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Konica Minolta Launches the bizhub PRO 920 Production Printing System

Press release from the issuing company

RAMSEY, N.J., Sept. 12 -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today introduced the bizhub PRO(TM) 920, a 92 page-per-minute (ppm) printer/copier/scanner. This Segment 6 workhorse is ideally suited for users in production environments ranging from CRDs to print-for-pay to commercial printing to datacenters, as well as high-volume departmental settings. The bizhub PRO 920 has been designed to combine professional production features with advanced device and workflow management functions, including speed, reliability and durability, automatic finishing, flexible scanning, and superior output quality. Functional highlights include: high-speed 92 ppm input/output, User Box functionality, 6,650-sheet maximum paper capacity, the ability to handle 110 lb. index stock from all paper trays, Konica Minolta Simitri(R) Polymerized Toner, User Authentication, and network management tools through the PageScope software suite. "As with the award-winning bizhub PRO 1050, it is clear to see that the bizhub PRO 920 was designed with the features and functionality to specifically handle the diverse needs of the production print marketplace," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "We have established a reputation in the production print market for speed, durability, reliability and image quality. The bizhub PRO 920 delivers on this reputation and firmly secures our spot as leader in the production print industry." Engine and Paper Handling Highlights Featuring a monthly duty cycle of 750,000 impressions and a maximum paper capacity of 6,650 sheets (including a maximum ledger paper capacity of 6,150 sheets), the bizhub PRO 920's engine stands up to the rigors of the production printing world. The ability to handle from 5.5" x 8.5" to 11" x 17" paper (12" x 18" through the 150-sheet bypass and optional large capacity unit) at weights up to 110 lb. index from all paper sources provides users with a device that meets their broad spectrum of printing/copying/scanning needs. Copying/Printing Capabilities and Image Quality The bizhub PRO 920 lets users produce more documents faster with its high-speed 92 ppm input/output. Tandem copy and print capabilities will be available in early 2006, enabling the connection of two bizhub PRO 920s for up to 184 ppm output. Featuring 600 x 600 dpi print and copy resolution (1200 x 600 dpi emulation) with 256 grayscale levels, the bizhub PRO 920 produces clear text, sharp edges and smooth halftones. The bizhub PRO 920 uses Konica Minolta Simitri(R) Polymerized Toner with smaller, smoother, more uniform toner particles for more even distribution, significantly better fine line definition, and better solid fills. The bizhub PRO 920's optional IC-203 embedded print controller features PCL5e/6, PostScript Level 3 (optional Adobe PS3), direct PDF and TIFF printing, Scan-to-SMB (desktop), Scan-to-Email, Scan-to-Hard Drive and Scan-to-FTP functionality -- all at up to 600 dpi resolution. Advanced Security and Data Handling Features Due to the importance of document security and document management in today's business environment, the bizhub PRO 920 is ISO-15408 certified and supports Hard Disk Drive Overwrite and Job Erase, which automatically overwrites the hard disk drive after each job. The bizhub PRO 920 also offers User Authentication with NDS capability 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, fax and hold job control. The bizhub PRO 920's User Box feature supports each of the device's functions -- copy, print and scan. 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. Finishing Options for Maximum Productivity A wide range of finishing options designed to take care of a wide range of job types are offered for the bizhub PRO 920. The FS-604 Folding Finisher provides 50-sheet stapling; tri-folding capabilities; and saddle-stitch booklet making for creating booklets on letter, legal or ledger up to 20 sheets (80 pages total). In addition, the FS-509 Finisher delivers sorting and 100-sheet stapling. The device also offers two- and three-hole punching; z-folding; and post-sheet insertion, with the ability to add both pre-printed covers and inserts to documents. PageScope Applications and Utilities PageScope, Konica Minolta's powerful family of integrated software applications and utilities for document and device management, as well as for network management, is available to bizhub PRO 920 users. The bizhub PRO 920 comes standard with PageScope Net Care and PageScope Web Connection, as well as two PageScope utilities -- PageScope Direct Print and PageScope Job Spooler. Also available as an option for the bizhub PRO 920 will be the soon-to-be-released PageScope Workware, a simple yet powerful document management program. PageScope Net Care 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. PageScope Web Connection allows users to instantly check device conditions on all network-connected Konica Minolta printers/copiers from their desktop. In addition, the bizhub PRO 920's PageScope utilities are tightly integrated with the device's engine and are designed for improved document management. PageScope Direct Print enables users to print PDF and TIFF files by simply dragging the file to the PageScope Direct Print icon (pre-configured for the bizhub PRO 920) on the user desktop. PageScope Job Spooler provides users with the ability to view active job status in the print queue, change the order of jobs, and view jobs stored in the hard drive. Software Options Konica Minolta offers a complete line-up of software for the bizhub PRO 920, including: document management and OCR, variable data printing, file format conversion, imposition, routing and bill-back options. Highlighted bizhub PRO 920 Features: * Print/copy/scan speeds of 92 ppm * 750,000-impression monthly duty cycle * Konica Minolta Simitri(R) Polymerized Toner * Optional embedded print controller with advanced print functionality, including: PCL5e/6, PS3 and PDF/TIFF direct print * Advanced network scanning capabilities including Scan-to-Email, Scan-to-FTP, Scan-to-HDD and Scan-to-SMB * 256 MB of RAM and a 40 GB hard drive * 6,650-sheet maximum paper capacity * 6,150-sheet maximum ledger paper capacity * HDD Overwrite, Job Erase, User Authentication, ISO-15408 certification * Advanced finishing options, including tri-folding, 80-sheet saddle-stitch booklet making, multi-position stapling, two-and three-hole punching, z-folding, post-sheet insertion and face trimming Pricing and Availability The bizhub PRO 920 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 PRO 920 is $39,000.