An Ode to the bizhub Printer & Copier

“Love what you do and do what you love.” — Ray Bradbury
get the bizhub feeling

We love what we do and we love our products! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Chip Reihl, Graphic Enterprises’ General Manager of Sales (a.k.a “The Catalyst”), wrote this ode to the Konica Minolta bizhub printer and copier. You can sing it in your head like Goose and Maverick to the tune of “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” as you read it.

Enjoy!

I’ve Got That bizhub Feeling

It won’t make a page anymore when I click to print
And when I call for service the dispatchers don’t get the hint
I’m trying hard not to show it, (baby).
But baby, baby I know it…

I’ve got that upgrade feeling,
Whoa, that upgrade feeling,
I’ve got that upgrade feeling,
Now it’s on…on…on…wooooooh.

Now there’s a welcome in the office
when I called for you.
And now you’re starting to improve little things I do.
It makes me just feel like crying, (baby).
‘Cause baby, something is flying

You brought that bizhub feeling,
Whoa, that bizhub feeling,
You’ve brought that bizhub’ feeling,
Now it’s on…on…on…woooooah

Baby, baby, I can scan and fax on it too.
We’re so productive we don’t know what to do, yeah.
We had a hunk…of junk…junk you don’t find everyday.

Graphic took that piece of junk away….

Graphic (graphic), Graphic (graphic),
I say you lease…lease,
Lease a bizhub (lease a bizhub),
You need a bizhub (you need a bizhub),
So bring it on back (So bring it on back),
Bring it on back (so bring it on back).

Bring back that bizhub feeling,
Whoa, that bizhub feeling
Bring back that bizhub feeling,
‘Cause it’s on…on…on,
and I can go on,
wooooo…

Bring back that bizhub’ feeling,
Whoa, that bizhub’ feeling
Bring back that bizhub’ feeling,
‘Cause it’s on…on…

Do you have that bizhub feeling?

Do You Have the Right Printers and Copiers for Your Office?

Selecting the Right Printers and CopiersWe hear a lot about productivity and efficiency in today’s modern office, but how does that translate to your business? You may be wondering, how can I be any more efficient than I am right now? The answer may lie in the equipment you use on a daily basis, specifically your printers and copiers.

In this week’s post, I will pose some questions to help you determine if your current equipment is still meeting your needs, or if an update would significantly impact your bottom line.
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Konica Minolta’s Next Generation of Copiers–Not Your Grandmother’s Copier

Who else can remember their teacher handing out “dittos” or “dups” in class? I can remember the classic lavender or mauve color ink and their distinctive smell, but I might be dating myself. Copiers have come a long way since the days of the spirit duplicator, more commonly referred to as the ditto machine. The capabilities of this next generation of copiers and multifunction printers are truly amazing.

Chip Riehl, Graphic Enterprises’ general manager of sales, has shared four key features of Konica Minolta’s next generation of copiers. These features not only set them apart from your grandmother’s copier (by leaps and bounds), but even the copiers of the past few years.

1. Advanced Tri-Folding

The new Konica Minolta color printing products have a finishing option that allows for tri-folding of up to three letter-sized sheets of paper. For offices that send out multi-page letters or billings, this can be a huge time-saving feature that helps automate the process. No more printing the pages and manually folding them, or stuffing three separately folded sheets of paper into one envelope!

2. App-Based Technology

With app-based technology, you no longer have to wait several years before being able to add new features to your multifunction printer (MFP). If you decide you would like to add a feature, or, if a new feature is introduced, it may be possible to add it to your MFP without the need to purchase a completely new piece of equipment.

For example, currently you can scan a hardcopy document to a PDF file. Konica Minolta just released an app allowing you to scan to MS Office file formats as well. You simply purchase the app and add it to your MFP. Any employee would be happy to have the ability to scan directly to an editable MS Power Point, Word or Excel document! And, again, there is no need to purchase a completely new machine; you only need to purchase the app.

The video below shows how the document scan and convert process works.

3. Control Panel Customization & Programming

The control panel continues to become increasingly customizable and programmable. We can work with your office to take a routine job and create a preset macro program to run that job from a shortcut right on the home screen of the control panel.

For example, churches routinely use their copiers to create weekly bulletins. We could create a macro program, based on a church’s needs for its bulletins, and add a button to their home screen that says “Bulletin.” Each week when they are ready to print their bulletins, they would press the “Bulletin” button on the home screen, and it would create a folded, stapled bulletin that pulls the covers from one drawer and the rest of the pages from another. This is one more feature that can save many offices valuable time.

4. Third-Party Software Integration

Integrating your office copiers with third-party software is becoming easier. In some cases, the software integration can be accomplished from your control panel. For example, eCopy scan stations can now be tied directly into your MFP without a standalone indexing system (depending on particular needs and applications).

These are just four of the features available on Konica Minolta’s next generation of copiers. If you are a business owner in Canton, Akron, Youngstown or Western Pennsylvania, contact us, and we would be happy to share with you the many other new product features of Konica Minolta copiers and printers

How Konica Minolta Printers and Copiers Can Empower Your Success

Copier ScreenWe have a long tradition of empowering our customers in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania with the tools they need to be successful. We know the Konica Minolta printers and copiers we provide will make you more productive, more efficient and more profitable. We also are proud to let you know that Konica Minolta products meet Section 508 Compliance, ensuring that everyone in your place of business can easily access and benefit from the use of our equipment.

Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act requires companies with federal contracts to select product offerings that comply with evolving standards for accessibility by individuals with disabilities. Konica Minolta incorporates Section 508 compliance as an essential design element in every product they create—it really is the right thing to do. We could not agree more!

As a result, for the fifth straight year, Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. Why are our customers so loyal? Let’s take a look at some of the Universal Design elements that set these printers and copiers apart from the rest.

  • Accessibility. Tilting panels allow for operation from any angle, and easy-to-read LED screens and large function keys ensure ease of use.
  • Usability. Logical controls, color-coded instructions, easy-to-see LED screens, simple icons and customized commands mean straight-forward operation.
  • Handling. Front-loading drawers, large handles, easy-change toner replacement and accessible paper path make for easy operation by those who are wheelchair bound or physically challenged in other ways.
  • Styling. Modular options and a small footprint ensure equipment is accessible but conveniently located.

Large touch screens on our Konica Minolta bizhub multi-function printers allow for on-screen document previewing before you print, and you can simply tilt the panel up, down or to the side for customized access. Control icons have replaced word commands, and you can access them using the same touch, swipe and double-tap fingertip gestures you use on your smartphone. Konica Minolta has made every effort to ensure universal ease of use for everyone, including the visually impaired with orange and blue screen colors that are easier to see.

Here at Graphic Enterprise, we want to enable your office to be more productive. Contact us today!

How to Put Konica Minolta’s Printing App to Work for iPads/iPhones

SmartPhone UserWant to get the most out your Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch device and your Konica Minolta printer? Konica Minolta’s PageScope Mobile app is a cutting-edge application that connects your mobile Apple device with our line of bizhub multi-function printers. After installing the printing app from the iTunes Store, you can print directly from your Apple device, as well as scan documents for instant access on those devices.

Setting up a wi-fi connection between your Apple mobile device and Konica Minolta printer is simple, and I will explain how to add a printer to your device. Before you get started, make sure you have the following:

 

  • iPad/iPad 2/iPad 3: iOS 4.2, 4.3, 5.0, 5.1; or iPhone 3GS/iPhone 4: iOS 4.3, 5.0, 5.1; or iPod touch fourth generation: iOS 4.2, 4.3, 5.0, 5.1
  • Wireless LAN Connection
  • Compatible bizhub multifunction printer
  • PageScope Mobile App downloaded from the App Store.

Setting Up Your Mobile Print App

The first step in using the printing app is to ensure you have a Wi-Fi connection set up correctly between your Konica Minolta printer and your mobile device.

  1. Turn on your mobile device.
  2. Tap “Settings.”
  3. Tap “Wi-Fi.”
  4. From the “Choose a Network” menu, select the network you wish to use for printing, scanning and accessing the web. The  list of available networks detected will automatically appear.
  5. Return to the home page.

Add a Copier or Printer to Your Mobile Device

The next step is to choose the printer you want to use in conjunction with the PageScope print app.

  1. From the Home page, tap the PageScope Mobile icon.
  2. Tap the Select Printer icon.
  3. Tap Add Printer.
  4. If your mobile device automatically detects the available bizhub printers on the wireless LAN network, they will appear in Add Printer List.
  5. Tap the desired printer and press the Add button.
  6. If you wish to communicate with more than one available printer, tap each desired printer and press the Add button for each one.
  7. If your mobile device does not automatically detect the available printers, tap Manual.
  8. Tap IP address or DNS Name field.
  9. Enter the IP address of the printer.
  10. Press Return or Search.
  11. Press Add to add the printer.
  12. Return to Home page.

There you have it! Just by following a few simple steps, you’ll be ready to scan or print documents from your Apple mobile device in no time using Konica Minolta’s PageScope printing app. And check out our next blog post for a how-to on using PageScope for Android.

If you’re a business owner in Canton, North Canton, Green, Akron, Youngstown or elsewhere in Ohio or Western Pennsylvania, we would be happy to help you get the most out of your office equipment. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about the many product features of Konica Minolta copiers and printers.

 

Konica Minolta Debuts New Production Print Equipment

Digital commercial print equipment for Canton, Akron, Youngstown, Toledo and OhioJust as technology has changed dramatically with business copiers and printers in recent years, the same holds true for commercial printing. You no longer need a large offset press to create quality, affordable printed materials at high volumes. Konica Minolta, for example, offers a wide range of high-end production printing equipment that makes it easy for printers and even in-house printing shops to:

  • Lower costs
  • Boost production efficiency and output
  • Deliver even better-looking printed products

For a commercial printer, all that can add up to one thing: increased profitability. So, if you’re thinking about upgrading your digital printing machines, I would like to share some new options for you to consider.

High-volume, Digital Press Equipment for Color, B&W

bizhub® PRESS C8000 & C7000: Color
Certified by IDEAlliance Digital Press System, the bizhub PRESS C8000 and C7000 Color Digital Presses are designed to meet demands of the commercial offset, high-volume and mid-production digital environments. They offer superior color accuracy, enhanced media handling and impressive productivity.

bizhub PRESS C70hc: Color
Ideal for corporate environments, the bizhub PRESS C70hc creates a wide range of printed pieces – including marketing and advertising materials – with color and images that pop and clear, crisp text.

bizhub PRESS 1250 / 1052 Series: Black & White
These B&W digital presses combine superior strength, high-resolution image quality and simple operation with the versatile paper handling and finishing capabilities needed for maximum flexibility.

bizhub PRO 951: a Smaller Professional Press
Announced earlier this summer, the bizhub PRO 951 is a professional production print system that features superior image quality, fail-safe paper handling and long-run reliability all in a manageable footprint.

KM-1: on the Horizon
In the near future, Konica Minolta will roll out its B2 cut-sheet, UV inkjet press, called the KM-1. This upcoming inkjet press targets commercial printing environments for integration into existing pre- and post-press workflows.

Software and Systems for Production Printing Equipment

Color Care Software v2.2: Correct Color Output
The latest version of Konica Minolta’s Color Care Suite features

  • Improved and streamlined GUI
  • Statistics mode to plot and track color differences
  • Optional CurveCore module for G7 tonal characteristics
  • An FD-5 Spectrodensitometer that’s shown in conjunction with the Color Care Suite.

Printgroove® Queue/Ready: for Light Production Printing
CRD and small- to mid-sized print shop applications will like Printgroove. It’s the key to greater output power and increased satisfaction for customers and corporate clients. It can easily fit into your workflow, handling rising traffic volume and accommodating your business processes demand.

Dispatcher Pro
Dispatcher Pro is a simple yet powerful software application that automates document handling, printing and routing.

IT Services for Konica Minolta Digital Printing Machines

All Covered: Managed IT services from Konica Minolta
This service is specifically for commercial printers and supports the needs of small to medium-sized print service providers. All Covered offers help desk and on-site support, 24×7 monitoring, security, business continuity and cloud servers.

Fiery Central: Print Engine Management
Konica Minolta is now offering an updated version of its popular Fiery Central, which brings scalability and productivity to your existing printing assets by integrating into your production systems. Fiery Central manages a wide range of print engines from a consistent and centralized interface, extending operator capabilities.

If you’re a commercial printer in Canton, Akron, Youngstown, or elsewhere in Ohio or Western Pennsylvania, we can help you with all your production print equipment needs. Contact us for more information.

 

 

Printers and Copiers for the Youngstown and Warren Areas Since 1991

Many momentous things happened in 1991. Operation Desert Storm began and concluded, South Africa dismantled Apartheid and the USSR was formally dissolved. On a much smaller scale, we were making history at Graphic Enterprises, too. In 1991, we opened our Youngstown office on Market Street near Shields Road.

Today we employ five sales people and four technicians – all Pro-Tech certified – at the office, which covers three Northeast Ohio counties (Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana) and two in Western Pennsylvania (Mercer and Lawrence).

In every way, our Youngstown office is a local company. It’s big enough to meet the needs of any business and small enough to deliver that personal touch. Our employees live in or near the communities they serve, including Warren, Boardman, Girard, Niles, Salem, East Liverpool, New Castle, Hermitage, Sharon and beyond. I thank all of them for their hard work in maintaining about 1,500 printers and copiers in the area.

Full Range of Printer Options and Service Available

We offer all the same high-quality Konica Minolta copier and printer models, software and award-winning service in Youngstown as we do at our headquarters in North Canton.

Interested in managed print services? We’ve got it.

Want document scanning equipment and software? No problem.

Need some assistance with IT problems? We can handle it.

So, if you’re looking for office equipment and supplies for your business, school or church, Graphic Enterprises has you covered. Visit us at 4845 Market Street in Youngstown or call 330.782.1714. You can also feel free to contact us on the web.

Order Office Supplies Online; We Will Deliver Them to Your Door!

online ordering for all copiers and printers in Northeast OhioLooking for a more convenient way to order office supplies for all the copiers and printers in your office? Often, the same company that sold you the office equipment in the first place can offer personal service, fast delivery and competitive pricing on office equipment supplies.

At Graphic Enterprises, that is one way we serve our customers throughout Canton, North Canton, Akron, Youngstown and beyond. Even though we exclusively sell Konica Minolta copier and printer products, our new online office supply store is one place where you can get all printer, fax and copier supplies for Sharp, Ricoh, HP (Hewlett Packard), Canon, Xerox, Lexmark, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Muratec, Dell and Toshiba.

You can also get printer/copier paper (even eucalyptus paper) in various colors, weights and sizes, as well as parts and supplies for wide format printers. If you are a local business, we will deliver your order in just one or two business days.

So, forget the hassle of trying to find all the office supplies you need from multiple sources. Try our web store, or call 800-553-6616 – Diane – ext 278,  Julie – ext 276. You can also email our supply department at supplysales@geiohio.com for more information or a personalized quote.

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Bizhub: The Efficient Onramp & Offramp for Your Document Workflow

Graphic Enterprises offers copiers in Canton, Akron, Youngstown and western Pennsylvania

Even though going paperless may be a goal your business is working toward, I’m betting you aren’t quite there yet. And, even if you do some type of electronic document management, perhaps your efforts are scattered across several different platforms.

I’ve invited Chip Reihl, our sales manager, to share a solution that can get you closer to a paperless workplace and help you better organize all incoming and outgoing documents.

 

With the capabilities of a copier, printer, fax machine, scanner and more, Konica Minolta’s line of Bizhub multi-function copiers can become the hub of your communication as it relates to paper and technology – in other words, a virtual onramp and offramp for your business. All your printed materials come off, and every hard copy that needs to be an electronic image can be added on in seconds.

In fact, the scanning technology works at the speed of the 78-page-per-minute document feeder, even if you’re only copying 20 pages per minute. Bizhub also offers electronic document routing (so you can skip printing stuff out) and seamlessly integrates with apps and architectures that, for example, can automatically turn scanned pages into Word documents or PDFs. The easy-to-use control panel ties everything together.

My customers often tell me how great the Bizhub prints look, too – like originals, in fact. That’s thanks to Konica Minolta’s advanced microtoning process.

For your IT department (or person), Bizhub comes complete with all the tools you need to connect it to your network, where printing volumes, supplies and service can all be automatically monitored. Some sophisticated features include biometric access and user authentication.

Bizhub really is a one-stop shop for document workflow. Perhaps it’s the document workflow solution you’ve been looking for. If your business is located in or near Canton, Akron, Youngstown or even to the west of Pittsburgh, contact us for more information about Bizhub.