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AeroDR The FPD (flat panel detector) that we sell.
AeroDR PREMIUM, which went on sale in August 2014, is a wireless cassette-type digital X-ray system that can transmit image data wirelessly, and at 2.6 kg is one of the world's lightest of its kind.
It is highly regarded by many in the medical field for its high-quality performance even at low doses.
In addition to being lightweight and robust, the AeroDR offers high sensitivity, high definition, and good connectivity with other manufacturers' X-ray equipment.
The original model in the AeroDR series, launched in March 2011, was awarded a 2011 Good Design Award.

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Barrier film This film has a protective capability that blocks water vapor. It is utilized for electronic paper and Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) devices. Our barrier film was developed from Konica Minolta's core technologies cultivated in the field of light-sensitive photographic materials manufacturing, and the results of R&D in the field of flexible OLED lighting panels. Abbreviated BF.
bizhub Our product brand for general office MFPs. It is a word we coined to evoke the center and core (hub) of a business.
bizhub PRESS Our product brand for digital printing systems for full-blown professional production printing.
bizhub PRO Our product brand for digital printing systems for light production printing.
Business Technologies Business Business responsible for manufacturing and sale of multi-functional peripherals (MFP), printers, and printing equipment, and providing related solution services.
Consists of the flagship office segment and the growing production print segment.

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Centralized Reprographic (Department) Department responsible for all printing and copying business in government agencies and large enterprises. Also called CRD.
Commercial Printer Abbreviated CP.
Encompasses both plate printing (analog printing), mainly in the form of traditional offset printing, and on-demand printing using light digital printing machines. With the digitization of the market, we have been accelerating the expansion of the scale of our business in this domain.
Components (business) One of the business units in our Industrial Inkjet Business. It is engaged in the manufacturing and sale of inkjet printheads and inks for industrial use. It offers total customer support, including R&D, production, quality control, sales, and after-sales service, in order to meet the diverse needs of customers who are considering inkjet printers and equipment development for industrial applications. The inks are environmentally friendly and have cleared various safety standards, following our Group-wide Environmental Policy.
CP Abbreviation for Commercial Printer.
Encompasses both plate printing (analog printing), mainly in the form of traditional offset printing, and on-demand printing using light digital printing machines. With the digitization of the market, we have been accelerating the expansion of the scale of our business in this domain.
CR Abbreviation for Computed Radiography. Refers to X-ray radiography that uses an imaging plate instead of X-ray film. We manufacture and sell input devices for reading X-ray images (including plates using fluorescent material) as digital data.
CRD Abbreviation for Centralized Reprographic Department.
Department responsible for all printing and copying business in government agencies and large enterprises.

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Diagnostic ultrasound systems Because diagnostic ultrasound systems have such advantages as enabling real-time diagnostic imaging and putting less physical burden on patients under repeated examinations due to their low-intrusion nature, they are used in a wide range of clinical fields. Further growth is expected in the market in the future. In July 2014, we launched the first product jointly developed with the ultrasound business unit of Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd., which was transferred to Konica Minolta. This product achieves the best resolution level in its class, delivering sharp and high-quality images that clearly show the fiber structure of nerve and muscle bundles tens to hundreds of microns in thickness. The series of products is released under the brand name “SONIMAGE.”
Digital Manufacturing New manufacturing solutions based on ICT and the IoT that are not dependent on people, places, countries, or fluctuations.
Digital mammography Breast imaging (mammography) by means of CR, etc. Also, systems for outputting the digital data from the CR.
DR Abbreviation for Digital Radiography. Also referred to as digital X-rays. A technique that detects the intensity distribution of the X-rays that pass through the body when an X-ray is taken, and then converts the data to a digital signal, which is processed by computer. Also refers to systems that do this.
DRY film Film on which a visible image is obtained by heat developing (processing). Called "dry" because it is not immersed in solution (developing fluid, etc.). (In contrast to WET film, which is developed using solution.)

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Electronic medical records The electronic version of medical charts taken during an examination.
The purpose and effect of electronic medical records is to enable providers to go paperless, improve patient service, support clinical research, and utilize clinical databases.

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FPD In the medical segment, FPD refers to Flat Panel Detectors used in DR.
FPD is credited with reducing patients' exposure to X-rays compared with CR, since it is possible in principle to obtain high-sensitivity diagnostic image quality with a lower X-ray dose. Our AeroDR product, a cassette-type digital X-ray unit, is an FPD.

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GMA Abbreviation for Global Major Account. Refers to our major enterprise customers (businesses) that operate on a global scale.

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Healthcare Business Business engaged in the manufacturing and sale of consumables and equipment for healthcare systems, and providing related solution services, mainly to radiology departments.
Hospital and clinic collaboration Hospitals and clinics working together to carry out the handling of medical information, diagnosis, and treatment. Also, a treatment system that enables hospitals and family doctors (clinics) to cooperate with each other while sharing roles and responsibilities, in order to provide more efficient and appropriate medical care according to the patient's medical condition. We use the term "hospital-hospital collaboration" to refer to the cooperative handling of medical information, diagnosis, and treatment among hospitals. We offer the medical information technology service "informity" to support medical image management and collaboration between institutions.

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IFRS Abbreviation for International Financial Reporting Standards. Konica Minolta will begin voluntarily applying these standards with the upcoming Securities Report for fiscal 2014 (the year ending March 31, 2015).
Imager Device for outputting digital data from CR. More generally, any system for making a hard copy (on a medium such as film) of an image. In a typical system, exposure is done by laser and development is done by dry processing. An example is our DRYPRO series of digital X-ray image output systems (dry imagers).
Imaging CRO I Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of medical and pharmaceutical products, for example clinical trials of new drugs, using medical images taken by CT, MRI and other imaging equipment, with a focus on areas such as cancer.
Konica Minolta offers integrated services to support image evaluation in clinical trials, from support for test planning through information collection, quality control, image evaluation and data storage.
Industrial Business Engaged in the manufacturing and sale of functional materials (TAC films, etc.), optical products (pickup lenses, etc.), and measuring instruments for industrial and healthcare applications. It is composed of the display materials segment, memory devices segment, image input/output components segment, and sensing segment.
Industrial Inkjet Business Engaged in the manufacturing and sale of inkjet printheads, inks, and textile printers for industrial use.
Informity Our ICT service platform for helping hospitals and clinics deliver care in a variety of ways.
Offerings include our Collaboration Box Service, which allows multiple institutions to share medical data such as examination images and reports, and remote diagnostic support services that facilitate requests for image interpretation.
Inkjet textile printing method Method for printing directly to cloth fabric (textile printing) with an inkjet. Because it does not require the plate-making and color paste preparation required by traditional screen textile printing, and the ink can be applied only where needed, it has attracted attention as an innovative dyeing method that makes multi-product, small-lot production quick, easy, and inexpensive, and makes textile printing more environment-friendly.
IPS Abbreviation for In Plane Switching. An LCD panel display technology that accounts for about 20% of LCD systems and is widely used in touch-screen tablets, etc.

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LBP Abbreviation for Laser Beam Printer, also called a laser printer. Enables fast, crisp output.
LCD Abbreviation for Liquid Crystal Display.
LED Abbreviation for Light-Emitting Diode. A semiconductor device (electronic component) that emits light when a voltage is applied.
Light source color measuring instruments Instruments for high-accuracy measurement of chromaticity, brightness, and color balance of various displays and light-emitting devices. These instruments can measure illuminance/chromaticity with a high accuracy that does not depend on the emission characteristics of the light source. Our products have been adopted as standard equipment by many companies in fields such as quality control and product color management.

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MCS Abbreviation for “Managed Content Services”. The collective term given to services for centrally managing paper or digital documents, e-mails, forms, diagrams, and other such business content, and for building systems to properly use, store, and dispose of this content.
Measuring instruments for healthcare applications Optical measuring and testing instruments for medical applications.
We sell products such as pulse oximeters for measuring oxygen saturation in the blood without drawing blood, and jaundice meters for measuring jaundice in newborns.
MFP Abbreviation for Multi-Functional Peripherals. Units that support a variety of functions otherwise handled by separate equipment, such as copiers, printers, scanners, and facsimiles.
We manufacture and sell color and monochrome MFPs under the "bizhub" brand.
MIF Abbreviation for Machines In the Field. In the market for MFPs (multi-functional peripherals), production print machines, etc., it refers to the total installed base (number of working units).
MIT Abbreviation for “Managed IT”. Services that support all operations in a company’s IT department. These wide-ranging services include support for a product’s lifecycle, including the creation of plans for deploying things such as PCs and servers, operating systems, software, and networks, as well as the actual deployment, contracted operation and support, management, maintenance, and contracted collection. MIT may also include corporate data management, subcontracting done by IT departments, and staffing.
MMS Abbreviation for “Marketing Management Services”. A comprehensive package of services that spans planning to media creation to marketing activities in accordance with communication strategies that leverage a combination of printed and digital media and that are informed by customer preferences and purchasing behavior analyses. Along with maximizing return on investment, MMS help strengthen a customer company’s brand strength and improve customer loyalty.
MPM Abbreviation for Marketing Production Management, which provides services optimizing the production cost of marketing materials for customers using our own supplier network. Konica Minolta acquired Charterhouse PM Limited (headquartered in the UK) and Ergo Asia Pty Limited (headquartered in Australia), both major print management service providers, to strengthen our global MPM business.
MPS Abbreviation for Managed Print Services. Refers to comprehensive services for optimizing the office printing environment and reducing costs, as provided by our own OPS.
Multi-functional peripherals Units (abbreviated MFPs) that support a variety of functions otherwise handled by separate equipment, such as copiers, printers, scanners, and facsimiles through connections to PCs on a network.

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Nassenger Our product brand of inkjet textile printers.
It manages to maintain both sharpness and high concentration thanks to its small-droplet, high-density, multi-nozzle inkjet printheads, newly developed for textiles. As a fabric printer, it achieves top-class speed and markedly enhances production efficiency. Thanks to our proprietary material and color management technologies, it can reproduce smooth gradients and subtle color tones while achieving the highest levels of ink fastness and dye concentration.

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Object color measuring instruments Colorimeters used in industrial development and production sites where color management is essential, from industrial products to food.
These products can be classified as benchtop (those operated on a PC that is basically stationary on a tabletop) or portable (those for use mainly in the field).
Office (segment) One of the business units of our Business Technologies Business.
It is engaged around the world in the manufacturing and sale of A3MFPs (multi-functional peripherals) and A4MFPs (laser printer-based multi-functional peripherals), as well as service businesses such as equipment maintenance and IT solutions.
OLED Abbreviation for Organic Light Emitting Diode. Organic matter comes in an infinite array of molecular structures, each with a different color and durability. We are presently strengthening and growing our lighting business in this area as a future pillar of the business, building on our strengths in materials and coating technologies developed in photosensitive materials.
OPS Abbreviation for Optimized Print Services, which is the name of our Managed Print Services (MPS) offering. OPS provides services to boost efficiency and reduce costs through optimization of the customer's print environment (output and document management environment).
Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) electroluminescence refers to the phenomenon of organic matter that emits light when a voltage is applied to it.
In June 2006, we successfully developed Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) lighting devices with a light-emitting efficiency and life span comparable to fluorescent lamps. We are presently strengthening and growing our lighting business in this area as a future pillar of the business, building on our strengths in materials and coating technologies developed in photosensitive materials.

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PACS Abbreviation for Picture Archiving and Communication System, an image storage and communication system for medical image processing. More generally, any system for managing a large number of images, such as CT, MRI, and X-ray images from DR or CR.
Performance Materials Business One of the business units in our Industrial Business. It is helping to create a prosperous society in a new era of advanced technology by offering film materials with various features required in industry and society, such as barrier film and functional window film, with a focus on TAC film for LCD polarizers.
PFP Abbreviation for Print for Pay. Refers to the copy and print service businesses found in copy and print shops, supermarkets, convenience stores, etc. Konica Minolta acquired FedEx Kinko's Japan Co., Ltd. and FedEx Kinko's Korea Ltd., both major copy and print service providers, to strengthen our global PFP business.
Planetarium Business Business engaged in the manufacturing and sale of planetarium systems, show contents production and sales, construction of planetariums and facility management service.
Our products have been installed in elementary and middle schools, science museums, and planetariums all over the country. The Planetarium Business also directly manages two sites, the Konica Minolta Planetariums "Manten" and "Tenku."
PPM Abbreviation for Pages Per Minute. Refers to the output quantity in one minute.
Production print (segment) One of the business units of our Business Technologies Business.
In addition to its existing business areas, such as Centralized Reprographic, as well as convenience stores that perform copy and data output services, it is expanding its manufacturing and sale of digital printing systems and its services business in the commercial printing area, where substantial high-mix low-volume market growth is expected in the future.
PV Abbreviation for Print Volume. The print output quantity. (Also called Copy Volume.)

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QWP Film A plate film with features that displace the phase by a quarter-wavelength, enabling display light to be brought closer to natural light so that the original display colors can be reproduced even when wearing polarized sunglasses. Our diagonally aligned optical axis helps customers increase productivity.

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REGIUS Σ Our compact yet high-performance desktop digital X-ray diagnostic image reader (CR). Lightweight and low-cost, it is ideal for clinics looking to computerize their facilities. Designed for a reduced environmental impact, it reduces product life cycle CO2 emissions by 64% compared to conventional products. Winner of a 2011 Good Design Award.

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TAC Abbreviation for triacetylcellulose. Primarily composed of cellulose acetate, it is mainly used as a protective film for polarizers, a component of LCDs.
TAC was originally developed as a substrate for photographic film, but because of its superior flame resistance, transparency, surface appearance, and electric insulation characteristics, we are pursuing development of applications outside of photographic film.
TCO Abbreviation for Total Cost of Ownership. The total amount of equipment installation, use, maintenance and management costs.
TN Abbreviation for Twisted Nematic, a type of LCD panel display system. Mainly used in smaller monitors such as PCs.
T-POD One of the business units in our Industrial Inkjet Business. We are expanding the manufacturing and sale of inkjet textile printers for print-on-demand in the textile segment, and the associated services business.
Thanks to material and color management technologies cultivated over many years, our inkjet textile printers can reproduce smooth gradients and subtle color tones while achieving the highest levels of ink fastness and dye concentration.

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VA Abbreviation for Vertical Alignment, a type of LCD panel display widely used in TV applications.
We have maintained our leading market share in phase difference films for VA systems.
VMS Abbreviation for “Video Management Software”.
An application that connects input devices such as cameras and data recording media over a network and controls them.

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Window film A functional film that features both high heat protection properties and high transparency for visible light and electromagnetic waves. It is utilized for the front and rear windshields and side windows of automobiles, as well as building windows, under the brand name “ICE-μ.” Abbreviated WF.

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ZeroTAC film A TAC film with phase difference reduced to zero. Used primarily in IPS displays, with characteristics that improve visibility.

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