Konica Minolta Launches Flagship Digital Color bizhub PRESS C1100 Rated at up to 100 PPM

bizhug press c1100Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is rolling out its flagship bizhub PRESS C1100 and bizhub PRESS C1085 digital color production-printing systems. The firm says the new systems represent the next generation of market-leading speeds with a wide range of substrate handling and finishing options, including the ability to print at full-rated engine speeds on up to 300 gsm substrates.

The bizhub PRESS C1100 and bizhub PRESS C1085 are Konica Minolta’s next generation of digital presses, printing at 100 ppm and 85 ppm respectively, regardless of substrate type or weight.  Konica Minolta says the new digital presses do not compromise quality for speed, delivering reliably accurate registration and color consistency regardless of print job length or complexity. Substrate handling and inline document-finishing options provide professional looking output while enabling more effective workflow management.

The systems are designed for commercial printers, central reprographics departments, print providers, etc.

“Our relationship with Konica Minolta has always been a true partnership; they listen to our needs and address them in a timely and superior fashion.  With the bizhub PRESS C1100, our overall color quality and consistency now meets or even exceeds our needs,” says Todd Beauregard, owner of Custom Cuts Printing.  “The Konica Minolta commitment to service and support – as well as understanding critical output needs – is a key element to our ongoing success and competitive edge.”

“The bizhub PRESS C1100 series was built upon the success of our previous generations of digital presses, with expanded capabilities, flexibility and speeds to further drive productivity,” says Kevin Kern, senior vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  “Konica Minolta is committed to ongoing innovation and the consistent delivery of solutions that enhance our customers’ productivity and performance, across all industries.”

The bizhub PRESS C1100 and bizhub PRESS C1085 also feature enhanced Simitri HDE toner, S.E.A.D. IV screen processing to continuously maintain image stability over long press runs, air suction (vacuum) paper feeding for spot-on registration and reliable paper handling and hybrid decurling (zig zag plus moisture) for consistently flat output.

Energy consumption is said to be up to 20-percent lower than that of previous models, due to toner that can be fused to substrates at a lower temperature, and a single fusing station.

For more information and complete specifications on the bizhub PRESS C1100, visit Konica Minolta here, and here for the bizhub PRESS C1805.

Optional EFI Fiery Digital Front Ends

Electronics for Imaging (EFI) also announced the launch of two digital front ends (DFEs) for the new Konica Minolta bizhub C1085 and C1100. It says the updated EFI Fiery IC-308 DFE and the new, high-end EFI Fiery IC-310 DFE deliver exceptional performance and color quality, end-to-end workflow automation, and integration with EFI’s MIS and Web-to-print products.

According to EFI, the new Fiery IC-310 DFE brings accelerated production-printing performance to the bizhub print engines with unique Fiery HyperRIP technology, which processes an individual job up to 40-percent faster than DFEs from other manufacturers by splitting pages to simultaneously process them with multiple processor cores, interpreters, and rendering engines. The hardware and feature set makes the IC-310 twice as fast compared to the IC-308, and streamlines the processing of graphic-intensive and variable data print jobs to minimize data spikes and avoid lost production time.

“Konica Minolta bizhub C1085 and C1100 users can use our advanced Fiery DFE technology to scale their businesses for the future so they are prepared for evolving customer demands in high-end digital printing,” commented John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing for EFI. “With this multi-core processing speed acceleration and Fiery servers’ proven, ‘perfect pass’ image reproduction, these DFEs provide an unmatched, competitive production advantage in commercial print and in-house CRD environments.”

EFI says that with the extensive collection of standard and optional job- and color-management solutions that the Fiery IC-308 and IC-310 DFEs offer, users can be assured their jobs will print correctly the first time. Plus, the DFEs are based on EFI’s Fiery FS100 Pro platform technology – the first and only production platform to achieve a 100-percent perfect-pass rating from industry organization VIGC’s PDF RIP Audit. According to EFI, the rating underscores the DFEs’capabilities for accurate, consistent reproduction of intricately designed files, including print jobs with composite overprints, transparencies, and other complex design elements.

The Fiery FS100 Pro platform also is the first to achieve a JDF1.3 Integrated Digital Printing Interoperability Conformance Specifications certification from industry organization CIP4. The Fiery IC-308 and IC-310 DFEs also support all leading industry VDP standards, such as PDF/VT, VPS, and the latest PPML 3.0 specifications.

The Fiery IC-308 and IC-310 DFEs’ JDF capabilities allow for integration with Kodak PRINERGY and other third-party pre-press and workflow solutions, so that users can streamline their print production. Users can also integrate their DFEs with EFI’s industry-leading MIS and Web-to-print products.

The optional Fiery JobMaster enables users to produce higher-value jobs by automating complex document preparation and production. EFI says the intuitive make-ready product tackles some of the biggest production challenges, including visual tab insertion and design, bleed-edge and multi-bank tabs, late-stage page editing and numbering, page-level ticketing and chapterization. Fiery JobMaster is accessed through Fiery Command WorkStation, the central job management interface for Fiery DFEs, along with imposition, color management, and pre- and post-flight functions.

The new Fiery DFEs will be available July 9th from Konica Minolta and authorized Konica Minolta resellers. For more information about EFI Fiery Driven products, visit www.efi.com .

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  1. Konica Minolta’s Pricing Trick

    At the Printing shop of Saigon Fahasa Co, Ltd (Saigonbook) – 474 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, district 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – are placed two Konica Minolta Bizhub Press C1100 that have a price difference of about $98,605 – an amazing amount for anybody who knows this story.

    Saigonbook bought the first C1100 from Sao Nam Co., Ltd at a price of $158,558 and the second C1100 from STS Co., Ltd at a price of $59,953. The special thing is that both were distributed by the same distributor – Konica Minolta Business Solutions Viet Nam Co. (KMV); Sao Nam Co. and STS Co. are just commercial agents. In order to trick Saigonbook out of such a large amount of money, KMV used sophisticated tricks that were built into pricing and sales policy.

    Firstly, KMV hasn’t made public its sales prices. On the website konicaminolta.com.vn, Konica Minolta products are all displayed without their sales prices. KMV is a company with 100% foreign-invested capital that has the right to make direct sales business in the Vietnamese market. However, they rarely sell products directly to customers. KMV appoints its commercial agents and sales collaborators to sell Konica Minolta products in Viet Nam, using a secret price policy. KMV’s commercial agents and salesmen look for easy prey, the target customers, to induce them to buy Konica Minolta products. When customers request price quotes for products, KMV and its commercial agents will carefully collect information about the customers and then charge them different prices based on their personal and financial information (such as their status, their income, their willingness to pay, etc.). At the same time, their quotations for the same product can have the price difference up to hundreds of thousands of dollars

    Making a comparison of 8 quotations for the bizhub Press C1100 provided by KMV and their commercial agents (Sao Nam, STS and Sao Nam An), we were amazed by the difference in price as follows: KMV quoted a price of $153,488 and $102,325; Sao Nam quoted a price of $180,139 and $93,023; STS quoted a price of $79,069 and $83,720 and $ 88,372; Sao Nam An quoted a price of $180,140.

    With all the evidence above, KMV and its commercial agents were clearly in breach of Article 6 and Article 12 of the Law on Prices by not publicly displaying the prices of their products and providing different quotations for the same product in order to cheat customers out of money.

    KMV is a sales subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia PTE Ltd, a regional head office of Konica Minolta, Inc., Japan. Therefore, KMV has lots of business experience as well as experienced lawyers that help it evade legal liability. In any case, Vietnamese businesses are always the ones who suffer financial loss that can lead them into debt. When a commercial dispute arises, Vietnamese companies are always engaged in a bitter struggle with each other over commercial contracts; while KMV transfers funds to the holding company and publicly announces that KMV has no contract dispute!

    In trade, however, goodwill and honesty are moral principles that are respected and set out in Article 6 of Vietnam Civil Code. KMV is the principal that has rights and duties prescribed in Articles 172 and 173 of Vietnam Commercial Law. For this reason, KMV has responsibility for providing an answer to the public and the press about the price difference between the quotations provided by KMV and its commercial agents. (Note: $1 = VND 21.500).

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    • This is an interesting and unfortunate scenario but even in the USA, prices are not listed and vendors are free to charge at will. However there exists a high-end form of shopping (below) where one would eventually invest in the C1100 supplier that had the best Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and the quality of service. Research and shopping keeps extreme price differences and cheaters firmly in check.

      Next time, put your purchase request out for bid. Calculate your TCO over a five-year period (or the length of the lease) based your monthly print volume, unit purchase price and the cost of supplies and service. Request service information from the suppliers with the lowest TCO such as guaranteed service response time, technician retention time/turnover rates and customer referrals. It may sound like a lot of work but we are talking about a rather large investment here. Make sure that you structure the bid so that the supplier does most of the work for you.

      Once this information is assembled and analyzed, you can more easily determine your best investment. Make sure that you sign a contract that specifies all costs (unit cost, accessory cost, installation cost, lease costs [if any], supplies and service [ideally a fixed Cost Per Page that includes service, parts and supplies]) plus guaranteed service response time/efficiency.

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