Konica Minolta's ColorFORCE 8050 Delivers Immediate Results To Blue Cross Blue Shield Of South Carolina

Impressive image quality, speed, versatility, and cost-savings lead Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina to request a second ColorFORCE 8050.

RAMSEY, N.J. - December 9, 2003
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that early results from customer implementations of the Konica Minolta ColorFORCE™ 8050 Color Imaging System are proving that this groundbreaking product is truly bridging the gap between the production color print market and workgroup color multifunctional devices.

As the first two months of color production projects near completion, John Fabian, manager of printing services at Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, has been amazed by the performance of the ColorFORCE 8050. Having run more than 137,000 copies in 6 weeks, Fabian had only one request from Konica Minolta: "I want to order a second machine."
Fabian's request for another machine is based on early project success and the company's expected ROI. "We are producing an average of 35,800 color covers for benefit books each month," said Fabian. "These covers currently cost $66,431 per year to produce. With the ColorFORCE 8050, this cost will be reduced by $24,987, and the covers will be produced in less time at a higher quality."

The first two projects completed with the ColorFORCE 8050 in Fabian's in-house digital print facility are indicative of the range of jobs that the device was designed to handle. The first job was 100 copies of a 242-page manual that included both color and black & white (B&W) pages with 20 tabs. Fabian ran the entire job on the ColorFORCE 8050, receiving the completed, customer-ready manual out of the machine with tabs.

The second job was 200 copies of a sixteen-page signature booklet and the device's optional finisher made all the difference in this job. The ColorFORCE 8050 printed the job on 11" x 17" paper and then folded and stapled the paper, delivering a complete set of booklets. Fabian then simply trimmed to the bleeds to finish the job. In the past, Fabian would have had to use an offset press to handle this job at a cost of $842 for 200 copies. With the ColorFORCE 8050 the total cost for the job was $160.

"Never before has there been a color machine that is versatile enough to handle both small jobs as well as complex production-level projects with such ease, efficiency and cost-effectiveness," said William H. Brewster Jr., vice president, marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. "After just a short time in the field, the ColorFORCE 8050 has received exceptional reviews from our customers and has delivered on our promise of providing a breakthrough in speed, performance, image quality and price."

Developed to maximize operator productivity as well as equipment productivity within the CRD, print shops and high-volume workgroups, the ColorFORCE 8050's features include: print and copy speeds of 50ppm color and B&W, a rated monthly page volume of 150,000 pages, Konica Minolta's Simitri® Color Polymerized Toner technology, the Konica Minolta IP-901 Fiery® print controller and color management utilities, and advanced finishing capabilities.

"I've been particularly impressed with the product's functionality across multiple job types, the ease of installation utilizing our intranet connection, and the Fiery System software and print controller," said Fabian. "In addition, the meter that tracks the individual number of B&W and color images scanned, printed and copied has proved very valuable to me for billing purposes. Features such as these help me run Printing Services, our central reproduction facility, more efficiently."