BIG POWER NOW COMES IN A SMALLER SIZE

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If you have been researching information about new copiers, printers or MFPs you will know there are two main options; A3 or A4. These terms refer to the paper sizes the machine is designed to handle and also generally the larger machines are also recommended for higher volumes and have offered a wider range of options.

The new IT406ci range from ITQ are the first MFPs to combine the high volume capacities and advanced paper handling options of larger devices with the easy installation, smaller footprint and flexibility of a compact MFP

When looking into new printers or MFPs, which one is right for your office depends mainly on the paper sizes you will be printing, copying and scanning. However there are a few other things to be aware of before making a decision.

Paper Sizes A3 VS A4

Many offices use only A4 sized paper. However some offices use the larger A3 size for engineering documents, making booklets, menus, and design layouts. A3 size paper is the same size as two A4 sized pages put together. This makes booklet making easy by simply folding the paper in half.

Also because of the large size it is useful for enlarging engineering diagrams to a readable size. A3 is also great for printing large spreadsheets on. It’s much easier to read a spreadsheet printed on A3 sized paper than reducing the font to fit on A4 sized paper.

The Size Difference Between A3 and A4 machines

Since an A4 machine is designed to work with smaller paper sizes it has smaller internal components. This allows for a more compact design which obviously results in a machine that takes up less space than the larger A3 machine.

On the other hand, an A3 machine is designed to work with the larger sized paper and generally in the past has had larger more durable internal components.

Available Options on A3 and A4 machines

In the past the smaller and lighter A4 machines generally had only light duty options available. For example, if the machine has a stapler option it may be limited to stapling only 20 pages at a time and probably no large capacity tray, folder, 4-hole punch, or finisher available.

This meant that if you required equipment with any of these options then you would likely have needed a full size A3 machine to handle these tasks, even if you only require A4 paper size.

Cost difference between A3 and A4 machines

In the past larger more robustly designed A3 machines will have cost more than the A4 machines not only because of their larger frames but also higher yielding internal components cost more.

Before the IT406ci range the monthly printing/copying volume was the key to determining which machine is most cost effective for your office. Up to 1000-4000 pages a month an A4 machine will usually be the most cost effective. Above that monthly volume an A3 machine was the only option because of its durability. Now the new IT406ci range has the durability and options available for higher volumes when only A4 is required.

 ITQ High Volume A4 Range

Three new colour multifunctional copier/printers have been launched; the IT306ci (32ppm), IT356ci (35ppm) and TASKalfa 406ci (42ppm).

These machines provide the speed, durability and options for a new segment of the copier/printer market, they are all A4 paper size but offer the same features as ITQ’s A3 machines

“Customers want the high speed, high paper capacity and all the options of full size office MFPS but without the cost of A3 which they rarely if ever use.” says Graham Varndell MD at ITQ.

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Streamline Your Scanning

PinPoint Scanning

When it comes to scanning, PinPoint Scan gives users more options and more control when scanning from your ITQ multi-functional device.

This Kyocera-developed business application lets you choose the exact destination for your scan, it’s highly secure, SSL-encrypted, and subject to user-assigned PIN codes and restrictions.

With PinPoint Scan you can define your own scan destinations, whether they are folders on your PC, an e-mail address or even an application that is automatically opened.

PinPoint Scan is remarkably easy to set up: first, install a small application on your PC, then define your personal PIN code and preferred scan destinations. On the MFP simply enter your PIN code and immediately see all your previously defined scan destinations directly on the control panel of the MFP.

  • Scan to folder – Save the scanned file directly on your desktop or in any folder on your PC.
  • Scan to email – Simply send the scanned document in a new email to your email address.
  • Scan to application – Send the document to applications supporting PDF files.

Users can define and change their personal scan settings by themselves in a user-friendly menu. Fast and easy – The intuitive installation and interface guarantee that anyone can operate the application without difficulty.

From Scanning to Workflow ITQ offers a wide range of applications to streamline scanning for any business from small to large. With Pinpoint Scan, users can easily scan to their PC which makes scanning faster and easier. Other solutions offer OCR, barcode recognition and advanced features for workflow automation and full document management.

Talk to ITQ to find out how we can improve your efficiency and save costs.

Tel: 01635 874848

12 signs you should invest in electronic document management

Is this your business?

Is this your business?

Electronic document management has been around for a long time.  In spite of its longevity there are still a large number of companies who have not considered it as a tool for improving their business operations.

This is largely due to an inertia that just leaves companies doing what they have been familiar with for many years.  Unfortunately they miss the signs that point to a need to consider a new way of dealing with their short term and long term records.

Signs that you might be missing in your office.

  1. Paper filing cabinets never seem to get cleaned out.  The need for new ones keeps growing and growing.
  2. Office workers find themselves hunting each day for important files they need to do their work.  They might even go to the step of posting on a white board the      details of what they are looking for to enable others to help in the hunt.
  3. You find yourself looking for new multi form printers.  Even using dot matrix impact printers so you can create paper forms to route to various departments.
  4. The pile of back filing that grows on the filing cabinets never goes away since it is no-one’s job.
  5. No-one is charged with the responsibility to determine when old files can be shredded.  They just get boxed and stuck in the back warehouse with a date on them.
  6. When someone goes on holiday the ability for others in the office to deal with their files is a big challenge.  Often the work just gets delayed till they return.
  7. Shipments get delayed because the paperwork for matching POs and inventory is not available on time.
  8. Dealing with pdf files from outside contractors and suppliers leads to increased print loads so the system can access the information on them.
  9. You are still highly dependent upon fax in your office.
  10. You get daily enquiries from your account reps wanting to know the status of their account deliveries.
  11. You begin to see your customers broaden their supplier base and dealing with competitors on some products you used to supply to them.
  12. You have several employees who don’t regularly come to the office but work out of remote locations while still needing access to client files.

There are probably other signals which you might recognise in your office as well but the above twelve are common ones.  In some offices you will see all twelve while in some others a handful of these signs will dominate your workflow.

If you go down the list and identify with six or more, then you should look seriously at the potential to move your systems over to a structured electronic document management software platform.  The effort to do this will be well rewarded by improved productivity, less risk and happier employees.

Don’t decide based only on perceptions

Determining that there is a need for change is not a big challenge.  With some assistance it is possible to quantify the impacts of your current systems and figure out what the level of benefit that would be required to make the changes viable and cost effective.  Sometimes you may be surprised by the level of challenge that is created by how you are currently working.

The investment level required to be able to implement a move to electronic document management is much less today than most companies will expect.  Hardware and software costs are substantially lower than historically was the case.  Working with ITQ will also help you avoid many of the pitfalls which can be experienced when inexperienced people try to build their own solution.

Original article on Leppert

Photocopier Apps?

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Well yes, but not for the old fashion sort of photocopier. The latest ITQ Multi-functional Printers can be utilised for various business applications beyond their basic scope by the addition of HyPAS ‘Apps’.

Empower your MFP with applications from KYOCERA’s HyPAS Solutions

KYOCERA’s HyPAS (Hybrid Platform for Advanced Solutions), a powerful and scalable solution platform, optimises the performance of ITQ’s MFPs through custom, integrated software applications that are designed to meet and exceed your individual document imaging needs.

HyPAS will transform your MFP into a resource designed to evolve as your business evolves – resulting in enhanced information sharing, resource optimisation and improved document workflows.

 The HyPAS platform provides a wealth of benefits.

  • End users benefit from simplified and faster operations, resulting in improved productivity and efficiency.
  • Business Managers and CFOs profit from lower operating costs and maximum ROI, thanks to more fully optimised document imaging devices and improved MFP workflows.
  • The IT Department takes advantage of the seamless integration of KYOCERA MFPs with existing solutions, maintaining the integrity and security of the user’s documents and the document imaging device itself.

 The HyPAS solutions include:

  • teaching assist2Teaching Assistant This streamlines the task of printing, marking and analysing multiple-choice tests and surveys using popular bubble-sheet forms. All you have to enter into the device is the amount of questions, possible answers and sheets you need. To mark the test, simply fill out the key sheet marked with the bar code label and scan it in along with the answer sheets. Great for education and marketing.
  •  smartscanSmartScan How do you currently scan a document to your personal network folder or e-mail address? With SmartScan you just login at the device, insert the document and press the scan button – it is as simple as that.
  •  quick printQuickPrint It is a challenge for many organisations to provide frequently needed documents and forms in an efficient manner: they have to be consistently up-to-date, and quickly accessible by all relevant staff. Many organisations pre-print their forms and documents; however, the costs and environmental impact of throwing away unused or out-dated copies can be immense. QuickPrint provides a solution by offering immediate access to documents from the MFP panel for direct printing.

The Hybrid Approach: JAVA and Web Services

The Apps available are only the start, KYOCERA’s HyPAS is unique in that it offers both Java-based and Web Services-based Software Development Kits (SDKs), providing an open and flexible platform. It enables advanced integration of the MFP with solutions that are already implemented in the enterprise.

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The Paper Light Office

white paper boxA paper free office is a desirable, yet elusive aspiration for many businesses. With a third of firms actually using more paper than ever before, could a paper light environment be a more viable alternative for your business.

The concept of the ‘paperless office’ emerged back in the mid-70s, but today – some four decades later – paper-intensive working practices and behaviours are still commonplace and office printing has been rising over the past 40 years.

Worldwide, people are printing a staggering 3 trillion pages every year.

And what of the printed output? The amount of data stored on paper is vast in most offices but is often unobtainable, filing staff leave, documents are misfiled or used and not replaced. This ‘big data’ contained in those documents has now to all intents and purposes disappeared.

But digitising everything is probably not the answer either. Download our white paper ‘Creating the Paper Light Office’ here to help plan your route to paper light

BIG PAPER to BIG DATA

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Paper-based information is not often thought about in today’s BIG DATA picture, which tends to focus on the proliferation of unstructured data from sources such as blogs, social media and video that is growing at exponential rates compared to traditional enterprise data. Yet paper documents are an important part of corporate business operations, often containing valuable information that must be captured, stored, organised and analysed.

Digitising paper documents through document capture is an important first step in business process automation. Document capture solutions are designed to remove the bottleneck paper creates at the onset of many business processes today.

When captured at the point of origination, paper documents can be directly integrated into business-critical processes. The full capture process includes scanning, data extraction from scanned images, document classification and sharing of content across electronic content management (ECM) systems. Documents become more accessible and easier to find, distribute and track. This increases productivity and streamlines processes, while supporting record retention, document security, and privacy requirements. Consequently, paper documents become part of the wider BIG DATA picture, enabling organisations to extract value from information to support faster decision making, for instance through business intelligence or big data analytics.

However, the challenge of document capture and processing can be daunting for many businesses, requiring specialist skills and resources. Despite the clear benefits of integrating all types of information into business processes and eliminating paper from these processes, employee attitudes and existing departmental systems can make it difficult to know where to start. Working with your provider can assist with the introduction of systems and solutions to integrate BIG PAPER into your business process.

Deploying tools and technologies to minimise wasteful printing is a proven approach to reducing printing costs by optimisation of complex printer fleets. As businesses move to next generation systems they are working with their provider to digitise paper workflows. Many organisations having already invested in Multifunction Printers (MFPs) are working to enable them to leverage these devices as sophisticated document capture and processing hubs.

By accelerating the transition to digital workflows, paper based information becomes better integrated with enterprise data enabling organisations to extract business value from all data – both paper and digital.

ITQ is holding a seminar looking at the issues of BIG PAPER to BIG DATA, please register here