Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merizon Group Incorporated Acquired by Xerox

XeroxXerox Corporation, one of the biggest manufacturers of copiers, printers, multifunction devices and related products in the world (and one of the most well-known), has just announced that its Global Imaging Systems subsidiary has acquired Merizon Group Incorporated, a copier and printer distributor, in the latest in a series of office services company acquisitions. The terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed by either company.

Xerox stated that the purchase built on the company's strategy of quote "creating a nationwide network of locally-based companies focused on improving document workflow and office efficiency." Xerox's Global Imaging Office Technology Division is responsible for the selling of printers, copiers and other office products for Xerox and has bought multiple companies in states like Iowa, New York, Illinois, Virginia and Florida this year alone.

Merizon's MBM division, which is based in Appleton, Wisconsin, is responsible for the distribution of Canon, Samsung, and Kyocera Mita brand printers, copiers, multifunction devices and other office products. The MBM division will start offering Xerox's printing products, as well as the company's print services, to its customers said the company in a recent statement.

Xerox is definitely looking to expand its business, especially with these recent purchases in Iowa, New York, Illinois, Virginia, Florida and now, most recently, Wisconsin. If Xerox keeps it up, we can expect some pretty big things from the company come 2012.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek - Xerox buys Merizon for undisclosed sum

Monday, December 12, 2011

HP's New LaserJet Pro 100 Color Multifunction Printer

HP LaserJet Pro 100The new HP LaserJet Pro 100 is, overall, a solid color laser printer that is perfect for personal use. However, the high cost of consumables, along with the rather slow print speeds and missing features help limit the overall productivity of the device for use in home offices. If you are thinking of picking up the LaserJet Pro 100 for your home office, you may want to reconsider, especially since there are far better options out there that may cost you more up front but will, in turn, save you tons of money in the long run.

The LaserJet Pro 100 bears an almost exact resemblance to its predecessor, the LaserJet Pro M1212nf. However, this model is a step-up and cuts out the fax machine in favor of color printing that utilizes HP's innovative new carousel-style cartridge bay. The device also puts off a small carbon footprint by dumping the autoduplexer from the M1212nf and the rotating cartridge bay also helps with size, though at the expense of printing speed.

If you are looking at this device for a larger office, you may prefer to use a heavy-duty printer like the Dell 1355cnw multifunction printer but the LaserJet Pro 100 is still adequate for your small home office needs as it takes advantage of HP's unique features like ePrint and Smart Install as well as the device's own 35-page autodocument feeder.

As far as pros and cons go, the pros consist of the fact that the LaserJet Pro 100 will save you a ton of space while also offering professional-quality color documents with three-way network connectivity and cloud printing. The cons consist of print speeds being slower than average and the lack of autoduplexing which means more time and paper wasted. You can pick up the LaserJet Pro 100 printer from HP for $350.

Source: CNET - HP LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Loffler Earns Sixth Consecutive Pro-Tech Service Award

Loffler CompaniesLoffler Companies has just announced that it has, yet again, been awarded the Konica Minolta Pro-Tech Service Award for Service Excellence, making this the sixth consecutive year for the company to win. The Pro-Tech Award recognizes Loffler's award-winning service team supporting clients in Minnesota as well as Wisconsin.

According to Vice President Konica Minolta Business Solutions' Solutions Support Division James Ingrassia, "The Pro-Tech Award recognizes those elite Konica Minolta dealers able to demonstrate an exceptional commitment to customer support and satisfaction. It is a symbol of quality and assurance of professional, reliable service. Very few are able to achieve this honor, although hundreds have participated in the evaluation process, which is exhaustive. Every element of Loffler's service operation has been scrutinized and measured. Each year we raise the bar to reflect the technical advances that permeate our environment. Congratulations."

This award is exclusive to the copier industry and is intended to recognize the "best of the best". To be selected to become a member of this select group is an honor and Loffler's dedication to excellent service has not gone unnoticed. This recognition gives the client a distinctive advantage with Loffler. The client is assured that Loffler has the skills, the people and the systems to keep their equipment operating at the highest levels of productivity and quality.

In addition to that, Loffler is one of the top 15 Konica Minolta dealers in the United States and provides leadership in the Midwest with effective copier, MFP, production B&W and production color solutions. The company was recently the launch leader in introducing the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C8000 high-speed color digital press with quality that rivals that of an offset printer.

"Our mission is simple," says President and CEO of Loffler Companies Jim Loffler. "We want to exceed client expectations. We've worked hard over the last 25 years to earn the trust and confidence of our clients by delivering innovative technology and services solutions. We are proud of our people and the service organization led by Joel Nelson, to win this prestigious award for the sixth year in a row."

Loffler was also recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the country by Inc. 500 Magazine for the fourth straight year. In addition to the Konica Minolta line, Loffler also provides integrated office technology and services partnered with leading brands like Canon, HP, Toshiba, Microsoft, NEC and ShoreTel. The company's offerings include multifunctional copiers, printers, managed print services, IP telephone systems, IT managed services, document management, dictation, call recorders and on-site managed FM services.

Source: Market Watch - Konica Minolta Honors Loffler Companies With The 2012 Pro-Tech Service Award for Service Excellence

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Monday, November 14, 2011

HP's Deskjet 3050A All-in-One Printer

HP Deskjet 3050AIf you are looking for an all-in-one printer for your home or office, you may want to consider the new Deskjet 3050A All-in-One printer from HP. This device combines a very attractive design with the latest in cloud printing technology into one single multifunction device. In addition to that, the HP Deskjet 3050A All-in-One printer is perfect for small offices or home offices that do not need to print a lot of full-color photos and things of that nature.

However, with any product there are pros and cons. With the HP Deskjet 3050A All-in-One, you get a little of both. On the good side, this device features a rather refreshing design and the wireless capabilities for Web connectivity allow you to print in the cloud with HP ePrint technology. Many offices find great use in wireless cloud printing as it saves a lot of time and is much easier to do.

On the bad side, the HP Deskjet 3050A All-in-One lacks an Ethernet port for wired networking. In addition to that, the dual ink cartridge bay of the device is most definitely a money pit if you are planning on printing a high volume of photos or color documents. In times like these, most people and companies are looking at greener technologies and ones that can save them money, and this feature will definitely not do either.

Although the print quality of this device is limited by a dual-ink cartridge bay, the HP Deskjet 3050A All-in-One printer, which has a retail price of $80, is built for productivity with wireless connectivity as well as mobile printing thanks to HP smartphone apps and the company's ePrint remote printing service which allows you to access downloadable content from any computer.

However, the small, 60-sheet paper input capacity and the low-volume ink cartridges are not a positive for consumers looking at an all-in-one printer for a large office setting. Though if you are a periodic printer on a strict budget, the HP Deskjet 3050A All-in-One is definitely worth a second look.

Source: CNET - HP Deskjet 3050A e-All-in-One

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Kyocera Mita America Introduces New ECOSYS Multifunction Printers

Kyocera Mita AmericaKyocera Mita America Incorporated just recently introduced the ECOSYS FS-1135MFP and FS-1035MFP/DP 37 ppm black and white multifunction printers. The new FS-1135MFP and FS-1035MFP/DP are both a part of Kyocera's ECOSYS line of environmentally friendly products and utilize long-life consumables for consistent high-quality image output while also meeting Energy Star guidelines for both power and efficiency. The result is superior products with a low total cost of ownership and minimal impact on the environment.

Both of these devices are perfectly suited for small and medium-sized businesses as well as shared workgroup environments, incorporating enhanced standard features and functionality in order to help improve document productivity while simultaneously lowering operating expenses. In addition to that, both devices include a 250-sheet paper drawer and a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray while also offering two optional 250-sheet drawers for a total of 800 sheet maximum paper capacity.

Both devices also include standard network printing, copy and color scanning capabilities with the FS-1135MFP also offering standard fax capabilities, allowing your business to have document imaging solutions designed to meet workflow requirements with a single device. Considering both devices were engineered using Kyocera's ECOSYS technology, both devices incorporate long-life consumables and achieve one of the lowest costs per print.

As far as pricing and availability goes, the ECOSYS FS-1135MFP and ECOSYS FS-1035MFP/DP multifunctional printers are available right now via authorized Kyocera Mita dealers with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,371 for the FS-1135MFP and $1,181 for the FS-1035MFP/DP. If you want all the information regarding both the ECOSYS FS-1135MFP and ECOSYS FS-1035MFP/DP or to find the nearest dealer, you can always head on over to Kyocera's official website.

Source: Buyers Lab - Kyocera Mita America Unveils New Black and White ECOSYS Multifunctional Printers

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Monday, October 17, 2011

New Document Processing Technology to Come from Canon-Oracle Partnership

CanonCanon is planning on working with Oracle to integrate its business copiers and printers with Oracle's database and server products. This is definitely an interesting partnership as you do not typically see names like Oracle and Canon in the same sentence. But, nevertheless, it is happening and should prove mutually beneficial for both companies.

The first step in the partnership will be made by Canon, whose subsidiary IT Solutions will sell a brand new platform that is capable of easily linking products like Canon's ImageRunner Advance copiers with Oracle's database, WebLogic and other offerings. The new platform will go on sale in January in Japan and then in the United States and Europe in the first half of the year.

Japanese companies, like Canon, are usually strong in developing advanced hardware. In addition to that, Canon also makes steppers for mass producing integrated circuits and is also a leading producer of high-end cameras. However, the company is considerably weaker in terms of software. The good news, for Canon at least, is that software and databases are now becoming a crucial part of the business copier and printer industry where documents are stored and processed digitally at an alarming rate.

Canon has stated that the tie-up will offer business solutions that include optical character recognition for saving documents as well as advanced features for combining and splitting PDF files. Canon also stated that in the near future, the company will work with Oracle in developing middleware for its online storage service and that the two companies will be working together in order to further develop and refine the Java programming language.

Canon has used Oracle's Java as the basis for third-party application development platform for its multifunction copiers a long time and the new joint development will extend that partnership, according to Canon spokesman Gota Fumoto.

Source: PC World - Canon, Oracle to Develop Document Processing Technology

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Ricoh Named New York Giants' Official Document Solutions Provider

New York Giants helmetRicoh Americas Corporation has just announced that the company has officially been named as the Official Document Solutions Partner of the National Football League's New York Giants.

Thanks to this new relationship, Ricoh will be implementing a Managed Document Services (MDS) solution. MDS is Ricoh's unique offering that brings together industry-leading experience, technological expertise and robust services and tools that are specifically designed to optimize the way documents are managed and document management fleets are deployed. An MFD can help your organization or business in a plethora of ways including:

  • Enhance Security

  • Reduce Total Cost of Ownership

  • Improve Business Processes

  • Maximize Efficiency

  • Enhance Environmental Sustainability

In addition to the MDS and document management equipment that is designed to help streamline business processes, Ricoh will also help the Giants meet their environmental goals. Ricoh has been a leader in creating green equipment for the past 20 years as well as a supporter of workforces that are trying to reduce their carbon footprint.

According to Vice President of Marketing for Ricoh Mike Dane, "Through MDS, Ricoh will help the New York Giants organization obtain measurable control of their output equipment and show how these devices support day-to-day business functions. We will implement solutions to help improve productivity through continuous innovation, assessments and measurement of their processes and results as well as help protect the environment through our state-of-the-art document management solutions."

Michael Stevens, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the New York Giants added, "The New York Giants are excited to welcome Ricoh as our Official Document Solutions Partner, and we look forward to working with them to improve our workflow efficiency while helping to reduce our environmental impact. When the Giants opened the Timex Performance Center, our new training facility, we sought to have the best possible document management technology available in the building, and that's clearly Ricoh."

Ricoh offers a full range of digital imaging products that are perfectly suited for any work group from SMB to Enterprise. Products include color and black and white multifunction copiers, printers, facsimile systems, scanners, digital duplicators, wide format copiers and digital cameras.

Source: PR Newswire - New York Giants Name Ricoh Official Document Solutions Provider

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Copier Rentals

Copier RentalI don't think anybody would disagree with me when I say that copiers are some of the most useful and important pieces of equipment for any business, small or large. However, copiers have many other uses that do not necessarily lie within the boundaries of an office building. For these uses, whether they be at a convention, trade show or conference, Rentacomputer.com offers the extremely convenient option of copier rentals.

Many people don't really consider renting a device such as a copier, though more people would highly consider it if they knew the different options they have as well as the savings they could earn. However, before you go looking into renting a copier, it is always good to know why you may want to.

Copier rentals make perfect sense if you need a copier for something like a corporate event, company marketing project, year-end financial report, temporary office, convention service or a personal special project. No matter what the need is, if it is short term or long term and a copier purchase just isn't justified, a copier rental is your best course of action.

Copier rentals from Rentacomputer.com come in many different varieties, all of which can be specifically tailored to your exact needs. One option provided by Rentacomputer.com is that of a Black & White copier rental or a color copier rental. Black & White copier rentals are the most popular due to the low cost of operation and upkeep. Color copier rentals are more expensive because color copying takes longer, requires more ink and the device overall is more expensive. However, color copying is essential if you are planning on using your copier rental to create banners or fliers. If you are just using it to print off memos or paperwork, then your best bet is to go with a Black & White copier rental.

However, there is more to a good copier than just being able to copy papers. A copier worth getting will also be able to handle other tasks, such as index cards, transparencies and other heavier media. Versatility in a copier is usually essential and it is also vital to rent a copier that will be able to handle anything you need or may need at any given moment.

Thankfully, if you don't know what you need, Rentacomputer.com can help you. A professional Tech Travel Agent will assess your situation and help determine what is the right rental for you, whether it be a color copier rental, black and white copier rental or even a printer rental. By going with a company that has been in the business for over 20 years, you know you are going with a name you can trust.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ricoh's New MP C2051 and C2551 Multifunction Devices

RicohRicoh has just unveiled a pair of new powerful devices that offer industry leading productivity as well as functionality while offering reductions in energy use at the same time. These new devices, known as the MP C2051 and MP C2551, offer key specification improvements and also offer many former options as standard along with some new accessories.

Some of the new key improvements that come with these devices include:

  • An increase in RAM capacity from 768MB to 1.5GB, HDD from 60GB to 160GB

  • Faster warm up times as well as faster recovery times out of sleep mode

  • Leading Energy Star TEC levels

  • Able to print PDF/JPEG/TIFF files from USB or SD card

  • Scan from the device directly to your email

In addition to that, there are also some new features that have just become standard on these devices which include:

  • Quota setting in order to provide User Account Volume Limits

  • VM Card

  • HDD Data Overwrite Security

  • HDD Encryption

If you or your business is looking for a way to manage your printing and documents while saving time, money and resources all in a way that is eco-friendly, the combination of Ricoh's software, hardware, service and support should make for an excellent mix. Ricoh prides itself on providing complete solutions and the expertise needed to make sure every aspect of this part of your business is working at full capacity.

Optional software solutions are provided by Ricoh that are designed to assist you in managing your documents so you can capture, store, retrieve, deliver, revise and manage all of your documents easier.

Source: Office Product News - New MFDs improve functionality, reduce energy use

A Copier Rental is a quick way to mass produce important documents for potential customers at an event or conference. Renting office equipment is simple and easy and it can also save you loads of time and money. Rentacomputer.com has been offering copier rentals to more than 1000 cities worldwide for over 20 years.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Kyocera Mita India Acquires Kilburn Automation's Copier Division

Kyocera Mita India Pvt Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Japanese Kyocera Group, has just announced that it has acquired the copier division of Kilburn Office Automation Ltd, one of the most well-known companies for marketing and servicing of photocopiers, multifunctional products and printers in India.

This acquisition will enable Kyocera Mita India to provide its customers with products and document solutions in India via a direct sales team or through channel partners. Kyocera Mita will be leveraging the customer relationship built by Kilburn over the years in major government and corporate settings.

According to President of Kyocera Mita Asia Ltd M. Higuchi, "Kyocera plans to triple the March 2012 sales amount by March 2014 in China, India, Korea and Asian countries, and among them, India's role is essential for success. The acquisition of Kilburn is an important foundation to achieve Kyocera's aim to become a top group in India's printer and multifunctional printer industry."

Higuchi also noted that this acquisition demonstrates Kyocera Mita Corporation's commitment to invest and grow in the Indian market in order to rapidly achieve its final objective.

K. Swetharanyan, Managing Director for Kyocera Mita India Pvt Ltd, stated, "With this acquisition, we will be taking on board 108 employees of Kilburn and a vast majority of their Channel Partners with more than 9,000 direct MIF and the large customer base across the country. It will give us a direct presence in 15 major cities. Kycera Mita will be investing heavily in channel expansion, dealer development and technical skill upgrades to enhance our customer satisfaction."

Source: The Economic Times - Kyocera Mita India acquires copier division of Kilburn Automation

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Questions to Ensure You're Outsourcing to a Green Company

Green PrintingLots of people and businesses are doing their best to make our world cleaner and more environmentally friendly by "going green". People are buying energy-efficient cars and companies are buying and producing more energy-efficient products in order to clean up the environment. Copiers are one of the biggest developments in "green technology" with many manufacturers trying to make extremely energy-efficient copiers. But how do you pick the right one?

In addition to going green in the office and getting an energy-efficient printer, a lot of companies will outsource printing jobs and look to do so with a company that is also being energy-efficient. The bad news is that a lot of places will claim to be "green" but it's the green from your wallet that they are really after.

So in order to pick the right print shop, you need to know a few key things to ask them before you jump right in. If you ask these questions, you should have no problem finding a company that is perfect for both you and the environment.

First off, you should inquire about what types of papers and inks the company uses. There is a plethora of green printing papers and inks available and if this company isn't taking advantage of them, you might want to look somewhere else. Next, you should ask if they recycle. Nowadays it is easier than ever to recycle and if your print shop doesn't, then they aren't being honest with you or the environment.

After that, ask how they handle their printing equipment. Are they using electronically efficient printing solutions? Do they leave their devices on 24 hours a day? These are clear indicators as to whether or not a company really does take green printing seriously.

These are just a few of the questions you can ask and, if you are truly green yourself, I'm sure you can think of a lot more. If you are truly looking for a real "green" printing solution to outsource jobs to, you should never hesitate to inquire as to whether or not the company you are entrusting your printing to is looking to help the environment or just says they are to make some more cash.

Source: Office Product News - Picking the Perfect Green Printer

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Konica Minolta Releases bizhub 25 Monochrome MFP

Konica Minolta bizhub 25 Monochrome A4 MFPKonica Minolta has just recently announced the availability of the bizhub 25 Monochrome Multifunctional Product. This device, which offers full color scanning as well as a compact design, is perfect for small businesses and workgroups that require fast and efficient document management services from the convenience of a desktop.

The bizhub 25 Monochrome MFP gives you print and copy speeds of up to 25 pages per minute, an 80-sheet Automatic Document Feeder, standard automatic duplexing and enhanced security features. In addition to that, this device has exceptional paper handling, inclusive of a 500-sheet standard paper tray, a 50-sheet bypass tray and an optional cassette, allowing the bizhub 35 to have an overall capacity of up to 1,050 sheets.

Konica Minolta's newest monochrome MFP also offers color scanning at up to 600 x 600 dpi with enhanced features such as DirectScan which allows you to scan into a PC folder. In addition to that, this newest device also features a standalone 33.6 Kbps Super G3 fax capability with 2,000 one-touch dials which also allows for as many as 200 groups.

According to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Konica Minolta Kevin Kern, "The customer-driven bizhub 25 offers busy workgroups the productivity and flexibility they need from their desktop MFP, in a more cost-efficient and streamlined document management solution. Delivering fast, high-quality monochrome output with a variety of other enhanced features, the bizhub 25 ensures that customers can continue to count on Konica Minolta for hard-working digital printing solutions that meet the entire spectrum of business needs, without compromising cost or convenience."

The bizhub 25 also features an intuitive 5.8" touchscreen UI that will guide you through programming the device and job execution. The new "My MFP" feature also allows you to register and access common features from a single screen. In addition to that, this device also gives you more ways to protect your documents and devices with password login, secure fax reception and secure printing. There is also auto fax outing to secure PC folders.

The bizhub 25 Monochrome Multifunctional Product is available now through Konica Minolta direct sales, authorized dealers and value-added reseller channels for $2,500.

Source: Buyers Lab - Konica Minolta Launches bizhub 25 Monochrome A4 MFP

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rentacomputer.com Offers Sharp Copier Rentals

Though many different copier brands are offered for rental, Tech Travel Agents at Rentacomputer.com can proudly offer top-of-the-line Sharp Copier Rentals to suit any facsimile needs you might have.

Why Get A Sharp Copier Rental

Sharp has developed a full arsenal of copiers that can handle any facsimile need that could possibly arise. Whether you need color or black & white, a certain paper size, a printing speed, or finishing options such as hole punching and stapling, our Tech Travel Agents can get you the right Sharp Copier Rental.

Choosing The Right Production Rate

Sharp has organized their copiers according to ppm's or page per minute, and they range from less than 21 ppm to 71+ ppm. So depending on how much production you need and how fast you need it, this will play a crucial role in determining which Sharp Copier Rental is right for you.

Finishing Options

Sharp also has large multifunction copiers that are capable of performing various finishing functions, which is important if your company needs to produce materials such as year-end reports or manuals. Finishing options include hole punching, mail bin sorting, saddle stitch finisher, and stapling.

Sharp AR-M620 - B&W Copier Rental

One of the most common Sharp black & white copier rentals is the AR-M620 model. This copier more than suits any business need, and delivers a high volume output with high production speeds and 600 dpi resolution. Ubiquitous to most Sharp copiers, the AR-M620 makes use of a very innovative technology that scans a given document on both sides simultaneously, which alone increases the output rate of Sharp's copiers beyond most of its competitors. Contact your Tech Travel Agent for a Sharp AR-M620 Rental Quote.

Sharp MX-5500 - Color Copier Rental

One of our popular color models for rent is the MX-5500. This model is capable of an output rate of 41-ppm when printing color, and has a paper capacity maximum of 6,600 sheets. The MX-500 model also utilizes such innovative technologies as electronic sorting with offset stacking, and advanced image stabilization that provides a higher quality image. Request a Sharp MX-5500 Color Copier rental quote here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Contex XD2490 Soft Pack Transport Case

ContexContex, a world leader in the development of wide format scanning and imaging solutions, has just announced the availability of its Soft Pack Transport Case for the company's highly popular XD2490 24-inch wide format scanner.

The Soft Pack Transport Case is made with ballistic nylon and a closed-cell reusable foam cushioning system and is designed to protect the XD2490 from extreme shock and vibration. The XD2490 wide format scanner itself delivers exceptional reliability and image quality and is perfect for remote operations. The Soft Pack Transport Case is very lightweight and convenient weighing in at less than 50 pounds when combined with the XD2490.

According to Federal Sales Director for Context Ed Delaney, "This new, lightweight Soft Pack is ideal for customers who use the XD2490 wide format scanner for off-site engineering, architectural or GIS projects. This portable solution provides a secure and reliable way to protect the equipment and achieve high-quality scans remotely."

Since its release in September of 2009, the XD2490 scanner has received a lot of recognition due to its affordability as well as its lightweight and compact size. Being extremely and easily transportable, the XD2490 wide format scanner is used by a plethora of companies in AEC, land management and development, gas and oil exploration, and defense and intelligence.

If you own an XD2490 wide format scanner by Contex and you find yourself frequently traveling around with it, make sure you take care of it with something like the Contex Soft Pack Transport Case. You have a bag for your laptop and your luggage so why should your wide format scanner be any different?

Source: Office Product News - Contex Unveils Soft Pack Transport Case for XD2490 Wide Format Scanner

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

USAF Grants HP Contract for Printers, Supplies and Services

United States Air ForceHP just recently announced that the company has been competitively awarded a purchase agreement by the United States Air Force. According to a statement from the USAF, "The U.S. Air Force is demonstrating strategic leadership in driving operational efficiencies and lowering overall costs through fleet consolidation, standardization and the use of environmentally sound devices."

As a part of the United States Air Force Information Technology Commodity Council Semi-Annual Enterprise Buy for Digital Printing and Imaging capabilities, which is basically a blanket purchase agreement utilized by the United States Air Force for the procurement of IT services and products, HP will be responsible for providing a plethora of HP branded standard printers and multifunction printers to the USAF.

Under the terms of the contract, the printers and multifunction printers will include pre-installed, value-added capabilities like the HP Universal Print Driver, USAF-approved security settings and the use of a Common Access Card Reader in order to support authorized use and other secure operations. This contract agreement also includes provisions for HP Original Toner, installation services and a four year Care Pack warranty which includes enhanced technical support.

The United States Air Force selected HP to meet its goals for modernizing, standardizing and consolidating its imaging and printing fleet, lowering overall operational costs and minimizing environmental impact. This also includes a significant reduction in the consumption of paper while at the same time improving device and network security. These devices are currently available on AFWay, the USAF's portal for the purchases of IT hardware, software and services which provides users leveraged buying power, asset tracking and oversight.

According to the Executive Vice President, Imaging and Printing Group, HP Vyomesh Joshi, "The U.S. Air Force is demonstrating strategic leadership in driving operational efficiencies and lowering overall costs through fleet consolidation, standardization, and the use of environmentally sound devices. This leadership extends to the environment where the Air Force looks to HP for solutions that reduce carbon footprint and power consumption. HP is thrilled to build on our 20-year history of providing the USAF with secure solutions that improve productivity, increase efficiency and reduce cost."

HP's DBI-10B device and toner price is, at the moment, lower than the pricing outlined in the U.S. government's General Services Agreement, which establishes guidelines for long-term government-wide contracts with commercial firms to provide access to commercial supplies and services at volume discount pricing. HP has been a strategic supplier of computers, both notebook and desktop, for over five years under a companion agreement. This agreement, as well as the previous one, is focused on leveraging USAF spending in order to improve mission effectiveness at lower costs with improved security built in at the factory.

Source: BLI - HP Awarded Contract by U.S. Air Force for Printers, Supplies and Services

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Monday, June 13, 2011

The V.34 Fax Standard

fax machineWhen it comes to businesses communicating with other businesses and with customers, no solution is quite as important or quite as cost-effective as a fax. You may be thinking that fax machines are something you would only see in a movie from the 80's or in your grandpa's home office, but that isn't the case. Over 90% of businesses in the United States have fax machines in the office. In addition to that, the sales of fax machines has maintained a slow, yet steady increase over the past few years.

A lot of people and businesses have tried to forgo using a fax machine by instead opting to use emails. However, despite the growing popularity of emails, more then 7.5 million fax machines were sold in 2002 alone. To help stay the obsolescence of fax machines, a lot of manufacturers have made some recent advancements in fax technology. These advancements have resulted in a renewed interest in faxing in the business environment. One such advancement was the introduction of the V.34 fax standard. The V.34 fax standard is something that can help businesses increase productivity while reducing costs at the same time.

The V.34 fax standard, which was developed by the International Telecommunications Union, is the standard for full-duplex modems, sending and receiving data across phone lines at up to 33.6 Kbps. This is a huge improvement over the previous V.17 standard which ran at only 9.6 Kbps and allows the V.34 standard to achieve faster transmission times per fax page as well as greater adaptability to varying line conditions and a reduction in the number of resends per fax. These improvements result in cost savings from reduced fax phone bills.

Advancements like the V.34 standard are keeping the fax machine industry alive and kicking and are helping a lot of businesses save time and money.

Source: Office Product News - V.34 Fax: Superior Performance and Cost Savings

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Digital Copier Security, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership with Australian-based Print Security

secure printersOne of the biggest threats we face today as a planet is identity theft. Identity theft is a worldwide epidemic that plagues businesses and consumers costing them billions of dollars every year. There are a lot of programs that are making waves in the fight against identity theft, though one serious threat is going largely unaddressed and that concerns the data stored on hard drives inside digital copiers. California-based Digital Copier Security Incorporated (DCSI) has recently formed a partnership with Print Security out of Australia in order to serve markets in Australia and New Zealand.

Print Security has a lot of experience in the copier industry as well as with print management services. According to Chief Executive Officer with DCSI Bill Feigles, "We are so pleased to have joined forces with such an experienced and well respected group of companies." Director of Print Security Jason Ganis added, "At Print Security, we share the same passion as Digital Copier Security and we are committed to championing INFOsweep and INFOclear products in Australia and New Zealand. More importantly, we see the need to raise awareness of this looming threat among consumers, businesses and government entities in the markets we serve."

In a statement from Founder and COO of DCSI John Juntunen, Juntunen states, "Our efforts in the United States have led to greater awareness and actions aimed at mitigating the threat to data security posed by digital copiers but there is still a lot of work to do worldwide. We see this overseas partnership as a natural extension of our activities." Feigles added, "We have been approached by entities in other countries and we are interested in moving into more markets. However, we want to be very selective about who we partner with in both foreign and domestic markets and Print Security was just a perfect fit."

Print Security is associated with other companies such as Smartprint Fleet Management, Laser Printers Direct and iFish finance through common management and will server as the exclusive provider of Digital Copier Security Incorporated's products and services in Australia and New Zealand.

Source: PR Newswire - Digital Copier Security, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Things to Consider Before Buying a Multifunction Printer

multifunction printersSo, you are looking at buying a multifunction printer for your office, huh? Well, why shouldn't you? Multifunction printers have become an ideal tool for any type of office and are very useful due to the fact that you get an all-in-one printer, fax machine, scanner and copier in a single device leaving you with less clutter and a more professional office look and feel.

However, you can't just hop on over to Staples and pick up the first multifunction printer you see. I mean, you technically can do that, but don't you think you should weigh your options first? Here are a few things that you will want to consider before buying your first multifunction printer.

Speed. In general terms, the more you tend to spend on your multifunction printer, the faster print speeds you will get. This is typical of most printers and has been for some time. This goes double if color printing is involved and fast color printers can get very pricey.

DPI. Before you buy a multifunction printer, check out what its DPI rating is. DPI stands for dots per inch. Having a higher DPI allows you to have higher quality images when you print. It's kind of the same as a television's resolution. The higher the resolution, the better the picture quality.

Memory. The more memory you need means the more money you are going to have to spend. It's just like speed, if you want the best, then you are going to have to pay for the best. Home offices should shoot for a device that has around 8MB of memory with more traditional offices aiming for 16MB. This isn't a live or die guideline though. Figure out your printing needs ahead of time to determine your memory needs.

Test. The best thing you can do is test your multifunction printer before you buy it. If you start it up and you hate then interface, then you probably are not going to love it in the future. However, don't necessarily rule out a device that has complex functions, you may learn to use them well and find that they are extremely useful.

These are only a few things to consider before purchasing a multifunction printer. If you follow these guidelines and use some common sense, you should be just fine.

Source: Office Product News - Considerations Before Buying a Multifunction Printer

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Canon Announces New Premium Glossy Paper 2 and Premium Semi-Glossy Paper 2

CanonCanon U.S.A. Incorporated has just announced the addition of two new media types for use with the company's award-winning imagePROGRAF large format printers, Premium Glossy Paper 2 and Premium Semi-Glossy Paper 2. These new medias, which are designed for precise, ultra high-quality print performance, help deliver an enhanced range of color as well as an improved durability at an affordable price. In addition to that, a new version of PosterArtist poster creation software has also been announced that has enhancements which will make completing a project much easier than earlier versions.

According to Vice President and General Manager of the Imaging Systems Group at Canon U.S.A., "With Canon media, users can be confident they will consistently produce images of superb quality. The addition of these two new media types further shows Canon's commitment to providing our users with the highest quality of both input and output products."

Premium Glossy Paper 2 is a heavyweight glossy media that was designed to be used for a variety of high-end applications like photography, graphic design and signage. The paper has a high whiteness factor through the use of ultra white pulp that makes the media less vulnerable to light illuminant changes.

Premium Semi-Glossy Paper 2 is a heavyweight slightly textured semi-glossy paper that provides you with another option for your final product depending on your desired texture. Compared to the Premium Glossy Paper 2, the Premium Semi-Glossy Paper 2 has a similar whiteness but with a much softer finish and less reflection which can be seem more attractive to different applications like fine art photographic reproductions as well as exhibitions.

Both the Premium Glossy Paper 2 and the Premium Semi-Glossy Paper 2 are expected to ship out in June 2011.

Source: Office Product News - Canon U.S.A. Announces Two New Media Types For Large Format Printers

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Ricoh is the Number One Manufacturer in the U.S. Copier Market

Ricoh Americas CorporationRicoh Americas Corporation, one of the leading providers of digital office equipment as well as advanced document management solutions and services, just announced that they have been ranked number one for the fourth straight year in the combined black and white and color copier segment according to Gartner's latest market share database.

Because of this, Ricoh has earned a 21.5% share of the total market for multi-function products (MFPs). Ricoh has also finished first for the eighth straight year in the color copier market with a 22.1% share. In the category for black and white copiers, Ricoh finished second with a 21.2% market share. These percentages are calculated using total market share. This includes dealer, direct and retail products.

According to Senior Vice President of Marketing for Ricoh Shun Sato, "Ricoh Americas Corporation is proud of our continued leadership position in the combined black and white and color copier market in the U.S. Our robust product offerings along with our industry-leading Managed Document Services approach provide our customers with the best solutions to help them meet their goals."

Ricoh offers a full line of digital imaging products suited for any work group environment. They offer everything including color and black and white multifunction copiers, printers, facsimile systems, scanners, digital duplicators, wide format copiers and digital cameras. Ricoh is also one of the leading providers of advanced document management solutions and services, specifically Ricoh's Managed Document Services (MDS) program. This focuses on total cost of ownership, business process improvement, security and compliance and environmental sustainability.

Source: PR NEwswire - Ricoh Ranks Number One in U.S. Copier Market

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Keeping Your Copier Protected

protecting your copierIdentity theft is a serious thing and something that nobody wants to have happen to them. Most people fear identity theft such as a thief getting their credit card numbers, social security numbers or other kind of personal information. That is why people shred old credit cards, receipts and other personal documents. However, I doubt a lot of people think about becoming a victim of identity theft via their copier. Recent reports involving copier security have brought to light how some information that is stored on your copier's hard drive can be accessed by somebody other than yourself which could ultimately lead to identity theft. What is interesting is that while this news may be new to some, it is definitely something copier manufacturers have seen as important for a long time. If you own a copier, you need to know that it needs data safeguards just like antivirus software on your computer. So what kind of tools can help you protect the information flowing through your multifunction printer? IT specialists and users should definitely talk to their vendors in order to make sure that the security features that are already on their copier are enabled. Network authentication and authorization is a nifty tool that allows administrators to restrict access to people by verifying network usernames as well as passwords in a network directory. Encryption is also built into a lot of multifunction printers in order to make sure that the data stored on it is protected. These printers even have features that protect your information from a hard copy theft. If you are about to buy a new copier, make sure you choose a vendor that offers options for the removal of the hard drive before the printer or copier is disposed of or turned in after a lease. Another thing to consider is that new threats are created everyday so it is important to update your protection on a regular basis as well. New patches are generally available for multifunction printers and copiers and they are typically an easy download. Copiers are an important part of business so it is equally important that they are protected. You wouldn't use your computer unprotected so why use your printer unprotected? Source: SC Magazine - Protecting data on copiers

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Printing Strategies for a Greener Business

Green is definitely the way to go these days if you own a business or are in charge of gathering different pieces of technology for your office. Everybody wants to be more energy efficient for many reasons, the main ones being that it cuts costs for you and your business and also allows us to have a safer, cleaner and healthier planet to live on.

Companies around the country are doing their best to be as eco-friendly as possible. One thing that many offices and companies are doing is going green with their printing. This allows companies to reduce pollution, decrease the size of landfills and increase efficiency.

Eco-friendly printing prevents artificial as well as harmful chemicals from being used due to the fact that they can pollute the soil. If you want to print less, only print the documents that are considered the most essential documents in your company. Don't wast time printing office jokes or photocopying your butt to prank your neighboring cubicle. Use emails as much as possible too. Sending documents via email or other file types electronically allows you to send and resend the same thing an endless number of times without wasting any paper.

There are a lot of other things aside from what has already been mentioned that can help you be more green in your print management. For one, always buy environmentally friendly paper and inks. These things do exist so there is no reason for you to not use them. Invest in EnergyStar equipment. EnergyStar equipment is sometimes made from renewable resources and also uses less energy than your conventional equipment. Instead of printing out all your documents, send them in fax form to a network folder. Also consider using inks made from soy. These can easily be recycled.

By doing just some of these things, you can not only help the environment but also save you and your company a lot of money. Plus, doing the right thing just feels so much better after you do it.

Source: Office Product News - Green Printing Strategies For Your Business
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Toshiba Receives BTA's Award for Superior Performance

Toshiba America Business Solutions Incorporated announced yesterday that the company has officially been awarded the Business Technology Association's 2011 Channel's Choice Superior Performance Award as a Primary Product Line Provider for the fifth year straight. This is the highest honor for the organization and also indicates that Toshiba is the number one choice among independent dealers.

This award is also based on completed surveys from over 390 office technology dealers across the country. Toshiba was also honored to once again receive Channel's Choice Awards in three of four key performance categories: Corporate Support, Distribution and Inventory. Toshiba received the awards at the BTA's Winter Break 2011 event in Orlando, Florida.

According to Mark Mathews, President and COO of the Business Technology Association, "More than anything, we are extremely thankful for the consistent recognition we have received from our independent dealers. The fact that dealers take the time out of their busy day to recognize the hard work and effort of the Toshiba team to create valuable programs, products and processes is something that we will never take for granted, no matter how many times we win."

The BTA Channel's Choice Awards are based on feedback from independent office technology dealers that represent all copier and manufacturer product (MFP) vendors in the entire industry as well as all the regions in the country. Over 400 dealers participated in the survey for this year and were asked to rank their primary and secondary vendors in four different key performance categories: Corporate Support, Distribution, Product Line and Inventory. Toshiba nearly swept the awards this year as they did in 2010 and also took home the top honor as well as three out of four performance category awards as mentioned above.

Brent Hoskins, Executive Director of BTA and Editor of Office Technology magazine, stated, "Congratulations, once again, to Toshiba for going above and beyond in support of BTA dealers. After five consecutive years of winning BTA's top award, it's clear that Toshiba is truly dedicated to providing top notch service, support, products and programs to its dealers and, ultimately, customers."

This win for Toshiba marks the company's fifth straight win for the top honor and their twelfth overall.

Source: Business Wire - Toshiba Receives Business Technology Association's Channel's Choice Award for Superior Performance for the Twelfth Time
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Control the Flow of Office Documents

office documentsIncreasing productivity should be the main focus of any company these days, especially with our economy the way it is. A perfect place to begin is by evaluating the flow of information through your company. If you are like most every other company in the world, communication most likely runs via paper and digital documents circulated between departments.

If you are looking to save money, and what company isn't, then having a good handle on your printers and other output devices for documents is critical. Each and every device is different, so each and every device will have different costs associated with them and their total costs will also vary. That is why it is important to evaluate these costs in order to find the most efficient devices to support your needs.

Document management systems are also very important. By utilizing a document management system for inputing data from scanned documents, you can save a lot of time and money while at the same time satisfying your data needs. A system like this can also eliminate the space needed for large file cabinets which also saves you money and overhead. You can also password certain files that require confidentiality for added security for both you and your clients.

Documents, whether they be physical or electronic, are the key flow of information throughout your company. When you have the ability to streamline this flow of information, you can both reduce your overall costs and also improve your customer service. This also allows you to enhance your competitive advantages, improve compliance and reduce legal risk.

Source: Office Product News - Keep your Documents Moving Effortlessly
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Monday, February 7, 2011

PrintFleet Incorporated to be Featured on 21st Century Business

PrintFleet IncorporatedPrintFleet Incorporated, one of the leading print management companies in the world, is going to be featured on 21st Century Business according to Multi-Media Productions (USA) Incorporated.

PrintFleet Incorporated provides print management as well as assessment software along with a lot of other training, business development and support programs for dealers, distributors and even manufacturers that are involved in the imaging and managed print services industry.

PrintFleet provides very impressive agnostic data collection, data integrity and back end support within their line of print management software. This software ranges from simple, rapid assessment to advanced, independently hosted print management.

PrintFleet Incorporated also has award winning sales, marketing and technical support programs which allow the company to empower dealers to gain increased control of print and imaging devices within client sites. This allows them to forge strategic partnerships as well as provide total managed print solutions for their clients.

According to Chris McFarlane, President and COO of PrintFleet Incorporated, "Managed Print Services (MPS) is an exciting and rapidly growing industry. Organizations investigating in MPS are making strategic decisions to improve how their businesses manage print, copy and document resources."

McFarlane went on to say, "We are pleased to have been recognized by 21st Century Business Television and look forward to sharing how PrintFleet and our partners maximize the efficiency of print and document processes."

Vice President of Programming at Multi-Media Productions stated, "PrintFleet is a leader in their industry. We are excited to have them as a guest on our program."

Source: Office Product News

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Fujitsu FTP-62D Thermal Printer

FujitsuFujitsu Components, one of the world's leaders in the development of thermal printers for over 20 years, has just announced their newest thermal printer product, the FTP-62D thermal print mechanism. Fujitsu's continued research in the field of thermal printer mechanisms has led them to create some of the best thermal printers in recent years, and they are looking to continue that trend with the FTP-62D, a thermal printer designed from the customer's point of view and one that has some pretty incredible capabilities.

There is a market demand right now for space-saving printers, and the FTP-62D could very well fill that demand. This compact model is a direct evolution of Fujitsu's current FTP628 printer family. This printer is designed to accommodate paper rolls that are located partially inside the printer module. This allows for the design of the FTP-62D to be small and compact so you can set it up almost anywhere. With the paper roll included you get a space-saving design that can save you up to 8mm in height, compared to your conventional printer, without compromising functionality.

What really stands out about the FTP-62D is the device's performance and capability. This device supports high speed printing of up to 100mm per second at 9.5V and is capable of handling large paper rolls in the minimum possible space. Full dimensions of the FTP-62D are 69.4mm (W) by 46mm (D) by 19mm (H) with a total weight of no more than 37g. The head pressure is controlled by a new innovative spring design that combines several functions including stable head pressure for the perfect results, a low mounting height and earthing the thermal head in order to prevent damage caused by ESD.

The FTP-62D has a minimum printing life of 100 million pulses/50km and also has label printing. If your office needs a new thermal printer as well as a printer that has great functionality and does not consume a lot of space, then look into the FTP-62D from Fujitsu.

Source: Office Product News

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Be Aware of Energy Costs

Energy CostsWhen people factor printers or copiers into their budget, they generally focus on things like ink, paper, maintenance, etc... However, what they do not think of is energy costs. Many people forget that in order for their copier or printer to work it has to have some source of power, and in the office world printers and copiers are usually some of the biggest energy hogs in the office.

Granted, it is hard to total the exact cost of powering your office printer or copier but let's put it into a scenario. If you use your printer or copier for two hours each day in the office and each office has 50 copiers and 500 printers, then your energy costs can be as high as $50,000 a year. That is definitely a lot of money, but thankfully it can be reduced.

One easy solution is consolidating devices. This is especially useful for offices that may have a printer, copier and fax machine right next to each other. If you throw out all of those devices and switch to a multi-functioning system instead, you can immediately cut your power usage. If you have laser printers scattered throughout your office, you can combine these into multifunction systems as well, which are generally less expensive to operate than a personal printer.

You should also look for multi-functioning devices that are energy star compliant. These types of devices have different modes that allow you to cut down on power usage. They can shut themselves off automatically at night and restart themselves in the morning and can also go on standby when not in use. These are all great ways to cut your company's energy costs, so if you are worried about your energy bill continuously rising, then work on incorporating some of these ideas into your business.

Source: Office Product News
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