This Week in the Copier Industry 10 Years Ago, The Fourth Week in July 2008

 

Last week seemed to be pretty interesting.  I've been working on an order for about six months and was told the paperwork was ready to pick up tomorrow.  As soon as I have the docs in hand I'll be writing about this, till then mums is the word.

Weekend Copier Notes from 07/27/08

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Russian investors are considering acquiring the company. - Kodak announced it has sold a NexPress 2500 production color system to Mailings Unlimited, a print and mailing house in Portland, Maine. - Kyocera launched “PrintQ” which is server based software that tracks usage of printers and MFPs on the network. - Xerox reported its latest financials: o Total revenue up 8% o Gross margins fell 39.3% o Net income fell 20% o Revenue from color products up 11% o 70% of revenue came from consumables o
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Konica Minolta Introduces PageScope Enterprise Suite for MFP Accounting and Authentic

advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop. In 2008, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. For more information, please visit http://www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us . Konica Minolta Corporate Contact James Norberto Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. +1 201.825.4000 PR@kmbs.konicaminolta.us Konica Minolta Media Contact Rachel Reed Lois Paul and Partners +1 781.782.5785 rachel_reed
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Kyocera Mita America Simplifies Ability to Track Print Usage with PrintQ Manager

FAIRFIELD, New Jersey – July 21, 2008 - Kyocera Mita America, one of the world's leading document solutions companies, today announced the release of a new server-based software tool, PrintQ Manager, to monitor, maintain and analyze print jobs and usage. This powerful solution combines advanced user/group print tracking capabilities, access controls, and robust reporting to significantly reduce paper waste and lower output costs on all Kyocera networked MFPs and printers. Based on proprietary
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U.S. Launch Of Ricoh Pro C900 Set For GRAPH EXPO

U.S. Launch Of Ricoh Pro C900 Set For GRAPH EXPO Ricoh Pro C900: Ricoh's Full Color Production Powerhouse is specifically aimed at Print for Pay, Reprographic and Graphic Arts environments, as well as at commercial users such as service bureaus and direct mailers. July 28, 2008 -- Ricoh Europe (Netherlands) B.V. announced at drupa the launch of the Ricoh Pro C900, its complete workflow solution for color production printing. As the flagship of Ricoh’s new Pro line, the Pro C900 stands out from
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Xerox results overshadowed by margin concerns

services. But because of the weak U.S. economy, some large clients have been hesitant to purchase higher-end technology, Xerox said. Therefore more sales of lower-priced products hurt gross margins, which fell to 39.3 percent in the 2008 first half. Xerox, which has targeted margins at 40-41 percent, now sees them in the range of 39-40 percent for the full year. The outlook for margins follows results from Canon Inc., which posted a 12 percent decline in quarterly profit due to sluggish copier
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Ricoh looks to protect its lot

director Chas Moloney told CRN that Ricoh’s push to get its partner base to adopt software products was an ongoing quest. “We have talked about this many times. Most dealers are buying into it in some way, shape or form, but it will take time,” he said. Chief executive Nigel Palmer revealed that printers now account for about half of Ricoh’s revenue and he told resellers that a move towards selling them should be a priority. “If you are not already doing it, please do it quickly. Within two years
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Going Green Sales Efforts

systems can print, scan, fax and copy in color for pennies and eliminate the need to have four different devices in the office. Multi-functional systems have a very low cost per page when compare to standalone fax machines, copy machines, laser or ink printers. Consider this the average laser printer and fax machine has a cost of .03 per page. Multifunctional Systems have a cost of .0125 per page. That’s a savings of over 50%! Where else can you cut your costs by over 50% these days? If you’re
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Forced Printing Feature

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Does anyone know where to get the firmware revisions for this? I looked on the Ricoh TSC and RFG e-source sites and only saw bulletins. Thanks.
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SAMSUNG LAUNCHES THREE AFFORDABLE, NETWORK-READY, COLOR LASER PRINTERS FOR SOHO AND S

-3175FN and CLP-315/315W) have a maximum resolution of 2400 x 600 dpi and each unit delivers the first (mono) print out in 14 seconds. These printers also come with Samsung’s NO NOIS™ print engine for quiet operation. “Samsung understands the needs of today’s SOHO and small-workgroup users who are the inspiration for our new CLX-3175 and CLP-315 line of printers,” said Kenneth Colby, Senior Manager, Printer Product Marketing, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. “Not only do these feature-rich printers
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TCO FullView Tool Is Now Live at RicohSaves.com!

We're excited to announce the release of Ricoh TCO FullView Tool now available at www.RicohSaves.com! Use your RicohConnects.com user name and password below to access this powerful TCO calculator now and other ICM Value Proposition Web Tools coming soon. What's Ricoh TCO FullView Tool? It's an online tool that easily calculates a customer's total cost of ownership (TCO). Reducing TCO is one of our value propositions but it's hard to do without knowing the total costs of currently installed
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New Océ VarioPrint 1105 Cut-sheet Production System Brings Print Shops More Flexibili

July 23, 2008 – Trumbull, CT– Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, announces an option-rich addition to its cut-sheet production printing portfolio. The Océ VarioPrint 1105 system greatly expands users’ choices for paper input and output, workflow software, business applications and quality finishing. The monochrome laser printer/copier/scanner helps in-house and commercial print shops extend service offerings, enhance customer satisfaction, and improve
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NEW SAMSUNG MULTIFUNCTIONAL PRINTER (MFP) MAXIMIZES PERFORMANCE AND EFFECTIVE WORKGRO

multi-functional printer offers dependable and consistent printing, scanning, copying and faxing operations – essentially eliminating the need to purchase several products to do the same thing. 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) 50,000 pages a month at speeds up to 30 pages per minute (ppm) 128MB of memory (expandable to 384MB) PC fax, scan-to-email and fax forwarding to email “ID Card” copies two sides of an ID card and prints on a single sheet “Clone” copies the image and prints it
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Successful Cash Flow Management

By AllBusiness.com Published: July 22, 2008 Cash management is ultimately about cash flow --and very few small businesses are awash in cash. Even successful, growing companies are vulnerable to cash flow problems because they tend to add employees and inventory rapidly. This may quickly deplete the company coffers and lead to cash shortages. Because having cash at the right time is so important, entrepreneurs must pay close attention to cash management. Here are some tips for saving money and
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RISO Printers Take Two 'BERTL's Best' Awards

operating and capital costs, which have earned the entire product line the distinction of an ENERGY STAR rating for low energy use. The EZ models are designed to meet the needs of organizations that require versatile spot color and monochrome printing while also being cost-effective. Hundreds of thousands of customers currently use RISO digital duplicators as production printers in high volume environments. RISO, Inc., headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of RISO
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Muratec Announces ScanTag Metadata Capture Integration with iDatix

Plano, Texas (July 30, 2008) - Muratec America, Inc., manufacturer of multifunction office equipment and business productivity solutions, and iDatix, a leader in business process automation and enterprise document management solutions, announce today a partnership that enables Muratec ScanTag users to easily index newly scanned documents into iSynergy, iDatix’s document management and process automation platform. Designed for the Muratec MFX-2050, MFX-1450, F-565 and F-525, ScanTag enables
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Color Control

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Hey folks, I was hoping someone might be able to help with this scenario I have going on. The customer (a private school) has several Savin C3030mfps. They want their staff and students to be able to print to these. They would like user codes set up on the mfps and to have each computer have a unique user code. I have installed 2 instances of the RPCS driver (copier color and copier b&w). In the b&w driver, I set the color preference to b&w and I went into advanced optionslimitation settings
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Re: Color Control

are you looking for a "no cost" solution, if so I do not know of anything. Cost solutions would be Print Director and or Print Audit. Let me know
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Re: Color Control

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I understand. However, I don't want each user to have to configure their default to b & w or have to remember to choose b&w everytime they print. If I just restrict color, it will result in jobs not printing as opposed to just printing in b&w. The work around I've devised is to install a print driver for a b&W mfp (Savin 9025/33) with similar options for them to use for black only users/jobs.
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A Multipronged Approach to Greener IT

in PDF or make them available for pickup via a custom client extranet. We produce about 12,000 invoices each month, and now deliver roughly 12 percent electronically. Because our average invoice is four pages long, we save approximately 5,700 pieces of paper each month, representing another $10,260 in savings on printing. We began upgrading technology to stabilize our infrastructure and provide our clients with superior legal service. However, our metrics have proven that we are saving money
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Re: Color Control

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well, if you do not put the user code into preferences, they'd have to enter the code each time. And if they do not have a code, they cant print.
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240W PM's

Interesting scenario, we received a 240W on trade, we bought it from the leasing company for $2,800, print, scan dual rf..etc. The system has 80K of linear feet. We were told yesterday that our base price is $7,000!!! The system needed a pm, drum, cleaning blade, oil roller, coronas, fuser was in vg condition!!! What are your thoughts about adding $4,200!!
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Re: Fakery aided school copier deal

-mail story iPod friendly Printer friendly Related Links Complete coverage of the Memphis City Schools. Memphis City Schools Beat Blog More Memphis City Schools Memphis City Schools sues shop in billing scam Schools security priority for Cash School funding court case concludes Share and Enjoy [?] And all principals and central office administrators will be placed on performance-based contracts and evaluated based on the district's goals and objectives. Cash presented his plans at Monday night's
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Re: Scan Router Lite and Vista

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This is the text of the email I received 7/3/08 Jim, Here is the official response... "It will not (work with Win 2008)! ScanRouter is EOL December 31, 2008." Note: EOL meaning End-Of-Life, and will be made an official announcement in the near future. Please disclose what you feel is necessary. Thank you sir, Bryan Hogan Tactical Solutions Manager / South Integrated Channel Marketing Ricoh Americas Corporation 714-566-0688 bryan.hogan@ricoh-usa.com mailto:bryan.hogan@ricoh-usa.com Ask me
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Re: 240W PM's

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whatever. All that being said, there is no justification that I can think of for a 300% increase. I have to believe that if you told them that they are stuck with it at that price that they will reconsider. Our goal is that the sales cost needs to be 25% of the street price of new. That way Sales reps can sell at 100% markup and the customer is getting it for 50% of the cost of new.
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Re: 240W PM's

YES, THE 2,800 was the final cost on the equipment. I quess our beef is that when a customer needs the PM, our charges to the customer is less than the charge to sales person. Plus talking to the tech is useless, they tell us nothing and to speak to management. I can understand a mu on parts and costing for labor and realize the comapany should make money for the prep of the unit. However, I have estimated the parts at about $1800 plus labor, lets give it four hours of labor at 80, which equals
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