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Konica Minolta Reinvents Print Technology With Its New IoT-Enabled bizhub i-Series

Next-Generation bizhub i-Series Seamlessly Connects the Dynamic Office
 Konica Minolta, a leader in delivering world-class business transformation solutions and technologies, proudly unveils the new bizhub i-Series, the next generation IoT-enabled multifunction device product line from the award-winning bizhub legacy portfolio. Born from the company’s continuing ambition to create value for customers and driven by the desire to rethink the way multifunctional devices work for them, the i-Series is a smart technology hub that fully embraces the way businesses are evolving and sharpens their competitive edge.

The smart device technology augments office connectivity, optimising the way the office works while preparing it to be future-ready – from operational improvements to digital transformation. Powering new opportunities for productivity and innovation, the i-Series provides the necessary tools for an effective communications network. It simplifies complexities to improve productivity, to streamline business processes, to allow for better decision-making and, ultimately, to enable smarter business. Breaking through traditional office limitations, it helps navigate quickly to demands and changing conditions.

Olaf Lorenz, General Manager International Marketing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH

“The launch of the new MFP range is a milestone in our long-term office printing strategy. Our goal in developing this range was to ensure these products built on success of their predecessors, so looking to what made previous generations so successful was very important. Both customer feedback and analyst’s assessments of Konica Minolta’s success in MFPs have identified that as well as being innovative we have also succeeded by addressing customers’ real-world needs.”

Simple Design and Usability

The stylish, contemporary design boasts an intuitive smartphone style user interface with a tiltable, floating 10” touchscreen panel, rounded edges, and LED status indicators. The interactive user experience provides ease-of-use through, no wait times, vibration feedback, and customisation. Conveniently, both the A3 and A4 models function in precisely the same way so users can be productive, regardless of the specific device.

High-Quality Performance, Enhanced Efficiency, and Seamless Connectivity

The i-Series houses a powerful engine, a quad-core Central Processing Unit with standard 8 GB of memory and 256 GB SSD, which allows for quick-response, high-performance operations. And, the additional combination of full-speed media printing range, high-speed one pass double feed, digital skew correction, and large capacity trays, expertly blends reliable functionality with versatile serviceability. Dispatcher Suite comprises print management and advanced document workflow. The solution is ideal for customers who want to manage and reduce their print service costs effectively as well as to enhance their document security and efficiency by implementing digital workflows. Further extending the capabilities of the i-Series and adding flexibility, the highly-valued Konica Minolta MarketPlace gives the freedom to personalise and the access to apps that boost productivity. Efficiently integrating work processes and connections to sophisticated technologies such as Konica Minolta’s edge IoT platforms, Workplace Hub, it caters to all types of changing needs and fully accommodates evolving workstyles.

Smart Service and Next-Level Security

Minimising downtime and ensuring uninterrupted use, the i-Series intelligently collects data for self-diagnosis and for optimum replacement time predictions of parts and consumables. Moreover, users can experience best-in-class service through the Konica Minolta Remote Service Platform which consists of remote backup and ongoing maintenance for convenient troubleshooting and continuous support. Safe and up-to-date technology is always available, because the latest firmware can be regularly uploaded, in real or scheduled time. The exceptional service comes with an outfitted layer of top-grade security, which gives businesses one less thing to worry about. Equipped with bizhub SECURE services the i-Series fosters a secure work ecosystem where data is protected and reliably accessible. Additionally, the optional BitDefender anti-virus extension automatically scans all transmitted and received data – in real time – so data remains protected from external threats. All i-Series models are ready for GDPR, and ISO 15408 certified HCD-PP, so data privacy standards and security requirements are met to stay productive.

Commitment to Sustainability

Konica Minolta is committed not only to innovation but to environmental sustainability. The fruition of the new i-Series reflects upon the strong commitment. As part of the top energy-saving bizhub product line, each model has an EPEAT Gold rating and meets stricter Blue Angel standards. The new fusing unit and low-temperature fixing toner help achieve lower energy consumption while on and in sleep mode. Environmental impact is reduced further through the new packaging design, as traditional cushioning material has been replaced with lighter air cushions, still ensuring safety during transport. Best of all, operating sounds are quieter due to improvements made to the cooling fan and the ADF mechanism—having fewer distractions for a better-focused work environment.

Konica Minolta recognises the i-Series as the next step; the innovative technology that allows business to perform at its best and achieve high-quality work, all while providing the peace of mind for businesses to focus on more important matters. And, as businesses continue to evolve, the bizhub i-Series will grow with them. The new i-Series models are the bizhub C250i, C300i, C360i, (A3 Color MFPs), C3300i, C3350i, C4000i and C4050i (A4 Color MFPs). The i-Series product lineup will be released in the upcoming months.

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