Konica Minolta Launches the bizhub 360

Newest Monochrome bizhub MFP Supports Konica's Commitment to Providing Secure Network Solutions Across All MFP Segments

Konica Minolta Launches the bizhub 360 

Newest Monochrome bizhub MFP Supports Konica's Commitment to Providing Secure Network Solutions Across All MFP Segments

RAMSEY, NJ - March 5, 2007 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today introduced the all-new bizhub™ 360 that will provide all-in-one capabilities (printer/copier/scanner/fax) and serve as an ideal replacement for Segment 3 monochrome multifunctional products (MFPs) to small and medium-sized office workgroups.  With advanced security and data handling features and an efficient 36 pages-per-minute (ppm) black and white output, the compact bizhub 360 enables workgroups to digitally share and distribute black and white documents through a secure network-enabled device.

"With the addition of the bizhub 360 to the Konica Minolta line of products, we are confident that the bizhub 360's impressive combination of speed, features, ease-of-use, and flexible multi-functionality will fit into a very wide range of markets," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "The bizhub 360 will allow every office to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively."

Key Standard Features
The bizhub 360 offers the following standard features: robust monthly duty cycle of 150,000 pages; monochrome copying up to 36 ppm; rapid black and white scanning up to 70 originals-per-minute (OPM); push scanning to multiple destinations (Email, HDD, FTP, and PC); User Box functionality with password protection; Konica Minolta Simitri® Polymerized Toner; 1200 dpi equivalent print and copy resolution; and a three-way tilting, ease-of-use control panel.  Network printing is facilitated via the optional IC-204 imaging controller.

bizhub OP
Konica Minolta's bizhub OP (Operating Platform) brings a continued level of performance and reliability to the bizhub 360 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 bizhub 360's architecture also eliminates hardware-based functions, and shares the device's CPU and memory for a seamless MFP user experience.  The Emperon Print System provides for total integration of document output management with a consistent user interface and functionality across future Konica Minolta products.  In addition, the bizhub Open API will enable control of both the print and scan functions from external applications.

Enhanced Imaging and Paper Handling
Featuring 256 levels of grayscale per pixel and 600 x 600 dpi print/copy resolution, the bizhub 360 produces clear text, sharp edges and increased halftone definition.  The bizhub 360 uses Konica Minolta Simitri 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 5,650-sheet maximum paper capacity; the ability to handle up to 110 lb. index from bypass and copy, scan, or duplex originals; and the choice of a versatile modular finisher or advanced booklet finisher, the bizhub 360 is designed to handle the heavy workload of black and white document needs for small- to medium-sized office workgroups.  The bizhub 360's ease of use in multi-model environments is extremely beneficial in large organizations that have a variety of MFP's installed.

Optional Faxing Capabilities
Also available for the new bizhub 360 is the optional 33.6 Kbps Super G3 analog Fax Kit.  The optional fax capabilities include:  32 MB of memory, transmissions in B&W up to 11" x 17", JBIG data compression, up to 600 x 600 fax TX resolution, separate scanning, duplex TX and RX, mixed original faxing, PC faxing, memory reception and delayed transmission.

Advanced Security and Data Handling Features
With document security and document management playing a significant role in the technology acquisition decision-making process, the bizhub 360 supports Konica Minolta's award-winning Hard Disk Drive Overwrite security feature and Job Erase, which automatically overwrites the hard disk drive after each job.  In addition, the bizhub 360 offers User Authentication 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, and fax.

The bizhub 360's User Box functionality, with its PageScope Box Operator software, 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.

Pricing and Availability
The bizhub 360 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 360 is $9,200.00.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.
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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