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Konica Minolta Releases Watkiss PowerSquare 224 for Combined Book-Making Process

RAMSEY, N.J., Aug. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services, announced today its release of the Watkiss PowerSquare 224, a complete book-making system for digital print applications, for its monochrome bizhub PRESS products.

In a single machine, the PowerSquare combines the four processes of stitching, folding, spine forming and trimming to produce SquareBack books up to 224 pages thick. The maximum book thickness, of 10.4mm, is double that of alternative conventional booklet making machines, so it is ideally suited to higher paginations or to thicker stocks. This makes the Watkiss PowerSquare 224 a fast and cost-effective alternative to perfect binding or tape binding. It features fully automatic settings for different book size and pagination, including variable stitch-leg length for varying book thickness. The PowerSquare supports booklets of various types and sizes for:

  • SquareBack Books
  • Thin Books
  • Manuals
  • Catalogs
  • Brochures and Pamphlets
  • Magazines
  • Reports

Generally intended for mid- and high-production environments, the PowerSquare is easy to use. Simply enter the job parameters into the touch-screen and press 'Start.' To make repeat jobs easier still, you can save the settings — each with a unique name — for instant recall when required. The PowerSquare requires a small floor space. When operating with online connection to your printer, its ergonomic layout delivers finished books close to the normal operator position, saving time and reducing operator fatigue.

"Konica Minolta continually looks to bring solutions to our customers that increase the value of their output and expand their market opportunities," says Kevin P. Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "Only the PowerSquare 224 can offer added value by producing a sharper, higher quality finished product."

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services. Our portfolio of offerings deliver solutions to improve our customers' speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity. The All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, project and cloud computing solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards and recognition, including placement in the Leaders Quadrant on the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services (MPS) and Managed Content Services (MCS). Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for eight consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for three years in a row. For more information, please visit: www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter @konicaminoltaus.

Konica Minolta bizhub is a registered trademark of Konica Minolta, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Press Contact: Kristina Marchitto, Public Relations Manager Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. +1 201.236.4399 kmarchitto@kmbs.konicaminolta.usSource:Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.