New generation MFPs from Toshiba and Canon provide enhanced levels of usability and manageability to maximise machine uptime and employee productivity.
Toshiba: Customisation and integration
Toshiba has updated its MFP range with 12 new A3 devices developed to meet growing demand for customisation and integration with business workflows.
In total, there are seven new colour models, the e-STUDIO2500AC series and the e-STUDIO5005AC series, and five new mono machines, the e-STUDIO5008A series. All offer printing, scanning and copying as standard, with fax integration, optical character recognition (OCR) and pull-printing available as options.
- a 9in tablet-style user interface, offering ‘swipe and pinch’ smartphone-like operation and customisation to meet individual preferences and requirements (e.g. background images; choice of features and functions; and one-tap workflow shortcuts);
- e-BRIDGE Next controller technology, developed from scratch to simplify integration into end users’ IT infrastructure and workflows, including support for cloud and mobile printing via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print or the Mopria Print Service. Optional connectors provide direct access to Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox cloud services;
- a Dual Scan Document Feeder with a paper capacity of 300 sheets and double-sided scanning at speeds of up to 240 impressions per minute (e-STUDIO5008A and e-STUDIO5005AC series only); and
- e-BRIDGE CloudConnect, a free cloud-based service that enables resellers to monitor devices remotely, correct faults and automatically schedule in and carry out firmware upgrades without having to send out an engineer. If a site visit is required, remote diagnostics ensures that engineers know what the problem is and have the right parts to fix it. Automatic supplies replenishment also helps maximise machine uptime.
In addition to these enhancements, the new devices include the best and most popular features of previous generation Toshiba MFPs, including a secure hard disk (with real-time 256- bit AES encryption) that becomes unreadable if removed from the device; and carbon neutrality at point of delivery, with all carbon emissions from manufacturing, transport and delivery offset through Toshiba’s Carbon Zero Scheme, at no cost to the customer.
Commenting on the benefits of the new devices, Toshiba TEC marketing director Jeremy Spencer said: “Every industry sector has unique workflow requirements, and to cater for this diversity we have developed systems that empower users and give them full autonomy and flexibility. These twelve new models provide tailor-made, cost effective document management solutions that improve business processes and effectiveness.”
Canon: A shared platform
Like Toshiba and Samsung (see page 30), Canon, too, is making use of cloud services and customisable user interfaces to improve the functionality and reliability of its new generation MFPs.
Its flagship imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 series of A3 colour MFPs features a large colour touchscreen and customisable user interface and a new architecture for next level print management, usability and integration with business applications and cloud ecosystems.
Due to be deployed on all future New generation MFPs from Toshiba and Canon provide enhanced levels of usability and manageability to maximise machine uptime and employee productivity.
Hail the new generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE devices, this includes a common interface and operating platform, providing a consistent look and feel, options and features across all devices, plus the ability for resellers to maintain and upgrade devices remotely.
All five new models come with Universal Login Manager software, which provides userbased authentication and the ability to customise access to MFP functions. Further control is available through integration with Canon’s uniFLOW output management and smart scanning solution.
The MFPs are designed with digitisation in mind and feature a time-saving single-pass duplexing document feeder and the ability to scan and convert documents to Searchable PDF, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint files.
Adam Poole, marketing director for Canon UK & Ireland, said: “In today’s digital world, businesses increasingly need smart technology to enable employees to work efficiently – that thinking is at the heart of our new devices. The value of print lies in its ability to create, manage and share documents and information seamlessly across an organisation. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 series with the new shared platform is designed to reduce the administration, time, cost and effort of this process while boosting productivity.”
The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 series includes five colour models offering print speeds from 35 to 60 pages per minute – the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5535/ C5535i/C5540i/C5550i/C5560i.