BLI Presents Konica Minolta with 2013 A3 Line of the Year

By George Mikolay, Senior Product Editor, A3/Copier MFPs, April 19, 2013

BLI recently visited Konica Minolta’s U.S. headquarters to present the company with BLI’s highest award, 2013 A3 MFP Line of the Year.

This marks the third consecutive year Konica Minolta has won the honor, and the accomplishment is almost unprecedented.

“In the 26-year history of the award, Konica Minolta is one of only two vendors to earn the award three years in a row, and it is the only vendor to do so in the past decade,” said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman.

BLI tested nearly all of Konica Minolta’s line, both color and monochrome, with 12 Pick winners among them, which is a higher number than any other vendor, and 14 Highly Recommended products.

Here’s a fun fact: BLI produced more than 2,365,000 impressions on Konica Minolta’s current product line during reliability testing to highly impressive results, which was a major factor in its winning the award. But taking into account additional testing, in total the products produced more than 3,317,000 impressions with just two service calls, which translates to an astounding service rate of just one service call per 1,658,863 impressions. Misfeeds were also minimal, at 1 per 114,404 impressions. “Hands down, Konica Minolta’s line has the best reliability record of all eligible vendors,” said George Mikolay, BLI’s Senior Product Editor for A3/Copier MFPs.

Another testament to the quality of the line is that when BLI needs color booklets for a trade show, Pete Emory, BLI’s manager of laboratory testing, will always produce them on a Konica Minolta device if we have one in the lab. “Not only do Konica Minolta’s models maintain very good and consistent output from start to finish, but productivity is strong across the line, allowing users to process and output jobs quickly,” said Emory. “Ease of use is also very good, thanks in part to the innovative and award-winning control panel interface.”

“Konica Minolta is pleased to be recognized for this prestigious award for the third consecutive year,” said Kevin Kern, senior vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. “What we have achieved here is truly special, and a great honor, and we remain committed to strengthening the bizhub product line even further in 2013. Customers can continue to count on Konica Minolta for the award-winning technology and document management solutions they expect from us to remain productive and competitive.”

Congratulations once again to Konica Minolta on this hard-won honor. Click here for more on Konica Minolta’s remarkable achievement and why they were awarded 2013 A3 MFP Line of the Year.

Republished with permission from Buyers Laboratory LLC ( ©2013 Buyers Laboratory LLC