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Konica Minolta Launches bizhub PRO C5500 Color Production Print System

Press release from the issuing company

RAMSEY, N.J. – September 5, 2007– Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. ( Konica Minolta ), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies from the desktop to the print shop, today announced the introduction of the bizhub PROTM C5500 digital color production printing system . Based on the design and technology of the bizhub PRO C6500, which launched last October, the bizhub PRO C5500 digital printing system delivers up to 55 pages per minute (ppm) in both color and black and white, and provides fast, reliable color output with excellent image quality.
As with the bizhub PRO C6500 , the bizhub PRO C5500 fills the gap between high volume office-oriented color-capable printer/copiers and high volume production color models. Offering flexible substrate handling capabilities, consistently outstanding image quality and formidable inline finishing options in a compact footprint, the bizhub PRO C5500 is targeted primarily toward corporate in-plant printing centers (CRDs), quick printers (print-for-profit), commercial printers, and corporate data centers. The bizhub PRO C5500 speaks directly to Konica Minolta's commitment to providing digital production printing systems of the highest quality yet at extremely affordable prices.
"Following in the footsteps of the highly successful bizhub PRO C6500, the bizhub PRO C5500 will continue to redefine the price/performance curve for color production print systems." said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "The bizhub PRO C5500 continues our tradition of bringing to market innovative technology advancements such as Simitri HD (High Definition) Color Polymerized Toner and Screen Enhancing Active Digital (S.E.A.D.) processing imaging technology, and fulfills our commitment to providing document output solutions from the desktop to the print shop."
bizhub PRO C5500 Features
Fast and cost-effective black and white and color output (up to 55 ppm).
Konica Minolta's revolutionary Simitri HD Color Polymerized Toner and S.E.A.D. imaging technology for consistently outstanding image quality
Maximum paper capacity of 4,650 sheets with all trays universally adjustable to handle up to 13" x 19.2" paper.
Ability to handle heavy and coated stocks
Duplex up to 256 gsm (140lb. Index / 10+ Point) through any tray.
Simplex up to 300gsm (170lb. Index / 14 Point) through bypass tray or optional LU-202 Large Capacity Tray.
Flexible finishing options include:
FS-607 Booklet Maker Finisher - Sort, Staple up to 50-sheets, half-fold, tri-fold, saddle-stitch booklet creation (up to 80 page booklets)
FS-520 Stapling Finisher - Sort, Staple up to 50-sheets
OT-502 Simple Output Tray - Flat output up to 250-sheets
PK-512 Hole Punch Kit – Adds selectable 2 and 3 hole punch to either FS-607 & FS-520
PI-502 Post Inserter – Enables users to add pre-printed pages post-process for both FS-607 & FS-520)
Optional embedded EFI Fiery IC-408 Image Controller featuring Fiery System 8e software.
Pricing and Availability
The bizhub PRO C5500 is available now 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 C5500 is $39,000.
To experience Konica Minolta's portfolio of bizhub PRO production print systems, visit Konica Minolta at Graph Expo at Booth #4436 from September 9-12, 2007.