Konica Minolta launches bizhub PRO 1200 mono production workhorse

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd has launched the bizhub PRO 1200 mono production print system offering up to 7,200 impressions an hour (120 prints per minute), with a maximum duty cycle of three million prints a month. The launch of the bizhub PRO 1200 extends Konica Minolta's presence in the digital mono print market, offering customers a mid-range production system with outstanding image quality and a comprehensive range of modular finishing options.

The exceptional image quality is due to two technical innovations by Konica Minolta. As the new bizhub PRO 1200 uses an LED (Light Emitting Diode) printer head, it requires fewer moving parts than a laser print head and is more reliable. Because the LED printing process is less complex, it is also more precise offering superb screening and exposure quality. In addition the Linux based high performance RIP embedded with the bizhub PRO 1200 uses advanced screening technology with a tone curve utility for customised adjustment of tone curves and screening.

Substrate usage is highly flexible in weights between 40 and 350gsm. Konica Minolta's bizhub PRO systems are designed to meet the print industry's preferred bleed size for media of SRA3 (320 by 450mm). This allows full size A3 documents with trim marks and A4 booklets to be trimmed to size. Maximum paper capacity is 14,000 sheets from eight sources.

For online finishing the bizhub PRO 1200 offers a comprehensive range of modular options with more than 40 different possible system configurations. Combinations of folding, punching, booklet making, perfect binding and staple finishing are all supported. Also available is a smart punch unit for GBC style binding that includes the availability of numerous customer replaceable die sets for plastic comb, velo bind, wire bind and so on. Large capacity trolley stacking units are available for off-line finishing.

As the bizhub PRO 1200 staples and punches at the full rated speed of 7,200 impressions an hour there is no loss of speed for producing finished documents as against sheet production. Two bizhub PRO 1200s may also be linked for tandem production in high volume print environments and the system is available in a printer only variant without scanner.

Importantly for the public sector and corporate customers seeking to ensure minimal environmental impact, the bizhub PRO 1200 conforms to the guidelines of the International Energy Star Program for reduced energy consumption and improved efficiency. In addition the bizhub PRO 1200 benefits from using Konica Minolta's patented Simitri® HD Polymerised Toner with smaller, smoother, more uniform toner particles for fusing at lower temperatures and producing high quality images.

The bizhub PRO 1200 is launched with the new Micropress Version 8 which is a fast, high performance, raster based workflow solution for the mid to high volume print on demand market. Micropress is available in 3 versions Solo, Plus and Micropress Max, offering customers a sophisticated queue management and make ready tool and giving the operator complete control of the engine and the print job. Micropress Version 8 also allows cluster printing and colour splitting of jobs.

With the launch of the bizhub PRO 1200 Konica Minolta's mono range now extends from the bizhub PRO 950 with a 95 print per minute output for light production through to the bizhub PRO 2500P, capable of generating 250 images per minute. This broad range of mono systems ensures that all customer needs for high-volume mono digital print can be met by Konica Minolta.

For Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Pauline Brooks, Group Product Manager Production Print said, "The launch of the bizhub PRO 1200 clearly demonstrates Konica Minolta's continued commitment and investment in the mono digital print market. Mono production still accounts for the vast majority of printed output by CRDs, inplant print rooms and commercial printers. The bizhub PRO 1200 has been designed as a workhorse device for customers that still have a need to produce large volumes of black and white documentation. The wide range of finishing options and the ability to handle substrates up to 350gsm make it an extremely versatile solution which will be much in demand. Black is definitely back."