Konica Minolta reveals new IoT-enabled bizhub i-Series

Konica Minolta Australia has launched its new bizhub i-Series, a next generation multi-function device product line from its bizhub legacy portfolio.

The new i-Series models available now are the bizhub C250i, C300i, C360i, (A3 colour MFPs), C3350i, and C4050i (A4 colour MFPs), C4000i and C3300i (A4 colour printers) and the C3320i (A4 colour MFP).

The company said the i-Series is a smart technology hub that fully embraces the way businesses are evolving and sharpens their competitive edge.

Konica Minolta director of marketing and innovation Shane Blandford said it 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 and streamline business processes, for better decision-making and, ultimately, enable smarter business,” he said.

“Breaking through traditional office limitations, it helps navigate quickly to demands and changing conditions.

“As office documents become more digitised and data volumes increase, document management and access assume more importance than ever. Remote access and cloud integration also heighten the need for security.”

He added that the company wanted to provide a new-value office tool that could be used intuitively by digital natives.

“Multi-functional devices and printers are now expected to connect people, places and devices simply and safely and create a new way of working. The consistent and simplified usability of the new i-Series range, along with class-leading performance and connectivity enhancements make these our most productive multi-function devices,” he said.

The solution boasts an intuitive smartphone style user interface with a tiltable, floating 10-inch touchscreen panel, rounded edges, and LED status indicators. Both the A3 and A4 multi-function models function in the same way.

It houses a powerful engine, a quad-core central processing unit with up to 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD.

It also includes a full-speed media printing range, high-speed one pass double feed, digital skew correction, and large capability trays for the A3 models.

The i-Series’ intelligent capabilities enables it to collect data for self-diagnosis and for optimum replacement time predictions of parts and consumables.

Additionally, bizhub SECURE services and BitDefender anti-virus extension are available as an option.

All i-Series models are compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and ISO 15408 certified HCD-PP, so data privacy standards and security requirements are met.

Konica Minolta also added that the range is environmentally sustainable as each model conforms to globally recognised standards from organisations such as EPEAT and Blue Angel and its new fusing unit and low-temperature fixing toner help achieve lower energy consumption in operating and sleep modes.

Environmental impact is reduced further through the new packaging design, as traditional cushioning material has been replaced with lighter air cushions.

“Konica Minolta recognises the i-Series as the next step; the innovative technology that lets businesses perform at their best and achieve high-quality work, all while providing the peace of mind for them to focus on more important matters,” Blandford said.

Additional models to the i-Series product lineup is expected to be released in the coming months.


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