Konica Minolta Introduces The bizhub C450P Color Printer

Fastest Full-Color Printer with 12″ x 18″ Print Size Capability, the New bizhub C450P is Ideal for Color-Oriented Offices

KONICA MINOLTA INTRODUCES THE bizhub C450P COLOR PRINTER

Fastest Full-Color Printer with 12″ x 18″ Print Size Capability,
the New bizhub C450P is Ideal for Color-Oriented Offices

RAMSEY, N.J. - October 17, 2005 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today introduced the bizhub™ C450P.  With print speeds of 35 pages-per-minute (ppm) color and 45 ppm B&W, the bizhub C450P is the fastest full-color printer with 12″ x 18″ print size capability (305 x 449 mm image area).  The bizhub C450P is ideal for color-oriented offices that are interested in a high speed, high quality printer with advanced finishing capabilities, including saddle-stitch booklet making, folding, and two- and three-hole punching.

High Speed, High Quality Printing
At the heart of the new bizhub C450P is the Konica Minolta-developed Emperon Print System, featuring PCL5c/PCL6c/PS3 emulation.  The Emperon Print System provides for total integration of document output management with a consistent user interface and functionality across Konica Minolta products.  In addition, the transmit-once/RIP-once/print-many bizhub C450P joins together an IBM PowerPC 600 MHz processor, 64 Bit technology (512K Level 2 cache), 512 MB of standard printer memory, 10/100 Base-T, 600 x 1800 dpi enhanced print resolution, and Konica Minolta Simitri® Color Polymerized Toner, for unmatched full-color printing for any office environment. 

"The bizhub C450P is a high speed, high quality printer designed for the MFP channel.  It will have an especially broad appeal to color-oriented office users with its print speed, image area, and advanced finishing options, as well as its aggressive pricing from both the hardware and impression perspectives ," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "The introduction of the bizhub C450P is in response to the market's demand for a 30 ppm plus, 12″ x 18″, full-color printer that delivers not only speed but high performance, high value and high security."

Enhanced Imaging and Paper Handling
With 256 levels of grayscale per pixel and 600 x 1800 dpi enhanced print resolution, the bizhub C450P produces clear text, sharp edges and consistent color.  The bizhub C450P 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. 

The bizhub C450P easily meets an office's wide variety of printing needs, with its monthly maximum duty cycle of 125,000 impressions, standard 150-sheet intelligent bypass tray, expandable paper capacity up to 3,400 sheets, the ability to handle up to 140 lb.-index through all trays, and envelope feeding.

Advanced Finishing Options Set bizhub C450P Apart
The bizhub C450P offers advanced finishing capabilities, providing increased productivity to color-intensive users.  With the FS-603 Booklet Finisher, sorting, stapling, and saddle-stitch booklet making (for up to 60-page booklets), as well as two- and three-hole punching has never been easier.  Also offered for the bizhub C450P is the FS-507 Staple Finisher, with sort, group, corner staple, and two- and three-hole punching functionality.

PageScope Suite Provides Document Processing and Network Management Functions
Available for the bizhub C450P is the PageScope Software Suite, Konica Minolta's robust family of integrated software applications and utilities that help businesses save time, reduce costs and increase productivity.  The PageScope Software Suite delivers networked information flow from the desktop, enabling businesses to manage their bizhub documents and bizhub devices more effectively through a single interoperative system for increased efficiency.  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.

Advanced Document Security
Because document security and the way documents are handled and managed have become increasingly important, the bizhub C450P supports Hard Disk Drive Overwrite and Job Erase, which automatically overwrites the hard disk drive after each job (optional 40 GB hard drive required).  In addition, the bizhub C450P offers User Authentication with NDS capability to protect a user job by prohibiting its modification or deletion. 

Konica Minolta's bizhub Open API, which enables the control of the printer from external applications, and hard drive encryption software will be available at the end of 2005 for the bizhub C450P.

Highlighted bizhub C450P Features

  • Konica Minolta Emperon Print System and the bizhub Open API (available at the end of 2005)  
  • Print speeds of 35 ppm color and 45 ppm B&W    
  • 305 x 449 mm image area  
  • IBM PowerPC 600 MHz Processor  
  • Konica Minolta Simitri® Color Polymerized Toner  
  • 512 MB standard memory  
  • 40 GB optional hard drive  
  • 600 x 1800 dpi enhanced print resolution  
  • 900-sheet standard/3,400-sheet maximum paper capacity  
  • HDD Overwrite, Job Erase and User Authentication  
  • 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 bizhub C450P 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 bizhub C450P is $11,995. 

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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