Konica Minolta Introduces the bizhub C450 Color Printer,Copier,Scanner

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today introduced the bizhub™ C450.  An ideal replacement for Segment 4 monochrome and color printers/copiers with its copy and print speeds of 45 pages-per-minute (ppm) B&W and 35ppm color, the bizhub C450 captures the full essence of the bizhub concept by blending the ability to digitally share and distribute B&W and color documents with the ability to control security.

With the debut of the C450, Konica Minolta is also introducing its new bizhub OP open platform, setting the standard for all future Konica Minolta MFPs.  bizhub OP was developed by Konica Minolta to bring a new level of performance and reliability to the office MFP by delivering a common user experience, increased manageability, superior print performance, improved scanning functionality and enhanced security. 

The three major components of bizhub OP are the bizhub Architecture, the Emperon Print System and bizhub Open API.  The bizhub Architecture removes the need for separate functional boards through the utilization of common system software that drives all functions — copy, print, scan and fax.  The new architecture also eliminates hardware-based functions, and shares the device’s CPU and memory for a seamless MFP user experience. 

Developed by Konica Minolta in collaboration with Konica Minolta Printing Solutions U.S.A., Inc., the Emperon Print System brings together the best technologies of the legacy organizations to deliver high performance and high value.  The Emperon Print System provides Konica Minolta C450 customers with total integration of their document output management with a consistent user interface and functionality across future Konica Minolta products.  In addition, the bizhub Open API (available at the end of 2005) will enable control of both the print and scan functions from external applications.

“The current market situation is calling for more feature-rich and cost-effective color MFP products.  With the introduction of the bizhub C350, Konica Minolta’s customers had the benefit of a competitively priced product with an incredibly high feature set,” said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  “Marketplace demand for MFPs that easily integrate with imaging, workflow and email systems has propelled Konica Minolta to be more aggressive and more responsive to what our customers demand for the office workgroup environment.  The introduction of the C450, with bizhub OP, will round out the bizhub color product line with another option for customers that are looking for a high performance, high-value office MFP.”

Key Standard Features
The C450 offers the following standard features:  PCL5c/PCL6/PS3 emulation, networking, 38 originals-per-minute (opm) color and B&W scanning, a 40GB hard disk drive, Hard Disk and User Box functionality, 256 g/m2 from all paper trays with automatic duplexing, Reversing Automatic Document Feeder, Konica Minolta Simitri® Color Polymerized Toner, User Authentication, and network management tools through the PageScope software suite. 

Enhanced Imaging and Paper Handling
Featuring 256 levels of grayscale per pixel, 600 x 600 dpi copy resolution and 600 x 1800 dpi enhanced print resolution, the C450 produces clear text, sharp edges and consistent color.  The C450 uses Konica Minolta Simitri® Color Polymerized Toner, which maintains the uniformity of the toner particles for more even distribution, significantly better halftone definition and better solid fills. 

With these image quality features, plus a monthly maximum duty cycle of 125,000 impressions; standard paper capacity of 900 sheets, including a 150-sheet intelligent bypass tray; expandable paper capacity up to 3,400 sheets; and the ability to handle up to 140 lb.-index through all trays, the C450 easily meets the color and monochrome document needs of busy office workgroup environments.

Optional Faxing and Printing Capabilities
With the introduction of the C450, also comes the addition 33.6Kbps Super G3 FAX capabilities for a complete office workgroup solution.  The optional fax functionality includes:  transmissions in B&W, JBIG data compression, up to 600 x 600 fax Tx resolution, separate scanning, duplex Tx and Rx, mixed original faxing, PC faxing and memory reception.
For graphic-intense environments, an IC-402 Image Controller (EFI) with PostScript® 3 support, graphic arts functionality (Auto Trapping, Hot Folders and standard Spot-On Color Matching), EFI ImposeTM, EFI Densitometer, ColorWise Pro Tools and the EFI Color Profiler Kit are available options.

Advanced Security and Data Handling Features
Because document security and the way documents are handled and managed have become increasingly important, the C450 supports Hard Disk Drive Overwrite and Job Erase, which automatically overwrites the hard disk drive after each job.  In addition, the C450 offers User Authentication with NDS capability to protect a user job by prohibiting its modification or deletion.  With User Authentication, it is also possible to enable or disable each user’s access to the device based on function — copy, print, scan, fax and hold job control. 

The C450′s User Box feature supports each of the device’s functions — copy, print, scan and fax.  With a total of 1,000 user boxes and the ability to store up to 3,000 documents, users can manage individual User Boxes, create public and private User Boxes, assign passwords, and restrict the number of files stored.

Finishing Options for Maximum Productivity
For added productivity and convenience, Konica Minolta has enhanced the finishing options available for the C450.  The new FS-603 Booklet Finisher, with its sorting, stapling and saddle stitching, as well as two- and three-hole punching capabilities, enables users to create up to 60-page booklets. The new FS-507 Staple Finisher features sort, group, corner staple, and two- and three-hole punching functionality.

PageScope Suite Provides Document Processing and Network Management Functions
C450 customers also have access to PageScope, Konica Minolta’s powerful family of integrated software applications and utilities that help businesses manage their documents and devices.  Included in this suite of products is PageScope Net Care, which provides network administrators with detailed information about the operating conditions of all output devices containing a Management Information Base (MIB) on a network from any Web browser. 

Also included is PageScope Web Connection, which allows users to instantly check device conditions on all network-connected Konica Minolta printers/copiers from their desktop.  By using the information available from Net Care and Web Connection, businesses can lower management costs and maintain the optimum operability of their devices.

Highlighted bizhub C450 Features

  • bizhub OP open platform, including the bizhub Architecture, Emperon Print System and the bizhub Open API (available at the end of 2005) 
  • Copy and print speeds of 35ppm color and 45ppm B&W 
  • 38opm B&W and color scanning 
  • Konica Minolta Simitri® Color Polymerized Toner 
  • Network scanning standard integration, including Scan-to-Email, Scan-to-FTP, Scan-to-URL, Scan-to-HDD, TWAIN scanning, and Scan-to-SMB 
  • Ability to handle up to 256 g/m2 paper from all trays, automatic duplexing included 
  • 512MB standard memory 
  • 40GB standard hard drive 
  • 600 x 600 dpi copy resolution; 600 x 1800 dpi enhanced print resolution 
  • 900-sheet standard/3,400-sheet maximum paper capacity 
  • HDD Overwrite, Job Erase and User Authentication 
  • Optional Super G3 FAX 
  • Optional IC-402 Image Controller (EFI) with standard Spot-On Color Matching for graphic-intense environments 
  • Multiple advanced finishing options, including the FS-507 Stapling Finisher with sort, group, corner staple, and two- and three- hole punching capabilities; and the FS-603 Booklet Finisher with the ability to create up to 60-page booklets

Pricing and Availability
The C450 is available through Konica Minolta’s North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels.  The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the C450 is $17,500. 

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., offers a broad range of multifunctional digital imaging solutions inspired by its bizhub™ brand of powerful solutions that serve as the central resource for document scanning, in-house printing, copying, faxing and electronic archiving and distribution.  From high-quality color and monochrome bizhub systems for workgroups and small offices, to advanced high-volume bizhub PRO™ production printing systems for large corporations and print-for-pay services, Konica Minolta is leading the industry toward integrated, networked hardware/software solutions that are more simple, reliable, and cost-effective.  Complementing its bizhub solutions, Konica Minolta also offers desktop laser printers, microform digital imaging systems, wide-format printers and scanning systems for specialized applications.

Headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and experienced, responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.  For more information, please visit Konica Minolta at www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us

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