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Kodak Captures Dealers Attention

1 Jan, 2007 By: Editorial Staff imageSource

Kodak Captures Dealers Attention

Traditionally, enterprise content management (ECM) and document scanning has
been dominated by solution and IT providers specializing in centralized
production scanners. These scanners used for these applications are large volume
workhorses, in a centralized location, and should be used only by a trained

Over the past several years however, the market has changed dramatically as
regulations like HIPAA and Sarbanes Oxley, along with increased technology and
decreased costs, have created a demand for distributed scanning for
small-to-medium sized businesses (SMB). Utilizing a number of lower-cost
machines throughout, for workgroup and departmental use, companies large and
small now have the opportunity to store, retrieve and share documents like never
before. According to an August, 2006 InfoTrends report, shipments of
document-class scanners have grown at a rate of over 50 percent for the third
straight year. Workgroup scanners represented the largest segment of the market,
with shipments rising 75 percent between 2004 and 2005.

Kodak has been involved in document imaging for more than  75 years with more
than 16 years in the document scanning industry. With a strong position in the
mid- to high-volume arena, Kodak now offers a variety of color and black & white
scanners for everything from desktop  workgroup to high-speed centralized
scanners that produce  200  pages-per-minute (ppm).

Recognizing the need for high image quality scanners that are easy to use,
Kodak recently developed its first networked distributed capture scanner at less
than $3,000 per unit, the Scan Station 100, allows users to scan, store, and
share documents on an office network, and send them anywhere without the need to
be attached to a dedicated  computer.

Designed to increase office productivity, the  Kodak Scan Station 100 enables
users to convert paper documents to-color, black-and-white and grayscale-
digital images at speeds of up to 50 images per minute for sharing files via
e-mail; routing to network folder, sending to networked printers/copiers, and
saving information onto portable USB drives.

Unlike other products on the market today, the Scan Station 100 does not
require a dedicated computer, additional software or training to operate because
it connects to existing network infrastructure and features intuitive and
interactive operation from a built-in touch screen with preview.  It can scan a
wide variety of paper documents up to 34 inches in length - as well as smaller
and thicker items including plastic insurance cards or driver licenses. Once
scanned, the Scan Station 100 can output these images in a variety of file
formats, including Searchable PDF.

Kodak's Perfect Page technology automatically de-skews every document and
removes borders. Image Quality is properly adjusted for every document as it
goes through the scanner to ensure that text remains readable. This product is
designed for the average  office worker, requiring little training. In addition,
the Scan Station 100 easily integrates with the latest DocuWare Software, NSi’s
Distributed Capture Workflow Software AutoStore, docSTAR, and DocuLex’s Archive
Studio Software.

"Many scanners that are part of a MFP do not have the image quality of a true
imaging engine like Kodak," said Roger P. Markham, Product Marketing Manager for
Distributed Capture and Integrated Imaging Products, US&C for Kodak. "MFP
scanners are fine for ad-hoc scanning and focused more on output,  but when
you’re dealing with document workflow, storage and compliance issues, companies
should not have to worry about image integrity or quality."

There are many ways that dealers can capitalize on the distributed capture
market and create new opportunities for business. Touting a reduction in supply
costs and a typical return on investment of less than 12 months, the following
are just a few examples of placement areas:

  • Augment and free up scanning time on an existing MFP by pulling larger volume
    scanning away from the MFP and utilizing MFP scanning for non-critical scans.

  • Offer color scanning to existing  black & white placements.

  • Replace fax machines with color and black & white scan to e-mail

  • Implement a document management solution with multiple placements that
    incorporates distributed capture scanners.

Kodak has an established incentive program for dealers with marketing
material, rebates and training. For more information visit
www.kodak.com and click onto All Kodak

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