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KMSA Launches New Density, Color Measurement Systems

September 22, 2010

Konica Minolta Sensing introduces its FD-Series spectrodensitometers and COLIBRI color-matching software to the digital imaging market at Graph Expo 2010.

RAMSEY, NJ -- /PRNewswire/ -- Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc. (KMSA), the worldwide leader in the industrial measurement of color, light and shape, announces its new FD-Series Spectrodensitometers and COLIBRI color matching software to the digital imaging market at Graph Expo 2010 October 3–6, 2010 in Chicago's McCormick Convention Center.

KMSA will be co-exhibiting with its sister division Konica Minolta Business Solutions, manufacturers of the award winning line of bizhub multifunction products (MFPs) and bizhub PRO production printing systems at booth #2244.

Being showcased by KMSA will be its new FD-Series Spectrodensitometers which will come in 2 models, the FD-5 and FD-7. Both will be lightweight, handheld models that can measure density and color while taking into account the fluorescence of the paper substrate.

The FD-5 and FD-7 each are equipped with Konica Minolta's original VFS (Virtual Fluorescence Standard) technology that enables color evaluation while taking into consideration the fluorescence of paper under Illuminant D50, the standard light source used by the printing industry for color evaluation. The VFS technology takes advantage of the optical, sensor, and software technology cultivated through Konica Minolta's long experience with color measuring instruments.

The FD-7 was developed to be the first spectrodensitometer on the market to meet the ISO 13655 M1 standard for fluorescence and color measurement. It also includes the industry's first Automatic Wavelength Compensation feature which automatically calibrates in the wavelength direction when white calibration is performed. Additionally the FD-5 and FD-7 are the world's lightest spectrodensitometers, weighing in at just under 1lb with its target mask attached.

COLIBRI Color Matching software will also be on display alongside the FD-5 and FD-7. COLIBRI is designed for easy, efficient recipe formulation and correction of opaque, translucent and transparent colors and inks. It provides a choice of recipes in seconds even for dark, metallic or saturated inks. In addition to calculating an extremely accurate match for color, the software also optimizes the pigment load, preventing over pigmentation in opaque inks. The unique template function allows the user to predefine the software features and screen layout exactly to their needs and applications guaranteeing seamless and fast handling. All functions which are not required are suppressed making the software suit the user's workflow while greatly simplifying operations. COLIBRI has full enterprise network capability connecting an unlimited number of users worldwide via the web to share a central database. With advanced user management, security access rights and easy integration into Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tools, and is secure and compliant with IT infrastructure requirements. Additionally COLIBRI is modular build software that allows customized configurations to meet the individual needs of each customer.

FD-Series Spectrodensitometers will be available January 2011 and will be available for purchase from select graphic arts distributors and online.

About Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc.
Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc. (KMSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Holdings USA, Inc., is recognized as the international leader of industrial color, light and shape measurement. The company is responsible for product lines that continuously revolutionize how visual perception is measured by the world.

An industry pioneer, as well as innovator, Konica Minolta Sensing developed and introduced the first portable color measurement units to the world. Presently, their catalog contains instruments such as portable colorimeters as well as portable and benchtop spectrophotometers for color measurement, spectroradiometers and lux meters for light/display measurement and 3D non-contact scanners for shape measurement.

Thousands of companies across the globe choose to depend on Konica Minolta Sensing equipment when color, light or 3D measurement is vital to the manufacturing process. Konica Minolta Sensing's products can be found in a wide array of industries including food, plastics, paints, coatings, automotive, aerospace and cosmetics.

Konica Minolta Sensing's Ramsey, NJ corporate headquarters is fully equipped with a state of the art service center, 3D scanning laboratory, tech support center, and a focused sales force dedicated to both the North American and South American regions.

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