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Canon U.S.A. Introduces 14 New Office Systems

2 Nov, 2004

Canon U.S.A. Introduces 14 New Office Systems

Canon U.S.A. unveiled an expansive array of new digital multifunction hardware, platform technologies and related software solutions at its Digital Solutions Forum. Canon introduced a wide range of new office systems and technologies covering a full spectrum of black-and-white and color multifunction print engines, supported with enhanced networking and workflow capabilities, improved security features, and greater integration of Canon’s exclusive custom embedded application platform known as MEAP – or “Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform” technology.

“Canon’s Digital Solutions Forum events have always been about making a strong statement to our customers and the industry at large,” said Tod Pike, senior vice president of sales, marketing, and administration for Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Systems Group. “Whether it be producing documents, distributing information, managing knowledge or increasing efficiency, Canon today is offering its customers greater choices, and greater control over their business processes to get work done more effectively, efficiently, and securely.”

Canon has introduced 14 new imageRUNNER models spanning mid-to-production level volume, and black-and-white and color technologies. Each new black-and-white imageRUNNER is equipped with Canon’s third-generation imagePlatform (iP) controller architecture, featuring a single custom chip design that leverages shared memory resources, inclusive of hard disk and RAM, to efficiently control device functionality. Canon’s proprietary printing algorithm, UFR II (Ultra Fast Rendering II), is also universal to all imageRUNNER devices, and uses the processing power found on today’s personal computers to share data processing between the network connected personal computer and imageRUNNER device. A common, intuitive user interface, and consistent paper-handling features also assure quick user learning curves and minimal investment in training.

In further expanding the customization potential of imageRUNNER devices across the product line, select new models integrate Canon’s MEAP technology. Canon MEAP technology transforms the level of utility and value derived from multifunction devices through extensive customization capabilities that can be developed specific to individual customer needs. MEAP technology essentially removes any commodity or “one-size fits all” associations to multifunction devices, potentially making each device unique, down to the user interface.

The new imageRUNNER 2270 (22 pages-per-minute, or ppm) and 2870 (28 ppm) models are designed to drive exceptional black-and-white multifunction performance in small businesses and workgroups, while the imageRUNNER 3570 (35 ppm) and 4570 (45 ppm) models are geared for mid-volume corporate departments. Canon MEAP technology is standard on each. The new imageRUNNER 2230, 2830, and 3530 also operate at 22 ppm, 28 ppm, and 35 ppm, respectively. These models are suited for customers with basic multifunction needs, and are not equipped with Canon MEAP technology.

Canon also unveiled the color-enabled imageRUNNER C5800. The imageRUNNER C5800 operates at 58 ppm for black-and-white output and 16 ppm for office color output. Incorporating Canon’s Amorophorous Silicon (A-Si) drum technology, first introduced on the imageRUNNER C6800 earlier this year, the imageRUNNER C5800 delivers exceptional, cost-effective black-and-white and color output for general business use.

New imageRUNNER 5570, 6570, 8070, 85+, 9070, and 105+ Models

The imageRUNNER 5570/6570 (55 and 65 ppm, respectively), imageRUNNER 8070/9070 (80 and 90 ppm, respectively), 85 ppm imageRUNNER 85+ and 105 ppm imageRUNNER 105+, which were previewed on the Digital Solutions Forum show floor, extend the imageRUNNER line to further meet the ever-changing productivity and budget requirements of mid-sized workgroups up to large corporate enterprises. With the exception of the imageRUNNER 85+, each of these new black-and-white devices is equipped with Canon MEAP technology.

Software and Network Solutions - Integrating Innovation and Document Workflow

With an ever-growing library of Canon-branded and third-party solutions designed to enhance the integration, productivity and utility of imageRUNNER devices, Canon has introduced a number of new performance-enhancing software and network peripherals at its Digital Solutions Forum.

Virtual Mailbox – In today’s corporate world, nearly all documents are created and used electronically. However, all printing is confined to a specific geographic location, due to legacy IT configurations. Virtual Mailbox brings printing without boundaries to the workplace. Virtual Mailbox uses Canon’s latest MEAP technology to create a virtual central printing service for users. With this solution, users can place documents in their own, or a colleague’s, mailbox, and the documents can be printed at any Virtual Mailbox-enabled Canon imageRUNNER device in the organization, either locally or at remote locations around the world.

NetSpot Accountant v4.0 – NetSpot Accountant v4.0 is the ultimate tool for tracking office equipment utilization, managing device workload and recovering costs. NetSpot Accountant can directly integrate with Microsoft’s Active Directory, making installation easy by allowing quick setup of users and groups within the system. NetSpot Accountant v4.0 also automatically recognizes networked devices in order to register their capabilities and feature sets.

Features in NetSpot Accountant v4.0 include:

Break down and analyze output related costs and device utilization patterns for the full complement of office equipment, including copiers, facsimile machines, network printers, and MFP imaging systems.

Track usage by multiple criteria, including: paper type; individual user, group or department; output (i.e., single or double sided, black-and-white or color); machine ID, and billing codes.

Enables customized reports on usage, and the results can be exported into spreadsheets or billing applications, generating hard numbers for internal cost allocation and budgeting.

imageWARE Document Manager Client for MEAP platforms – imageWARE Document Manager Client for MEAP is a powerful, yet easy-to-use MEAP application residing on compatible imageRUNNER systems, providing end users with the ability to directly scan documents from the imageRUNNER into the imageWARE Document Manager database. Prior to scanning, users with appropriate database access rights have the ability to browse imageWARE cabinets and folders, as well as enter appropriate indexing information relevant to the document being scanned. By supporting direct scanning into the imageWARE Document Manager database, customers can support ad-hoc document capture and management capabilities without the need for building centralized scanning operations. By distributing scanning and document management workload, customers can drive greater efficiencies, lessen costs, and deliver scanning to the point of need.

imageWARE Publishing Manager Professional Edition – Canon's imageWARE Publishing Manager Pro is a sophisticated desktop publishing tool that targets professional printers (corporate reprographic departments, print-for-pays and in-plants) by providing the integration of different document types (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) into a single file in one seamless procedure. imageWARE Publishing Manager Pro provides advanced document construction options including page level settings (Bates stamping and page numbering for example) as well as tabs, chapters, inserts, paper handling and finishing options. Publishing Manager Pro also supports document capture from industry standard scanners, and creates hot folders with predefined job templates with document attributes automatically applied for streamlined workflow.

eCopy ShareScan OP (Open Platform) 2.0 – eCopy ShareScan OP 2.0 is part of eCopy’s OP Suite of products, which allows MEAP enabled imageRUNNER devices to function as part of a true information “hub” by integrating hard-copy operations directly into the workflow of enterprise software applications, such as reporting, administration, document management, ERP, financials, HR and customer management. The solution enables low-cost, easy, instantaneous distribution and management of digital copies of paper documents.

New features in eCopy ShareScan OP Version 2.0 include:

Support for the Canon MEAP compatible Color imageRUNNER C3220

Improved Quick Connect Integration Capabilities

Enhanced Microsoft Exchange Features

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Language Selection

ColorPASS Technology – As the use and need for complex color production becomes more prevalent in a variety of office environments, Canon is introducing the new ColorPASS Z500E print controller to bring more powerful and reliable color graphic printing solutions to its CLC 1100 Series devices. The new ColorPASS Z500E drives the highest image quality in order to provide graphic arts professionals the most powerful processing value. With standard “Spot On” and “Auto Trapping” tools for superior color management and print accuracy, the new ColorPASS Z500E features 250MB RAM (upgradeable to 415MB) and features an Intel Pentium 3 Processor at 1GHz with a 20GB hard drive.

Canon Print Server Appliance Release 2.0 – The Print Server Appliance (PSA) Release 2.0 is a turnkey server appliance that automatically discovers print devices on the network, creates the printing queues, and makes available the appropriate drivers to the client population through a single click.

PSA Release 2.0 delivers a number of new features and functions including:

Automatic Failover to ensure that clients are always able to print on the network

Fleet Manager Utility capable of managing multiple PSA’s within an enterprise from one centralized management console

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