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Canon USA chose 20th December to officially launch the much heralded software development kit for web-based Solution providers to integrate their products with suitable Canon devices (enabled imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs) – and vice versa. MEAP Web has been available in Europe and elsewhere since 2010.
There are two ways to allow an MFP to participate in business software workflows: web-based or Java-based. There are significant differences between the approaches, and manufacturers tended to adopt only one of the two. Java-based apps utilize more computing power within the MFP, whereas web-based apps tend to run on a server.
Canon was the first manufacturer to offer a software platform, in 2003. At the time, Java was the best option since it is so robust. But it has disadvantages. It’s resource-hungry; it’s not so easy to integrate – it requires serious programming skills – and this can bump up costs.
The alternative strategy is to allow the same kind of programming that is used for internet sites to run on your MFP. Typically the software then runs on a server and displays on the MFP screen; a smaller module runs on the MFP to run features of the device. Web-based solutions are easier to implement, and so rather quicker to bring to market, and web-based platforms have become the norm. No manufacturer has launched a Java-based extension platform since 2006, and Xerox’ EIP, Konica Minolta’s OpenAPI and bEST and Toshiba’s OPA and eBridgeX platforms which followed are all web based (not to mention the hybrids from Samsung and Kyocera).
Canon (and Ricoh and Lexmark) have held on tightly to their 10-year old Java strategy as this has allowed them to completely control (and charge for) what runs on their devices. Kyocera’s HyPAS allows both Java- and web-based apps to run on their enabled devices. Samsung’s XOA is also fit for both types.
The arrival of MEAP Web meant enabled Canon devices could exploit both architectures too. The SDK means – for a fee - web-based solutions providers and integrators can develop products which work with suitable Canon devices.
The stumbling blocks have been removed. It’s going to make it a lot easier to integrate into Canon environments, and it’s going to be easier to sell Canon iR ADVANCE MFPs into businesses with key processes which could not run on MEAP hitherto.
Lexmark has launched no less than eight new series of printers and small MFPs running from 23 to 66 ppm aiming at a wide range of users. With this launch the brand is pushing hard to reinforce its software positioning (particularly with a restructured MPS offering) and thus to revalue its whole range of products.
The new equipment from Lexmark all have color touch-screen interfaces, print engines running at up to 66 ppm in black and management solutions available directly from the devices' screens.
Lexmark is updating three quarters of its A4 range with the following 23 new models:
The Australian developer PaperCut has launched a new feature in the latest release of PaperCut MF allowing secure print jobs to be released from suitable queues using a smartphone. This avoids any requirement for installation on the MFP of either embedded software or a specific device, and is thus a cheap way of implementing this aspect of pull-print technology.
Hewlett Packard has just launched a huge array of new products, including MFPs and content and workflow solutions. HP Flow CM Enterprise solutions has been developed by Autonomy, a software company owned by HP. The “CM” stands for Content Management, and the intention with this product is to provide HP dealers with a state-of-the-art enterprise content management system.
The Flow Solutions help to share and manage documents and information from a very wide variety of sources, and provide workflow options to automate business processes. They also provide version control and traceability to provide practical support for security concerns and to aid regulatory compliance.
The technical platform for HP’s content management software is Autonomy’s Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) software, which can support over 1000 file types and 150 languages (in terms of the content).
Many of the other apps launched this week are Autonomy products, including a new version of Worksite, the HP app for sharing document data with mobile users. Again the key aims are to automate business processes and to facilitate data and document search and retrieval. The hosted version of Worksite is now the largest private cloud resource in the world.
For more information on the other HP Solutions launched and relaunched this week, please get in touch with us. They will be on DMO very soon !
From today, there's an all-new DMO Homepage!
Even clearer, the new page lets you find all the machines and all the solutions in the database using the new quick search interface, as well as all the latest news in our markets.
The new menu means navigating DMO is even more fluid than before!
Sharp has just launched two new entry-level color machines, the MX-2614N (26/26 ppm) and MX-3114N (31/31 ppm).
These new multifunctions are based on the preceding MX-2310U and MX-3111U but with upgraded controller hardware (3GB of RAM and a 320GB hard disk), and with electrical consumption in stand-by down to under 1W.
The entry level for Sharp A3 color remains the 20 pages-per-minute mark with the MX-2010U, but now extends up to 26 and 31ppm.
Canon have updated their entire color A3 range with the new iR Advance models: C5235i :30/35 ppm C5240i :35/40 ppm C5250/i :45/50 ppm C5255/i :51/55 ppm
The new machines are almost the same as the old range, however. There is a slight improvement in paper-weight handling, and the internal controller has been upgraded; as options they offer a 1TB hard disk, a new external RIP and a finisher which can fold without stapling if required.
Canon have also launched a couple of new software products to accompany the new machines: a new user authentication manager, Universal Login Manager, and Canon Mobile Printing.
More announcements are coming soon from this brand.
The WorkCentre 6605, intended to replace the Phaser6180MFP in the Xerox color laser multifunction range, comes with a 4.3-inch color touch screen, and an automatic duplex feeder. This MFP also runs faster than its predecessor, delivering 35 ppm in both monochrome and color. The Phaser 6180 MFP only ran at 30 pages per minute for b&w prints and, more importantly, at only 20 ppm in color.
Users of this multifunction will also appreciate the USB slot on the font of the machine; handy for scanning to, and for printing PDF documents straight from a USB key.
This device is also available as a printer under the name Phaser 6600.
Xerox are in launch mode this month, adding to its A3 printer range with the Phaser 7100, an affordable device with some interesting features: 30 pages per minute onto A4 in both color and monochrome, resolution of 1200 dpi and banner printing onto stock up to 1200 mm long.
Lastly they are updating their A4 monochrome MFP range with the new WorkCentre 3315 and WorkCentre 3325. These two MFPs differ in terms of their print speeds (31 and 35 ppm respectively), their feeders (simplex on the 3315 but automatic duplex on the 3325) and their controller hardware (processor and memory).
A monochrome printer based on the same engine as the two models above is being launched at the same time. The Phaser 3320 runs at 35 pages per minute.
Oki is launching two new printers, each equipped with three color toners (cyan, magenta and yellow) - but a WHITE toner in place of the usual black.
The C711WT (A4 model) and C920WT (A3 model) will widen the options for in-house production for those companies used to having to outsource even short runs of PR and other materials where printing solid white is required.
Signage and labels (shop windows, rear-lit transparencies and food labels, car window stickers, etc.), PR and marketing tools, business gifts and personalised gifts (printed on transfers and stickers) are some of the print markets these new machines might revolutionize.
The A4 machine (C711WT) runs at 34 ppm (onto plain paper - 8 ppm for transparencies), and the A3/A4 (C920WT) at 31 (for A4 paper; 10 ppm for transparencies). They can both take the heavy paper weights required for the jobs in hand - up to 250 gsm. Both can print black through use of the three colors (so office jobs are still quite possible).
Announced at Drupa by Konica Minolta, the bizhub PRO 1052, bizhub PRESS 1052, bizhub PRESS 1250 and bizhub PRESS 1250P have arrived and are available in North America and in Europe.
Based on the same print engine, these machines differ in speed (105 and 125 A4 pages per minute respectively) and in the configuration options. The PRESS machines have more paper supply options and a wider selection of finishing options than the PRO 1052.
Among the improvements on these new machines which the brand are highlighting we see improved handling for high paper weights in duplex mode. These new machines can print on both sides of 300 gsm stocks, and onto 350 gsm in simplex mode as hitherto.
Several new features introduced in the bizhub PRO 951 launched earlier this year appear in the new machines. The intelligent media catalogue allows operators to select from a list of frequently-used stocks, and the extended range of quality management tools includes tone curve adjustments and a new screening utility.
These machines will be on Your DMO in the coming days!
Samsung has entrusted DataMaster with its new CLX-9201 A3 color multifunction. Running at 20 ppm in color and monochrome, it is particularly compact. Numerous technological innovations bring greater ease of use, speedier processing and an improved image quality.
Two other models based on the same print engine run at 25 and 30ppm are also available, as per our News of July 5: the CLX-9251 and CLX-9301.
Full test results will soon be available on Your DMO!
Sharp recently launched two high-volume color A3 machines, the MX-6240NSF et 7040NSF.
What's more, in a clear focus on renewing Sharp's production range a further three b&w A3 machines (90, 105 and 120 ppm) are rolling out in the next months.
The MX-M904, M1054 et M1204 will replace the equipment which has been out there since 2007 (MX-M850, M950, M1100) and will offer new features such as a new interface, a new overall design and new finishing options (including a 5,000-sheet stacker).
The full technical specifications of these new machines will be on Your DMO in a few weeks!
We have let you know about the renewed A3 color range at Konica-Minolta as the machines have come out. Today, the brand has seven new machines running from 22 to 75 ppm, each equipped with the 9-inch touch-screen interface: adjustable, customisable, slideable and with drag and drop, document preview and browsing.
Check out this new range on DMO: the BizHubs C224-284-364 / C454-554 / C654-754.
Drupa in 2012 had markedly fewer visitors than in 2008: the gate was down 20% overall.
With 314,500 visitors, of which 190,00 were from outside Germany, the renowned trade fair remains the main international event in our calendar. There were substantially more exhibitors from emerging producers such as India and South America - and the most of all from China, with over 1,850 exhibitors. Of course Germany remains the principal source of visitors, with 40% of tickets.
The trends spotted in Drupa 2012 were:
- the brands' emphasis on end-to-end workflow and other software
- Web to Print
- the ever greater breadth of finishing options
Neither Indigo nor Landa's new Nanographic system are of immediate interest to most of DataMaster's subscribers. Whilst Nano was surely the biggest splash at Drupa - and Landa certainly made some good sales - the highly innovative technology Benny Landa launched remains largely untested. At Drupa it was no more possible to get a print from a Landa machine than it was to look inside a Konica-Minolta prototype! At time of writing there are still quality issues. Let's wait and see.
Roll on IPEX 2014 - though the announcements by HP and Agfa that they will not be present are not good news for the event organisers nor for the industry at large.
To check out the trends in 2016, get to Düsseldorf on June 2!
We would like to know how many of our subscribers have moved on from offering a simple MPS contract to a complete Managed Document Service.
If you sell to large accounts, you probably already offer MDS - but how many have a deal designed for SMEs?
An MDS contract might just be MPS + per-image billing on the scanner. But you might open some more doors if you can offer your customers some document management software.
Billing can be based on per doc, size and/or usage, etc. etc. You’ll also charge management fees – but you can easily show ROI on them – and your customer’s capex for an MDS is as delightfully low as it was on the MPS you sold him last year. And all your up-front install costs will be covered by your setup and user training bills.
If you’re not running MDS yet, you might be missing a trick. Not least because document capture and workflow automation are reducing print levels. We’re not looking at a paper-free office yet (or is that “again”?), but you know that the very spiels you have in your print accounting app marketing are going to hit your consumables and MPS revenue. MDS might just mitigate this.
Ricoh’s acquisitions are proof of their interest in this approach. Kyocera even changed their name. Some but not all of the other manufacturers have seen the light too. But the apps to enhance your MDS offer are much less reliant on machine compatibility. Check out the different Cloud-based DMS on DMO Solutions. Get in touch with us if you need contacts with the developers’ marketing people. You might be banging out an MDS within a couple of weeks!
Please drop us a line about how you’re finding MDS is going down in your area – or if you’d like to know more about it.
Samsung has recently unveiled its future ranges of color A3 and A4 printers and MFPs - eleven new models in all. There is a new black and white design for all these machines, and the launch includes three A3 color MFPs which are probably intended to be the new A3 entry-level range for Samsung.
These MFPs, the CLX-9201 (20/20 ppm), CLX-9251 (25/25 ppm)and CLX-9301 (30/30 ppm) each have 7-inch touch screens, print resolution up to 1200x1200, a new all-in-one motherboard with a 1 GHz dual core processor, and an internal stapling unit.
As for A4 MFPs, five new models are available: the CLX-3300, CLX-4195, CLX-6260, CLX-8640 and CLX-8650, offering output speeds from 18 to 48 ppm.
Lastly, three A4 printers are also out - the CLP-360, CLP-415 and CLP-680 with speeds from 18 ppm to 24 ppm.Full technical specs coming very soon on DMO!
Toshiba entrusted DataMaster, for the second year running, the planning and execution of the Tour de France .... of its regional offices, dealers and main distributors. There are several new products, including an all-new entry-level A3 color MFP.
Between June 18 and July 18 the entire national sales force of Toshiba are going to learn about the strengths and competitive advantages of these new machines.
A five-week rally drive by Frédérick van Gorkum. As I write, the soft-top beamer is crossing Provence en route for the Cote d'Azur ...
Konica-Minolta is renewing its A3 color range by launching, in the US and in Europe, the new BizHub C224 (22 / 22 ppm), C284 (28 / 28 ppm) and C364 (36/36 ppm) which are to replace the BizHub C220, C280 and C360.
Konica-Minolta are leveraging certain features from the recently released Bizhub C654 and C754, including the new design with the sliding and adjustable 9-inch screen, and an interface inspired by touch-screen tablets. There is also the new Fiery IC-414 controller (only for the C284 and C364) and also the FS-534 saddle-stitch finishing unit (which handles up to 50 sheets).
Also new: the availability on option of a dual-head scanner; a very short warm-up time; resolution of 1200x1200 dpi; support for SRA3 from the bypass and from the second tray; and a new internal stapler as a finishing option. All the technical specs will be available on DMO very shortly!
Until now Sharp has been absent from the light color production market, with only office MFPs running up to 51 ppm. Sharp is now launching a new production print engine running at two speeds: 62 ppm and 70 ppm.
This engine, aimed at print shops and large companies' marketing departments has features deisigned to fit this target market: a wide range of media, a powerful controller which comes with color and other management apps built in, a variety of finishing options and a selection of high-capacity paper stores.
Kyocera are launching their all-new color A3 25ppm MFP: the TASKalfa 2550ci.
With this new machine, Kyocera are puttin themselves up against the Canon iR Advance C2025i,the Ricoh MPC2551 and the Xerox WC7125.
Compared to its predecessor (TASKalfa 250ci), the TASKalfa 2550ci has less capacity in the feeder (50 sheets instead of 100) and there are fewer finishing options (hanging stapling unit, no booklets). Maximum paper weights are up, however, and some hardware features have been upgraded (e.g., hard disk of 160 GB).
Lastly, its paper capacity is half that of the 250ci. All together, this new 25ppm MFP is an entry-level A3 machine designed to compete in this difficult territory.
Ricoh has unveiled the Aficio MP301 and MPC305, two new A4 MFPs, monochrome and color respectively, which run at 30 pages per minute.
These two new products have adjustable touch-screens (4.3 inch) and have fax as an option (SPF versions). The optional hard disk allows advanced features such as the document server (print and scan modes) and printing from a USB key (hard disk is required for this).
Worth mentioning: there is no stapling feature available.
These products reinforce the brand's mid-range A4 MFP offering.
Your two intrepid reporters returned from Drupa with suitcases full of information, iPads full of photos and videos, pockets full of contacts and their heads full of exclusives.
Numerous new machines were being presented at this exhibition; ever more advanced, a surprise at every corner.
As regards digital presses, Konica-Minolta were leading with the PRO 951 (A3 monochrome at 95 ppm) and a prototype of the PRESS C1100 (A3 color 100/100 ppm) which will launch in 2013.
The PRO 951 has several enhancements over the PRO 950 it replaces: 9,000 sheets input, 1200 dpi resolution, LED technology and options to run up to 350 gsm.
As regards the upcoming PRESS C1100, look forward to a new kind of toner, a new fuser unit and several features of the PRESS C8000 launched in 2010. Plus, as opposed to the 80 ppm machine, this new press will maintain productivity on heavy paper weights due to the new fuser unit.
To see this new press in action at Drupa, click here.
Deep in offset territory, Hall 4, we found a brand new Fuji Xerox 4-color inkjet machine on the Caldera stand. “It doesn’t have a reference yet, but we call it Lightning.” Here’s why: it gives 1600 x 1600 dpi at 580 m2 per hour (42 inches wide) and will print on a huge variety of formats. Drop size can be as low as 1.3 pL, by far the smallest in wide format. It has a Fuji motor, and they got trusted partner Caldera to do the RIP. They are testing the water by showing the device well away from the Xerox hall, and the prototype is off on a small tour of Europe after Drupa. Assuming positive feedback from dealers and interested parties, the machine will launch first in Asia at the end of 2012.
Xerox staff were very enthusiastic about this machine, and gave us a very warm welcome.
We filmed this prototype in action: the most expensive output tray in the world
Other items of interest were :
-Canon were showing their high-volume machines out since 2009 or 2010 (iR Advance C9000, iR Advance 8000, ImagePress C7010vp, ImagePress 1135), plus a large section on workflow. Helix is due to be reintegrated into Uniflow.
-Konica-Minolta were showing the new BizHub C654/754 and unveiled the KM-1, a cut-sheet B2 inkjet machine with options for coated stocks due to the UV ink
-Océ had the impressive VarioPrint 6320 (monochrome 314 ppm press)
-Ricoh were showing off the new-ish Pro C651/C751 family (75/75 ppm color press) with a wealth of finishing unit options. The Ricoh workflow section was very impressive too, as they continue to buy up developments to include in Total Flow.
-Xanté had a converted Oki office device running 650 gsm !
-Kyocera were at Drupa for the first time showing their most recent models, and a new toner composed of 30% renewable biomass.
The biggest splash at Drupa was on the fringes of our world, but of great interest: the new technology from Mr Landa. The inventor of Indigo has a new ink offering, he says, variable data and other digital features at offset prices. As an offset engineer remarked, "If it's true what he says, we can all go home." Check out the 3 metre touch screen.
Ricoh have just launched the new GELJET range in Europe, replacing the GelSprinter models.
The brand have taken the opportunity to review their designs and to make the most of the new Liquid Gel™ technology.
More environmentally friendly than laser, the new technology is based on a colored ink which dries on contact with paper, and large print heads.
The SG2100N and SG3110DN are already available on the European market. They will print on stocks up to 256 gsm, and have network and wireless options.
The DataMaster team is proud to announce our new logo!
It is a guarantee of dynamism, innovation and modernity.
Like many of our customers, manufacturers and distributors of printing equipment, we have chosen a single color and a design that is clean and simple, reflecting the quest for modernity that is key to our business.
The oval shape that we have retained represents the infinity of our work, and suggests the measured flexibility required for the highly technical businesses we serve.
DataMaster's CEO and the Technical Manager are in Düsseldorf from May 3 onwards for the Drupa print media fair. All the digital press manufacturers are there - Canon, Konica-Minolta, Kodak, Xerox, Ricoh, etc - and all that's new, and even a few as yet unreleased machines; are all on show.
Today, DMO has over 180 production machines with maximum speeds of up to 150ppm. Drupa represents the chance to discuss the fine points of the 2012 machines with the experts. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us directly if you have any specific questions.
The most renowned international exhibition for our industry, the Drupa is held in D¨sseldorf in Germany every four years. Everyone who is anyone in the graphics industry is there.
In 2008 the show had over 390,000 visitors and 1,971 exhibitors from 52 countries.
The DataMaster Technical Team have tested the Xerox Work Centre 7120. The technical features of this machine are interesting, for an entry-level A3 color device. However, our productivity tests revealed speeds frequently lower than the spec due to calibration pauses.
Available for iOS and Android, Kyocera Mobile Print is intended to meet the increasing business needs posed by mobile devices. This app's features include the following:
- discovery of Kyocera printing equipment on the network
- printing from smartphones and tablets (of PDF, JPEG, PNG, TXT and HTML files)
- print accounting, when the relevant function is activated on the Kyocera MFP or printer concerned
- scanning from a compatible MFP to a mobile device
The app is compatible with Kyocera printers and MFPs which have PDF direct printing (1.4 or later). These include the whole TASKalfa range.
Kyocera Mobile Print is available for download free from Google Play and the App Store.
Konica-Minolta will be using the Drupa exhibition (3 to 16 May in Dusseldorf) to present their new equipment:
- two new inkjet digital presses
- four new wide-format production systems
- one color digital press: the BizHub PRESS C1100 (100/100 ppm)
The exhibition will also be the occasion for Konica to present new measurement and colorimetry management systems, plus software and cloud-based services.
According to InfoSource, Konica-Minolta have 33.9% of the color production market, placing them ahead of Canon and Xerox.
Toshiba has just finished work on a remarkable new copier which can delete text on the page. It uses a special toner which becomes colorless when heated. This system allows paper to be reused up to five times, providing economic and ecological benefits.
The equipment can scan the printed paper first, wipe it and sort the re-usable sheets in a separate tray.
According to Toshiba, the equipment should be ready for the end of 2012. Pricing has not been fixed yet but it is intended to be low.
Canon is launching its new monochrome A3 engine in May. The new models are the iR Advance 4025i, 4035i, 4045i and 4051i.
No major changes compared to the iR 3200 range launched in 2008, but the engine is being rolled out with speeds of 25, 35 and 45 ppm plus a new speed of 51ppm - which broadens the Canon A3 range.
Suitable for small and medium work groups, these machines offer a resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, a 250 GB hard disk as an option, and electrical consumption of only 1W in stand-by mode. We note the absence of PS3 in the standard machines.
The models also have an internal stapler with room to output 1000 sheets and a saddle-stitch unit with room for up to 3000.
All the details will soon be on DMO ...
Ricoh is bringing a new print engine into the A3 color range, and replacing the MPC3001, 3501, 4501 and 5501. Ricoh is already launching the following new machines in North America and Europe: MPC3002
These four machines have the new look Ricoh has used on its recent A3 and A4 machines. Ricoh is grouping four different speeds with a single print engine: 30, 35, 45 and 55 ppm black and color.
At first glance they do not appear to have much in the way of new features compared to the preceding models, but as we work up the DataTechs for DMO we'll look into more depth.
What we note straight off though is that the single engine for all four machines offers the MPC3002 and MPC3502 technical specifications equivalent to the MPC4502 and MPC5502 (which was not the case down the preceding range).
The launch of these two new ranges of machine follows the launch of the new color A3 machines in 2011.
Toshiba are highlighting the "SE" badge, which means the machine has a high-security featured 160 GB hard disk (compared to the 60GB HD of the previous ranges).
This new hard disk (made by Toshiba) is also standard on all the color machines carrying "SE" in their names. What is special about it in security terms is the SED (Self-Encrypting Drive) technology. Data on the disk in encrypted, and the key stored in the drive device itself. The data is rendered permanently unreadable if the HD is removed from the MFP.
Also worth noting, the 25 to 45 ppm series has new finishing units: an internal finishing unit, a hanging unit (already seen on the new A3 color machines) and two saddle-stitch stapling units (of which only one seen so far on the color machines) with varying output capacities.
Konica-Minolta has added two new models to its A3 color range: the BizHub C654 (60 / 65 ppm) and BizHub C754 (60 / 75 ppm), and so run their range up to 75ppm in monochrome.
Konica are showing off a new design on these new models, and an interface which is going to make some waves .... A sliding and adjustable 9 inch screen, directly inspired by the touch-screen tablets of the mass market. Want to see the presentation? Click here!
Beyond the design of tehse new models, Konica-Minolta is also offering two new finishing units (100-sheet stapling, A3++ booklets, unlimited output capacity) and a new external Fiery RIP (IC-414).
The alliance between the Ricoh print engine and Infotec's AFP controller has given birth to a new 90/90 ppm digital press: the Ricoh Pro C900 AFP.
According to Ricoh, this press is "dedicated to the printing of sensitive transactional and promotional material (invoices, check letters, statements, reply coupons or personalised mailings, among others.
"It is specifically aimed at publishing environments such as:
- IT Centers and Publishing Centers: banks, insurers, telecoms and public services
- Service providers: direct mailing, routers
- Sales by correspondence companies
- Direct marketing firms."
Ricoh is also putting in place a program of operator-replaceable components, to give professional users the option to carry out certain maintenance jobs themselves (replacement of certain parts), thus avoiding the need to wait for a service visit, probably with the machine on standy-by.
At the IT Partners exhibition in Paris, our consultants found - among many other interesting developments - the new machines brought in to enrich the A3 color range of MFPs from Lexmark, the X950de, X952de and X954de.
Registering speeds of 40/45 ppm, 45/50 ppm et 50/55 ppm respectively, they are equipped with Fuji-Xerox motors, and finishing units from the Xerox WC7500 range. With a large touch screen and a Lexmark interface, they can print up to banner size, and onto 300 gsm stock.
Notable Solutions announced on January 17 the launch of AutoStore 6, the latest version of their document capture solution. Two new components have been added to the product: NSi Web Capture, and NSi Smart Ticket.
With NSi WebCapture, users will be able to use AutoStore workflow features to send documents from their browser, without any additional software required. This will be a big plus for companies who do not want to install more software on existing work stations. Another advantage is the means to see business processes from any web browser. NSi WebCapture is an alternative to NSi AutoCapture, which is a workstation app.
Also new from Notable Solutions: the SmartTicket application, which sets up scan sheets from a web browser. Scan sheets help automate repetitive paper-based business processes. Scan sheets can be printed and used as lot headers or separators in large volumes of paper for scanning. Scan sheets made in SmartTicket can also be electronic, and be displayed on the screen of the MFP.
AutoStore 6.0 packages other new features, including support for XML import, which will help automate the import of data and documents , particularly in an ERP environment. Another thing NSi are highlighting is the ability to scan a file to an off-line PC – the file is held and pushed when the work station becomes available.
Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. has announced the updated version of the PageScope Mobile application for Apple mobile devices to work with the Bizhub range of Konica Minolta MFPs connected to the same wireless network.
PageScope Mobile provides an easy means to print emails and several document formats (pdf, tiff, jp(e)g and xps) on a Bizhub from most iPhones, iPads or iPods. Paper documents can be scanned directly to these mobile devices too.
This new version of PageScope Mobile, whilst exclusively for Apple mobile devices, does offer a more secure printing environment for this kind of user (they are identified on the MFP), and thus makes it easier to track and manage their print volumes. Other new features include support for the printing of Google docs and html email, for encrypted pdf files and the extraction of zip files.
This app can also be connected with Google Docs. This means documents stored up there can easily be downloaded and printed, and also that Bizhub scan output saved to compatible Apple mobile devices can be uploaded easily too.
Kyocera-Mita have joined the multiple color tariff gang by putting four counters (including one monochrome) in their new A3 color range.
The first color level is intended to be priced as monochrome, and the precise color coverage for each level can be adjusted by a technician (e.g. first level up to 2% color coverage; second level up to 10%; third level from 10% up).
Please note that this tariffing strategy can vary from country to country, from distributor to distributor, and can be negotiated by each customer ...
Since just before Christmas, Ricoh removed App2Me, the MFP scan-to-cloud suite, from their download pages. They will cease to support it from March 30th 2012.
In September last year, Google announced that they will be phasing out support for Google Desktop. App2Me integrates quite closely with Google Desktop, indeed depended on it, but with the cancelling of App2Me Ricoh loses integration with the other apps the App2Me widgets assured, such as Evernote.
An early scan-to-cloud product, Ricoh’s App2Me was launched at the end of 2009. The playful look and feel, coupled with the apparent ease of downloading and installing the widgets onto the MFP interface made it look very appealing. The dependence on Google apps was always going to be an issue – and the difficulty of developing the widgets in the Java environment meant there were simply too few of them for App2Me to fulfill expectations.
Konica-Minolta has launched two new monochrome A4 MFPs with features close to those found on an average A3 machine. The BizHub 36 and 42 run at 36 ppm and 42 ppm respectively.
These machines are aimed at small work groups, but they have a broad range of features, such as the option to print onto A3 from the bypass (up to 150 sheets), scan-to-folder in color, an integrated 1-2 point stapler (up to 50 sheets), a paper capacity of 2150 sheets and a maximum paper weight of 210 gsm (in the bypass).
The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9000S series of Canon short-run color digital presses is different because it has an integrated Océ PRISMAsync controller. The partnership between the two companies began when Canon acquired Océ in November 2009. In March 2011, the appearance of the "S" versions of the imagePress C6010 and C7010 digital presses featuring an integrated Océ PRISMAsync controllershowed that the partnership was a solid one.
The VarioPrint DirectPresses came about through joint development work by Canon and Océ on the equipment components. These monochrome presses, available in four different versions running between 95 and 135 pages per minute, are built on the new DirectPress technology. This is characterised by a drum composed of conducting surface tracks which can create a voltage pattern without the use of a light source. Apart from the print engine, the external paper source modules are Océ technology, while the scanner and the finishing modules are from Canon.
Ricoh is renewing its core A3 monochrome range and launching the new MP2352, 2852 and 3352 running at 23, 28 and 33 ppm.
The brand has signalled that this series has an all-new design which we are very likely to see again in future models.
Specifically: check out the color scanning capacity, up from 29 to 45 opm with an optional reversing feeder which keeps its capacity for up to 50 originals.
The system has clearly been upgraded by the 120 GB hard disk and the 1GB memory - and Ricoh now offers 500-sheet integrated finishing on new models.
Xerox is launching a new A4 color MFP, the WC6015, to replace the Phaser 6121MFP. With LED technology, running at 12ppm in color and 15 in monochrome, the new machine is based on the motor of the recent Phaser 6000/6010 printers.
Xerox has also announced the new Phaser 7800, an LED-based A3 color printer running at 45ppm in both color and monochrome, replacing the Phaser 7760. There are some new features, such as the use of EA toner, an induction fuser unit, a large color touch-screen interface, a 2000-sheet finishing unit - and the ability to print onto 350 gsm (300 gsm in duplex mode).
The Xerox 700i, which replaces the Xerox 700 Digital Color Press, is essentially the same digital press with upgraded software and improved functionality.
The main improvement is the ability to print on both sides of very thick stocks automatically.
Beyond this upgrade Xerox has announced the next launch, the Xerox 770 (see picture). Although it will be based on the same print engine as the Xerox 700i, this new model will have a higher duty cycle, be able to print at regular speeds regardless of paper weights, and will include the Automated Color Quality Suite, a suite of tools which simplify color management for operators. The suite includes the provision of an on-line spectrophotometer.
The imageRUNNER 1700 series is based on a new print engine from Canon which has been rolled out at 30, 40 and 50 pages per minute in the iR1730, iR1740 and iR1750 respectively.
The machines are all equipped with a color scanner, and a highly productive feeder for the A4 segment, especially on the 40 and 50ppm models.
Canon is developing its offering for demanding workgroups with this new range of compact but high-volume models, with monochrome touch screens and finishing modules as an option.
Postscript remains an additional option for the North American versions of the 1700 series, whilst in Europe (iR1730i, iR1740i and iR1750i) they have PCL and PS emulation. Scanning to text PDF (searchable PDF) is an option too - in both markets.
Fax cards can be added. Check out the details in Your DMO!
Canon has just launched a new device in its iR Advance range, which will nestle between the C2020 and the C2030.
The brand is replacing the famous iRC2380i with a model running at 25ppm in color and monochrome: the iR Advance C2025i.
The features are the same as on teh 20 and 30 ppm models: PS3 as an option, input capacity 2,000 sheets, internal stapling finisher ....
Now Canon has added a 25 ppm machine, the office iR Advance range runs right from 20 to 51 ppm.
Launched last June, the whole of the new color Kyocera-Mita TASKalfa range, from 30 to 70 ppm, can now be integrated with a Fiery controller.
Integrating Fiery controllers mean the equipment productivity, user-friendliness performance and print quality can all be improved.
With a 2.6 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard disk these platforms will certainly be able to handle the requirements of graphic arts professionals: large files, color management and optimum quality.
Konica-Minolta has launched its Color Care Suite in the US, software for defining, attaining and maintaining color quality standards in the bizhub PRESS color digital presses. The manufacturer is capitalising on its Sensing instruments division to offer theKonica Minolta FD-5 Spectrodensitometer with the Color Care Suite, which should allow printers to match up to the upcoming digital production standards and to keep up in the years to come.
The Suite is made up of four different applications:
Color Care Catch – serves to measure and control the color output and verify that the quality conforms to the standards defined by the bizhub PRESS system.
Color Care Profiler – creates high-quality ICC printer profiles
Color Care MatchPatch – to refine and to optimize ICC printer profiles
Color Care Display – calibrates computer monitors and creates ICC monitor profiles
The Suite is intended to help printers to guarantee precise reproduction of colors throughout the run, and to follow quality processes the industry is working on - and also to improve the reliability of screen-based proofing.
The WC5200 series from Xerox has just been superceded by three new 25, 30 et 35 ppm machines: the WC5325 - WC5330 - WC5335
It's not suprising to see a lot of changes in the B&W range three years after the WC5200s were launched.
The print server has been substantially improved, with a better CPU, more RAM and a bigger hard disk. PS3 is still an option though.
The new feeder can handle 110 sheets (instead of 75), but the bypass capacity is halved to only 50.
Finally, text PDF has been added to the scanning functions.
Soon on Your DMO: technical specifications and +/- for the range!
The DocuColor 8080 is set to replace the Xerox DocuColor 7002 and 8002, running at 80 ppm in both color and monochrome.
But apart from the sheer speed, it is the productivity applications that the manufacturer is highlighting. These allow pre-press and document customization operations to be simplified.
A significant new feature of this production press compared to earlier models is the availability of color management tools linked to the on-line spectrophotometer. This allows color data to be read directly inside the machine. The various techniques are grouped as the Automated Color Quality Suite (ACQS) and ensure precise color reproduction.
Lastly, this digital press uses low-gloss toner. The mat result which is achieved, closer to that of off-set, improves the quality of color images, including dark and light areas.
The DocuColor 8080 is available with three different print servers (Xerox FreeFlow Print Server, EFI Fiery® or CREO) and with multipple finishing options 5Xerox, but also GBC or Standard Horizon).
Sharp has just put the new MX-3111U in their line-up next to the MX-2010U and the MX-2310U launched at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 respectively. It has many of the same features we see on the 20 and 23ppm machines above, and Sharp are filling out their "economy" series, identified by the "U" in the model name, with a 31ppm machine.
They have also launched two small b&w A3 MFPs, running at 18 and 20ppm: the AR-5618N and AR-5620N (replacing the AR-5516N and AR-5520N launched in Julyt 2009).
We note improvements on these compact-design models: the color scan; the warm-up time and the energy consumption in stand-by mode.
More and more MFP manufacturers are turning to Cloud computing services.
Scanning directly to services like Google Docs or Microsoft's SharePoint Online is already possible with Canon, thanks to the imageRUNNER ADVANCE Cloud Connect feature. Ricoh's App2Me widgets allow scanning directly from the MFP to Google Docs or EverNote.
Sharp and Toshiba are releasing similar functions, and on-one doubts that the other manufacturers will follow suit.
The advantage of storing scanned documents on cloud-based platforms is that they can be accessed anywhere, anytime from a computer, smartphone or tablet.
On-line services also facilitate information sharing. For companies which want to share information with their mobile teams, the speed and low cost of features offering scanning direct to the Coud are major advantages.
The Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE series can now connect to cloud computing services.
The plan is to allow users to scan paper documents directly from the MFP to MS Sharepoint Online or Google Docs without needing any other input at another work station.
Canon are also announcing that it will be possible to print documents from any connected terminal (phone, mobile or smartphone) - enabling many more users to access documents stored in the cloud and print them directly on the Canon MFP.
Named imageRUNNER ADVANCE Cloud Connect, this feature is supported by MEAP, the Java-based Canon platform.
Kyocera-Mita has just launched eleven new monochrome and color A3 MFPs and has topped up its A4 range too, with eight new monochrome and color A4 MFPs.
Based on a common platform, the new TASKalfa 3500i, 4500i, 5500i, 6500i, 8000i (B&W)and 3050ci, 3550ci, 4550ci, 5550ci, 6550ci, 7550ci (Color) all have the same touch-sensitive screen, the same paper trays and the same finishing modules (adaptable and interchangeable to suit customer wishes according to model).
Beyond lending some uniformity to the A3 range, the brand is playing on the long lifetime of its new ceramic drum (600,000 pages) and its new customizable accounting package which can adapt to the color coverage rate.
On the A4 side, Kyocera-Mita is launching the FS-3040/3140MFP+ and the FS-C2026/2126MFP+. These are new models with better environmental credentials. Also launched are four other new models with equivalent speeds: the FS-3540/3640MFP (40 ppm) and the FS-C2526/2626MFP (26/26 ppm).
Ricoh has launched three new digital color presses: the Pro C651 EX and C751 EX (scanner version) and Pro C751 (printer version). They run at a maximum of 65 and 75 pages per minute respectively.
According to Ricoh, these products are completely new, and are not slowed-down versions of the C901s, the manufacturer's top-of-the-range production digital machine. However Ricoh are certainly capitalizing on some of the technical innovations brought to the market in the C901s: notably, media management and better quality.
The three new machines will have to measure up to the competition, such as the Canon ImagePress C6000, the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C6000 / C7000, or the Xerox DCP 700.
Toshiba are in update mode this summer with the launch of no less than 8 color A3 MFPs running at between 20 and 65 ppm (in color)
Two distinct ranges: e-STUDIO2040c/2540c/3040c/3540c/4540c
and the e-STUDIO5540c/6540c/6550c
The French headquarters of the brand is organising a two-month Road Show throughout France to launch the new machines, and there are similar activities going on around the world. Toshiba is highlighting the new intelligent functions, enhanced security and cloud-readiness of these two ranges.
There's more information waiting for you in DMO!
Xerox is reinforcing its position in the color 20-29 ppm segment with the launch of the Xerox WorkCentre 7125. This machine has many of the features and characteristics of the WC7120 launched a year ago, with an A4 speed of 25 ppm in both color and monochrome.
The Xerox proposal in this segment now consists of three machines: the WC7120, the WC7125 and the WC7525 launched in March.
It's worth remembering that the 20-29 ppm segment is highly strategic for manufacturers as it represents over half of total sales of A3 color MFPs.
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A little less than two years after the launch of the ColorQube 9200 series, the first A3 MFP using solid ink, Xerox has launched the new ColorQubes, the 9301 - 9302 - 9303, which replace respectively the 9201 - 9202 - 9203.
The first change we note is the speed in copy mode (or in advanced print mode) - improved for the 9302 and 9303.
In terms of productivity, we note also that the scan speed has been increased too.
The Xerox controller has been updated with a more powerful processor and a hard disk with double the capacity.
The new products also have a USB port on the front face, allowing users to both scan to and print from a USB key.
Another new feature is the abaility to regulate color within the driver without having to modify the original document.
Lastly, it is also worth noting that the lifetime of the maintenance kit has been lengthened, which will mean maintenance in general and the number of service calls and can be reduced.
You can find all the details on the new range in the subscriber area of DMO!
Xerox has announced the launch of the Phaser 4600 and Phaser 4620, two b&w A4 machines printing at 52 and 62ppm respectively.
Beyond their output speeds, it is the finishing options which distinguish them in the market. They can be equipped, as an option, with a 50-sheet stapler, or a 4-tray mailbox, which means there can be up to five distinct outputs, including the main output tray.
Also to be noted, the print resolution of 1200x1200 dpi and the large range of media supported (tranparencies, thick papers, envelopes, labels, etc) by both these printers, which are highly adapted to respond to the need for high-volume monochrome printing (accounts departments, billing, pay slip printing, etc).
The DataMaster testing team have just finished testing the 20-45ppm engines of the Ricoh brand.
The productvity, quality, fllexibility and overall ease of use of the MPC2051, MPC3001, MPC3501 and MPC4501 have been put to the test and measured. The results are available to our subscribers.
In brief and in general:
- a good general level of productivity
- issues with stapling heavy paper weights
- a solid interface always very easy to operate; a good breadth of features available on the main screen
- rather laborious to change paper type
An A4 machine, the BizHub C25 completes the range which is currently composed of the following: - BizHub C35 (A4)
- BizHub C220, C280, C360 (A3)
- BizHub C452, C552, C652, C652DS (A3)
Presented as the most compact machine on the market by Konica-Minolta (447x558x490 mm), the BizHub C25, despite its small footprint, has specifications and functions comparable to those of the A3 equipment in the range: - automatic duplex
- paper weight support up to 210 gsm
- scan to USB
- LAN fax
The brand is trying to reduce the environmental impact of this device compared to its predecessor, the BizHub C20: the smaller size means energy savings in transport and distribution.
Timed and engineered to fit with the launch of the revolutionary GUI on the new Sharp MFPs, Sharp released the software development kit for OSA 4.0 on 14th March.
Sharp has doubled the number of APIs (now including copy and fax), and have focused on delivering a platform to support cloud-based apps of all kinds. Cloud computing and solutions based on internet-based services have sky rocketed … but Sharp are pointing to the specific advantages for the reseller community and associated development teams: there are huge opportunities for resellers to add value here, providing unprecedented solutions for their customers. Another plus is that with OSA 4.0, the MFP itself can host many more cloud apps – making it easier and cheaper to utilize them.
Other features include:
Offline support for when the network goes down
Transparent authentication – only log in once and all apps are open
Looking at all these releases in general terms, and beyond the usual technical, functional and aesthetic improvements, the brands are all putting a lot of effort into addressing security concerns, adding document management features and improving the environmental aspects of their equipment.
After the launch of the BizHubs 223, 283, 363 and 423 last June, Konica-Minolta is continuing to renew its b&w equipment by announcing the new BizHub 552 (55 ppm) and 652 (65 ppm).
Replacing the Bizhubs 501 and 601 launched in 2008, this new series raises productivity by 5 ppm and fits in with the latest new models from this brand:
- max paper weight: 300 gsm
- max input format: A3++
- color scanner
- 250 GB HDD
- 2GB RAM
- Simitri HD toner
- low energy consumption
We also see that on these new engines the finishing units available are those already available on the color version (C552, C652) and on the recent b&w series (223, 283).
Ricoh has renewed the new MPC2050 and MPC2550 in Europe.
The brand has integrated the new MPC2051 and MPC2551, 20 and 25ppm respectively.
Rather few notable changes over the old models (MPC2050 and MPC2550), but Ricoh is emphasising the storage capacities, the document server features, environmental aspects and security.
We note the same 160GB HDD and 1.5GB RAM as on the recent MPC3001 and MPC3501.
The MX-2610N and MX-3110N announced last january arrived in Europe with the new MX-2010U, the new 20ppm A3 color MFP at their sides.
The 26 and 31ppm machines succeed the earlier MX-2600N and MX-3100N from this brand. The MX-2010U does not replace a particular model, though it is based on the same engine as the recent 23ppm MX-2310U and thus offers the same specific features.
The brand is highlighting the new 10 inch touch screen (not available on the MX-2010U) which is adjustable like those on Konica-Minolta equiment and the latest Canons, and also the new documents server feaures. You can check out a video highlighting the new screen here or go to the brand's own site.
The IT Partners exhibition opened its doors on 1st February, and gave us the chance to check out all that's new among the main players in the A4 segment.
Of the manufacturers, the main ones were all there: Brother, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Samsung, and of course Canon, Konica-Minolta, Kyocera-Mita, Oki, Ricoh and Toshiba.
The Korean manufacturer Samsung was showing for the first time their new B&W A3 MFP, and a salesman from Canon truly wowed us with an impressive scanner presentation.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who welcomed us and gave us their time and professionalism.
With printer and MFP models, the Lexmark 792 and 925 improve the brand's A4 and A3 ranges respectively.
The two MFPs have the same color touch screen. Lexmark intends to increase uniformity across its ranges.
- X792 (MFP)
This A4 model has been dubbed the fastest in its segment with 47 ppm. A finishing unit available on this machine provides stapling and hole-punching, a unique feature in this category of the office equipment market. Standard features include a USB port, document preview, automatic duplex printing and a duplex ADF. A mailbox unit (with 5 trays) can be added to the machine. Black and color scanning runs at up to 47 ipm.
- C792 (Printer)
This 47 ppm printer is fitted with a 10.9cm color touch screen, and has the same finishing options as the MFP version.
- X925 (MFP)
This A3 multifunction complements the existing range with its production speed of 31 ppm.
- C925 (Printer)
The printer version can print banner formats, and like its smaller cousin, the C792, comes with a color touch screen for easier navigation. Coming soon on DMO
With production equipment, office MFPs and printers on the database, DMO now has over 1,000 machines on line!
Beyond the new products which we have been developing for your business for over three years now, the primary role of the DMO database is to be right up to date on all the machines you may meet in business, whatever your sales profile might be. So, we're not stopping at 1,000!
Today it is with this database of 1,000 machines that we make available to you technical specifications, comparison tools, sales arguments - and very soon now - productivity test data ...
Sharp has launched the new MX-2610FN, MX-3110FN et MX-3610FN (26, 31 et 36 ppm respectively) in Japan.
The company has been preparing to replace its MX-2600N and MX-3100N for over two years.
While we wait for them to arrive in the rest of the world, let's look at the main improvements the manufacturer is highlighting for this new series:
- 10.1" touch sensitive screens (as opposed to 8.5")
- an improved documents server (with the ability to delete pages within a document)
- direct acces to the internet from the control panel (as an option)
- warm-up time only 20 seconds (was 60 seconds)
- high-capacity tray for 4,000 sheets of A4 as an option (was 3,500 on the older models)
- a more compact design
The stapling and the saddle-stitch finishing units available are the same as for the recent MX-2310U.
Watch this space for details of the offical launch ....
Since 2009, Sharp has been marketing the series MX-M283, 363, 453, 503 with versions N and U.
This month, the brand has announced the following prduct launches: MX-M282N - 28 ppm MX-M362N - 36 ppm MX-M 452N - 45 ppm MX-M502N - 50 ppm
These "new" models do not represent any real innovations as compared to the MX-Mxx3N series which were put on the market just a year and a half ago.
Please note that for the MX-Mxx2N range, the ADF is an additional option and only offers auto-reversing duplex scanning.
Overview of the distinguishing features between the series:
8.5" touch-sensitive color screen
double-head duplex scanning
70/70 scans per minute simplex/duplex
80 GB hard disk as standard
compressed PDF as an option
8.1" monochrome touch-sensitive screen
50/20 scans per minute for simplex/duplex respectively
80GB hard disk as an option
no compressed PDF available
7" touch-sensitive color screen
50/20 scans per minute for simplex/duplex respectively
ADF as an option
80 GB hard disk as standard
compressed PDF as an optionThe specs are available!
The new digital production presses from Ricoh, the Pro C901 (printer version) and Pro C901 S (MFP version) recently launched by the brand are substantially different to the existing range, the Pro C 900 and C 900 S.
The technology has moved on. These new presses use Ricoh's new PxP polymerized toner, and as a result no oil is used in the fuser unit.
Three external print servers are available as options:
- 2 from Fiery: the E-41 and the E-81
- 1 from Creo: the C-81
Performance has been boosted: automatic duplex printing can now be done on media up to 300 gsm (rather than 220 gsm at present).
The brand is also highlighting the fact that production can run without intervention for some time with the output capacity of 10,250 sheets if both of the two high-capacity stackers are used with the print engine.
The ImageCLASS MF9220Cdn is a worthy addition to Canon's A4 color range. This MFP prints at 21 ppm in both color and monochrome.
The equipment has a maximum capacity of 850 sheets of A4, a color interface and automatic duplex as standard.
Canon is highlighting the fact that this is a low-energy machine (1.2W in energy economy mode) and has a single consumable unit (toner + drum + waste toner bin).
Ricoh has boradened its A4 color range with two new color multi-function devices - the MPC300 and the MPC400. With output at 30 and 40 ppm respectively, in both color and black, they have a capacity of 2300 sheets. Interestingly, they can use paper weights of up to 253 gsm in the bypass and 163 gsm for automatic duplex.
The scan speed for these A4 MFPs is 30 ipm in color and monochrome, and they can scan to today's required destination: the USB port which is fitted as standard on these machines.
Already available in the UK and in Germany, these machines will soon be available elsewhere in Europe.
Last July, we told you about Samsung's intention to invest in the A3 MFP market. Already launched in the UK, this print engine has now arrived elsewhere in Europe.
The CLX-9250 and 9350 run at 25 and 35 ppm respectively, in both color and black.
The machines have interesting specs for this market segment:
- SRA3 in the bypass
- maximum paper weight of 253 gsm
- maximum paper weight for duplex printing of 173 gsm
- USB port as standard for both scanning to and printing fromYou can find the relevant technical info on these machines on DMO already:
At the Info to Doc Exhibition in Paris last week, your DataMaster correspondents were privileged to be shown an advance release of version 5 of Nuance’s eCopy ShareScan Suite, which has now been released.
This is hot news – eCopy is already the highest-selling scan-to-workflow suite of software, and well placed to remain so.
The breadth of coverage increases up- and downstream. There is now support for the majority of MFPs and scanners on the market – and specifically Ricoh, Konica-Minolta and the Xerox EIP, with HP to follow in the spring, we were told. eCopy 5 offers over 100 connectors to LOB applications arranged in packages to suit needs and budgets.
The look and feel have changed in the new release. Going along with general development trends, the eCopy 5 user interface is organized rather like MS Outlook. Under the hood it’s all new too – this software is based on the .net framework (contributing to, among other things, better security and network integration).
It’s highly customizable for desktop users and for process-specific modifications which can easily be dropped to MFP screens from the admin console. Forms processing is even further enhanced.
Nuance eCopy is now even better placed to dominate this marketplace, as it can quickly be set up on networks of mixed-make MFPs, and the .net migration will further broaden its appeal among IT departments and 3rd party developers.
Ricoh'sMPC2800, MPC3300, MPC4000 and MPC5000 are disappearing to make way for four new color MFPs: - MPC3001 : 30 / 30 ppm - MPC3501 : 35 / 35 ppm - MPC4501 : 45 / 45 ppm - MPC5501 : 55 / 55 ppm
On the design side, Ricoh is sticking to their current catalogue strategy with a print-from-USB or -SD function thanks to the ports on the front (available as options).
Note that the hard disk capacity for all four models is 160GB and RAM goes from 1.5 GB (C3001 and C3501) to 2 GB (C4501 and C5501) according to speed.
The bypass now takes up to 300gsm media, but only for simplex printing. Scanning speed for the two larger models is 67 opm.
On the productivity side, the launch represents an increase of 2 to 5 ppm depending on the machine.
More than just an elegant design; these 6 new machines have the new S-LED (Self-Scanning Light Emitting Diode) technology. This should bring users higher quality, lower energy consumption and more comfort from this silent technology. It brings sharper images, shapes, texts and graphics.
They also use the more environmentally friendly EA toner, like the other traditional A3/A4 MFPs in their catalogue.
Their competition: - Samsung SCX-4824 (B&W MFP - 24 ppm) - HP M1522, M3027 and M2727 (B&W MFP - 23, 25 and 26 ppm) - HP CM1312 HP (color MFP - 8 / 12 ppm) - HP CP1515 (color printer - 8 / 12 ppm) - LexmarkX203, X204 (B&W MFP - 23 ppm) - Lexmark X5470 (color MFP - 5 / 15 ppm)
A date for a launch in Europe has not been set yet by Fuji Xerox - so watch this space ....
In an earlier News item, "From the MFP to the Cloud", we were already talking about integrating imaging devices into on-line document management solutions.
Canon's "Scan and Print for imageRUNNER ADVANCE," a free application available for MEAP-enabled Canon devices, enables users to scan directly from the MFP to cloud-based services like Google docs and Sharepoint Online.
It also allows them to print documents on the MFP directly from the same cloud services. Users will no longer need their PC either way.
This will allow business people to quickly, cheaply and easily share paper-based information to the cloud. Once up there, the information can be shared to anyone with a smartphone or handheld computer, again without the need for a PC. Apart from the cost savings for businesses, the speed with which this process can spread paper-based information will make this very attractive - especially for those businesses already using cloud-based services, or those with mobile teams.
Scan and Print for iR ADVANCE will be released in Japan in mid-December. It will then be rolled out to the rest of the world. Canon have not released a timescale for this, but we will keep you in the know!
The manufacturer Sharp has launched an all-new A3 color MFP in Europe, a successor to the recent MX-2301N, the MX-2310U.
The new machine has similar specs to the MX-2301N:
- 23ppm black and mixed
- 50-page staple finishing
- similar tray capacities, paper weights and maximum formats
- reversing 100-sheet ADF
with however some special additions like:
- 7" touch screen
- 160GB hard disk as standard
- 1GB RAM as standard
Scarcely a year after the launch of the MX-2301N (in December 2009), Sharp is renewing its entry-level A3 color machine with one which is not really that different, but which is more user-friendly and has a greater capacity.
Konica-Minolta announced, during the last Ipex in Birmingham, the release of its new range, to be called BizHub Press. They have arrived! The BizHub Presses C6000 and C7000 have arrived on European soil.
The new range in the Konica-Minolta portfolio now includes three digital presses (not forgetting the C8000!).
The distinctions between the spearhead of this BizHub Press range (the C8000) and its junior siblings are the following:
- Finishing units differ slightly
- Standard paper capacity lower on the C6000 and the C7000 (7,500 sheets as opposed to 10,760).
The C6000 and C7000 are also available as BizHub Pro versions (finishing less advanced than on the Press series) and in Printer version for the C7000 model.
You can find out more about these machines by logging in to DMO
SAGEMCOM has just announced the launch of two B&W machines, the MF5571dw and MF5591dn. These two A4 units run at 24ppm and complete the Sagem range which runs today from 16 to 45ppm.
The MF5571dw and MF5591dn MFPs have been entirely conceived and produced by Sagemcom, from the scanner to the print engine. The brand is now a manufacturer of its own equipment. Up to now, Sagem distributed products manufactured wholly or in part by others (Sharp, Konica-Minolta, etc).
The MF5571 and 5591 series scan in color. A USB port situated on the front of the machines allow users to scan to and print from a USB key.
On 4th October 2010, the American manufacturer announced the launch of the Color 550 and 560, to replace the DocuColor 200 series.
In an effort to standardize their range, the brand is using a design common to the last machines released in 2010 (WC7120, WC7545 and WC7546), notably as regards the touch-screen interface based on a similar design to that of the majority of recent equipment.
These machines have improvements over the earlier range:
- SRA3 format as standard in one of the front trays
- coated media supported
- high-capacity double tray (4,000 sheets)
- future finishing options
These two printing machines are effectively a mix of the two Xerox series already well known on the graphic art market: the DC200 series and the DCP700. On DMO soon!
Launched last year by Konica-Minolta, the KOMIbox is a small (Linux) applications server, connected to the internet, using OpenAPI to interact with a multi-function peripheral and to send it applications and features remotely. Remember that the (bEST) OpenAPI layer is present on all Konica-Minolta's MFPs in the Bizhub range.
A catalogue of solid applications is available to users, and billing is calculated on the basis of comsumption, based on UPPLI (Units of aPPLIcations), a bit like a pay-as-you-go phone card. Konica-Minolta are continually adding to their catalogue of on-line applications.
The applications delivered with the KOMIbox to date include services such as:
secretarial help with answerphone and centralized diaries;
access to a centralized library of documents for business colleagues to share inormation;
SMS texting (in partnership with Orange);
printing of routes and maps (in partnership with ViaMichelin); and
instant news access (in partnership with Les Echos)
Since September 2010, the box has had two new features:
1 - Graphics Plan application
The graphics table application allows small- and medium-sized businesses to benefit from a special low tariff when the level of color usage is less than 6%.
This tariff implies therefore three price levels: this is a pricing strategy already well known in the Xerox ColorCube and the HP EdgeLine range. Customers with a KOMIbox will therefore be able to print headed paper and follow-on sheets carrying their company logo in color much more cheaply than before. Update: This tariff will however only apply to a restricted number of document templates pre-set in the Komibox. The customer will therefore probably not be able to benefit from this intermediate tariff for all documents.
2 - KOMIfax application
As regards the KOMIfax application, this allows SMEs to use their Konica-Minolta MFPs as fax machines without either a fax card or a fax line.
After Konica-Minolta's BizHub C220, the e-Studio 2020c from Toshiba and the WC7120 from Xerox, it's Canon's turn to launch their brand new A3 color 20ppm b&w and color MFP, the iR Advance C2020.
It's official, the iR Advance color range will include, for the last quarter of 2010, two new machines:
- the iR Advance C2020 (20/20 ppm)
- theiR Advance C2030 (30/30 ppm)
These new entry-level units are modelled on the iR Advance Office models launched at the end of 2009:
- the C1 finishing unit (external stapler, 3,000 sheet capacity) and the A1 (internal stapler, capacity of 500 sheets) are those of the iR Advance C5030i, C5035i, C5045i and C5051i.
- We also find whole of the iR Advance series' own specifications: bioplastics, PQ toner, the Essentials software suite, flexible touch screen, etc.
The iR Advance C2020 will therefore complement the brand's small color engines. As for the iR Advance C2030, this will be an alternative to the C2020 (20ppm) and the C5030i (30ppm).
Xerox has announced the replacement of these three machines by the WorkCenter 7545 and 7556. Based on the engine of the WC74-- family, these MFPs use the LCD technology which is the flavour of the month at Xerox. They complete the A3 color MFP range with a productivity of 45/45 and 55/55 ppm. The brand is highlighting the qualities of the process - environmentally friendly, quality, etc.
With these two new models, Xerox is lending a uniformity to its color range, particularly as regards the touch screen interface which will now be identical on all machines.
Compared to the junior WC74--, the WC7545 and WC7556 are better in terms of:
productivity as regards for example scanning (70/70 ipm) or warm-up time
flexibility: paper weights up to 300gsm
With their launch being imminent, you will find their specs sheets on DMO very soon.
After the FS-3040 and 3140, Kyocera-Mita has enriched its A4 range launching two Color models particularly in the USA, Germany and Luxemburg: the FS-C2026 and FS-C2126. The same distinguishing feature as applies between the two B&W machines recently released also applies in this family: the C2126 can fax.
These 26ppm machines benefit from the ECOSYS technology like all the equipment named FS at Kyocera. They allow users to print from a USB key, and to scan to this peripheral. These MFPs have a paper capacity of up to 1,300 pages as standard, and automatic double-sided scanning on a 50-page ADF. We will let you know about the arrival of these models in other markets
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The American brand launched a B&W A4 MFP at the end of July: the WC3550. This multifunction equipment, aimed at SMEs or large company departments, outputs at 33ppm. Based on the Samsung SCX-5635 engine, this machine has also been given some interesting special features like the USB port on the side as well as the ability to route incoming faxes to email addresses.
This compact MFP (up to 1,050 pages as standard) provides an automatic document feeder with a capacity of 60 pages with automatic double-sided printing, and it supports color scanning.
One small point all the same - whilst essentially easy to use, the user interface is not touch sensitive. Technical specifications soon to be available on the main interface.
The FS-3040 and FS-3140 saw the light of day for the first time on French soil at the end of July.
These almost identical monochrome multiunction machines (the FS-3140 has a network fax) print at 40ppm and scan at 35ppm monochrome and 14ppm for color.
Kyocera-Mita describe these models as robust, with a life expectancy of 900,000 prints, which is exceptionally high for this category of machine.
This durability is due amongst other things to the ECOSYS technology: ECO for ECOlogy and for ECOnomy, and SYS for printing SYStem.
Thanks to ECOSYS, maintenance schedules are extended due in large part to there only being a single consumable item - toner. A patented amorphous silicon print drum and other long-life components mean less maintenance than with traditional processing. Technical specifications sheets soon available on DMO
The rumor spreading for several months is about to be confirmed: the Korean manufacturer, with the CLX-9350, intends to have a presence on the A3 market. This machine should appear on European soil with a launch in the UK even before they invest in the American marketplace!
This 35-page per minute Black and Color will most likely be equipped with a 60 ipm color scanner. A touch color screen, PCL and PostScript languages as standard as well as a stapling unit complete the specifications that we are able to give you right now.
Canon has RE-Manufactured three old black and white MFPs originally launched in 2005.
After having been completely disassembled and rebuilt in the brand's German factory (in Giessen), the iR6570, iR4570 and iR2870 get a new look and become the new iR6570Ne, iR4570Ne and iR2870Ne.
More than fiteen years since starting their "Re-Manufactured Products" business, Canon still has the same objectives: making older models conform to today's tastes, while reducing the environmental and economic impacts related to renewing.
Canon completely disassemble and rebuild their models, reset all the counters and offer their customers a new product for a lower price.
The brand's press release states: "The Canon iR6570Ne, iR4570Ne and iR2870Ne
are compatible with the whole range of software applications available from Canon in terms of efficiency, security and cost control, especially the solutions uniFLOW Output Manager, eMaintenance, Security & Pack Cost Control, Therefore MEAP and eCopy." Canon
As part of the rollout of the new core range of A3 color machines, Konica-Minolta has launched the successors to the BizHub 222,282, 362 and 421.
The new series, named BizHub 223, 283, 363 and 423 line up with four speeds: 22, 28, 36 and 42ppm respectively.
These new machines have a color touch screen equipped with a mouse pen, scan in color and have the finishing units already described on the C220, C280 and C360.
The series also highlights the energy-saving, environmentally-friendly and seciurity aspects with Energy Star, Blue Angel and Common Criteria certifications.
Lastly, the Best platform (already in place on the A3 color machines) offers scan functionality, account control and document management applications. The specs are on the way .... launching in Europe soon!
While the brand's BizHub C552 and C652 have duplex ADFs, Konica-Minolta have opted for an ADFwith much more productive simultaneous scanning for the all-new C652DS.
With as high as 156 ipm (duplex) in black as in color, the C652DS also has an input capacity of 100 originals and a maximum paper weight of 210gsm.
Another opportuntiy for the manufacturer has been to take advantage of the launch to to equip the whole range (C552, C652, C652DS) with a double inserter placed directly above the finishing unit, taking a total of 400 sheets up to 311x457mm on the tray beneath.
Watch this space - we believe a BizHub C552DS is on the way ... The specs are on line!
The Ipex exhibition in Birminham closed its doors on 25th May. A great sound and light show for our two consultants, and an opportunity for DataMaster to check out the leading machines of the exhibition.
In honour of the exhibition, at the Konica-Minolta stand, the famous Press C8000 which, along with the C7000/6000, will have the hard task of replacing the C6501 and C6501e launched in 2008. Konica Minolta also used the Ipex to highlight its new Simitri HS toner on the Pro and HD+ Press versions as well as the S.E.A.D. imaging technology (Screen Enhancing Active Digital) which improves image quality, color uniformity and text sharpness.
On the color side at Canon, there was the new iR Advance C9070, ImagePress C6000VP and C7000VP coupled with the black and white ImagePress 1135 and the all new iR Advance 8105 (the replacement for the iR7105). The brand is highlighting color, and announcing the renewal of the C6000VP and C7000VP. Watch out for the C6010VP and C7010VP coming soon ...
The Color Press 800 and 1000 took the place of honour on the Xerox stand! mainly because of the fifth color integrated on the machines. The clear toner Fuji Xerox presented at the exhibition can give prints a brilliance and a glaze for presentations and texts. Another caracteristic of this toner is that it can integrate digital watermarks in the background of presentations, like a selective varnish.
Lastly, Ricoh presented the new Pro C720s, a 72ppm digital press based on the engine of the now very famous Pro C900s. The stand highlighted the various printing media (plastic, magnetic, etc.)
The UK Regulations implementing the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive were laid before Parliament on 12 December 2006 and entered into force on 2 January 2007.
The WEEE Directive means electricl and electronic equipment manuacturers have an obligation to accept the return of all electrical or electronic goods put into circulation since 13th August 2005. This obviously includes printing solutions.
The previous Ipex in 2006 attracted over 100,000 visitors from 150 countries around the world. 40% came from outside the UK.
The Ipex 2010 opens its doors this morning in the heart of Birmingham, and has until May 25 to get 101,000 visitors!
This very international week is an opportunity for manufacturers such as Konica Minolta, Océ, Riso, Canon, Xerox, Ricoh to unveil to an expert audience their digital presses as well as associated software suites and finishers.
At the heart of this show, four distinct sectors:
- Printing / Press - Creation & Design Solutions / Premedia / Digital - Post-press Systems / Packaging and Processing - The printing process: Prepress / Press / Post-Press / Used Equipment
DataMaster will be present at the show during the week to appreciate all the news and tell you everything you need to know for 2010 about production equipment! To be continued ... More information on www.ipex.org
The European RoHS directive (2002/95/EC) aims to limit the use of six hazardous substances. RoHS is short for "Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronics equipment."
The substances are, at least the best known are: lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium.
Since July the 1st 2006, any new product introduced on the EU market, whether imported or manufactured in the EU, must comply with the RoHS directive.
Introduced in 1978 at the initiative of the German Government, the label Blue Angel is the oldest eco-label in the world which has fought since its inception for sustainable development. "Today, approximately 10,000 products and services in 80 categories of products bear the Blue Angel eco-label"
For each product, the award criteria assess: • Manufacturing and recycling • Hazardous materials • Packaging • Use • Issue • Recovery and disposal • The declarations of the product
Regarding the Office Equipment sector and beyond the criteria of product manufacturing, the objective of this label is to promote equipment which: • reduce the impact of pollutants on the quality of indoor air • offer low power consumption in idle mode, • record a barely audible noise level, • propose the use of recycled paper, and offer a duplex unit.
Most manufacturers of MFPs and printers have been warded this eco-label but not on all products distributed.
For the mid-range color market, awarded products include: • The C220, C280, C360 and C452, C552, C652 series of Konica Minolta • The new Xerox WC7120 and the WC7425, WC7428, WC7435 series • The iR Advance Canon C5030 (i), C5035 (i), C5045 (i), C5051 (i) • The Ricoh MPC2050, MPC2550, MPC2800, MPC3300 • The e-Studio 2330c, 2820c and 3520c from Toshiba
Sources: Wikipedia, Blauer-engel.de Find all environmental compliance data in the "Environment" category of DataTechs
After renewing its core color range in late 2009, Canon is attacking the monochrome equipment market with the launch of six black and white printing stations (including two in the Production range): - iR Advance 6055 (i): 55 ppm (replacing the iR 5055) - iR Advance 6065 (i): 65 ppm (replacing the iR 5065) - iR Advance 6075 (i): 75 ppm (replacing the iR 5075)
- iR Advance 8085 : 85 ppm (replacing the iR7086) - iR Advance 8095 : 95 ppm (replacing the iR 7095) - Production machine - iR Advance 8105 : 105 ppm (replacing the iR 7105) - Production machine
Based primarily on the C9000 Pro Series, these new machines' technical characteristics are comparable to the color models in terms of quality (1200 dpi), environmental aspects (organic plastic) and finishing (trimming, folding, professional punching) but with, however, a smaller input capacity (7,700 sheets compared to 9,400 sheets for the iR Advance C9060Pro).
Replacing the MX-M700 and based on the same print engine as the recent MX-M283, MX-M363, MX-M453 and MX-M503, Sharp has launched a new 75 ppm B&W A3 MFP in the USA, the MX-M753.
It features all the standard specifications of the new models of the manufacturer: retractable keyboard, color touchscreen interface, and frontal USB port.
Among the improvements brought by this new model, the print and copy speed has been upgraded to 75 ppm from 70 ppm, the warm-up time has been reduced from 120s down to 30s. It is also possible to add a booklet finisher and the MFP print server has been upgraded (800 Mhz processor, 80 Gb HDD and up to 2 Gb RAM).
This model should soon arrive in Europe along with the MX-M623, which will replace the current MX-M620U.
Energy Star is an international accreditation launched in the United States in 1992 which aims to certify compliance with environmental standards on some products.
Since 2001, the EU is also involved in the limitation of greenhouse gas emissions, especially targeting copiers, among the highest energy consuming appliances.
The ENERGY STAR program mainly concerns the electricity consumption of office equipment during their whole life cycle. Thus, a photocopier which has energy management features can be awarded the Energy Star label.
A multifunction device will use 50% of the energy normally consumed by separate printer, scanner, fax and photocopier devices.
Furthermore, paper production actually consumes more energy than that required to print on it. So double-sided printing will save a lot of money.
IPEX 2010 will take place in Birmingham next May 18. The international exhibition dedicated to printing, publishing and media is the opportunity for brands to present their 2010 models.
Xerox will feature its new Color 800 and Color 1000 presses (see 16/04/2010 news).
Konica-Minolta will present its new Blue-designed Bizhub C8000 PRESS (80 ppm black and color) as well as the already well-known Pro C65hc and C6501.
The C8000 uses the new Simitri HD toner that gives print quality and finish comparable to offset technonology.
In addition, the manufacturer claims a maximum weight of 350 gsm in simplex and 300 gsm in duplex, which exceeds by far the 256 gsm of the other production presses of the brand.
The Bizhub C8000 PRESS will be available for sale in Australia and New Zealand in late September.
The environment, management and security are important criteria in the MFP purchasing decision process.
Worldwide and European organizations are implementing more and more compliance certificates to promote the quality of their products, and compliance with environmental and safety standards.
In order to better understand the likes of Rohs, Common Criteria or WEEE ... we are launching a series of news on these compliance initiatives, which may constitute a real strength in the sales pitch of the printing professional (Office market).
1. COMMON CRITERIA 'Common Criteria (CC) is an international standard (ISO / IEC 15408) created for the safety of information systems. Its full name is Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation.
Seven levels (EAL - Evaluation Assurance Level) have been defined to assure product compliance with safety standards:
EAL1: functionally tested
EAL2: structurally tested
EAL3: methodically tested and checked
EAL4: designed, tested and verified methodically
Beyond EAL4 +, it's all about military applications.
In the USA, the NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership) manages CC evaluation criteria, under the control of the NSA (National Security Agency) and therefore the Defense Department.
The systems covered by this standard are operating systems, communication devices, systems dedicated to information security and smart cards.
This standard is found in the printing market to make sure the data passing through the MFP is secure (Full safety kit). Fuji Xerox machines, Xerox, Konica-Minolta, Ricoh and OEM, Toshiba, Canon ... are Common Criteria certified and as such appear on the dedicated website www.commoncriteriaportal.org with their respective level assessment.
Sources: Wikipedia, Common Criteria Portal You will soon see the CC (Common Criteria) certification information for machines listed in DMO on the DataTech product datasheets.
We recently announced the changes in the Xerox A3 color range (the phasing out of the WC7232 and WC7242). Now Xerox U.S. is officially announcing their latest model: the WorkCentre 7120. This color and black 20 ppm MFP provides Xerox with an entry-level MFP to compete with other brands' entry-level systems.
The B&W range has also been updated: the WC5600 series is being replaced by the WC5700 series. Seven stations have been announced, up to the WorkCentre 5790 (90 ppm). These machines integrate the color touch interface already seen on ColorQube and the WC6400.
Announced late last year, the Fuji XeroxColor 1000 was officially launched on Asian soil in January 2010 and its counterpart, the Color 800 should be next (Spring 2010).
These new digital presses resp. 80 and 100ppm will be presented at the IPEX exhibition in Birmingham next May 18th.
In terms of design, they share the look of the iGen presses.
In terms of quality and environment, the new 800 and 1000 Color use EA Toner hitherto seen on Nuvera.
Finally, these presses integrate a fifth color type glossy from a transparent toner called "Clear Toner" which will offer a complete varnish or selective finishing.
Besides these differences, there is a weight ranging from 50 to 350gsm and a size max 330 x 488 mm.
Already available in the UK, the latest e-Studio 2020c from Toshiba will probably be distributed soon on the French market too.
Based on the famous e-Studio 2330c, 2820c, 3520c, 4520c series (on the market since 2008) this is the brand's first new MFP 20/20 ppm A3 color.
It features, among other things, the same finishing options (stapling, booklet, perforation) as the other devices in the range.Available soon on DataMaster Online...
Konica-Minolta have added a new device to their A4 color range with the C35. This machine produces at a speed of 30 ppm in monochrome and color. The obvious specificities of the C35 compared to its counterparts in the KM A4 range are of course the reuse of the 360 degree design already seen on KM A3 range with color touchscreen control panel. This devices uses Simitri toner.
Konica-Minolta are already boasting of the merits of the new C35 for the corporate market: reduced footprint, the inaudibility of the station and Energy Star & Blue Angel compliance.Soon in DMO.
Ricoh renew part of their color production range and announce the release of the new MPC6501SP and MPC7501SP.
No change in speed for the MPC7501 which still boasts 70 ppm in color and 75 ppm in B & W.
The MPC6501SP gets an upgrade compared to the MPC6000 (55/60ppm) and features speed of 60/65ppm.
On the finishing side, known modules are aligned: 3,000 sheets booklet module (SR5000), coupled with two additional finishers from the Office range (MP6001, MP7001, MP8001).
To be noted: the ADF supports 50 sheets more and the new software solutions already in place on the MP4001-5001 MP2351-3351.You can already check them out HERE.
Online services are booming because they allow companies to reduce their operational costs while benefiting from turnkey services. From Google Apps to Microsoft Office Live and Zoho, these platforms allow users, among other features, to create, edit, store, search, and collaborate on documents - online.
Business-oriented Document Management Systems also exist as SaaS (Software as a Service): e.g. Drivve DM (Drivve), DocumentMall (Ricoh) or Nuxeo Document Management Cloud Edition (open source).
The capture part of the process is interesting : how does one integrate documents into these Cloud-based systems? These (Web) applications usually offer Desktop clients (PC / Mac) and a number of them also think mobile: they offer a dedicated mobile client (iPhone, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile ,..).
As a device of choice to capture paper originals, the MFP can also integrate with these platforms and manufacturers are working at it.
On a number of their MFP's, Ricoh offer the possibility to scan directly to customer DocumentMall document cabinet. An eCopy connector was even developed for DocumentMall allowing to integrate with competing MFPs (equipped with eCopy).
At a consumer-oriented level however still interesting for small structures and SMEs: Lexmark just released a SmartSolutions connector for Evernote. Evernote is a Web application that allows users to capture, store and retrieve their notes or memories, be it text, voice, PDF files, photos, etc. ...directly from their web browser, Desktop PC or MAC and mobile (iPhone, Android, etc. ...). The Evernote users will now be able to use their Lexmark MFP device to store documents directly to the Cloud.
Ricoh has just launched on the European market the brand new MP2851 and MP3351 featuring speeds resp. 28 and 33 ppm.
These monochrome A3 MFP are a recast of the previous series in the portfolio : the MP2550 and MP3350. They feature the same print server and finishers than their predecessors.
However, as on the new MP4001 and MP5001, Ricoh integrated "App2Me" (MFP personalization widget framework) and the devices are shipped as standard with PPDM "Personal Paperless Document Manager", a scan-route OCR solution (Nuance re-labelled).
The following Xante machines are now referenced in your favourite competitive intelligence database:
Ilumina Digital Production Press and
Ilumina Digital Envelope Press
These 3 stations are all based on the engine of the Oki C9650 and therefore use LED technology. FYI, this engine is also available in Xerox Phaser 7400.
The main difference of the XANTE hardware lies around the paper weights and paper types supported: up to 502gsm, magnetic ...
These special features will be particularly of interest for targeted accounts like copy shops or CRDs.
Here at DataMaster we are happy to present you our latest development: a whole new interface to display and manage the devices' strengths and weaknesses in Datamaster Online!
No more PDF files to download! In a single click you may now access all sales arguments for a given device in a flexible and dynamic way.
As always our objective is to provide you with even more intuitive and efficient tools in order to help you save time when seeking relevant information.
You can access the Data +/- page from the main interface or from each product page.
When you click on the Data +/- icon for a particular machine, a new windows automatically opens up listing all the sales arguments.
This new page is a truly interactive tool created with the printing solutions sales professional in mind. "Show or hide sales arguments, filter out search and display only one type of argument, print only the expanded sales points..." each user can now fully personalize the analysis and adapt it to his particular sales context.
Do not hesitate to contact our Marketing team for more information.
Samsung renew their range of multifunction color devices by replacing two models (CLX-6210 and SCX-6240). The new CLX-6220FX and CLX-6250FX respectively print at 20 and 24 ppm in Black and Color.
In terms of innovation, with regards to the old range, the manufacturer emphasizes the use of two specific technologies: Instant Fusing (FIs) that accelerates the melting of the toner and thereby reduces the preheating time and the FineEdge technology that refines text.
Both stations get increased memory and processor power compared to earlier versions.
Xerox and On Demand Books have partnered up to jointly market and sell the Xerox 4112 Copier/Printer, 110ppm Black and White digital press, bundled with the patented Espresso Book Machine (EBM), a fully integrated solution that prints, binds and trims books with full color covers on demand in retail locations and libraries.
The combination of these two machines will make it possible for libraries, printers and booksellers in North America to produce books of 300 pages in just 4 minutes!
The agreement between the two companies aim at increasing the visibility of EBM for On Demand Books, and the supply of services for Xerox in terms of high-volume finishing.
The SNESSI just released its Green Guide. This report tells us in particular that in France, 200 billion pages were printed in 2008. Black & White impressions decrease (-4%) while color is favoured (22%). This confirms that the use of color gets democratized. According to the Gartner Group, color increased by 3% in total.
A prominent figure in this report: 32 billion. It is the number of pages wasted over the 200 billions that have been printed: 16% of impressions or copies are left on the machine or simply discarded before being even read! (source: SNESSI) This percentage suggests that the French still need to be educated vis-à-vis the way they manage documents.
Within companies, it appears that IT managers are aware of this problem: 76% of them say that environment friendlyness is one of the top 3 criteria when considering the purchase of a device (Source: Forrester ) and 54% want to invest in Green IT (Source: HP).
Since 2009, manufacturers have strengthened their actions towards sustainable development with for example the use of bio-plastic (Canon, Xerox) and lower power consumption in standby and operation mode.
2010 should see the birth of other innovations aimed at preserving the environment. To be continued ...
The LED technology allows printer manufacturers to market smaller and greener machines. Japanese manufacturers Brother and Oki have well understood that this technology can benefit the SOHO/SMB markets.
End of 2009, Oki announced the release of a new LED Black and White series:
the MB400, available in 3 models: MB460, MB470, MB480 (28 ppm).
FYI Oki strongly believe in this technology which they have been working on since the early 80s!
In the meantime Brother launches 3 MFP's and 2 Color printers designed for medium and small workgroups: the MFC9320, MFC9120, DCP9010, HL3070 and HL3040.
Oki and Brother are not the only one to integrate the LED technology into their products. Xerox, Océ and Konica-Minolta have also chosen to adopt LED for specific product ranges.
Brother releases 3 A4 color MFP and 2 A4 color printers featuring the LED technology.
Reminder : LED (Light Emitting Diode) is a specific technology which consists in replacing the usual laser beam by a ramp of small diodes. The LED technologoy offers less bulky and more environmentally friendly machines.
More and more manufacturers enter this niche : Oki, Xerox, Sharp and Océ for A4/A3 MFP, HP and Konica Minolta for few A4 capable machines.
For now, Brother launches the : - DCP 9010 : 3 in 1 couleur A4 - MFC 9120 : 4 in 1 couleur A4 - MFC 9320 : 4 in 1 couleur A4
- HL 3040 : A4 color printer - HL 3070 : A4 color printerThese 5 machines are all 16 ppm in black & white as well as in color modes. Soon online...
The French manufacturer Sagem extend its range A3 color with the release of :
- MF 9626: 26 ppm black and color (equivalent MX-2600N Sharp)
- MF 9631: 31 ppm black and color (equivalent MX-3100N Sharp)
- MF 9841: 41 ppm black and color (equivalent MX-4101N Sharp)
The characteristics are identical to the Sharp MFP, except for the software suite "Sagem Companion" available on each model. Note, the black interface of the latest Sharp machines has not been extended to the Sagem OEM.
A small A4 20 ppm black 16 ppm color complements the color range of Sagem: the recently launched MF 6680.
In a few months, it will be one year already that Kyocera renew its MFP under the name "TASKalfa"
Reminder : - january 2009 : launch of the A3 color middle range from 25 to 50 ppm;TASKalfa 250ci, 300ci, 400ci et 500ci
- may 2009 : launch of the big A3 black and white of 62 and 82 ppm; TASKalfa 620 et 820
- july 2009 : launch of small A3 black and white of 18 et 22 ppm;TASKAlafa 180, 181, 220 et 221
- november 2009 : launch of the new TASKAlfa 420i et 520i (black and white, 42 and 52 ppm)
An update on the new A3 monochrome of 42 and 52 ppm :
They just replace the KM4050 et KM5050 launched in 2006. The TASKalfa 420i et 520i offer a media handling identical to that of their predecessors. The 160 GB harddrive, the 2 GB RAM, the USB port and features related to control and security (IPsec, SSL encryption, watermark security, LDAP, IPv6) sign the new range of Kyocera-Mita.
Scenario: You receive a pdf or jpeg by mail and upon reflection you find that yellow is too yellow, as green is half gray or red is too bright.
Problem: You have only the final file and therefore only the possibility to set the color through your printer driver.
Result: You will be charged as saturation, brightness, contrast or the "high" quality of your document but not the actual effect you want to give.
Scientists at Xerox have wanted to upgrade to those who, without any jargon, find a visual that whites are too "white", whose yellow is not quite "live" or whose colors are "not enough colored "by creating the Natural Language Color (color corrector in natural language) or how to adjust the color on certain areas of an image using simple sentences. No need to go through Photoshop and other specialist software, the application called "Color by Words" allows you to adjust each color of an image in a simple and intuitive way.
Note that this application is already available on the new Phaser 7500 printer which came out this year!
A demonstration? http://webapps.open.xerox.com/nlc/ Enjoy!
"DataMaster has tested the new Xerox ColorQube and I must say that we were truly amazed by some points. If the solid ink technology is known on the market for small A4 machines, this is a première on the A3 MFP market.
Firstly, we really appreciated the ease of use of this machine for a normal user. In our opinion, there is no machine easier to use on the Office market. The supply of ink is downright awesome ! The printing system is amazingly simple and requires no consumables : photoreceptors, toner cartridges or fuser. The absence of all these supplies advantageously campaign for environmental protection and tranquillity of those who manage the equipment in companies.
But the solid ink engine is not the only novelty in this ColorQube range. Indeed, the proposed billing system could revolutionize the market. Xerox offers 3 fixed costs to: • Black and Black + Useful Color (a letter with a logo or a title in color) • Daily Color (Example, a page mostly in B & W with titles and light graphics in color) • Expressive Color (all the other color pages) This system calculates the number of pixels used for each color page printed. Note that Level 2 would cost only half of Level 3, which should be comparable to the color cost per page of current systems. Xerox is betting on the fact that the majority of color volumes produced in business today are on Level 2. In this situation, the proposed new tariff would provide significant savings to businesses and promote the use of color at a lower cost.
In terms of ecology, Xerox ensures that a solid ink machine generates 90% less waste compared to a machine that uses toner. And to counter the power consumption in standby mode, higher than on conventional systems, the ColorQube has a program that adjusts consumption to human use. This program also provides a consumer operating lower than its competitors.
Besides all this, the XeroxColorQube is a "traditional" MFP. With a range consisting of 3 engines (different speeds), the ColorQube uses many modules currently known on the B & W WorkCentre 5600 range : ADF, finishers or large capacity side tray. There is also a nice color touch screen already used by other machines Xerox : WorkCentre 6400 or Phaser 3635MFP. Regarding the general operation, its capabilities in document management (print, scan, fax, copy) are consistent with what already exists on the market. This new machine also remains comparable to its competitors that use toners, in terms of productivity and quality. Finally, the ColorQube is a big machine with the operating noise typical of this technology. It will be difficult to gain acceptance in the vicinity of a user. It is advised then to dedicate a room or an hallway to fully take advantage of this new office solution.
The important question: Will the Office Market succumb to the charms of the Xerox Green ColorQube and respond to the lure of this new billing method or reduce this new machine as "traditional copier" finally comparable to all others ?
Canon's teams had a demonstration the 18th of september in Barcelona. The official launch is annonced the 24th of november.
3 new ranges are going to be deployed : 2 for the office Market and 1 designed for the segment of Production : - iR Advance C5000 (30-35-45-51 ppm)
- iR Advance C7000 (55-65 ppm)
- iR Advance C9000 PRO (60-70 ppm)
A new controller is born, more powerfull than the old version.
Canon has developed new partnerships with Microsoft and Adobe to perform the MFP's functions.
With those new ranges, Canon claims its ecological view by reducing its energy consumption and its gaz emissions.
Kyocera-Mita just launched a monochrome laser printer which runs up to 35 ppm : the FS-6970DN. The brand describes this printer as the most compact A3 printer on the market. In A3 format, the productivity is 17 ppm. It replaces its predecessor, the FS-6950DN.
Some important facts are listed below : - Connecting a USB flash memory device to the printer gives direct access to the stored PDF and TIFF files
- its input capacity : 1350 sheets
- its toner yield : 15 000 pages Kyocera-Mita uses its ceramic technology for the drum which has an autonomy of 300 000 pages! In fact, the only replacable unit is the toner!
We announced last May the renewal of the Sharp A3 monochrome range in the USA. Four of these new models are now available in Europe and two others could soon complete the current catalogue. Thus, the
are already available in Great Britain, Germany and Italy. France, Switzerland and Belgium will have to wait a little more.
These 4 new MFP of 28, 36, 45 and 50 ppm have the same design than the latest color releases (MX-2600, MX-3100, MX-4100). The black interface, the embossed facade or the large touch color screen typical of the new Sharp ranges will not stay unnoticed.
For those who will study these models more attentively, they will benefit among other features of a one pass duplex scanning at 70 opm and a USB port.
DataMaster suspect the upcoming release of two new MFPs dedicated to small volumes... more to come!
In July, we told you about 9 new B&W MFP in Toshiba US range. 8 machines are now on the European market : e-Studio 255, 305, 355, 455, 555, 655, 755 et 855.
Running from 25 ppm to 85 ppm, they renew totally the previous B&W serie.
With this range, Toshiba insists on the ecological impact and how to manage printing costs.
Fiery and Xerox have released the new optionnal print server on WC7400. This MFP launched last March owns now in option a Fiery with the characteristics below :
- Processor : 1,87 Ghz
- RAM : 512 Mo
- HDD : 80 Go
This Fiery system 8e allows to reduce needed time to produce printing from PowerPoint and PDF for example...
Xerox has just revealed its new printer named Phaser 7500. This A3 colour printer is already available on US and Canadian market and will appear on European in the next months.
The Phaser 7500 (35/35 ppm) replaces the Phaser 7400 (36/40 ppm). The technology used is still LED technology.
Some features :
- same speed in colour and B&W
- first copy : 7s
- input capacity : 2100 sheets
- SRA3 in every trays (except 1st tray)
- banner sheet from bypass
- 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution
- RAM : up to 2 Go
The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE models C9065 and C9075 PRO are designed for light production marketplace. Those MFP launch the new name for Canon range : imageRUNNER ADVANCE.
They are producing at 65 ppm in colour and B&W (C9065) and 70 ppm in colour / 75 ppm in B&W (C9075). The announced targets are Central Reprographics Departements and Print Service Providers.
Built on a new platform, the C9065 & C9075 PRO can authorize thick paper (up to 300 g) and accept up to 9300 sheets. Both models willutilize a single pass duplex document feeder with scan speeds up to 200 ipm.
The C9065 & C9075 PRO are planned to be lauched in Europe next november. We will keep you inform.
Useful to know : the new name is already used in Japan by 3 ranges :
- imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5030, C5035, C5045, C5051
- imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7065, C7075
- imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9065 PRO, C9075 PRO
Since january 2009, Kyocera-Mita renews all its range by machines named "TASKalfa".
2 new MFP this Month : the TASKalfa 181 (18ppm) and the TASKalfa 221 (22ppm). Those machines are A3 B&W Multifunctions offer embedded stapler finisher in option. A B&W scanner and a fax can also be added if required, creating complete multifunctional devices.
Ricoh has replaced this year its SP C811DN : 2 new models named SP C820 and SP C821 producing respectively at 40 ppm and 50 ppm have been added to Ricoh printer range.
Warm-up time has decreased. Electrical consumption is now really low : 2.7W against 26W for SP C811.
Something new on SP C820 & SP C821 : 4 mailboxes which can receive 125 sheets each.
3 new ImagePress have been lauched by Canon last June in Europe : ImagePress 1110, 1125 and 1135. Those machines can print on uncoated paper up to 300 g and on coted media up to 240 g. The speed remains the same even on heavy medias !
The targets announced by Canon are CRD and departments who need to produce catalogs, mails and booklets.
In May, we told you about a new A4 B&W MFP in Samsung range : it's done! The Korean firm launched its 43 ppm SCX-6545.
This machine replaces the SCX-6345. Some differences between the 2 models : the DADF can receive 100 sheets against 50 formerly, its new high capacity tray offers a better autonomy for users.
Please note that the SCX-6545 owns in option 4 mailboxes. Indeed you can obtain up to 6 output on this model.
One year after launching the Pro 906EX, 1106EX and 1356EX, Ricoh has already replaced those B&W machines by the range Pro 7 : 907EX, 1107EX and 1357EX.
The new range owns (in option) either a RIP Fiery or a MicroPress controller which includes advanced scan functions specially dedicated to production jobs.
Moreover the in-line finishing is still impressive : ring binder, 6 types of folding, trimmer...
Toshiba has launched 9 new B&W MFP in June in the USA. Those models are printing from 20 ppm to 85 ppm.
Some news regarding the last version of the range : they offer now a colour touch screen LCD control panel. Moreover those MFP can scan in colour.
Here are all the denominations for those machines : e-Studio 205L, 255, 305, 355, 455, 555, 655, 755 et 855. We will give you more informations as soon as they will be launched on European market.
As other brands (Canon, HP, Konica-Minolta, Ricoh & Xerox), Samsung offers now an universal driver.
This kind of driver gives some precious possibilities to its users in devices management for example. An universal driver simplifies drivers deployment by bundling all the capabilities and features of various devices into one complete package : no need to upload each specific driver ! Moreover ergonomics of an universal driver will be the same for every devices ! This simplifies the use.
The new Samsung driver could be compare to Xerox universal driver : both can manage mfp & printers manufactured by different brands.
Ricoh renews its 20 ppm A4 color and launches the SP C22x successor's : the SP C231 and SP C232.
With a lower warm up time and an equivalent power, these 4 in 1 offer to their users a convenient USB port on the front.
Users can also enjoy a secure printing system with personnal ID and high toner capacity (6500 printing).
WorkCentre 3210 & WorkCentre 3220 are both 4-in-1 printers. Those A4 B&W multifunction printers print at speed up to 24 and 28 ppm.
WorkCentre 3210 & WorkCentre 3220 are designed for small budgets and offer common characteristics such as : scan directly to or print from a USB memory drive, ID Card copy, color scanning...
The WC3220 adds PostScript 3 and advanced features such as fax forward to email and automatic two-sided printing.
Their DataTech are already available on DataMaster online !
After the renewal of color range in May, Oki launchs a new serie of A4 monochrome: the MB 200 with 3 models declinable as needed.
Intended for middle and little work groups, these MFP's are printing up to 21 ppm. Find below the distinction between three models
MB260 : 3 in 1 - no ADF - GDI - 1500 to 2000 pages/month MB280 : 4 in 1 - Wifi option - GDI - 4000 pages/month MB290 : 4 in 1 - Wifi option - PCL 6 and PS 3 - 6000 pages/month
Furthermore, they all have a USB port in front for direct printing from this device and they offer a 600 x 2400 ppp printing resolution.
The new production printing system, the Pro 1200 by Konica-Minolta has been released in Graphitec events in Paris.
This press produces at 120 ppm as well on standard paper than on a thick paper (216g). This offers many possibilities for reprography and printing professionals.
Its high duty cycle (3 millions prints per month), its autonomy up to 14 000 sheets, its capacity to handle paper up to 350 g and its multiple finishers allow it to manage voluminous jobs and specific requests.
The US brand just launched a new A4 colour MFP named WorkCentre 6400. This new machine is the fastest in A4 Xerox range : 35 ppm in B&W and 30 ppm in colour.
The WorkCentre 6400 offers characteristics usually found on A3 devices : for example the functionnality "Print around". This allows to promote a job without any human manipulations : when an user asks for a specific paper which is not in the MFP, the machine doesn't stop and start the next job.
Duplex copying and duplex printing come in standard on the WC6400 . Extensible Interface Platform (EIP) from Xerox which allows to integrate some specific softwares, is as well available on this MFP.
The US brand launched on the us market the first A3 MFP using solid ink technology. Formerly reserved to its A4 MFP (8560, 8860 MFP) this technology is now developed on a new range named ColorQube 92xx.
3 machines are constituting the ColorQube range : 9201, 9202 and 9203. the standard speeds are going respectively from 38 to 50 ppm in colour and both of the MFP are producing at 50 ppm in B&W.
With ink solid printers you can choose between different speeds. ColorQube can produce up to 60, 70 and 85 ppm but warm-up time is still high because of the Solid Ink technology.
As soon as those MFP will be launched on European ground, you will find the DataTech on our Website.
Since November 2008, Lexmark has refreshed its A4 MFP serie.
The US manufacturer has started his first quarter 2009 by launching 9 new B&W models : X264, X360 Series, X460 Series and X650 Series (from 28 ppm to 53 ppm)
The brand with those new MFP wish to focus on medium and top of the range.
According to the company, these printers are specifically aimed at use for small and medium workgroups.
OKI has launched in January a new A3 colour MFP : the MC860. One of its specific features is its compact size. This copier according to the CEO's brand is the "first A3 MFP which delivers copying, printing, faxing and scanning in an A4 footprint". This new MFP uses the HD Color Technology combining microfine toner and multilevel LED printheads.
The MC860 owns in standard a RADF scanner which scans both sides of a document and offers to the users an automatic duplexing.
To learn more about the MC860, please refer to its DataTech.
Sharp has introduced two new A4 multifunction printers in its Frontier range of machines, the MX-C311 and the MX-C381.
The MX-C311 and MX-C381 are the first in a new line of A4 full-colour MFP products that are designed to meet the needs of small and medium businesses.
Both incorporate colour printing, copying and scanning, with the MX-C311 printing at 31 pages per minute and the MX-C381 at 38 pages per minute.
The products offer standard features, such as a document feeder, double-sided copying and printing, and colour network scanning and printing, all of which are driven through an 8.5" colour touch screen, which utilises a variant of Sharp's operating system.
Both also support the third-generation Sharp OSA platform, allowing connectivity with network-based business applications, and use the Sharp Security Suite, which meets industry regulations for IT security.
Under the brand name TASKalfa Kyocera-Mita is rolling out the first four models in its next multifunctional generation in January 2009. The TASKalfa range consists of four A3 multifunctional devices: the TASKalfa 500ci (40 pages per minute (ppm) color/50 ppm black); TASKalfa 400ci, (40 ppm color/40 ppm black); TASKalfa 300ci (30 ppm color/30 ppm black); and the TASKalfa 250ci (25 ppm color/25 ppm black).. Along with the name the devices’ new design will first catch the user’s eye. All models can include up to a 4,100 sheet paper capacity with the ability to accommodate heavier paper stock. The TASKalfa 500ci and 400ci comes standard with two 160GB Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and the 300ci and 250ci features a standard 80GB HDD. The TASKalfa series offers the choice of two optional document processors, Dual Scan or a Reversing Automatic Document Processor.