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Panasonic Ships Third Model in WORKiO Series of Next-Generation, Network-Ready, High-Performance MFPs

10 Jun, 2002

Panasonic Ships Third Model in WORKiO Series of Next-Generation, Network-Ready, High-Performance MFPs

Panasonic's new WORKiO DP-3510, which joins the previously released DP-6010 and 4510, is designed for workgroups of 20 or more.


With its low cost of ownership, this rugged Segment 3 system represents the latest in the WORKiO line, introduced by Panasonic three years ago to simplify document management and increase productivity.


Like the other two models in the series, the multifunction WORKiO DP-3510 is a state-of-the-art document management system, ready to be connected to a local area network right out of the box via the built-in 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet interface. Also supplied is a parallel interface for direct connection to a PC.


While the DP-3510 performs a multitude of functions, Panasonic has simplified the system, redesigning it for true ease of use. One example is the control panel, now endowed with an oversized, touch-sensitive LCD display; enhanced graphical user interface (GUI); and a logical, intuitive layout for quick access to any function.


In copy mode, the WORKiO's half-VGA (640x240 pixels) display shows both the original image and what the final output will look like, for true WYSIWYG operation. This feature alone represents a potentially substantial savings of both time and paper. When being used remotely, the WORKiO system automatically sends a completion notice to the user's PC.


The WORKiO DP-3510 comes jam-packed with the same cutting edge features as the DP-6010 and the DP-4510, with speed and certain finishing options being the main differentials. According to Paul Wharton, national marketing manager for copier/fax/MFP, the WORKiO systems introduced three years ago were instant hits.



The WORKiO DP-3510 copies at 35 copies per minute, with a blazing first-copy time of less than 3.5 seconds.


With 600x600-dpi resolution and 256-level grayscale, image quality is equally impressive. Panasonic has also incorporated new image processing technology in the series, including ultrafine toner and carrier particles that provide accurate image reproduction. The WORKiO systems produce crisp, legible copies with virtually no blurring of small characters, and photos that are clear and sharp.


The WORKiO DP-3510 has inherent network connectivity with a standard Ethernet interface, enabling a number of convenience features. Concurrent Copy allows the system to handle up to 12 jobs at a time. For extra-large-volume copying, Tandem Copy enables two WORKiOs to work jointly on a single job. With Remote Copy, jobs can be sent to another WORKiO unit in another room, or even on another floor.


Proof Copy outputs a proof set for double-checking before committing to a large quantity.



As with its two series partners, the new WORKiO unit includes intelligent network printing capability using Windows® Printing System technology. Print speed for the DP-3510 is 35ppm (letter). The WORKiO DP-3510 can handle paper sizes from invoice to ledger.


Image quality is driven up to 1200x600-dpi equivalent resolution with 256-level grayscale using Panasonic's exclusive image enhancement technology. For superb photo and graphics reproduction with clear, crisp details and smooth gradations. Optional printer drivers add PCL and PostScript(TM) capability, to the WORKiO's standard Windows printing.


Printing flexibility is further enhanced with the built-in automatic duplex unit.

The printer can be controlled from a desktop, enabling the user to check the virtual printed results on the left side of the printer driver screen while specifying commands via the GUI. Finishing results can be confirmed on-screen; and with the new visual status monitor, the status of a remote unit can be checked in real time, allowing a quicker response to problems such as paper jams and depleted toner.

In addition, documents can be stored in a user's personal mailbox or security box - with space for up to 100 users - and printed at a later time.


Intelligent job control management is another important benefit of the new WORKiO series. Using the enhanced GUI, the print queue can be viewed - and even deleted - for each print or copy job, and approximate job times can be displayed. If on a network, the administrator can monitor device status with the job queue and other WORKiO controls, and also set up or configure the system.



With network scanning capability, the new model offers high-speed digitization of paper documents. Originals up to ledger size can be converted to PC data. With 600x600-dpi resolution and 256-level grayscale, original images and text are reproduced accurately.


The standard, automatic duplex document feeder holds up to 70 sheets (letter) at a time and can batch-feed a vast number of pages, limited only by the amount of memory installed.


Built-in network connectivity enables scanned documents to be transferred to any client PC on the LAN - a far more efficient way to share documents than printing out copies. The multi-protocol, multi-network design ensures that the system can connect without fail across all Windows, Macintosh and Unix network operating systems.


The WORKiO DP-3510 allows a user to either convert a paper document into PC data using the Scan-to-File function, or scan a paper document and send the scanned data to a specified PC using the Scan-to-PC function.


With Scan-to-FTP (file transfer protocol), scanned data can be transferred to an FTP server on the network, so images can be downloaded to the client PC or transferred to another network via the Internet. Images can be automatically scanned to TIFF-F or PDF file formats, and can directly launch third-party applications such as OCR.


The control panel's user-friendly, animated LCD displays the progress of the scanning operation.



Desktop document management is easy with the provided Document Management System software that enables efficient management of scanned documents and other PC data. When a scanned image arrives on a PC, Document Manager automatically alerts the user. Using the document viewer, comments can be added or memo slips attached to the image.


Scanned documents can be managed by "drag and drop" and shared by network PCs. And with the provided Panafax Desktop software, a fax can be sent directly from a user's PC without having to print it.


Panasonic's DD Storage System is provided for large-scale document management on a client-server network. When DD Server software is installed, scanned documents are stored on the DD server automatically, and the proprietary DD code is stamped on the document's cover page. With the code stamp, a document can be quickly retrieved from the server and printed.


Stored documents can also be retrieved from the Document Manager screen from any PC on the network.



The optional fax communication kit transforms the WORKiO into a high-speed, 33.6 kbps Super G3 fax, transmitting at about 3 seconds per page (letter). Panasonic's 0.7-second Quick Scan makes short work of prep time. In addition, the Quick Memory Transmission saves time by connecting to the receiver and beginning transmission while still collecting data.


And because of the WORKiO system's high-resolution scanning capability, 600x600-dpi resolution is available for G3 or Internet fax.


With the Internet fax option, paper documents are converted to TIFF-F image files and transmitted as e-mail attachments via the LAN. Sometimes called "free fax," this Send-to-Email feature enables the document to be sent directly to other Internet devices, or even to multiple e-mail clients worldwide.


When LAN and PSTN lines are used at the same time, e-mail/G3 mixed broadcast is a convenient way to send the same document to both e-mail addresses and G3 fax machines.


Paperless faxing is yet another WORKiO capability. Image files sent as e-mail attachments can be easily opened and displayed using the existing image viewer (e.g., Imaging for Windows®), enabling paperless fax delivery. WORKiO's fax/e-mail gateway function can automatically route received faxes to the designated recipient's e-mail inbox.


Similarly, documents sent from a PC via the LAN can be transmitted to a G3 fax machine.



The WORKiO DP-3510 has a standard paper capacity of up to 2,150 sheets, with options for up to 6,250 sheets. The standard, built-in, stackless duplex unit ensures trouble-free, high-speed duplex copying. Finishing capabilities include stapling, punching and saddle-stitching; other finishing options are available.


Document production is accelerated by such features as N-in-1copy for copying multiple originals on a single sheet; Zoom Copy for specification of enlargement/reduction ratios; and Image Rotation for accurate copies, regardless of paper orientation.


Productivity-enhancing, high-speed duplexing is available with the standard inverting ADF unit. Sort Copy electronically collates copies as shifted or rotated sorts. Sorting capability is further enhanced by adding expandable sorting memory.



Panasonic designed the DP-3510, as well as the two other WORKiO series models, with full front access for easy maintenance. The entire printer engine can be pulled out toward the front to easily clear a paper jam.


Panasonic's Remote Maintenance System includes Check & Call, which automatically reports low-toner status and certain mechanical problems to a service center. Panasonic's expert technicians use a Remote Diagnostic System to quickly identify most problems via a telephone line and offer a solution.


As with all WORKiO systems, the DP-3510 is Energy Star-compliant and features the Energy Saver system that significantly reduces power consumption when the machine is idle. When the system enters sleep mode, power consumption drops to nearly zero. The low-noise, low-ozone emission design helps keep the office environment quiet and clean.



Other available options include:

  • Finishing: 2-bin finisher; 1-bin saddle-stitching finisher; high-speed 2-bin finisher; 2-bin saddle-stitching finisher

  • System-expandable options: sorting memory; hard disk option; DD memory options; accounting management software; job management software

  • Paper supply options: 550-sheet paper module; 3000-sheet, large-capacity cassette

The WORKiO DP-3510 carries an MSRP(1) of $10,995.00. The fax option is priced at an MSRP(1) of $1,445.00.

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