Konica Minolta Easy Data Center Printing

Konica Minolta combines Konica Minolta copiers and printers systems with powerful software applications and targeted business process improvements to enable you to more effectively distribute, manage, and organize your documents. RPM Remote Print Manager® receives files from host systems (AS/400, iSeries, zSeries, UNIX, Windows, and mainframes) allowing you to print those documents to Konica Minolta's printers & copiers or any Konica Minolta device.

100% usage of Konica Minolta Drivers

RPM provides 100% usage of Konica Minolta drivers, including finishing functions such as duplexing, n-up printing, stapling, hole punching, and saddle stitching, plus portrait and landscape output, which can be selected for any print job from the host system. And of course, RPM integrates perfectly with the Konica Minolta copiers and printers systems.

Modify Print Jobs

Simply stated, any print job can be modified once using RPM, and from that point on, every time the print job is sent to RPM, it will route the job to the right printer at the right time with the right formatting options.

Furthermore, the destination printer, report formatting, and finishing function for any job are easily modified on the fly by the RPM administrator.

Protocol support

RPM supports the LPR/LPD protocol as documented in RFC 1179, and the widely practiced stream or reverse Telnet protocol. If your business system supports LPD, then RPM supports you!

Control Print Traffic, Print Quality

RPM expands printing capabilities

RPM expands printing capabilities, giving users more control, formatting options, and file management advantages over a traditional network print server. For example:

RPM/Host Setup Instructions
AS/400
Linux
SCO UNIX
Sun Solaris
Macintosh
  • Rather than sending ASCII text directly to a line printer, an output queue can be created on the host system to send print jobs via TCP/IP to the IP address of a computer loaded with RPM. This computer appears to the AS/400 as a regular network printer.
     
  • RPM intercepts any print jobs sent to the computer while at the same time allowing total control over specifications such as font size, number of lines printed per inch, and font type. These specifications allow print jobs such as greenbar reports to print on less costly cut-sheet paper with richer appearance.

RPM Remote Print Manager's Key Features and Benefits

Easy configuration

Text output is formatted to fit any size paper. RPM supports all fonts the printer can use, and a variety of host data formats enable end-users to print without host system modifications.

Hide and un-hide RPM

The system administrator can completely hide RPM from the user, minimizing user interaction and errors, and then un-hide RPM to do any configuration or maintenance as needed.

Duplicate filenames

When saving files to disk, RPM includes duplicate filename handling, filenames using job data such as date and time, user, and job title, plus options identified by third-party integrators.

MBCS

RPM provides Multiple-Byte Character Sets (MBCS) for use in international languages such as Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

Create a print queue

Users can automatically create a print queue when a job is received, reducing network administration time by eliminating the need to search for misnamed queues.

Message logging

Extensive logging in RPM provides each message in an easy-to-read format. Each log message shows a unique RPM event number, the time, the source of the message, the application that generated the message, and the message text. RPM also has the flexibility to log only a certain number or certain types of messages.

Translate and convert text

RPM easily translates EBCDIC data and ASA carriage control codes, and converts SCS to ASCII for all queue types. In text mode, SCS formatting is preserved, including font changes and character positioning. 


 

Commonly asked questions about Konica Minolta and RPM

Does RPM support IPDS or AFPDS?

  • RPM does not support IPDS but ExcelliPrint does.
  • RPM supports AFPDS using an RPM raw type queue. Printer finishing options can be utilized with AFPDS data only if it contains no graphics.

Do we have any documentation on the AS/400 setup?

Does RPM support PostScript files?

  • Yes, using an RPM "raw" type queue RPM can forward PostScript data directly to the printer.
  • Printer finishing functions cannot be utilized with PostScript data because the data has already been formatted for a specific printer.

Can RPM apply page finishing functions to AS/400 data?

  • Yes, if the data is SCS or contains print data without graphical images.
  • RPM can be used to reformat the data for a specific printer (or form), including ALL Konica Minolta copiers, using the Windows print driver. All printer finishing functions can be utilized in this situation.

Does RPM support other systems?

  • RPM can receive a print request from any system that supports TCP/IP printing including any UNIX/Linux operating system and most, if not all, mainframes.

"Print Server denied the print request"

This is a common issue found with the Windows TCP/IP print server.

  • When multiple jobs (more than 11) are sent to a TCP/IP-addressed printer, the Windows LPR command has limited default settings.
  • A message could be returned stating that the "print server denied the print request."

Please review the following Microsoft KB article. The article states that this has been resolved in later Service Packs but this is "not" true on all systems.

Real World Scenarios

Scenario #1

Mainframe reports are currently archived to a PC disk via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to reduce cost of storage.

Problem:
  • PC cannot recognize new line & form feed control characters
  • Security hole on the LAN when using FTP
  • Extremely large file size
Solution:
  • Use RPM Filter queue to write data to the PC hard disk
  • An application like Acrobat converts the file to a small PDF file

Note: PDF files can now be printed to a Konica Minolta device instead of uploading to the host and printing on a line printer!
 

Scenario #2

The user needs support of various PC printer options on ASCII text file without developing a specific OS filter.

Problem:
  • Extensive cost and time associated with developing an operating system filter to support the PC printer functions
Solution:
  • Use RPM Text queue
  • Select the required PC printer functions

Note: Use Konica Minolta drivers to invoke finishing features on any print job.
 

Scenario #3

University with 23 branches uses a single mainframe. Reports are printed centrally and distributed to each location by hand.

Problem:
  • Cannot format data to support the wide variety of PC printers
  • Users need support for various PC printer options
Solution:
  • RPM receives host data via TCP/IP through a Text queue
  • Use RPM to allow branch users to modify printer options

Note: Increased accessibility to data and ease of printer configuration drives clicks higher!
 

Scenario #4

The largest independent PPO in the US needs Internet technology to manage the network and process transactions from an AS/400.

Problem:
  • Must be able to support TCP/IP printing to a Windows printer
Solution:
  • The client connects to the AS/400 and simultaneously uses RPM to receive and print the requested information at the local printer

Note: New technology drives replacement of old devices for network printers or IP-addressable device!!