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Connectivity SAP, Host to LAN and UNIX/Linux

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Connectivity SAP, Host to LAN and UNIX/Linux

Professional printing

straight from SAP

Konica Minolta connectivity

Konica Minolta’s answer to this problem has

been to develop SAP R/3 device type definitions

for its monochrome output devices so they can

communicate with the SAP R/3 system. Each

device type provides SAP R/3 with all the paper

handling functions for the respective output

device. Since the Konica Minolta devices are listed

in the SAP device database, users can determine

where a document is printed and from which

cassette (paper size and quality) and output tray

(kind of output). So users enjoy access to all the

sophisticated finishing functions these Konica

Minolta output devices offer, e.g. hole punching,

double-sided printing, different kinds of folding, etc.

The SAP customer website contains instructions on

where to find Konica Minolta SAP device types and

for which products they are available. Then all you

need to do to implement this SAP R/3 solution is

install the respective device type definition into

Print data generation

Device type information

SAP script

Form Data

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Electronic

Forms

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Document

Source Data

Formatting

Output text format

ABAP lists

ABAP program

List processor

(lines, pages,

headers, footers)

Spool list format

SAP graphics

Data

Graphics generation

PostScript

RBarc+

Spool data

Spool work

process

your SAP system – a job your programmers or

Konica Minolta service technicians can easily carry

out. All the respective device types can be downloaded

from the Konica Minolta website:

www.konicaminoltaeurope.com (click through

“Business Solutions” and “ERP Printing” to find

the device type you need).

Printing: RBarc+ Recommended

solution for barcode printing

Developed by Suchy MIPS, RBarc+ is a platformindependent

barcode generator that combines

the advantage of low cost with very high performance

– up to 200 pages per minute and 20

barcodes per page. RBarc+ is an add-on program

for SAP R/3, programmed in ABAP/4, that as a

server solution requires no additional hardware

and provides all clients with barcode capability

from a single installation. RBarc+ allows you to

print at least 30 different bar codes (incl. 2-D

and OMR) from SAP R/3 applications on any

PCL printer. RBarc+ bar codes can be freely scaled,

positioned and rotated in 90° steps. RBarc+

includes easy-to-use functions for optimizing

barcodes so that top-quality Class A or B barcodes

can be generated at high speed during the

printing process.

Digital output device

How you benefit:

Stapling

Booklet

creation

� Sophisticated printing and finishing options

accessible to all SAP users

� Supported devices listed in SAP’s device database

(for details please ask your sales representative)

� Devices supported: all Konica Minolta

b/w copier-printer

� Easy download of device types from

Konica Minolta website

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Sorting

Z-fold Duplex

Barcode

Hole punching


Unique host-based solution:

GP PrintSuite for IBM

iSeries or AS/400

GP PrintSuite is a unique solution for connecting

Konica Minolta output devices to an IBM iSeries

or AS/400 – either directly via an Ethernet or

TokenRing card or indirectly through a PC’s

parallel port (with a 5250 printer emulation

program). The advantage is that users do not

need any expensive software such as IBM Print

Services Facility (AFP) to take advantage of the

many sophisticated features of Konica Minolta’s

output devices, e.g. duplex printing and direct

selection of input options and

output bins. Another attractive feature of the

GP PrintSuite software is that traditional wide

AS/400 formats can be automatically scaled

down to fit A4 or Letter-format paper.

Multiple print jobs

Konica Minolta Virtual Machine

Konica

Minolta

output

systems

setup

IBM iSeries or AS/400

Konica

Minolta

Printer

Manager

Minolta

Minolta Konica

Objects

Objects Minolta

Objects

Konica

Minolta

Tool Box

CD

Host print

transformation

process

SCS PCL

Konica

Minolta

Wizard

Installs

Konica Minolta

objects

Defining Konica Minolta output devices on an

iSeries or AS/400 is made extremely easy through

the use of so-called Wizards, which require

virtually no technical skills. A user-friendly pop-up

Printer Management Program also facilitates

everyday operation of Konica Minolta output

devices on an iSeries or AS/400.

GP PrintSuite is a host printing solution that

combines the benefit of correct, consistent

printouts with low installation costs. You just

connect your Konica Minolta devices directly to

your network – with no need for any special boxes

to make things work – and GP PrintSuite takes

care of the rest.

Backed by Konica Minolta’s extensive resources

and the support of GP-DATA A/S, one of the

oldest IBM AS/400 business partners in the

market, you can be confident of all-in connectivity

and cost effectivity with GP PrintSuite. After all,

by connecting Konica Minolta output devices to a

host system through GP PrintSuite, you enjoy a

cost of ownership that is considerably lower than

with other system or network printers.

Multiple print jobs

Multiple print jobs

How you benefit:

Konica Minolta MicroPress

Cluster Printing

PCL RIP

� Fast and easy link-up

� Inexpensive printer-management solution that

requires little technical know-how

� Tailored support for Konica Minolta b/w

copier-printers (for details please ask your

sales representative)

� Configuration Wizards

Duplex

Sorting


Space-saving device-based solutions:

AXIS 5570e and 670e

Konica Minolta’s partnership with AXIS Communications,

a group at the forefront of developing

easy and affordable network appliance solutions,

has produced two sophisticated print solutions

for IBM mainframe, IBM iSeries, AS/400, S/390 or

mixed network environments (NetWare, UNIX,

Windows and Apple). The AXIS 5570e copier Print

Server is an Ethernet, parallel- and USB-connection

solution, the AXIS 670e Print Server a

TokenRing, parallel- and serial-connection

solution. Both are plug-and-play boxes that

come with built-in support for the numerous

sophisticated printing and finishing options

offered by the Konica Minolta output devices,

e.g. stapling, hole punching, folding and duplex

printing. Using an intuitive browser interface, any

networked user can thus enjoy the flexibility and

power of a Konica Minolta output device.

The AXIS print servers are certainly cost-effective.

By connecting Konica Minolta output devices to

the host system via these print servers, users

benefit from a significantly lower total cost of

ownership than is possible with other system or

IBM terminal IBM controller

Win NT

OS/2

IBM host system

Token Ring

NetWare

UNIX

IBM printer

UNIX

NetWare

OS/2

Win NT

Ethernet

AXIS 5570e

copier

AXIS 670e

network printers. Yet cost effectiveness does not

come at the expense of speed. These AXIS servers

are actually among the world’s fastest, e.g. 1.5

MB/sec. when printing plain TCP/IP throughput

from a UNIX system. These device-based print

servers are not just sophisticated, they are also

very convenient. No application changes,

host-based conversion software or intermediate

servers are required. Bi-directional communication

between the output devices and IBM host is

assured and the user enjoys true end-to-end

management and control along with the ability

to monitor all print jobs.

How you benefit:

� Plug-and-play Ethernet or TokenRing solution

for host-to-LAN and mixed environments

� High-speed, cost-effective print servers

� Comprehensive support (even AppleTalk,

NetWare and Internet Printing Protocols)

� Tailored support for Konica Minolta b/w copier/

printers (for details please ask your sales

representative)

Konica Minolta

print controller

Booklet creation

Duplex

Hole punching

Sorting

Stapling

Z-fold


The market

Banking, finance, insurance, transport,

manufacturing and retail giants around the world

are dependent on applications running on IBM

mainframe and midrange host systems. This is

where most of the world’s data resides. Although

many companies have adopted PC-based

applications, corporate information bases have

stayed with IBM host computers. Typically, such

companies have branches and departments

connected to an IBM host computer for database

services while PCs and LANs are used

locally. But the problems of connecting output

devices to IBM mainframes or iSeries/AS400s

are well-known: incompatible printer languages

and protocol conversion difficulties.

The challenge has always been to convert the

host data stream with its IBM-specific coding

and printer control commands that expect

IBM-type device and document control into

protocols and data stream understood by

typical network printers.

Host- or device-based

protocol conversion?

The conversion of print data from IBM data

streams and protocols to network printing

standards can be done by additional software at

the host or at the output device itself, e.g. by a

box attached to the device. Konica Minolta can

offer you host- or device-based connectivity, and

there are good arguments for choosing either

solution. To help you decide what’s best for your

business, we have listed the pros and cons of each

approach.

No Blues

about Big Blue

Host-based protocol conversion

Pros

� Printer connected to the host through

the network – no need for intermediate

hardware or server

� Output device controlled directly

from host spool system

� Device features directly selected

from application

Cons

� All conversion done at host so host

slows down if there’s a heavy print load

� Significant increase in print data handled

by spool system and network

� Host environment needs modification – can

be a problem in mainframe environments

Device-based protocol conversion

Pros

� Direct connection between host

and output device/box

� Host released from conversion tasks

� No modification of host environment

necessary, no increase in network traffic

Cons

� Reduced functionality possible

� Limited feedback to host on output

device problems

� One box required for each output device


Professional UNIX

and Linux printing

Konica Minolta connectivity

An increasingly popular, IPP-based printing system

known as Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS)

now runs on all major UNIX and Linux environments.

Device-specific features or functions such as input

trays or finishing options can be provided by adding

so-called PPDs (PostScript Printer Description

files) to the CUPS environment. Besides CUPS,

other printing systems such as FlexPrint and other

popular applications also make use of PPDs for

printing configuration.

Konica Minolta has thoroughly tested its PPD

files to ensure they work with these printing systems

and now has PPDs for PostScript versions of

all its monochrome printer controllers for use in

UNIX and Linux environments.

Professional applications

Office software

Financial software

ERP software

eCommerce

software

Other professional

applications

Application

print data

Konica Minolta

Business Solutions Europe GmbH

Europaallee 17

30855 Langenhagen . Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 511 74 04-0

Fax: +49 (0) 511 74 10 50

UNIX/Linux server

CUPS

PPD

PPD

FlexPrint

LPR/LPD

Linux

SunSolaris

SGI-IRIX

IBM-AIX

HP-UX

Our goal is to ensure the compatibility of

all Konica Minolta output devices in the required

environment. So you enjoy the benefits of

first-class connectivity.

As a result, the rich set of features provided by

these output devices is now easily available to

users. Features can be selected through CUPS or

whichever other PPD-based printing system is

installed and output configured to suit the respective

device’s capabilities. This user-friendly

solution is enhanced by an extended version of

Konica Minolta’s web-based network management

utility, PageScope, which is now available to

facilitate the IT manager’s administration of all

MIB-compatible network printers in these environments.

PageScope visualizes all the features and

functions of the networked Konica Minolta

devices, e.g. paper trays, mailbins, finishing, etc.,

as well as their status and settings to make

administration of these devices quick and easy.

GUI, eg.

ESP

PrintPro

Driver LPR/LPD

PPD

GUI

Print job

How you benefit:

� Output devices and finishing functions listed

in user’s windows

� Easy-to-change user settings

� Web-based network management utility: PageScope

� Devices supported: all post script devices

Booklet

creation

Hole

punching

Z-fold

Duplex

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