Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Canon Expands imageRUNNER ADVANCE Line With Two New Monochrome Series

Canon imageRUNNER 8000 SeriesContinuing to build upon their full-service imageRUNNER ADVANCE platform which was unveiled last year, Canon U.S.A. announced last week the monochrome imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 Series and 6000 Series of multifunction systems. Offering a seamless blend of hardware, software and services initially seen in their award-winning imageRUNNER color models, the new black-and-white models deliver improved image quality with exceptional output speeds for a more enhanced workplace efficiency needed in today's competitive business environment.

"The new Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE Series are advanced document management systems that increase workplace efficiency for organizations seeking to contain costs and increase profitability," said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. "Featuring innovative hardware and carefully engineered software applications that target light production and high-volume office environments, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE lineup allows businesses to increase office productivity while managing costs across a broad range of document-related activities."

imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 Series

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8105/8095/8085 models deliver exceptional output quality, speed, flexible paper handling options, and robust finishing solutions that many businesses desire. By utilizing the capabilities of the Advanced imageCHIP system architecture the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 Series models offer functionality and flexibility necessary to meet the constantly evolving demands of production environments of central reproduction departments and in-house facilities. Print service providers requiring monochrome letter-sized output speeds of up to 105 pages per minute (ppm)/ 95 ppm/ 85ppm will want to look at the 8105/8095/8085 models respectively.

Also notable about these new models are their exceptionally fast scan speeds in both black-and-white and color. The printers are equipped with a standard, single-pass duplex scanning unit which enables these devices to capture both sides of a two-sided original in a single pass. The series are capable of delivering scan speeds of up to 200 images-per-minute (ipm) black-and-white and 100 ipm in color at 300 dots-per-inch (dpi) in letter format.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8105/8095/8085 models feature a maximum paper capacity of up to 7,700 sheets and are equipped to carry up to 80 pound cover media and paper sizes up to 13 x 19.25-inches. Coupled this with its flexible media capabilities and its easy to see why the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 Series delivers improved productivity by performing functions previously reserved for dedicated production equipment. High-volume capabilities including multiple folding options, professional punching, post-process document insertion and face-trimming booklets can now be retained in-house without the need for a separate machinery which provides more cost efficiencies.

In addition to its production capabilities the series offers a revolutionary 120-volt power requirement and a space-saving footprint to offer greater device placement flexibility. All these features make the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 Series an ideal choice for high-volume offices seeking greater speed and productivity.

imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6000 Series

With output speeds of up to 75ppm, 65ppm, and 55ppm (Letter), respectively, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6075/6065/6055 models allow for high-volume corporate environments to harness the capabilities of an advanced Multifunction Printer solution to address their particular workflow requirements. The compact imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6075/6065/6055 models deliver enhanced performance including rapid print, copy, and color scan capabilities as well as the ability to manage documents and produce finished outputs. As with the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 Series, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6000 Series models include a powerful high-speed single pass duplex scanning unit which boosts productivity and reduces costs.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6075/6065/6055 models also feature a maximum paper capacity of up to 7,700 sheets and can support up to 80 lb. Cover media, while handling paper sizes up to 11 x 17-inches. Medium-volume office environments utilizing the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6000 Series can enjoy flexible in-line finishing capabilities such as multi-position stapling, booklet-making, post-process document insertion and C/Z- folding capabilities.

Newly Advanced Technology

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 and 6000 Series monochrome models employ a host of new technologies designed to improve the user experience while also streamlining workplace efficiency. In addition to the space-saving design, the new models incorporate a Full Color SVGA Control Panel which utilizes a customizable user interface with Main Menu keys for easy access to popular functions as well as a Quick Menu key to help simplify your workflow and share frequently used job functions via one-touch buttons. Also included with all models is remote notification of low-supply inventory and an "on-the-fly" paper or toner replacement which ensures that your high-volume jobs can run without interruption.

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE models also utilize "pO" toner in conjunction with the twin-sleeve technology employed in Canon's black-and-white imagePRESS line. This allows the models to reproduce detailed images and text with smooth gradations and ensure the toner is evenly distributed throughout the entire print run. When precise detail is needed the new models can provide a true 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution and Auto Gradation Adjustment for a smooth, accurate and consistent output. Additionally, all new models support Canon's MEAP technology, allowing for greater integration with customer's business processes and other third-party software applications.

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE models are expected to be available for customer delivery in the second quarter of 2010 through Canon Authorized Dealers and Canon Business Solutions. The manufacturer's suggested retail prices will be:
  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8105 – $50,000
  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8095 – $39,000
  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8085 – $33,000
  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6075 – $28,000
  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6065 – $21,500
  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6055 – $17,000

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Friday, April 23, 2010

HP's New Plug & Print Laser Jet Printers

Last week, HP announced three new laser jet printers, aimed specifically at small businesses. Each one features "Smart Install," the company's new feature that makes installation easier. The need for a driver installation CD is gone with Smart Install, allowing you to install by simply plugging in an USB cable (the drivers are in the printer's memory).

The HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn is a single-function later printer. It features USB 2.0 and ethernet connectivity, auto-on/auto-off technology, and automatic double-sided printing. It's currently available for anywhere from $230 to $290.

The HP LaserJet Pro P1102w is also a single-function printer, but it offers Wifi 802.11 b/g in addition to USB 2.0. It has manual double-side printing and auto-on/auto-off technology. You can currently purchase it for about $150 to $190 at various online retailers.

Finally, the HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP is a single-function laser printer that also offers USB 2.0 and Wifi 802.11 b/g. Double-sided printing is manual and it also features auto-on/auto-off technology. It's the printer pictured above and pricing details aren't yet available.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Change Your Font. Save Money.

Change Your Font. Save MoneyHere's a tip for saving money: change your fonts. Changing the font in documents you print and copy can save you about, well, $20 a year. Basically, different fonts require different amounts of ink and printing in one verses the other could have you changing your ink cartridges less often.

At the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the coordinator of information-technology user support, Diane Blohowiak asked faculty and stuff to use Century Gothic font as much as possible, and the school is even going to change its email system so it defaults to the font. Blohowiak tells the AP that she has received positive feedback about the move. The school goes through about $100,000 worth of ink cartridges each year and she expects they can save anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 just by making the switch.

The data comes from, who tested various fonts to figure out which ones were the most budget-friendly. Century Gothic and Times New Roman were the the best (Century Gothic uses about 30% less ink than Arial, which is what many products use), followed by Calibri, Verdana, Arial, Sans Serif, Trebuchet, Tahoma and Franklin Gothic Medium.

In general, any font with "narrow" or "light" in its name, is gonna be better than than anything that says "bold" or "black." The thickness of the lines make all the difference. Seif fonts tend to use less ink than a "sans serif" font.

However, the AP reports that just because this practice is budget-friendly, doesn't mean it's environment-friendly. Centurgy Gothic happens to be wider than Arial, and therefore, uses more paper to print a document. Allan Haley of Monotype Imaging Inc., which developed Century Gothic fonts says the print was not designed for full text documents, but instead for small blocks or titles and headlines. Haley said he would suggest people use Arial or Times New Roman despite the possibility of saving money.

But if you'd rather save the Earth instead of your wallet, the best way to do that is to not print at all. Microsoft is working to encourage that with the fonts it uses in Outlook and Word. Simon Daniels, the program manager for Microsoft's typography group, told the AP that fonts that look more appealing on screen will make it less tempting for users to print a document. As a matter of fact, according to Daniels, that's why Microsoft changed its default fonts in Office 2007; Arial and Times New Roman became Calibri and Cambria.

Another Great Article:
Canon Adds Six New LCD Projectors

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