This Week in the Copier Industry 15 Years Ago (First Week of June 2004)

 

It was 15 years ago this week when Ricoh launched the MP 240W digital wide format printer/copier/scanner. It was a fantastic time for me in sales.  I guess I was at the right spot at the right time. Similar to when Minolta launched the Minolta 450Z copy machine back in 1984.

Ricoh broke the bank with the MP 240W in 2004.  There was no other digital wide format like it that could print/scan and copy for the price.  Many Architects, Engineers and Construction companies were farming out prints and scans to repro shops, and Staples for .50 -1.00 per square foot. It didn't take that many prints to cost justify the 240W at MSRP. Selling at MSRP would net you about $8-$9K in GP and the commissions were 50% of the GP. It was not uncommon to take home $12-$16K per month. 

Yup, we had that market controlled for about two years before Xerox launched their first digital wide format.  Believe it or not we even delivered the 240Ws for on-site demonstrations. We sold everyone we demo'd!

There were some growing pains with understanding the AEC market, but Ricoh had some excellent DSM's, and product trainers that gave us the basics.  We pounded them out left and right  and all were single placements, all had high GP and we gained mega new accounts.  Gaining those new accounts also gave us opportunities to place digital copiers.

After 15 years, we still have a few in the field.  Hard to believe right?  Like I said Ricoh hit a home run with the print engine, and the compact size of the device.

Enjoy these awesome threads from 15 years ago this week!



Scan n Capture from the Copier

, Xerox and Ricoh as the leaders in promoting and selling copier-based scanning solutions. With its new Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform (MEAP) architecture, Canon is increasingly building standard scanning and more robust "Universal Send" functionality right into its ImageRunner copiers (with no need for hardware upgrades or add ons). To provide a more robust scanning functionality, Canon continues to partner with eCopy, the Nashua, NH-based provider of eCopy ShareScan. Until
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Minolta Launches New,

Konica Minolta Launches New, State-Of-The-Art Web Site Web Site Showcases the Power of the Konica Minolta Brand and the Company's Comprehensive Offerings in a Stylish, Simple and Easy-to-Navigate Format RAMSEY, N.J. -- May 27, 2004 -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce the launch of its new unified Web site -- http://kmbs.konicaminolta.us . The new Web site joins together the company's three legacy public sites into one site that reflects the
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RICOH CORPORATION ADDS TO WIDE FORMAT

, schematics and blueprints to assist them in their projects. The Aficio 240W provides rich functionality to fulfill these wide format imaging needs. It is the ideal solution for any business that copies or prints documents larger than 11” x 17”, making large document handling simple. By adding the RW-240 Printer Controller, the Aficio 240W becomes a complete wide format digital solution allowing for printing and scanning. “Ricoh understands the need for wide format imaging devices and realizes
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Beat the Canon Ir3200

I have a Compaq/HP 2100 PDA, I keep a couple of Ricoh movies on this unit (Just in Case). Well the other day, I was at one of my printer accounts, who leased an Aficio 1105. He had asked about a color system similar to the Canon iR3200. He also asked how our system stacks up against the Canon. He stated that most of the print shops in the area had Canon's for color work. I had downloaded the Ricoh Monster Garage Video to my PDA the other day. I asked him if he a few minutes and then brought out
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ELEVEN “BEST AWARDS” Ricoh!!

RICOH CORPORATION RECEIVES ELEVEN “BEST AWARDS” FROM BERTL The “Best Awards” Recognize Leaders in Imaging Technology and Innovation West Caldwell, NJ, June 02, 2004 — Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, announced today that it is the recipient of 11 BERTL’s Best® 2004 Awards. For this year’s “Best Awards,” BERTL took into consideration every major, new corporate-level printer, copier, color, production and multifunction device that had been introduced to the
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Cool Sales Site

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Check out my friend Jay's Sales Talk Web Site. http://salestalk.typepad.com/ He has industry experience and now does sales training using the Sandler Sales System. I find it to be a great resource and hope you do too! -=Mike=-
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Konica 7135

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Konica 7135 ARDF Stand $5,900 Service/Supply Agreement .009 for 10,000 copies per month
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Shares of Ricoh

Shares of Ricoh (otc: RICOY - news - people ) slipped 2.5% . The office equipment maker said May 23 that it would increase the number of products it assembles in the United States, Britain and France in a plan to lower shipping costs by up to 20%. The company will release fiscal 2005 first-quarter earnings on July 26.
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Ricoh e-tools problem

I was doing a quote for the new 2232, e-tools keeps adding a 1394 IEEE Interface. I believe this is the "fire wire" and is not needed for network connection. Could someone else clarfiy this.Thanx
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Re: 2015/2018 feature question

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Oh yeah, as for the SADF mode, it is one of the few Ricoh/Savin products that has this on install. I believe that there is like a 30 sec. window where you can reinsert the original without pressing start.
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Re: Demo Originals

Yikes, I do not even carry a set of copy originals anymore! When doing a demonstration I am always using the customers documents or the customers files (to print). When needed, I will go to the Ricoh launches at times. The idea of keeping orignal files on the site may be a good idea. I would like to hear from others if this would be of help to them in the field. We could keep them on our pitcure page. We just had to upgrade our storage capacity, we are almost upto 400MB of space. I have always
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Re: Demo Originals

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want. Also, let us not forget that 9 out 10 times, there are people involved in the decision that we may never meet. Ricoh originals often do some selling in our absense and ensure that our quality doesn't get attributed to a competitive machine.
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Re: Leads in Minnesota

.paisleyconsulting.com WHAT IT DOES It provides business accountability software for corporate assurance, internal auditing, risk management and compliance. EVENT 05-26-2004--$10 million in a Series A round of financing from Insight Venture Partners OPPORTUNITIES company expected to make purchases to support... - accelerating product development - expaning national and international market development programs potential opportunity to provide… - tools and services for software and application
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Re: Riso HC5000

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Yes, I'll be at the dealer meeting. The Lexmark affiliation is actually over a year old. Their concept was to provide a turn-key printing solution that would have print jobs automatically routed to the most cost-effective printing device depending upon preset print parameters. I had always viewed it as a desperate attempt to remain viable. However, between the Ricoh SeriPrinter and the Riso HC5000, I have an improved confidence in the future of Digital Duplicators.
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Re: Riso HC5000

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The Lexmark thing is now providing stability for Riso. Their sales actually increased last year, but only due to the sales of Lexmark. Otherwise, duplicator sales declined sharply, I hear. It would be great to get the scoop on this device, as Jim says, with the Seri and this, there might well be some life in the old girl yet!!!
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Re: 3800C, duplex 90lb??

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expect people to know what that is. We've also seen some fusing issues on heavier and particularly glossy paper where the image is like a scratch and sniff sticker. Overall, it's a good product though and you can't beat the speed and space saving duplex unit. ~Jerry
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Five Ways to Save Money on Gas

Lasley, co-host of On Travel Radio features and columnist for Westways, the magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California. "You can take charge of the situation; some small changes in driving habits can add up to real savings in money for gas." For those looking for a more long-term solution, hybrid gas-electric vehicles may be the best option. The best known of these vehicles is probably the Toyota Prius, which uses both an electric motor and gas engine for power. The power provided
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First to Market Will Dominate Today’s Untapped Opportunity

Although all manufactures promote the scan connectivity of their digital copiers, the actual deployment of integrated scanning solutions remains largely unrealized. The market opportunity this presents for each copier sales rep is hard to ignore. An average entry-level paper management solution adds approximately $1-3K of software, $5-8K of hardware, and $1-3K of services to each digital copier sold. With over 400,000 new Digital copiers shipped last year, and unit sales growing 30% annually
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Label Insertion on the 2022

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Insertion. And if there is any other solution for sending the information that may be required by HIPPA? The customer had a Brother and it prints a cover page showing this information with each fax. Thanks for the help! ~Jerry
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Low-Cost Manager

documentation, product and user manuals and reference documents delivered in print, online or on CDs and DVDs. The company's new Vasont Universal Integrator exposes management system functionality from the toolbar menu of leading XML editors including FrameMaker, XMetal, XML Spy and Epic Editor. The integration lets authors and editors work without toggling between applications to check out, edit, approve and check in content. Vasont SG tracks changes and applies them wherever content is reused. Vasont SG
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Z-Fold Unit Type 2105 Option !!!!!!!!

Ricoh is pleased to announce the new SR841 Finisher and the Z-Fold Unit Type 2105 Option for the Aficio 2090/2105 Digital Imaging Systems. The SR841 Finisher will replace the SR840 Finisher for the Aficio 2090 and 2105 only. The SR841 Finisher is designed to support all of the features and capabilities of the older SR840 Finisher with the addition of a new interface that allows it to be connected to the Z-Fold unit Type 2105 option. When the SR841 Finisher and the Z-Fold Type 2105 Option are
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Need A FW-870

Can any one help me? I sold a customer a FW-870 over a month ago and Ricoh has none in the country. They say there is a slim to none chance that I might get one by the end of July and Slim just left town. Apparently the 870 is soon to be discontinued. Does anyone have a new 870 in stock that they are willing to sell to my dealership. Contact me via phone at 413-737-3565 X1512 or by E-Mail at Mellsworth@cbs-blooms.com. Thanks
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Re: Scanning with 4022sp

All ricoh username and passwords are "password"
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Re: Leads in Illinois

Interface Software, Inc. http://www.interfacesoftware.com WHAT IT DOES It provides CRM software and services. EVENT 05-25-2004--Announced the appointment of a new Vice President of Worldwide Sales OPPORTUNITIES potential opportunity to provide… - sales training programs - software and systems specific to the sales function - products and services to support a field sales force - recruiting for sales professionals Kevin Potrzeba is the new Vice President of Worldwide Sales. STATED PARTNERS
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Re: Leads in Texas

sales professionals - recruiting services for marketing professionals - marketing services to support product/service launch. This may include online and offline advertising, PR services, direct marketing, and collateral material development The company is hiring in all areas. The company may use a portion of the proceeds for acquisitions. PARTNERS none stated PEOPLE Adam R. Dell Founder and Chairman Satin Mirchandani President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Abranovic Senior Vice President, Sales
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Re: Leads in Pennslyvania

Animas Corporation http://www.animascorp.com NasdaqUMP WHAT IT DOES It designs, manufactures and markets products and services for people with insulin-dependent diabetes. (number of employees: 288) NEWLY PUBLIC 05-29-2004—Completed its initial public offering (IPO) OPPORTUNITIES company expected to make purchases to support... - sales and marketing - research and development - expansion into international markets - working capital - general corporate purposes potential opportunity to provide
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Re: Leads in New York

Autotask LLC http://www.autotask.com WHAT IT DOES It provides on-demand Web-based process automation and real-time project tracking solutions for professional service and other project-driven organizations. (number of employees: 18) EVENT 05-25-2004--$2.5 million in a Series A round of financing from FA Ventures OPPORTUNITIES company expected to make purchases to support... - building sales and marketing team - expanding third-party reseller channel - increasing marketing activities potential
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Re: Leads in Jersey

Tacit Networks http://www.tacitnetworks.com WHAT IT DOES It develops Unix- and Windows-based wide area file sharing solutions for remote offices. EVENT 05-24-2004--$16.9 million in a second round of financing led by JPMorgan Partners OPPORTUNITIES potential opportunity to provide… - products and services to support increased sales activities - products and services to support a field sales force - products and services to support increased marketing activities; services may include PR
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Re: Leads in Connecticut

advertising services. PARTNERS none stated PEOPLE Robert E. Patricelli Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John C. Langenus Executive Vice President of Sales and Account Management Denise J. Steele Senior Vice President of Operations and Sales Patrick J. Murphy Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Christopher M. Byrd Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development Donna E. Porritt Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer 860-678-3471 dporritt@evolutionbenefits.com Paul
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Re: Leads in New Hampshire

expansion in domestic and international markets, including marketing, research and advertising services. PARTNERS none stated PEOPLE Ken Latimer Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President Bob Mathie Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Engineering Stephen Royal Chief Financial Officer Howard Fuller Vice President of Sales, Latin America Matthew Byrd Vice President of Marketing 603-427-0600 x226 mbyrd@nettonet.com Bruce Beck Vice President of Business Development and Sales, Americas Keith
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Re: Leads in California

BidShift, Inc. http://www.bidshift.com WHAT IT DOES It develops Web-based auctioning software that allows hospital staff to bid on available shifts. (number of employees: 20) EVENT 05-25-2004--$3.5 million in a Series B round of funding led by Himalaya Capital OPPORTUNITIES company expected to make purchases to support... - hiring in sales - building partnership network - expanding product development potential opportunity to provide… - sales training programs - software and systems specific to
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Re: 1515MFP

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They keep changing the link. It works for a while then goes bad. They must not like outside links to the pages so I took it away. Anyway, it is the Aficio FX-16 ... looks like another Samsung device. I doubt we will ever see this thing. Nice features, full color scanning, but the Samsung model is so inexpensive. I think it is also relabeled by a number of other OEM's It is on Ricoh Europe.
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Re: 2015/2018 feature question

I am rarely in the office to check a machine, the brochure does not speak of this feature. So I am not sure if Ricoh offers this feature on the 2015/2018 with the ARDF Art
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Re: 1515MFP

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I was told by someone from Ricoh that the 1515 was launched yesterday. Has anyone seen anything to that effect?
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Re: 2015/2018 feature question

That stinks! Well guess I have to find a way to help the customer. The customer likes the feature because they receive two sided originals and sometimes has to fax them out to thier subs. No way we can scan2email a two sided doc on the 2015's/2018's and the 2022 may be over priced. Does anyone have any sggestions? Does Kyocera still offer this feature on their 15-20cpm system? Help! Art
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Re: 2015/2018 feature question

Jim: Not a bad idea, will have to check the SADF feature, most Ricoh's have that feature. Does anyone know for sure? Art
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Re: 2015/2018 feature question

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We sell Savin, but I assume this product is the same as our 4015/4018 series. If so, I would assume this can be done by going into the series feature using the combine/series key. On a 4018d (2018d) you can go in and separate a two sided copy into two copies, or a book into two separate pages. Of course, this will depend on if after installing the ARDF you have this option. Hope this helps, Jerry
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Re: 2015/2018 feature question

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The 1060 doesn't have it according to Ricoh. It was an important feature to an account I sold, they ended up going with it regardless.
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2035/45e e-cabinet intergration

Ricoh is pleased to announce the Aficio 2035e / 2045e Series Multi-Function Devices functionality with the eCabinet digital repository integration. The integration allows Aficio 2035e / 2045e customers the ability to integrate with their eCabinet digital document repositories giving customers a full input, storage, management, retrieval and output solution. With the ability to store millions of pages of information captured directly from the Aficio 2035e / 2045e Series the eCabinet extends the
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Re: Leads in Massachusetts

Altus Pharmaceuticals Inc. http://www.altus.com WHAT IT DOES It develops and commercializes protein therapeutics for treating chronic gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases. EVENT 05-26-2004--$51 million in a Series C round of financing led by Warburg Pincus LLC OPPORTUNITIES company expected to make purchases to support... - product advancement potential opportunity to provide… - products and services to support clinical trials - equipment and services for research and development activities
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Re: Leads in Virginia

entry into new markets, including marketing, research and advertising services. PARTNERS none stated PEOPLE Joseph Payne President and Chief Executive Officer joe.payne@esecurityinc.com Reed Harrison Chief Technology Officer reed.harrison@esecurityinc.com Adrian Muniz Vice President of Finance David Capuano Vice President of Product Management Gary Benedetti Vice President of Sales Dipto Chakravarty Senior Vice President of Engineering Dipto.Chakravarty@esecurityinc.com Alison Andrews Vice
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Re: Leads in Colorado

Indicative Software Inc. http://www.indicative.com WHAT IT DOES It develops software to monitor and measure IT infrastructure performance. (number of employees: 15) EVENT 05-24-2004--$6.1 million in a Series A round of funding led by Sutter Hill Ventures OPPORTUNITIES company expected to make purchases to support... - product development - building U.S. marketing, support and direct sales teams - launching product potential opportunity to provide… - sales training programs - software and
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Re: Leads in Alabama

advertising, PR services, direct marketing, and collateral material development Sab Gosal is the new Vice President, Marketing. STATED PARTNERS/ALLIANCES none stated PEOPLE Leigh S. Belden President and Chief Executive Officer C. W. Smith Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Wayne Shackleford Vice President, Worldwide Sales Todd Westbrook Vice President, Operations Sab Gosal Vice President, Marketing OFFICE(S) Verilink Corporation 127 Jetplex Circle Madison, AL 35758 Toll Free: 800-285-2755 Phone
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Re: XRX "new equipment"

I did a quick search on Xerox, I came up with this. You may want to do an advanced search on this site. Xerox Doc
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Re: XRX "new equipment"

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The best source is Better Buys for Business High Volume Copier and Multifunctional Guide. Page 41 of Volume 157/2004 says' "What you've always wanted to know about Xerox build status but never dared to ask." The final paragraph says, "A point to keep in mind is that not one of the build status categories - which among them cover all Xerox copiers - guarantees that a machine is brand-new, containing no remanufactured parts... the 'newest' category of all - 'Newly Manufactured' - does allow for
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Re: Riso HC5000

Will you be at the Riso delaer meeting? I was on thier web site and see that they have added lexmark MFP's and printers to their line-up. Do you see this as a desperation to keep some dealers in the fold. Or are they just trying to get a piece of the 1 trillion dollar market for the printed page?
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Re: Demo Originals

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I use Savin supplied demo originals that came on CD with hard copy. They are all PDF
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Re: Demo Originals

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What about Canon reps out there? What are you using? Or high end color reps?
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Re: XRX "new equipment"

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Here it is.
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