Konica Minolta Announces Embedded Print Controller For The ColorForce 8050 and CF5001

Embedded IP-921 Fiery Print Controller Offers Powerful Color Printing Capabilities for the Office Environment in a Small Package and at an Attractive Price


Embedded IP-921 Fiery® Print Controller Offers Powerful Color Printing Capabilities for the
Office Environment in a Small Package and at an Attractive Price

RAMSEY, N.J. - June 9, 2004 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced the availability of the embedded IP-921 Fiery® Print Controller for its ColorFORCE 8050 and CF5001 Imaging Systems.  Konica Minolta is offering the IP-921 as a lower cost and more compact alternative to the external IP-901 or S300 print controllers, which are ideally suited for heavy graphics-intensive environments.

Based on the Internal Fiery X3e design platform by Electronics For Imaging (EFI), the IP-921 is built to handle the daily color output requirements of the typical office setting, yet is powerful enough to be used in most graphics-oriented environments.  By embedding the print controller, Konica Minolta has reduced both the space requirements and cost of the products, giving enterprise customers more flexibility in choosing the color multifunctional device that best fits their needs.

"The ColorFORCE 8050 and CF5001 have been extremely well-received by the industry and our customers for their ability to deliver high-impact color documents at unmatched speed, performance and price," said William H. Brewster, Jr., vice president, marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "With this embedded print controller option, we are expanding these products' reach further into the office by offering the same high-quality output and productivity in a more compact design at a lower cost."

The IP-921 features a 850MHz Intel® Mobile Pentium III processor, 256 MB of RAM (expandable to 512 MB), a 40 GB Hard Drive and 10/100 BaseT Ethernet.  Additional standard features of the IP-921 include support for Adobe® PostScript 3, PCL 6C, TIFF 6, Native PDF (v1.4) and Spot Color (in PDF); and direct Scan-to-Email, Scan-to-FTP, and Scan-to-Hard Drive.  EFI's Command Workstation™ 4.1, setting the standard for efficiently managing and manipulating digital print jobs, and ColorWise®, for flexible color control capabilities to achieve the highest quality output, are also included with the IP-921.

For graphics-oriented environments, the IP-921 also features a broad range of document and color management options designed to help graphic arts professionals achieve their vision of color and print quality, including: EFI DocBuilder™ Pro 1.5, EFI ColorWise Profiler Kit, EFI Graphics Arts Features (Hot Folder, Auto Trapping and Spot-On), ES-1000 Spectrometer and ED-100 Densitometer. 

ColorFORCE 8050 and CF5001 Imaging Systems
The ColorFORCE 8050 and CF5001 Imaging Systems offer cost-effective color and B&W on demand printing for the office, CRD and print-for-pay environments, as well as high-volume workgroups and the graphic arts industry.  These 50 page-per-minute (ppm) color multifunctional products (MFP) bridge the gap between the 24ppm-plus digital copier/printer segment and the color production print market.

Highlighted ColorFORCE 8050 and CF5001 Features:

  • Copy and print speeds of 50ppm color and B&W           
  • Maximum monthly duty cycle - 150,000 pages           
  • Konica Minolta's Simitri® Color Polymerized Toner           
  • Toner yields - 20,000 pages for color and 30,000 pages for B&W           
  • 600 x 600 dpi resolution; 256 gradations per color per pixel           
  • Maximum document size of up to 13″ x 19.2″, for 12″ x 18″ full-bleed printing           
  • 24-lb bond up to 110-lb index through main paper trays; up to 140-lb index through bypass tray and the optional LCT           
  • 1,750-sheet standard/4,250-sheet maximum paper capacity           
  • Konica Minolta's Advanced Continuous Toner™ (ACT) technology for changing toner on-the-fly           
  • Advanced finishing options, including:  multi-position stapling, saddle-stitch booklet-making, two and three-hole punching, trimming and post-sheet insertion

Pricing and Availability
The ColorFORCE 8050 and CF5001 are 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 ColorFORCE 8050 and CF5001 with the embedded IP-921 (including the VI-621 Video Interface Kit) is $43,200.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
By bringing together the strengths of its two founding companies, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, is dedicated to providing its customers with complete solutions for their document creation, production, and management needs. Konica Minolta provides the essentials of imaging to companies and organizations ranging from the small office/home office to large production operations with its full line of digital color and black & white printers/copiers, multifunctional peripherals, desktop laser printers, plain-paper facsimile machines, software and network solutions, and professional services. 

An industry leader in image capture, output and management, Konica Minolta provides world-class service 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 on the World Wide Web at www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.

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