Lexmark Unveils “Open to Possibilies” Moniker

Lexmark has announced that it will be running under the new “Open to possibilities” moniker in addition to a fresh logo.

Since breaking away from IBM in 1991, Lexmark has been steadily developed a brand that’s autonomous with copiers and MFPs.  The company currently services more than 170 countries and is a leader in the manage print services (MPS) industry.

As the world’s business culture continue its shift to an eco-friendly paradigm, Lexmark is making a commitment to supply copier equipment that provide greener features without the compromise.  Not much needs to be said about the company’s portfolio as Lexmark is still a leader in the copier, MFPs and MPS business.

The company’s new logo is doing away with the traditional typeface and instead replaced with a green logo that represents Lexmark’s commitment to conserving the world’s resources.  According to Lexmark, the new logo “evokes the clarity, value and durability of the traditional Lexmark diamond.”

In tandem with the new logo is the new tagline which asks people to explore what Lexmark products have to offer.  The company believes its experience and expertise in the industry will provide customers with the necessary equipment to adapt to the changing environments, but at the same time all the necessary functionalities to streamline productivity.

Although the tagline and logo are now altered, Lexmark’s main priority is still customer support and obtaining customer loyalty through robust products and exceptional customer engagement.

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Ricoh Survey : Patients want Hospitals to cut Paperwork

According to a recent survey by Ricoh, patients want hospitals to upgrade their outdated record-keeping system by replacing paper with digital means.

The survey, which tracked 2,000 adults in the U.S., states that hospitals are being overwhelmed by paperwork.  77 percent of people surveyed said hospitals spent too much time dealing with paperwork, leaving much less time for treating and assisting patients.  Furthermore, patients that perceive their caregiver as spending less time on paperwork feel that they are getting better services.

Along that same line, 9 out of 10 respondents said that they would feel more comfortable if hospitals upgraded to using things such as tablets instead of paper for jotting down information or for keeping records.  More than 92 of people also said they are all for hospitals doing away with paperwork to concentrate on patient care.

The Ricoh survey says a lot about how our society has evolved to become reliant on technology to not only provide convenience but also health support.  But the reality is, MFPs aren’t going anywhere.  Whether by formality or by law, paper documents are still an integral part of any businesses.

What people demand vs. what companies and organizations can supply are two different things.  When patients demand more tablets in hospitals, the proprietors much take action to upgrade all MFPs and copiers to enable direct connectivity between these devices.

Therefore it is critical that organizations do all they can to adjust accordingly to the demands of their clients.  Simply cutting out MFPs and replacing them with tablets and cloud-based documentations doesn’t mean everything is ready to go.

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OKI Data Introduces Two New MFP Copiers.

OKI Data has introduced two new multifunction device (MFP) which features extreme flexibility on many fronts.  Small to mid-sized workgroups will find the desktop MC873dn and the floor-standing MC873dnc/MC873dnx are highly capable copiers not only terms of features but also in terms of eco-friendliness.

Both models produces professional documents ranging from standard-sized prints to A3/tabloid media quickly and efficiently.  Print, copy, scan and fax functionalities come standard, as well as a bevy of other features such as secure print encryption.

The new MFP also comes with OKI Data’s COREFIDO warranty and recycling program, allowing consumers to upgrade to a 5-year warranty at no additional cost.  This, along with the low-footprint designs, makes the new line of OKI Data MFPs highly effective instruments for delivering quality documents while keeping costs at a minimum.

However, perhaps the most exciting news to come out of the OKI Data press release is actually not the MFPs at all.  Rather, the company announced that they’ll be making some moves this summer to integrate the latest API into the devices to allow third-party developers to customize new and innovative functions into OKI Data’s smart MFPs.

This announcement by OKI Data is significant because workgroups will be able to cut costs by extending the shelf life of these MFPs through their own in-house developments.  Outdated proprietary software often disrupt new workflow procedures that helps streamline office activities.

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Green Copiers: Erasable Toners and Reducing Carbon Footprints

It’s inevitable that the world we live in is heading towards a much “greener” pasture, and companies are doing what they can to save resources and change their image.  Toshiba, among some of the top companies in the copier industry, is making some moves which promises to reduce paper usage by as much as 80% without compromising workflow.

 

The strategy is simple; use erasable toners.  According to Toshiba’s VP Carl Morris, the use of paper still plays “an important part in the business world.”  Therefore, it is impossible to completely eliminate copiers and paper print.

 

Erasable toners along with other efforts by OEMs to reduce carbon footprint reportedly offset over 350,000 tons of CO2 since 2009.  Toshiba boasts one of the largest portfolios of Eco-MFPs and copiers, which is why eco-conscious businesses are flocking in droves to leverage these technologies to remain competitive.

 

As more and more consumers are becoming environmentally conscious, they demand that companies align their business practices with the newly found mentality of buyers.  Morris states that it is increasingly important for business to implementing paper cutting strategies to maintain good relationships with its customers—especially those under the B2B model.

 

To begin a paper cutting campaign, businesses must first educate themselves on the proper products and services that will serve each particular business needs without interrupting the workflow.  Copiers that uses erasable toners is just one of the many strategies that are out there. It is possible to use less paper without printing less.

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Another Recycling Event Planned with Copiers Expected

If you missed Intel’s last recycling event, which we mentioned here, and are looking to either get rid of some equipment or look for new copiers to possibly grab that no one wants, you may be in luck.

According to The Rock River Times, there is a recycling event planned this May in Oregon with copy machines certainly making an expected presence.

“The recycling event will be accepting only residential electronic equipment such as answering machines, calculators, cameras, cell phones, CD-ROM drives, computers, cables, cable receivers, copy machines, credit card machines, digital converter boxes, digital music players, CDs and DVDs, electric motors and wire, fax machines, floppy disk drives, keyboards, laptops, modems, monitors, mice (electronic), microwave ovens, pagers, phone systems, printers, postage machines, power tools, projection TVs, projectors, rechargeable batteries (no alkaline), scanners, servers, shredders, software, stereo equipment, tablets, iPads, tape drives, tape recorders, telephones, typewriters, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, video/audio tapes, video cameras, video game players and satellite receivers.”

It will take place Friday, May 3, from 8am-3pm at Ogle County Farm Bureau parking lot, 421 W. Pines Road, in Oregon, Ill.

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School Districts and Copy Machine Leases

I recently ran into this article from eMissourian that talks about a school district renewing a lease on copy machines.

“The Meramec Valley School District will renew its lease for 39 copy machines throughout the district. District officials say they run off about 9 million copies a year.”

This is interesting because it shows most school districts do not purchase their own equipment, but lease it. I am sure the same thing can be said in some companies or other government institutions when it comes to copiers.

Thus, this can be seen as a good and bad thing. Bad for the copy machine makers who want to sell as much equipment themselves as possible, and good for the leasers and those in the business of offering copy services themselves.

The bottom line, however, is there are many interesting ways to go with copiers as assets.

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The Meaning of the Term “Copy”

Although copiers specialized in copying services, primarily copying important pages or documents made out of paper, the term is often interchangeable with an original copy of a work.

According to CS Monitor, tax papers may be original or copied from the original file. This is what is available online and is enough for the IRS. However, it still isn’t an original.

“The exchange got me thinking about copy in the sense of replica or mere imitation and the same word used to mean – what? I’m stuck here because there’s no ready synonym. What I’m getting at is copy in the sense of “an instance” of something. When you ask, “Do you have your own copy of the book, or shall I lend you mine?” you’re using copy in a sense different from “I made a copy of my check before mailing it.”

The author makes an interesting point. In English, we often correlate the term copy to an original and irreplaceable document rather than copies of an original. These terms are often used interchangeably.

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Canon Profits from Printer & Copier Gains

Canon has a wide range of copy machines and printers on the market and the company recently posted its financial report according to Times Colonist:

“Japanese camera and office equipment maker Canon Inc. on Thursday reported a hefty 16 per cent gain in profit for the first fiscal quarter, largely on a favourable exchange rate, but such strong growth wasn’t expected to hold up.”

To get specific figures, Canon’s profits grew 6% from last year:

“Canon’s January-March net profit totalled 47.6 billion yen ($467 million) on quarterly sales of 868.3 billion yen ($8.5 billion), up 6 per cent on year, as healthy laser printer and copier demand offset shrinking camera sales.”

As you can see from the report, laser printer and copiers are doing great with consumers and Canon is creating a demand for them as compared to its other businesses.

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Dropbox = the Virtual Copy Machine?

Although copy machines are very important even in this day and age, the digital age is following their model in many ways through the use of the cloud, Internet and broadband communications.

This was really highlighted in this piece EETimes called “Life Without Dropbox? Unthinkable!.”

“The great thing is that as soon as I get a new machine, I bounce over to DropBox and download their application onto this new platform. This time, instead of creating a new account, I tell DropBox that I have an existing account and provide the details (username, password, etc.).”

Does this not sound like a virtualized copy machine to you? Although copy machines may start becoming less relevant on the wider scale, their model may be timeless and useful for other methods of distributing files.

We now can copy files directly through Dropbox and walk around with them on our iPads rather than carrying paper in our hands. Although this method is still impractical on a massive scale since most companies do not have a policy in place or can afford one that would mandate each employee to own an iPad and bring it everywhere with them.

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Recycling Events May Be a Great Way to Find Still Usable Copiers

If you are shopping for a copier today and do not need a brand new device for your business, going to recycling centers or digging around the trash near office centers and corporate business centers may be an option to consider.

What got me thinking about this is how I always notice so many PCs, printers and copiers lying around when companies update their equipment or move offices. These are often still very much working devices and hardware that shouldn’t be discarded so easily.

Intel is hosting a recycling event for such electronics today, according to MetroWestDaily.

“Intel, the world’s largest computer chip maker, has held the event for several years to provide residents of area towns and local businesses with an opportunity to recycle old electronics in an environmentally safe manner, said Ann Hurd, Intel spokeswoman.”

This event may provide some good equipment to dig through if Intel allows this of course. Or it may end up in some dump somewhere. It will take place today until 6 pm.

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