Do you find yourself running to Kinkos “real quick” on your lunch hour to make a few color copies only to spend an hour waiting in line, spending more money than you bargained on, and feeling frazzled? This may be another familiar scenario,
sitting in front of a desktop scanner for what seems like an eternity scanning in a 200 page document. There goes your productive morning. Or have you said or heard, “Oh, I’ll just pick up a little ink jet printer for my color printing,” later to shake your head wondering why the ink jet cartridges are as much as a Mercedes payment.
If you have found yourself in any of the above predicaments, you may be ready to make the transition to a multi-function product.
Let’s talk about why you went to Kinkos in the first place: You may have needed to print color flyers for an open house, promotional brochures, or create manuals for new hires. After factoring in your drive time, the time it takes to get the associates to help you and the time it takes to throw out the bad copies that came off of a public use machine, you are more than likely spending too many of your work hours on a project that should be very easy to do. Well, here’s the good news: it can be! Imagine having an MFP right under your own roof at your beck and call. No traffic, waiting in lines, and wasting your lunch hour, not to mention 1/10th the cost per page. After all, how much is your time really worth?
Now, let’s think about that desktop scanner for a minute. We can all agree that scanning is essential in today’s work place. Having a desktop scanner is a great idea, especially if you are scanning a 5 page document or something a few times a day. What if you have an office staff, all wanting to scan to email and scanning in 50 page documents or more? You will either have a traffic jam at your desktop scanner or it will get left for you to do. The last thing you want is a bunch of disgruntled and unmotivated employees mulling around a desktop scanner. The average desktop
scanner will scan at about 26 pages per minute. Not bad but generally, you have feed each page in to the scanner, or worse—use the flatbed at a brutal 20 seconds per page. I don’t even want to think about duplexing. An MFP has a document feeder which allows you to put about 100 sheets of paper in it at once. Also, there are dual scanning capabilities that
allow you to do double sided documents with one pass thru the doc feeder. Imagine walking up to your MFP, placing your pages in the document feeder, customizing what you’re going to scan in (at up to 160 pages per minute), and pressing start! So easy!
Copying color, printing and black and white documents are still the backbone of any office, even in this increasingly paperless world. Having an ink jet printer is initially an inexpensive quick fix for on demand printing. But, on average you may find yourself spending 5-20 cents per page.
An MFP will print and copy with higher quality at a lower cost. We’re talking like 1-2 cents per black and white print.
Think of it, making quality copies, scanning at 160 pages per minute & color printing at a fraction of the cost. If you have dealt with any of the things we just talked about, it is time to let a new MFP do the heavy lifting.
PDP is proud to have a new hand holding PDP’s pen to the page in this digital age. Jessica “Blogmaster” Berney is our new Social Media and Digital Publications Editor. In addition to her duties as our Customer Service Representative, she will be managing our tweets, blogs, vlogs, likes, upvotes and +1’s.
We here at PDP are very excited to see what Jessica has to say about our industry, Las Vegas, and whatever else she feels like writing about. We are sure that her tireless endeavors to satisfy our customers and her keen eye for excitement and intrigue (well, if there is any in the copier industry) will bring a
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With all the talk about E3 going on this week, discussions about Graphical Automated Multipurpose Environments (GAMEs) have been taking up most of our free time in the IT Department. Some of those discussions are actually relevant to the copier world.
In this post, we have decided to resurrect an old flash game, Z-Rox and throw it out there for folks to see.
This game showcases the way that a copier scans and produces images. It provides a relatively simple interface in which the player watches a single line of image data as if the actual image was crossing over one point, and then guesses what that image is. This is essentially the same process that digital copiers go through when they are compiling a scanned image into the copy that is produced. This one to
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The bizhub C364e Series has been released, and we’re excited to talk about how these machines expand on the core design and function of their predecessors.
This series enhances what worked well with the C364 Series by adding new features to compliment the already easy-to-use interface. The new machines adopt and expand the “INFO-Palette” design, providing a seamless transition between PCs, tablet devices, smartphones, and our
The new 9” color touch panel display includes:
All of these features work well with the already effective touch panel display and are geared towards ease-of-use in the copying and scanning environment. These new functions focus on previewing and editing scan and copy outputs as well as adding increased functionality when it comes to editing User Box files. If you’re already familiar with touch-screen navigation on your tablet or smartphone, the enhanced gestures will make you feel right at home.
The gestures themselves are not just for show either. They truly make things easier when it comes to working with your documents. Previewing your scan file before sending it out also lets you make basic changes to your documents. For example, you can use the pinch gesture to zoom in and out to check the fidelity of the scanned images or the two-finger rotate gesture to correct the orientation of a single page. These gestures also carry over to the User Box, where you can adjust a saved User Box file much like other documents, such as using Long Tap gesture to
go to the edit screen and change the page order with the Drag & Drop gesture. The Long Tap is especially helpful for quick access to basic functions such as sending, printing, and editing.
Along with these enhanced touch screen gestures, the
C364e Series comes with a few key differences from the previous series. The first thing most users familiar with the C364 Series notice is that the display, while able to be tilt-adjusted, remains locked in place, ridding the panel of the 10-key number panel. Instead, the 10-key has been worked into the touch interface, which works quite well since the goal is to keep the focus on the screen itself rather than diverting the attention elsewhere. However, a tactile 10-key panel is an option for those who prefer it to the touch feature.
almost- hidden, feature we found is the enhanced sound menu, giving users the ability to not only change when a sound alert accompanies a certain action, but also the particular sound scheme for the machine to use. While not entirely necessary to the function of the machine, we found that the different sound choices, such as Techno, Music Box, and New Age, add personality when compared to the classic beep alert.
There are also a few notable functional, convenient, and environmental features found in the C364e Series machines. Consumables and many of the main options are compatible between the existing bizhub C364 Series and the C364e Series products. Customers can still choose from a range print/copy speed (in pages per minute – ppm) in both color and black & white (36 ppm, 28 ppm, and 22 ppm). Scan features include up to 160 operations per minute with the optional DF-701 single-pass dual scan document feeder for 100% higher productivity than that of simplex scanning. Combining the features of the LK-102 (Encrypted PDF) and LK-105 (Searchable PDF / OCR), the new i-Option LK-110 License Kit makes it possible to also convert User Box data to Compact PDF files and transform incoming faxes to searchable PDF. The C364e Series engine has a System on Chip (SoC) feature, which combines the ASIC and CPU into one chip, as well as a new wake-up function which enables automatic answering for network communication. The result of these features is significantly low power consumption, achieving less than 1.0-watt power consumption during Sleep mode while also improving TEC values.
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pushes the new series beyond what you’d expect from an MFP in terms of ease-of-use, comfort, and efficiency. The goal with these new machines is to enhance and expand the functionality of an already successful design (hence the “e” extension) and we feel that the new C364e Series does just that by providing familiar controls that transition well across multiple platforms, adding sound schemes that give character to the machines, and of course maintaining the speed and efficiency you’d expect from the bizhub line of MFPs.
Here at PDP, we are continually discussing the changes in office environments, how they affect our office, our customers and the equipment that we all use. One topic of conversation that has been ubiquitous in the last few years is that of security. It is vastly important, and in an increasingly digital world, seems to warrant further conversation. So that is the topic of this entry: MFP security.
Both public and private documents, such as health and legal records, tax information, etc. are run through copiers, printers, scanners, and fax machines on a daily basis. These documents are being processed into digital information that can be altered and reproduced for various purposes, but what we tend to overlook is that this information is often stored on the machine itself.
The first question to ask is: Why would I ever want that functionality when it is so clearly a possible flaw in document security? The answer is simply: for your convenience. Today’s modern MFP
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documents is an essential a part of achieving these goals.
The next question to ask is: Since my information is stored on my office equipment, how do I ensure that my private information remains private? A few short years ago, this was a rising
concern for MFP owners and manufacturers alike. A 2010 story outlining the potential risks involved in copier usage was incitingly brought to light by CBS News.
Click here to view the story.
The main claims of the story pointed out that widely used machines had no built-in functionality to secure your information, drawing attention to used copiers containing police and health records, and that additional paid services needed to be purchased in order to keep such private documents and information from being accessed beyond the place of operation and lease periods. Happily, Konica Minolta was not listed in this report as an
offender, due to their exceedingly high standards for document security.
In fact, an inevitable part of our security conversations here at PDP is our relief and pride in the fact that even prior to this period of scrutiny, our Konica Minolta MFPs have maintained a high standard of security, ensuring that private information stays private through built-in functions such as Data Overwrite and Hard Drive Encryption, as well as several others. This allows our devices to marry the versatility, efficiency, and ease-of-use granted by onboard hard drives without sacrificing the security and peace of mind you need from your copiers, scanners and printers.
We know every business is different so we would like to hear how vital office security is to you. What do you need to keep safe? How do you do it? And, as always, what can we do to help?
PDP is proud to announce the launch of its new website!
Since you are reading this, you have already found us, but we are very excited to go live with a new layout. Special thanks go to Jennifer Web Design, a local web design and SEO company for their efforts in creating the new pdplv.com. We would also like to thank all those who contributed content and input to make this website our new home on the web.
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As always, our focus is on providing the best services possible to our customers, and as new needs become apparent we will be adding them to our corner of the world-wide-web. You can look forward to self-help, training, and tips and tricks for your MFPs, Printers and Workflows later this year.
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