems. MicroPress Max is additionally available for more extensive volume requirements and even more comprehensive installations, linking up to five systems where colour devices are involved, or a maximum of twelve black & white production devices.

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Technical specifications MicroPress Plus Hardware

Print specification

Supported devices bizhub PRO 950 bizhub PRO 1051/1200/P bizhub PRO C5501 bizhub PRO C6501 bizhub PRO C6501e/eP

Page description language Adobe PostScript 3 PDF 1.7 PDF/X XPS 1.0 PCL 5

Type External

Operating systems Windows 98/ME/NT4.0/2000/XP Mac OS 9.x/10.x

CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 @ 2,66 Ghz Memory 4 GB Hard disc 160 GB SATA

Job management PrintStation Manager Media Catalog Clustering Colour splitting Archiving

Interface 2x 1,000-Base-T Ethernet

MicroPress Max Hardware

Print specification

Supported devices bizhub PRO 950 bizhub PRO 1051/1200/P bizhub PRO C5501 bizhub PRO C6501 bizhub PRO C6501e/eP

Page description language Adobe PostScript 3 PDF 1.7 PDF/X XPS 1.0 PCL 5

Type External

Operating systems Windows 98/ME/NT4.0/2000/XP Mac OS 9.x/10.x

CPU Quad Core Intel Xeon E5410 @ 2,33 Ghz Memory 4 GB Hard disc 3x 160 GB SATA

Job management PrintStation Manager Media Catalog Clustering Colour splitting Archiving

Interface 2x 1,000-Base-T Ethernet

The support and availability of the listed specifications and functionalities varies depending on operating systems, applications, network protocols as well as network and system configurations. Some of the product illustrations contain optional accessories. n Specifications and accessories are based on the information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice. n Konica Minolta does not warrant that the specifications mentioned will be error-free. n Microsoft, Windows and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks, of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. n All other brand and product names may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged. n

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