Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Laboratory (BLI), the world’s leading independent provider of testing services and analytical information to the document imaging industry, announces the winners of its coveted 2019 PRO awards, with the honors going to stellar devices from Konica Minolta and Ricoh. Granted annually, these awards acknowledge the products that gave the best performances in Buyers Lab’s rigorous production field tests over the previous year.
BLI’s 2019 PRO Awards go to the following exceptional devices:
KONICA MINOLTA ACCURIOPRESS 6136 SERIES WITH INTERNAL IMAGE CONTROLLER
Outstanding Light/Mid-Volume Production Device
KONICA MINOLTA ACCURIOPRESS C3080 SERIES WITH EFI 417 CONTROLLER
Outstanding Light Production Color Device
RICOH PRO C7210 SERIES WITH E45A FIERY CONTROLLER
Outstanding Mid-Volume Color Production Device
(also sold under the Lanier and Savin brands)
RICOH PRO C9200 WITH E85A FIERY CONTROLLER
Outstanding High-Volume Color Production Device
(also sold under the Lanier and Savin brands)
KONICA MINOLTA EXCELS IN THE LIGHT TO MID-PRODUCTION SPACE FOR BOTH COLOR AND MONOCHROME
The Konica Minolta AccurioPress C3080 delivers a wide range of production print capabilities to growing CRD and commercial pay-for-print organizations,” said David Sweetnam, Keypoint Intelligence’s Director of EMEA/Asia Research & Lab Services. “Chief among these advancements is the system’s unique ability to check and adjust front to back registration and color consistency in real time without operator intervention, and without impacting productivity. And the flexibility an operator has to choose the frequency in which these self-checks and adjustments will be run ensures high-level, consistent quality, day in and day out.”
“The Konica Minolta AccurioPress 6136 series promises to be a true workhorse in both in-house CRDs and commercial pay-for-print establishments,” said George Mikolay, Keypoint Intelligence’s Associate Director of Copiers/Production. “AccurioPro Print Manager provides job management control by simply logging into the IP address of the embedded Konica Minolta controller. In addition, the system’s Scheduler allows for optimum resource planning, while class-leading media input and output capacities, and a wide range of in-line finishing tasks, allow for a diverse, high-volume workload with minimal downtime on a routine basis.”
RICOH EARNS ACCOLADES IN THE MID- TO HIGH-VOLUME COLOR PRODUCTION SPACE
“The RICOH Pro C7210 series is an outstanding choice in the mid-volume space for commercial printers and high volume in-plants,” said Mikolay. “Chief among the system’s advantages is its fifth imaging station, which not only allows for printing white in one pass but also invisible red, in addition to clear, white, neon yellow, and neon pink. The fifth imaging station, along with media weight support for up to 360gsm, enables the system to deliver on a wide range of additional creative opportunities not available with most rival devices in its sector. Media management is a cinch at the control panel, and the job management is outstanding thanks to EFI Fiery Command WorkStation.”
“The RICOH Pro C9200 is an outstanding choice for the commercial print space, delivering high quality, consistent results throughout testing,” said Joe Tischner, Keypoint Intelligence’s Wide Format & Cut Sheet Production Analyst. “The system earned 5 Star status for color consistency, and exhibited excellent fine line and very good font reproduction that will satisfy the image quality demands in marketing and graphics-intensive environments. The system is also extremely productive, achieving its full rated 115-ppm engine speed even at its maximum paper weight of 470gsm.”
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About Buyers Lab PRO Awards
PRO awards go to the best performers in Buyers Lab’s production field tests, during which tens of thousands of pages are printed. Productivity is tested with both coated and uncoated media in a wide range of weights and sizes, using various finishing options to simulate a mix of job scenarios. Buyers Lab technicians also evaluate paper-handling capabilities, many facets of ease of use, and image quality.