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BLI And Document Imaging Vendors Brainstorm To The Benefit Of Buyers

15 May, 2007

BLI And Document Imaging Vendors Brainstorm To The Benefit Of Buyers

At BLI's second annual Testing Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting held recently in New Jersey, virtually all major MFP vendors weighed in on BLI's testing plans for 2007 and beyond.

While BLI's testing continually evolves with the industry, the TAC was established to formally solicit input from manufacturers in various segments of the document imaging industry to help ensure that BLI's test reports provide the greatest possible value for buyers and vendors alike.

Just as suggestions from last year's meeting resulted in a number of enhancements to BLI's testing, this year's meeting will also result in several important changes.

Perhaps most important among them is the addition to BLI's test reports on copier multifunctional products of an average optimum monthly volume, based on vendors' responses to a BLI survey. Document imaging product manufacturers publish a maximum monthly duty cycle for their products, which represents the outer limits of their capabilities. Notoriously high, the maximum monthly duty cycle is not intended to be a guideline for regular monthly usage and has not served buyers or the industry well. In contrast, the new average optimum monthly volume will serve as a practical and useful guideline for buyers and vendors, as it is the average monthly volume at which products in its speed range will provide the best performance.
While some vendors are reluctant to provide this information for individual products, BLI's TAC members agreed to provide the information anonymously for products in a wide range of different speed bands.

Commenting on the optimum monthly volume, BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman said, "This is an excellent and extremely gratifying example of how BLI and the industry can work together to benefit buyers."

Other topics covered included whether business color MFPs should be categorized based on their color speed or black speed, as well as whether multifunction printers should be evaluated against more traditional copier MFPs. Read the entire article now on BLI's Web site by clicking here.

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