This Week in the Copier Industry 10 Years Ago (Third Week of June 2007)

Top threads ten yearsThere's a thread below about the impending launch of the HP Edgeline ten years ago this month. It is just coincident or just flat out luck that the new HP A3 Color PageWide MFP are launching at or about the ten year anniversary. 

For those of us that don't have the PageWide, I guess all we can hope for is the same type of epic failure that HP had ten years ago.  Enjoy the threads!

RICOH FAMILY GROUP SALES REPS

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New Scanners from Kodak

Perfect Page technologies for image processing. With Kodak’s Perfect Page technologies for image processing, which include automatic color detection, de-skew, blank image detection, and iThresholding, these scanners deliver several new image-enhancing features such as: § Background color smoothing. Removes variations in paper and form background color for greater color consistency and cleaner and sharper looking images. This can make information easier for people to read and also reduce color
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MFP Wars, Who Wins, Who Loses?

MFP Wars, basically I've never seen anything like the past year in the last 27 years of selling copiers. Direct Branches from KonicaMinolta, Ricoh, and Toshiba are basically selling MFP systems at cost or a few dollars above in order to acquire the aftermarket business. How long can this last? My bet is it will last as long as the deep pockets of the manufacturers will permit it. rest of aritcle is here http://www.mfpsolutions.blogspot.com
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Canon set to top half-year profit estimate:

just less than half of the Reuters consensus full-year estimate of 807 billion yen, based on forecasts from 19 analysts. In the past, however, Canon's second-half earnings have tended to be slightly larger than its first-half earnings. Reuters Pictures Editors Choice: Best pictures from the last 24 hours. View Slideshow Canon declined to comment on the report. It will publish its first half numbers in late July. Sales are likely to climb 11 percent to around 2.17 trillion yen, some 10 billion
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Canon Launches Program for imagePRESS 7000VP

Chicago, June 12, 2007 – In an effort to help commercial printers grow their digital printing business using the Canon imagePRESS C7000VP digital press, Canon U.S.A., Inc., today launched the imagePRESS Essential Business Builder Program. The program is a step-by-step approach to help printers develop the right “go-to-market” strategy for their new imagePRESS C7000VP digital press and help them become value-added solution providers. From a basic level of helping printers with effective
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Re: Personal Desktop Scanners "Wave of the Future"?

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the ole memory banks. Just a few weeks ago doing another print analysis I again encountered 15 of the these scanners at another location, hmmmmmmm is this coincidence or a new fad. Just yesterday one of my clients called me and asked me to quote on 6 desktop scanners similar to the Fugitsu, although he mentioned that he had seen the Canon DR2050c (Retail $695) and liked what he saw. Now this got my attention! The Fugitsu Scan Snap S500 comes with a 50 page feeder, ABBY Fine Reader, USB 2.0, and
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Re: 4420L, 4420NF and 3310LE

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Here is the launch letter for the new gear. Note the mention of low avalibility of the NIB on page 2.
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Ricoh Alliance information - Competitive Differentiator

Attached please find some helpful information on the NSi Ricoh integration. AutoStore provides a key differentiator and will help you win competitive deals. With AutoStore you have a powerful scanning solution at a tremendously competitive price point. For just $600 MSRP per MFP you can provide more functionality than the competition and retain more hardware margin on competitive deals. The slide deck provides some basic but very useful screen shots of the panel level integration. Additionally
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Canon Introduces Color imageRUNNER C5185 Series

Canon Introduces Color imageRUNNER C5185 Series June 13, 2007 Further solidifying its position as a leader in color document output, Canon U.S.A., Inc., introduced the Color imageRUNNER C5185 Series, its latest digital multifunction device complete with greater flexibility, power and performance. Unveiled at Canon's Digital Solutions Forum in Chicago, the Color imageRUNNER C5185 Series will be the first Canon branded color MFP to use a Single-Pass Duplexing Automatic Document Feeder (DADF) and
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Re: When is the release date for HP Edgeline

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Warranty heads now on order. One of our salesreps is looking at our demo unit. He's a bit disappointed about the finisher not doing booklets. It also takes a long time to print ledger full color stuff. Lots of time around the drum drying off. We explained to the rep that the copy quality is better than a Riso but not as good as xerographic. The product does have a niche market.....especially with a limited finisher.
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Re: Sales Tips

Major Shift? Go to the Top If you are selling a service or product that causes a major shift in a corporation, then only sell to the top. A smart day-care center owner we know only markets to the presidents or CEOs of large corporations. Most large organizations don't want the "shift" and overhead of providing an in-house day-care center. Our entrepreneur proves to top management that she can provide them a needed service without a major shift.
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Re: Ricoh Introduction of the FAX1180L

Ricoh (SKU: 413460), the system looks different from the 1170, did a quick search on the web and found nothing pertaining to the 1170 and the 1180 as the same cart, they are both made by samsung.
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Re: The World's First Duplex Printing Duplicator

My thoughts also, I recommended Tohoku,Ricoh manufacturing a 4 color version of the TCII almost four years ago, heck if they can make a TCII, they can make a TC IV. I also though of just having a plate maker (master maker), this would keep the cost down on the hardware. They must be thinking of something else, I beleive ink technology may have put the final nail in the coffin for digital duplicators.
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Re: The World's First Duplex Printing Duplicator

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I agree with Art. Tohoku is never going to listen to good common sense. Ricoh has left digital duplicating technology on the vine to die in the USA. What we have now is what we got. Make the most of it, inkjet technology is on the rise - just take a look at HP's Edgeline and Riso's ComColor......
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Re: Fiery E-8000 Controller

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We have installed one of the patches. Our technician spoke with Ricoh and they said there is no fix for the issue right now and that the other patches will not do any good but that a beta version is circulating and new firware should be out in July. I just have trouble believing that this Fiery has been available for the time that is has and it has this problem still.
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Re: Fiery E-8000 Controller

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the first experience we had in over 2.5 years. I highly recommend you contact your Ricoh rep and try to get this scheduled. The Fiery rep we had knew more about color theory and how to manage a controller w/software than I ever imagined someone would ever know. He also provided his contact info to deal with future Fiery potential situations as well as imageStoreFront and other production solutions. They very well may provide a rep with another avenue of communication to solve the type of
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Re: Going against Global....

From what I understand, they are no longer authorized to sell RFG equipment. Mention that to the customer along with aftermarket support. Global may be digging holes if they are still selling RFG equipment, and may not be authorized to service.
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Going against Global....

Has anyone had any luck...they are really aggressive with the ricoh stuff they still have and I can't beat it!
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introduction of the new FAX3320L, FAX4430L, and the FAX4430NF.

Ricoh is pleased to announce the introduction of the new FAX3320L, FAX4430L, and the FAX4430NF. These models replace the current FAX3310Le, FAX4420L, and FAX4420NF respectively. The new models are the same engine as their predecessors. The only changes between the current models and the new is that the standard memory capacity has been expanded and minor case work design to the front has been made as well as a small color change to the op panel. Please see the attached for product information.
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Fiery E-8000 Controller

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We have our first E-8000 Fiery controller in the field on a Ricoh 5560 and when the scanning function is used it locks up the machine and needs to be rebooted. Is anyone experiencing similar problems and does anyone have these in the field that are running with printing and scanning without any problems?
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