KONICA/MINOLTA NEW AWARD & NEW PRINTER
KONICA/MINOLTA NEW AWARD & NEW PRINTER
2005-02-17 at 1:09:00 pm #10316
Konica Minolta Receives BERTL’s ‘Gold Award’ for Color Reliability in 2004 Digital Imaging Reader’s Choice Awards
RAMSEY, N.J., Feb.05 /– Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is honored to announce that BERTL(R) Inc. has named Konica Minolta as a “Gold Award” winner in the Color Reliability category of its Digital Imaging Reader’s Choice Awards.
BERTL’s Reader’s Choice Awards are based on results of a year-long survey of 1,800 enterprise buyers and technical professionals in 47 countries who are responsible for managing more than 175,000 copiers, printers and MFPs from 23 different manufacturers. The survey respondents were asked about the most important issues affecting their digital imaging equipment, including productivity, reliability, service and support, image quality and pricing. Based on the survey results, BERTL awards Platinum and Gold Awards in six categories — Ease of Use, Overall Productivity, Monochrome Reliability, Color Reliability, Best Priced MFPs, and Color Image Quality.
In its 2004 Reader’s Choice Awards report, BERTL commented on the color market and Konica Minolta’s reputation in this market. “In the last few years, color has gone from being a high-ticket luxury item to a capability that companies simply cannot do without,” said Elizabeth McNichol, vice president, corporation relations, BERTL. “While Konica Minolta is a relative newcomer to the color market, the manufacturer has already established a strong reputation among users for reliability.”
Konica Minolta offers a full line of color imaging devices for the workgroup and corporate settings, as well as the print-for-pay and production environments. From the versatile and feature-rich, 22 page-per-minute (ppm) bizhub C350 to its revolutionary 50ppm color workhorses, Konica Minolta’s color multifunctional devices make affordable, high-quality color output available for everyday business use.
One of the BERTL survey respondents, an office manager for a large marketing and promotions department, had this praise for Konica Minolta’s color devices: “With over two dozen art directors, obviously we do a lot of color printing in my company. We installed our first Konica Minolta 50cpm color copier because its price was unbeatable, plus it was a lot smaller than others that we looked at. I can’t tell you how impressed we’ve been with the quality and consistency of its color, and we never had a moment’s trouble with it. It runs so well we plan on replacing our [name removed] machines with Konica Minolta ones when our current lease arrangements are up.”
“Konica Minolta has a long-standing reputation for the high reliability of our monochrome devices. As our color lineup expands, including the introduction of six new bizhub and bizhub PRO color devices in 2005, consumers can expect that same level of reliability,” said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “We’re very honored to receive this award from BERTL, especially since it is based on the response of such a large and diverse user base.”
Konica Minolta Introduces the bizhub PRO C500 — A Central ResourCe for High-Volume Color Production PrintingRAMSEY, N.J., Feb. 05– Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today introduced the bizhub PRO C500, the latest addition to its powerful new bizhub PRO product line. The next-generation bizhub PRO C500 brings cost-effective, 50 page-per-minute (ppm) color and B&W on demand printing to the CRD and print-for-pay environments, as well as high- volume corporate settings. With a rated monthly page volume of 150,000 pages, the bizhub PRO C500 offers digital production print functionality and professional color print management capabilities all in one central resource.
The bizhub PRO C500 is built on the core engine and capabilities of its groundbreaking predecessors — the Konica Minolta 8050 and the Konica Minolta CF5001 — and features true 600 x 600 dpi resolution, 256 gradations per color per pixel, easy color calibration, and an enhanced version of Konica Minolta’s Simitri(R) Color Polymerized Toner technology.
The enhanced version of Simitri enables the bizhub PRO C500 to deliver higher image quality with its wider color gamut and its new color profiles (available for the IP-921 Embedded Fiery(R) Image Controller and the IP-901 Fiery(R) Image Controller). In addition, with this new toner technology, users can now select matte or glossy output. By utilizing Simitri toner and the ACT(TM) (Advanced Continuous Toner) technology, the bizhub PRO C500 offers sharper text, better halftone clarity, precise image stability over long print runs, and superior quality electro-photographic prints by eliminating the need for fuser oil, as well as the ability to change toner on-the-fly for uninterrupted printing in time-sensitive situations.
Paper handling has also been improved for this new 50ppm device with two new finishing options — the FS-513 Staple Finisher and the FS-606 Booklet Finisher — and the ability to use a wider array of paper grades at higher print speeds.