KYOCERA Mita America's MFP Achieves Buyer's Lab Certification in One Million Print Durability Test
Certification Acknowledges KYOCERAs Drive to Develop High Quality, Reliable Multifunctional Products for End-Users
FAIRFIELD, N.J. – February 6, 2007 - Kyocera Mita America, Inc., one of the world's leading document solutions companies, today announced that its KM-8030 segment-five multifunctional product (MFP) achieved outstanding results in the Extended-Term Reliability Test administered by Buyer’s Laboratory, Inc. (BLI), a leading source for unbiased and reliable intelligence for the imaging industry. In this evaluation, the KM-8030 completed 1,000,000 impressions in a simulated workplace environment; validating Kyocera’s ability to offer highly reliable, durable document imaging solutions for both the small-to-medium business (SMB) and enterprise markets.
The rigorous BLI evaluation was conducted over a two-month period (50 work-days), in which 20,000 print impressions were typically made per day for a single machine. This achievement roughly equates to printing 679 copies of Tolstoy’s epic War & Peace. To accurately emulate a real-world office, the KM-8030 was subjected to a variety of print and copy jobs on various sized paper, processing short, medium and long runs in simplex and duplex modes, with intermittent on/off cycles throughout each simulated work day.
"Few MFP manufactures have subjected their products to this degree of independent lab testing, which really says something about Kyocera’s confidence in its products," said Daria Hoffman, managing editor, Buyers Laboratory, Inc. "Whereas BLI's normal reliability test is conducted using an output volume equivalent to the unit’s manufacturer’s maximum monthly duty cycle, this unit was subjected to a test that was twice as long and yet, gave a reliability performance that was virtually flawless – a truly impressive feat."
“Kyocera prides itself on developing industry-leading document imaging solutions for organizations looking to get the most out of their networked printer and MFP fleet,” said Peter Hendrick, vice president, Marketing at Kyocera Mita America. “1,000,000 impressions in 50 days is an extraordinary work load for any non-commercial printing device, and we believe Kyocera’s success in BLI’s Extended-Term Reliability Test accurately demonstrates our Company’s ongoing commitment to engineering durable, innovative and efficient MFPs.”
Kyocera Mita’s KM-8030 is available today through authorized Kyocera Mita America dealers for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $28,000. To find an authorized dealer near you, please log onto Kyocera Mita America's dealer locator, at: www.kyoceramita.com/us.
For over 45 years, Buyers Laboratory Inc.â (BLI) has been the leading source for unbiased and reliable intelligence for the imaging industry. The late Arthur Kallet, the co-founder and 20-year head of the Consumers Union – publisher of the highly respected Consumer Reports magazine – founded BLI in 1961 (BLI is not affiliated with Consumers Union). In February 2004, BLI was acquired by publishing industry veterans Michael Danziger and Mark Lerch, the current Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of BLI, respectively. In 2005, BLI launched its international division with offices in Hong Kong and London.
ABOUT KYOCERA MITA AMERICA
Kyocera Mita America, Inc. (www.kyoceramita.com/us), headquartered in Fairfield, N.J., is a leading provider of computer-connectable peripherals, including network-ready digital MFPs/printers, laser printers, color MFPs/printers, digital laser facsimiles, and multifunctional and wide format imaging solutions. Kyocera Mita America is a group company of Kyocera Corporation, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components. Kyocera Mita America, the first document solutions company with third-party certified sales data, has earned numerous honors for its products’ high performance, reliability and cost efficiency. Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net revenues totaled $10 billion during the year ending on March 31, 2006.