Editors Desk

Barcelona, the beautiful Catalan city famous for its Gaudi architecture, irrepressible football team and tantalising tapas bars, was host to the 2013 Konica Minolta European Leadership Conference (ELC2013). Held every two years, the ELC is an opportunity for Konica Minolta’s European channel partners to get together and see where Konica Minolta is today, as well as get a glimpse into what the future is likely to deliver in terms of technology and commercial direction—plus, of course, share a glass or two as they discuss success stories with old friends and colleagues. Having been to the last two ELC conferences in Munich and Hamburg, I was yet again impressed by the event from beginning to end, with Konica Minolta presenting a solid strategy for embracing the key challenges that the imaging industry faces. The keynote speeches in the morning session from Konica Minolta Inc. President and CEO Masatoshi Matsuzaki and Ken Osuga, president of Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS) Europe GmbH, set a very positive tone for the conference.

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11/07/2013

When deciding on what device to purchase, users must consider multiple aspects of performance: reliability, productivity, image quality, ease of use, toner yields and cost of ownership, to name just a few. When considering ease of use, ease of programming print and copy jobs is just one factor of many. Another factor to consider is how much time users will have to spend interacting with the device for procedures such as changing supplies.  One might think that something as mundane as changing toner or ink couldn’t possibly vary that much from one device to another. But in the research conducted for our extensive White Paper on the HP Officejet Pro X576dw versus laser products, BLI found the results to be quite surprising: For printing 60,000 impressions, the range from the fewest to the most interventions for small workgroup laser models varied by more than 50 interventions! While you’ll have to read our White Paper to get the full results, we can share some key highlights here.

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10/08/2013

On Wednesday, September 25, BLI editors joined Canon Solutions America for an open house event at MetLife Stadium, where Canon gave a first look demonstration on the company’s new document management software offering, Therefore.

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10/07/2013

The expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is particularly true when it comes to digital duplicators, a tried-and-true technology that has been around for decades. When BLI asked RISO Marketing Manager Suzanne Farley what has changed most over the previous generation of the company’s duplicator products, she said that the devices have become more environmentally friendly, offering such features as ECO mode. According to the company, ECO mode reduces power consumption without compromising quality. When BLI recently tested a group of RISO’s current line of digital duplicators, it, in fact, found no visible difference in the image quality output produced by the RISO EZ391U with ECO Mode turned on and that produced with ECO Mode turned off.

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09/24/2013

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