Konica Minolta Introduces the bizhub C352, C352P and C300 Color Document Systems

The bizhub C352, C352P, and C300's Cost-Effective, High-Quality B&W and Color Output and Standard Advanced Security Capabilities Make Switching to Color Easy for the Office Environment


The bizhub C352, C352P, and C300's Cost-Effective, High-Quality B&W and Color
Output and Standard Advanced Security Capabilities Make Switching to
Color Easy for the Office Environment

RAMSEY, N.J. - June 1, 2006 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today introduced the bizhub™ C352, the bizhub C352P, the printer-only version of the device, and the bizhub C300.  Perfect replacements for Segment 2 and 3 monochrome and color products, with output speeds of 35 pages per minute (ppm) and 30 ppm, respectively, the bizhub C352, C352P, and C300 enable small- to medium-sized office departments and workgroups, as well as color-centric environments, to communicate with greater force through high-quality, high-impact documents. 

The versatile and affordable bizhub C352, C352P and C300 come standard with:  the bizhub OP Architecture, featuring the Emperon™ Print System and its PS3 and PCL6 (emulations) printing capabilities; 100,000 page-per-month maximum duty cycle for the C352 and C352P and 90,000 page-per-month maximum duty cycle for the C300; advanced security for the hard drive, printing and access control; auto-duplexing for up to 140 lb.-index stock; Konica Minolta Simitri® Color Polymerized Toner; and the PageScope™ software suite for network management power. 

"Communicating with greater impact has never been easier than with the bizhub C352, C352P and C300.  These devices will provide our customers with the ultimate in flexibility, producing spectacular color output when needed, plus cost-efficient B&W for everyday document needs," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "The bizhub C352, C352P and C300 are great for our customers with small- to medium-size office environments or have a business in which color-output is vital due to their ability to digitize, share, utilize and distribute information with ease."

bizhub OP and the Emperon Print System Bring New Level of Performance
The bizhub C352, C352P and C300 are based on Konica Minolta's bizhub OP open platform.  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.  The architecture also eliminates hardware-based functions, and shares the device's CPU and memory for a seamless user experience. 

The bizhub C352, C352P and C300 offer standard PS3 and PCL6 (emulations) printing via the Emperon Print System.  The unique Emperon Print System allows for full control of the devices' printing and finishing options, and provides for total integration of document output management with a simple, intuitive user interface.

In addition with bizhub OP, the bizhub C352 and C300 are able to scan documents at up to 65 originals per minute (opm) — 50 opm in color.  These devices also come equipped with Scan-to-SMB (Desktop), Scan-to-Email, Scan-to-HDD (User Box), Scan-to-FTP, and TWAIN scanning functionality — all at up to 600 dpi resolution — right out of the box. 

Enhanced Imaging and Paper Handling
Featuring 256 levels of grayscale per pixel and 600 x 1800 dpi enhanced print resolution, the bizhub C352, C352P and C300 produce clear text, sharp edges and consistent color.  The bizhub C352, C352P and C300 utilize 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 the ability to auto-duplex 140 lb. index stock through the multi-purpose cassette and the manual bypass; the ability to print on envelopes or coated paper; the ability to output 11″ x 17″ originals on 12″ x 18″ paper to preserve color bars, crop marks and margins; the ability to print on banner paper up to 11-3/4" x 47-1/2"; and the ability to handle 3,350 sheets of paper, make the bizhub C352, C352P and C300 ideally suited for busy offices and graphic-intense environments.

Advanced, Premium Security Features Offered
Konica Minolta understands the importance of document security in today's distributed work environment.  With this in mind, its bizhub document solutions have been developed to provide users with the business data that they need, safely and securely.  The bizhub C352, C352P and C300 come standard with the latest top-quality security capabilities, which are currently under evaluation for ISO 15408 Level 3 certification, including:  Job Erase, for meeting DoD 5220.220 regulations and NAVSO P-5239-26 standards; Account Track; User Authentication; Password Protection; IP Address Filtering; and Secure Print. 

For advanced security needs, Scan Encryption for PDF files and HDD Sanitizing are also included.  With HDD Sanitizing, the HDD is overwritten with random values prior to movement or disposal.  Eight forms of HDD Sanitizing are available.  To ensure that customer data is protected on the hard drive, a HDD Back-Up Utility also comes standard.  Konica Minolta offers HDD Encryption as an option.

Optional High-Speed Faxing and Advanced Printing Capabilities
Optional 33.6 Kbps Super G3 FAX capabilities are available for the new bizhub C352 and C300.  The optional fax functionality includes:  transmissions in B&W, JBIG data compression, up to 600 x 600 fax TX resolution, up to 2,000 multi-address locations, broadcasting, program dialing, and a second phone line for increased fax input/output capacity.

The bizhub C352 and C300 also support the IC-406 Fiery® Image Controller (inclusive of the latest Fiery architecture — Fiery System 8e), making them a great fit for color output environments that have the need for color matching, queue management, color calibration, and more control over the color generated by these devices, such as businesses that specialize in graphic arts and marketing/advertising.  The advanced image controller features the industry's most sophisticated color tools, including with True Adobe® PostScript® 3 support, Spot-On Color and Pantone Color Matching, Color Calibration, and Queue Management for changing priority or altering finishing settings after jobs have been RIPped.

Finishing Options for Customization
The ability to customize a customer's finishing capabilities is available with Konica Minolta's optional, modular FS-514 Finisher, featuring two-point stapling for up to 50 sheets.  Optional finishing capabilities that can be added to the FS-514 Finisher through the SD-503 Saddle Kit, MK-501 Mail Bin Kit, OT-601 Output Tray and PK-510 Punch Kit include:  crease-folding; center-stapling; two- and three-hole punching; 60-page, booklet-making; and a third tray to separate print, copy and fax output.

PageScope Suite Provides Simple Data and Network Management
For easy workflow management, bizhub C352, C352P and C300 users have access to PageScope, Konica Minolta's powerful family of integrated software applications and utilities that help businesses control both their data and their network.  Included in this suite of products is PageScope Web Connection, which allows users to instantly check device conditions on all network-connected Konica Minolta printers/copiers from their desktop, and PageScope Data Administrator™, which enables user list management and account tracking, as well as remote configuration of users/accounts/abbreviated addresses (one touches) in one step, directly from the desktop. 

Also available for the bizhub C352, C352P and C300 are PageScope Workware™, a simple yet powerful document management program, and PageScope Router, which offers the ability to scan and distribute documents in one simple step, quickly moving information from a user's bizhub to any network destination or the Internet.

Effective print management is simple to achieve with the PageScope Job Spooler and PageScope Direct Print utilities.  PageScope Job Spooler helps users control their print queues with ease and PageScope Direct Print lets users send PDF and TIFF files directly to print without using print drivers or application software.

Highlighted bizhub C352, C352P and C300 Features

  • bizhub OP, including the Emperon Print System    
  • 35 ppm and 30 ppm output in B&W and color    
  • 100,000 page-per-month maximum duty cycle for the C352 and C352P; 90,000 page-per-month maximum duty cycle for the C300    
  • Standard PS3 and PCL6 (emulations) print capability    
  • Konica Minolta Simitri® Color Polymerized Toner    
  • Ability to handle up to 140 lb. index paper from all trays, automatic duplexing included    
  • 512 MB standard memory    
  • 40 GB standard hard drive    
  • 600 x 1800 dpi enhanced print resolution    
  • 3,350-sheet maximum paper capacity    
  • Advanced finishing options, with the FS-514 Finisher and its crease-folding, center-stapling, two- and three-hole punching, and 60-page, booklet-making capabilities    
  • PageScope Software Suite

Pricing and Availability
The bizhub C352, C35P2 and C300 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 bizhub C352 is $13,100, the MSRP for the bizhub C352P is $10,150, and the MSRP for the bizhub C300 is $11,800. 

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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