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Panasonic Fax Products Awarded Top Honor by Independent Test Lab

3 Jun, 2002

Panasonic Fax Products Awarded Top Honor by Independent Test Lab

Panasonic, which is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Panafax® brand, has taken top honors in the 2002 Digital Office Awards sponsored by Business Equipment Research and Test Laboratories Ltd. (BERTL), an independent testing organization.


Panasonic received BERTL's Best Fax Products rating for outstanding quality, design and innovation in its fax and Internet fax devices. The winners in the internationally acclaimed "BEST of the BEST" competition were announced this week by BERTL.


Considering the multitude of reputable fax products and brands on the market, it is all the more extraordinary that BERTL singled out one brand as the best that the industry has to offer. The recognition is the latest in a string of industry awards that Panasonic has racked up for its fax products. These include "Facsimile Manufacturer of the Year," and "Facsimile Manufacturer of the Decade" for the 1990's from The Cannata Report.

According to Carmel Rowley, BERTL CEO and managing director, the award is based on the testing facility's independent evaluation of 200 digital imaging devices, including fax products, which took place over a 12-month period.


Not satisfied with resting on its laurels, Panasonic continues to invest in expanding its fax technology. While traditional fax transmissions and receptions are trending downward due to the proliferation of email, Panasonic has introduced new hybrid fax products that are half traditional phone line fax, and half email/Internet devices.

Panasonic Document Imaging Company now offers 14 multifunctional products with fax capability ranging in speed from 5 to 60 pages-per-minute, including nine products that are capable of Internet faxing.


Some of Panasonic's recent innovative fax product introductions include real typewriter style, QWERTY keyboards for easy programming and sending to email addresses. Email addresses can be downloaded directly from a company's global address book using LDAP technology.


All Panafax products can call for their own routine and emergency service, in addition to being programmed by a dealer remotely over the telephone. They can even automatically order supplies directly from the dealer if the customer so desires. For the IT people, the latest network fax products are great "network citizens" and are truly plug-and-play.


Some of the network technologies supported include DHCP, SMTP, SNMP, and industry defacto MIBs.


The recently introduced Panafax DX-800 sets the new price benchmark in Internet fax standard devices with a suggested retail price of only $2,195. The DX-800 is a network fax product that is capable of faxing (including PC and network faxing), copying, TWAIN scanning, scanning to email, Internet faxing and network printing.

Additionally, the DX-800 includes document management software that can create PDF files from virtually any application or scanned image, among its other capabilities. The network fax can also seamlessly transfer faxes to email and email to faxes, and act as the gateway for LAN and PC faxing.

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