Konica Minolta and Screen have teamed up to enable jobs to be sent from Screen’s Equios workflow to Konica Minolta’s Accurio range of digital printers.
Essentially the two companies have worked on the JDF and JMF data exchange so that job information, including substrate, colour management and finishing, can be sent directly from Equios to the Accurio printers, and information such as completion of the job sent back to the Equios system. This data can be exchanged directly with a single Konica Minolta press, or via the AccurioPro Conductor for multiple presses.
Some of the justification for this seems to be that jobs can be switched at a late stage between Screen platesetters and Konica Minolta digital printers.
The two companies have also committed to an open partner strategy to develop their own products “while utilizing the other’s technologies and assets” – according to their joint press release.
Toru Kawada, who heads Screen’s Business Development Division, noted that Equios has been developed to combine CtP and inkjet printing, adding: “To meet diversifying printing needs, Screen will promote automation of the printing process and offer a solution environment that creates customer value by using the Equios as the solution platform or as the core system for efficiently using offset presses and digital presses.”