Editors Desk

The latest offering out of Fujitsu’s R&D department is the ScanSnap SV600, an overhead scanning solution that captures images without contact. The overhead-mounted cameras scan images from 1" x 1" to 11.8" x 17". The device automatically recognizes when pages are turned while scanning books or magazines, for example, to help move the capture process along. The multi-crop feature allows multiple documents within the scan area, such as business cards, to be scanned, cropped and saved as individual images. And according to the company, scans can be initiated at the touch of a button. As with some other ScanSnap scanners, the unit comes with ScanSnap Manager, ScanSnap Organizer, Rack2-Filer Smart and Magic Desktop. Adobe Acrobat, ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap, CardMinder and the Easy Book Creation utility are also included.

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09/11/2013

Eastman Kodak Company reached an agreement with the UK-based Kodak Pension Plan (KPP) for KPP to purchase Kodak’s Document Imaging (DI) and Personalized Imaging (PI) businesses for $650 million. This agreement also settles about $2.8 billion of claims by KPP against Kodak and certain affiliates, according to the company. Other proceeds will be used to support Kodak’s recovery from Chapter 11 and grow its Commercial Imaging business. The agreement will involve about 3,450 current DI and PI employees, including those in sales, service, manufacturing and R&D. The businesses will be able to retain the “Kodak” brand and can use “Kodak” in the new company name under the new ownership. Although the agreement must be approved by the court, the company expects the closing to be in the third quarter of 2013. Kodak Pension Plan is privately held and is Kodak’s largest non-secure creditor.

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05/01/2013

Since the end of the Winter 2013 test season, BLI has already published 39 environmental test reports, 11 of which have earned five stars for both energy consumption and the overall rating; and there are nearly three months left in the test season! Although most of the top performers were A4 MFPs in the small workgroup category, some A3 devices also garnered the five-star seal. Below is a list of the top performers and a glimpse at how they fared against their respective competitive groups in BLI’s environmental job stream test:

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04/19/2013

The ENERGY STAR program, in conjunction with the US Environmental Protection Agency, recently announced the finalization of “ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Imaging Equipment Version 2.0,” which will take the place of version 1.2 as of January 1st 2014. And as with previous iterations of ENERGY STAR, there will be no grandfathering of devices recently tested using version 1.2 criteria. However, manufacturers can begin certifying equipment for ENERGY STAR version 2.0.

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04/19/2013

More than 1,000 Kyocera and Copystar employees, dealers and guests attended KYOCERA Document Solutions America’s FY14 Pan-American Dealer Meeting April 8 through 10 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Celebrating Kyocera’s 40th year in the Americas, President and CEO of KYOCERA Document Solutions America (KDA) Norihiko Ina proudly announced that for the second year in a row, the fiscal year’s consolidated sales represent the highest revenue the company has ever achieved.

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04/19/2013