Konica Minolta Donates Print Production Equipment to Cal Poly

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (Konica Minolta), a leader in industrial and commercial printing and packaging solutions, is pleased to announce it has donated an AccurioPress C12000 digital color press including comprehensive finishing equipment to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) Graphic Communication Department (GrC), one of the nation's premier universities in graphic communications, to benefit the institution's education programs.

The donation offers full production capabilities that include Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C12000 high-speed toner-based digital press with in-line finishing equipment for trimming, binding, stapling and more. The press is equipped with Konica Minolta’s Intelligent Quality Optimizer IQ-501, exclusive technology that automatically and continuously measures and corrects color so the first print in a run matches the last.
Electronics For Imaging (EFI) donated an EFI Fiery IC-318 controller, a digital front end and workflow solution to increase productivity. The Fiery Workflow Suite software included with the donation provides students the opportunity to learn how to efficiently prepare jobs to print and automate workflows to increase print shop productivity and profitability.

“Konica Minolta is committed to helping cultivate the next generation of printing and graphic communication workers through education and hands-on training, making sure they are prepared to succeed in the industry,” says Dr. Mark Bohan, director, color solutions, Konica Minolta and member of the Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department Advisory Board. “We are extremely pleased to be able to replace Cal Poly’s older AccurioPress C1100, which we donated in 2015, with the state-of-the-art technology offered by the AccurioPress C12000. The device includes many features to help the next generation of students and educators in their understanding of the capabilities of digital printing and how to leverage it successfully in business.”

“We are thrilled to be able to maintain this partnership with Konica Minolta, which allows our students to have access to the latest and greatest production print equipment,” says Colleen Larkin Twomey, associate professor and department chair, Graphic Communication Department, Cal Poly State University. “Konica Minolta truly understands the importance of hands-on learning in this industry. At Cal Poly, our Motto is 'Learn by Doing,' and this technology fits perfectly into our pedagogy. Konica Minolta and EFI’s incredibly generous donations mean that our students will graduate with hands-on knowledge and experience in the fast changing world of digital print. We could not be more excited!”