How to Make a Banner with Your Konica Minolta Printer

Copier that Allows You to Do Banner Printing

One of the most unique features of select Konica Minolta copiers and multi-function printers is the ability to create banners. In fact, I have not seen any other copier or printer manufacturer offer this option with office equipment.

Having a vinyl banner made professionally can be expensive, especially if you do not need it for a long period of time. A color banner that’s printed on a Konica Minolta looks truly impressive and is simple and cost-efficient to make. I have invited our trainer Mike Irwin to provide a step-by-step guide for you.

1. Purchase Pre-Cut Banner Paper First
The 11-in. x 40-in. banner is the most common size made with a Konica Minolta copier. The paper comes pre-cut and is available in a variety of weights. I usually recommend the heavier stock because it’s quite durable. Order here!

2. Create Your Banner in Microsoft Publisher or a Similar Program
The second thing you’ll need to do is create your banner in some type of desk top publishing program. Microsoft Publisher is common in an office setting and very easy to use. Create a custom size banner (11″ x 40″) from the blank page template and not from one of the templates as this is a different type of banner. After the banner looks exactly how you want it to look, save it.

Note: before you can print a banner, you’ll need to pre-program the 11-in. x 40-in. size and name it “banner” in your print driver. I will explain how to do this in a future blog post.

3. Put Your Konica Minolta into Banner Mode
On the Konica Minolta control panel, choose Utility/Counter. On the the touch screen select banner printing, select “allow” and then press OK. The copier is now in banner printing mode and cannot be used for anything else.

In fact, unlike other features, there is no automatic “time-out” with banner mode. The printer will stay in banner mode until you exit it. So, before you take this step, it’s a good idea to make sure no one else needs the copier for any other type of printing.

4. Send the Banner to the Printer
Click on print options/properties and choose the correct size paper (pre-programmed “banner”). Then, send your banner to the printer. You must do this before loading any type of paper into the bypass tray. The Konica Minolta must receive the entire file before it will be ready to print.

5. Load the Banner Paper into the Bypass Tray 
Once the printer gets the entire file, the touch screen will prompt you to load the end of the pre-cut banner paper into the bypass tray. You will need to hold the other end of the banner up. The “complete” button (lower right-hand corner of the control panel) will light up when the end of the banner paper is placed properly into the tray.

6. Press the Complete Button and Let the Copier Do Its Work
When the complete button lights up, press it. The printer will pull the paper in slowly; you can gradually let the other end go. The finished product will come on on the finisher tray or, if you don’t have one, on the middle tray. Support the banner as it comes out.

7. Exit Out of Banner Mode
Just click on the exit option. The copier will return to its normal function.

This banner-printing feature is perfect for schools, churches, print shops and more. And, in all the organizations throughout Canton, North Canton, Green, Akron and Youngstown where I’ve trained people to use it, they love it! The quality is phenomenal.

If you’d like to learn more about how to use your Konica Minolta printer, contact us.

Seven Signs Your Small Business Needs an IT Services Company

IT service company in North Canton, Canton, Akron and YoungstownWhen I think back to what doing business was like just 20 years ago, I am amazed at how quickly computer and information technology have become indispensable for the vast majority of companies. When a computer freezes, things get delayed. When a network crashes, work ceases!

If you are a small business owner – or manage a small office, say at a church, physician practice or manufacturing plant – you often can not afford an in-house IT staff or specialist, and you may think outsourcing business computer services is too costly for your budget. But what would happen to your productivity, deliveries, record-keeping and other vital information if you had no way to access it or repair a major problem?

If any of the following seven signs apply to your business, then I encourage you to think seriously about finding a good third-party IT services provider:

  1. Your computers and your network are running more and more slowly. This is a big red flag, of course, and usually indicates that a crash is imminent. Continuing to put up with it means inefficiency at best and the potential for losing critical data at worst.
  2. You call your nephew when things go wrong. Although your nephew may be a “genius” when it comes to writing website code, he may not have the experience or know-how to fix your particular systems and hardware.
  3. You have no back-up strategy or disaster recovery plan. If your data is not protected in the event of a systems malfunction or (worst case scenario) a natural disaster of some kind, you stand to lose whatever you’re tracking with your computers. For most organizations, that’s everything!
  4. You are not keeping up with IT updates or using the latest operating systems. If you keep ignoring system updates and upgrades, eventually that will catch up with you. Programs will no longer function or integrate with other, more advanced software and web-based technology.
  5. You are not confident that your network is virus free. Do your computers do “funny things” or seem to have a lot of glitches? If yes, you could have a potentially dangerous virus in your system that can damage or destroy your data.
  6. You’ve outgrown the capabilities of your current network. When your operation grows, the technology must grow with it. If not, you stand a good chance of disappointing customers or missing critical deadlines because your equipment and systems can not keep up.
  7. Your network is unsecured. In a time when data and identity theft are common, you simply can not afford to leave potentially sensitive information unprotected.

If you recognize any of these signs at your business or organization, you are definitely at risk and need to work with a reputable, affordable computer service provider. The company you choose should be well-versed in taking care of assessments, disaster recovery plans, printers and copiers, virus and malware elimination, network and phone cabling, ISP consulting, preventive maintenance and more.

Do you own a small business or manage an office in Northeast Ohio, including Canton, North Canton, Massillon, Akron, Youngstown and beyond? If yes, Graphic Enterprises can help you with IT services. Contact us for more information.