As businesses continue to digitally transform themselves, what future for the office printer sat in the corner? With a global decline in copiers and printers as people embrace technological advancements allowing them to email documents and use their smart phones to scan paperwork, plus a general switch to printing less, is their future in doubt?
The short answer is, if all they offer is photocopying and printing, then their days are numbered. However, if they’re a multi-function printer (MFP) that can copy, scan, print, email, fax, optimising and managing the flow of documents in a swift and secure manner and fully integrated into a business’ IT systems, then their future is as secure as the documents they’re processing.
These technological enhanced MFPs are part of the massive rise in the Internet of Things (IoT) and play an important part in the digital transformation taking place across businesses. These devices process sensitive information and should be protected like any other device within your IT systems.
As IT managed services providers ourselves, we have seen the move by clients who understand the sense it makes to have their IT and print needs looked after by one qualified outsourced services provider. This ensures that any scanning or processing carried out by the MFP is fully compatible with the IT systems clients have in place. With 59% of businesses reporting a print-related data loss in the past year, MFPs need the same levels of cyber security as an IT system.
We’ve partnered with Kyocera Documents Solutions, the fastest growing MFP brand, who offer award-winning, extremely reliable, cost-effective and eco-friendly multi-functions printers.
With scanning speeds of up to 180 images per minute, the ability to scan direct into document management systems and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) where scanned printed text can become text searchable and editable, Kyocera MFPs have fully embraced all the latest technical capabilities.
However, Kyocera hasn’t just developed devices that fully integrate into your systems, they have also looked at the environmental footprint. Whilst other manufacturers were increasingly building more and more throw-away and single-use parts, Kyocera has been focussed on making as environmentally friendly machines as possible. Over 25 years ago they patented a revolutionary ceramic drum, improving their environmental footprint through the use of less energy and heat. The Kyocera ceramic drum is separate from the toner cartridge and designed to last the lifetime of the printer.
The result is a whole array of environmental firsts in the MFP market. Their printers create less waste and have the lowest cost per print against comparable devices. They were the first to develop a cartridge-free system for laser printers. We know from experience that Kyocera’s devices are very easy to maintain because of how few moving parts there are in each device. These reduce the risk of breakdown and in many cases, can even be easily replaced by users themselves, reducing the need for an engineer call-out and also the down-time of the machine itself. Indeed, the 600,000 page maintenance interval is three times greater than standard competitor devices which generally require a maintenance visit after every 200,000 pages printed.
As MFPs become more digitally advanced, Kyocera’s focus is directed at cloud and mobile printing, paper-to-digital workflow, Artificial Intelligence, predictive analytics and of course, security. IT expertise will be key to ensuring businesses gain the maximum benefit from their capabilities.
All of which means, nobody puts baby in the corner!
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