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National / AZON Closes 2020 with Best Month on Record for Contex Large Format Scanners

National / AZON Closes 2020 with Best Month on Record for Contex Large Format Scanners



Wide range of scanning solutions meets changing landscape as
home office, specialty, and archiving projects drive sales in 2020; sales for personal large format scanners jump by nearly 70%

Troy, MI — February 18, 2021 — National / AZON, a leading distributor of technology for the reprographic, graphic arts, and sign-making markets, today announces that December 2020 was one of the best sales months ever recorded for Contex large format scanners. The company also reports that sales of Contex scanners remained steady throughout the year despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. National / AZON attributes its success to its dedicated sales team and to Contex’s versatile range of scanning solutions.


Throughout 2020, the market shifted from high-volume production scanners to home-office and portable devices. Sales of the entry-level Contex SD One scanner series grew by nearly 70% over 2019, while reprographic and data management companies, among others, continued to invest in Contex’s mid-range, high-production large format, and specialty scanners — the IQ
Quattro X scanner series, HD Ultra X scanner series, and IQ FLEX flatbed scanner — at a steady pace.


“The collective experience of the team at National / AZON proved invaluable for the company in 2020. They quickly responded to the shift in the market with solutions for new requirements. We congratulate National / AZON for their continued success,” comments Steve Blanken, General Manager, Contex Americas.


“In 2020, we made sure that we went back to basics: connecting with our resellers and the scanning community. We saw an increase in specialty scanning and archiving projects as organizations took advantage of downtime. Reprographic shops were also looking for a more productive set of input devices for the coming year,” comments Rich Gigl, Senior Vice President,
National / AZON.


In Q4 2020, National / AZON started offering webinars, which helped the scanning community connect with experts for their remote projects.

Contex has a strong R&D department driven by customer and market feedback. Its scanners are suitable for a wide range of applications including CAD and engineering, document archiving, maps and GIS, artwork and photo, book scanning, and more.


For more information, visit www.azon.com.

About National / AZON
National / AZON i s a l eading distributor of hardware and software products, with a special focus on the reprographic, graphic arts, and sign-making markets. Sales and distribution points across North America allow National / AZON to continuously expand and innovate to meet the ever-changing needs of l arge format printing and scanning professionals. With an intense focus
on customer satisfaction, National / AZON has gained a nationwide presence in the marketplace and will continue to provide products and services that enable success and profitability in the print-for-pay and graphics industries. For more i nformation, visit www.azon.com.

Contact:
Vickie Connor
National / AZON
vickiec@azon.com
800-260-0839 ext. 107

Contex, National / AZON to Premiere the Zero Turn Productivity Center with IQ Quattro X in Upcoming Webinar

Contex, National / AZON to Premiere the Zero Turn Productivity Center with IQ Quattro X in Upcoming Webinar

Contex and National / AZON will premiere the Zero Turn Productivity Center with the Contex IQ Quattro X large format scanner in an upcoming webinar to be held February 24th at 11 AM Eastern. Designed by National / AZON exclusively for Contex scanners, Zero Turn is a single-footprint holding table for documents that are waiting to be scanned. The IQ Quattro X is the market's fastest CIS scanner, capturing large format documents up to 17.8 inches per second. The combined solution delivers the most productive large format scanning solution available in the industry today.

Click here to register.

For more information, call 877-226-6839 or send email to SalesAmericas@contex.com.

Contex sets record with world’s fastest CIS scanner series; Market-leading technology boosts scanning productivity by 40%

The IQ Quattro X is an essential scanner for reprographic shops, the AEC community, and businesses that require scanning accuracy with technical drawings and other large format documents, especially at high volume.

Contex, the world leader in large format scanning, today introduces the IQ Quattro X, the 5th-generation Contex CIS scanner series. The IQ Quattro X is an essential scanner for reprographic shops, the AEC community, and businesses that require scanning accuracy with technical drawings and other large format documents, especially at high volume. The Energy Star®–compliant IQ Quattro X series comes in 36- and 44-inch widths, and is immediately available from resellers worldwide.

The IQ Quattro X is designed with innovative technologies, scanning 40% faster and transferring data at three times the speed of its predecessor. The scanner is also equipped with Contex Live Alignment, a new technology that ensures sharp image alignment even at high scanning speeds. Loaded with exclusive features, the IQ Quattro X series is also Nextimage Remote–enabled. This feature brings all main functions for basic scanning and copying directly in front of the operator via a tablet — saving valuable time.

“Contex is always innovating and we are excited to launch the world’s fastest CIS scanner, the IQ Quattro X series. Our advanced technologies are based on customer feedback, and the results exceed customers’ requirements for quality, speed and ease of use,” comments Jacob Bendix, CCO & VP Global Sales & Marketing, Contex A/S. “The IQ Quattro X is a must-have for businesses that want to expedite scanning projects with exceptional results.”

Smart, productive scanning

Faster in color than any other large format CIS scanner in the market, the IQ Quattro X scans up to 17.8 inches per second. The IQ Quattro X also boasts a 1GB extreme buffer, which eliminates waiting between scans. Further boosting productivity, the Nextimage Remote scanning app can vastly reduce the number of times the operator needs to move between the scanner and the workstation. It also gives users the freedom to move away from the scanner for maximum convenience and comfort.

Advanced image quality

The IQ Quattro X captures every detail from technical drawings with 48-bit CIS technology and 1200 dpi optical resolution. The scanner series is equipped with Contex CleanScan CIS modules, which maximize optical image quality with dual-sided LED lighting. Unique to Contex scanners, these modules eliminate creases and folds in originals, which are typically a challenge for CIS scanners.

The IQ Quattro X also includes Color Fringe Removal (CFR), an advanced Contex-patented filtering technology designed to remove the fringes inherent in CIS strobing scanning devices.

Configurations

The IQ Quattro X is available in multiple configurations, including a standalone scanner with the Nextimage scanning software and Nextimage Remote app. The IQ Quattro X can also be configured as a ScanStation Pro or as an all-in-one multifunction printer (MFP) solution by connecting a large-format printer.

Contex solutions are compatible with all leading large format printers. The full list of compatible printers is available at contex.com/nextimage-supported-printers.

For more information visit http://www.contex.com or contact info@contex.com.

About Contex

As the world's leading developer and producer of large format imaging solutions, Contex drives the market with innovative technology and advanced scan and copy software applications. Sold worldwide in more than 100 countries, Contex solutions are recognized in a wide range of industries for reliability, value, high performance, and superb image quality. For more information, please visit http://www.contex.com.

Contex publishes free industry resource for successful large-format scanning

Contex (Chantilly, Virginia), an industry leader in large-format scanning, has announced the availability of a new report, Requirements for Successful Large Format Scanning. The report addresses four “must-haves” for scanning – hardware design, software options, productivity and flexibility, and image quality. “Combined, these essential requirements make it possible to deliver the best scans at the fastest speeds with the highest image quality,” said the company. “Our latest report is a helpful resource for understanding the subtle nuances of a well-designed scanning solution. For anyone considering a new scanner or upgrading, this document is a must-read,” said Steve Blanken, General Manager of Contex Americas.

Requirements for Successful Large Format Scanning addresses several key issues, including subtle design features that “make a big difference” with scanning. For example, said Contex, scanners should have large-capacity input buffers that allow operators to scan one document after the next without a delays or lag time. High-quality camera lenses and scanning technology also make it possible to capture every detail in detailed, clear colour. Guide-plate options should also let operators scan any type of document – thick or thin, rigid or flexible. A simple and intuitive interface should allow even the newest of operators to feel confident when using a scanner.

Please visit contex.com/scanning to download the free report.

Contex Publishes Industry Report on the Four Requirements for Successful Large Format Scanning

Contex Publishes Industry Report on the Four Requirements for Successful Large Format Scanning

Chantilly, VA  — June 4, 2020 — Contex, the world leader in large format scanning, today announces the availability of a new report, Requirements for Successful Large Format Scanning. The report addresses four must-haves for scanning, which include hardware design, software options, productivity (and flexibility), and image quality. Combined, these essential requirements make it possible to deliver the best scans, at the fastest speeds, with the highest

image quality. The free report is available for download from Contex’s website at www.contex.com/scanning.

“Our latest report is a helpful resource for understanding the subtle nuances of a well-designed scanning solution. For anyone considering a new scanner or upgrading, this document is a must-read,” comments Steve Blanken, General Manager, Contex Americas.

The report, Requirements for Successful Large Format Scanning, addresses several important issues, including subtle design features that make a big difference with scanning. For example, scanners should have large-capacity input buffers that allow operators to scan one document after the next without a delay or lag time. High-quality camera lenses and scanning technology also make it possible to capture every detail in perfect color. Guide plate options should also let operators scan any type of document: thick or thin, rigid or pliable. A simple and intuitive interface should allow even the newest of operators to feel confident when they walk up to the scanner.

Visit contex.com/scanning to download the free report. For more information, visit www.contex.com or email salesamericas@contex.com.

About Contex

As the world’s leading developer and producer of large format imaging solutions, Contex drives the market with innovative technology and advanced scan and copy software applications. Sold worldwide in more than 100 countries, Contex solutions are recognized in a wide range of industries for reliability, value, high performance, and superb image quality. For more information, please visit www.contex.com.

Contex to host more open forum webinars for customers working remotely

Join Contex scanning experts at the next open-forum webinar on June 3rd at 11 AM Eastern. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Contex technical team members about their large format scanning solutions. Throughout the webinar, scanning expert Jerry Gautereaux will also share helpful commentary of Nextimage how-to video tutorials.

The open-forum webinars were first launched in April, 2020 to help customers working remotely. Due to the success of the webinars, Contex is continuing them with the next one scheduled for June 3, 2020.

Click here to register to secure your seat!

DATE: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
TIME: 11 AM Eastern
COST: Free

Contex Hosts Month-Long Webinar Series to Help Customers Working Remotely During Pandemic

Free webinars to be held three times weekly in April at 11am EasternChantilly, VA  — April 6, 2020 — Contex, the world leader in large format scanning, today announces a month-long, free webinar series to help customers working remotely as a result of the current pandemic. The webinars will be led by Contex scanning expert Jerry Gautereaux, who will provide assistance and answer questions about customers’ large format scanning solutions. The webinars will be held three times a week at 11am Eastern on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, running from April 7–30. Click here to register to attend.

“Given today’s circumstances, the webinars will be helpful with the transition to working remotely,” comments Steve Blanken, General Manager, Contex Americas. “Whether a customer is new or a seasoned scanning operator, we want them to know that our scanning experts are available to provide virtual assistance.”

Customers are encouraged to join the webinars as often as they would like. Additionally, Contex scanning experts are available to provide assistance via Contex’s online chat feature, Monday–Friday during normal business hours.

For more information, visit www.contex.com or email salesamericas@contex.com.

About Contex

As the world’s leading developer and producer of large format imaging solutions, Contex drives the market with innovative technology and advanced scan and copy software applications. Sold worldwide in more than 100 countries, Contex solutions are recognized in a wide range of industries for reliability, value, high performance, and superb image quality. For more information, please visit www.contex.com.

Contex Launches New Video Series on the Keys to Successful Large Format Scanning

Videos Outline Four Critical Requirements for High-Quality Images and Exemplary Scanning Experiences

Chantilly, VA — January 30, 2020 — Contex, the world leader in large format scanning, today announces a new series of informative videos that share the keys to a successful large format scanning process. Comprising four short videos, Contex’s new series is ideal for anyone who wants to learn the essentials of large format scanning, from hardware and software options to productivity and image quality. The video series discusses the importance of producing high-quality scans and copies in a cost-effective, simple, and intuitive manner.

“Contex sets the industry standard in large format scanning, and these videos explain how and why we achieve this,” comments Steve Blanken, General Manager, Contex Americas. “In each video, viewers can see just how much our customers’ feedback is incorporated into every aspect of our scanners, making them the most efficient scanners available today.”

The Contex video series highlights the critical yet subtle features that make Contex scanners leaders in their class. For example, the size of the table where documents are inserted and the large-capacity input buffers help eliminate lag time between each scan — a notable benefit whether scanning a few or hundreds of documents at a time.

Additionally, the videos address the value of capturing every detail in perfect color. Viewers also gain an understanding of how productivity and flexibility go hand in hand. For example, shifting from one workflow to another is as simple as selecting a personalized software preset. Plus, automations for naming, rotating, removing background noise, and adjusting image quality can simplify the scanning process and even create copies better than the original.

Visit Contex.com/scanning or Contex’s Youtube channel to see the video series. For more information, visit www.contex.com or email salesamericas@contex.com.

About Contex

As the world’s leading developer and producer of large format imaging solutions, Contex leads the market with innovative technology and advanced scan and copy software applications. Sold worldwide in more than 100 countries, Contex solutions are recognized in a wide range of industries for reliability, value, high performance, and superb image quality. For more information, please visit www.contex.com.

The GLO Gains 25% in Productivity with the Contex HD Ultra X Large Format Scanner





After TWO DECADES with its first Contex scanner, the General Land Office (GLO) was first in line to upgrade to the 60-inch HD Ultra X. A scanning solution like no other, the HD Ultra X is setting the new standard in scanning: 17.8 inches per second...  automations... productivity boosters... and did we say 60 inches wide?


The GLO gained a notable 25% BOOST IN PRODUCTIVITY, thanks to the HD Ultra X. Read all about the GLO and its project to preserve — and sell reproductions of — more than 45,000 maps, sketches, and surveys.

Click here to read this success story. 

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THE NEW SCANNING STANDARD

The HD Ultra X is the new standard for large format scanning. The scanner comes in 36-, 42-, and 60-inch widths.

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General Land Office Preserves More Than 45000 Maps, Surveys and Sketches with a Contex ...

The Market’s Fastest, Most Productive Scanner Boosts Agency’s Productivity by 25%

Chantilly, VA — December 17, 2019 — Contex, the world leader in large format scanning, today announces that the Texas General Land Office (GLO), the state’s oldest agency and a longtime Contex customer, is boosting productivity by 25% with the Contex HD Ultra X 60-inch large format scanning solution. The GLO uses the scanner to preserve more than 45,000 maps, surveys, and sketches, which are available online to the public. Researchers, genealogists, surveyors, title companies, and historians frequently access the repository and can purchase copies of any item. Proceeds from the sale of prints benefit the agency’s Save Texas History Program, which allows those original maps in poor condition to be professionally conserved.

The GLO began its large-scale file-conversion project in 2000 with a Contex 50-inch large format scanner. Upon learning of the Contex HD Ultra X 60-inch scanner, the team decided to upgrade its scanning solution.

“We needed a scanner that could rapidly generate accurate images of more than 45,000 maps — complete with stains, creases, and faded colors — without an operator spending an inordinate amount of time adjusting each one,“ comments Susan Smith Dorsey, Director and Records, Management Officer, Texas General Land Office. “The Contex HD Ultra X 60-inch scanner helped us to achieve this goal, while significantly reducing our scanning workflow.”

“The Contex HD Ultra X 60-inch scanner is an ideal fit for the General Land Office, considering the types and sizes of documents that it preserves. These include many delicate and oversized materials, and the results are amazing,” comments Doyle Cryer, scanning expert and National Account Executive, National Azon. “Cartographers from back in the day would regularly draw characters in the maps, such as a farmer and his family, and the scans are so accurate that you can even see the threads on a farmer’s buttons. The fidelity is excellent.”

A Texas DIR (Department of Information Resources) cooperative contract streamlined the purchasing process of the Contex scanning solution for the state agency, and Cryer helped to facilitate the installation of the scanning solution. The solution includes a Contex HD Ultra X 60-inch CCD scanner with a ScanStation, Nextimage scanning software, and 21.5” tablet.

The HD Ultra X is Contex’s fastest scanner, with a top speed of 17.8 ips. Scanning speed alone has significantly boosted GLO’s workflow, giving staffers more flexibility than they ever thought possible. Thanks to true size detection, the Contex scanner wastes no time initiating the scanning process, and the floating transport design of the glass plate minimizes friction and reduces upkeep. The scans are so precise that they rarely require editing.

The HD Ultra X’s advanced technology also helps the GLO save valuable time in the scanning workflow. Before, GLO’s scanning process could take up to 6 people to maneuver the extra-large documents through the scanner. With the HD Ultra X scanning solution, they reduced it to two. Instant start-up and the LED light source eliminates the need for the equipment to “warm up.”

The GLO also values the proximity of the touchscreen monitor. Dorsey comments, “When scanning fragile items, it is helpful not to have to step away to a computer to operate the scanner. Also, having a CANCEL/STOP hardware button is very beneficial when scanning fragile items, as we so often do at the Land Office.”

For more information, visit www.contex.com or send email to salesamericas@contex.com.

About Contex

As the world’s leading developer and producer of large format imaging solutions, Contex leads the market with innovative technology and advanced scan and copy software applications. Sold worldwide in more than 100 countries, Contex solutions are recognized in a wide range of industries for reliability, value, high performance, and superb image quality. For more information, please visit www.contex.com

HD Ultra X 42-inch Scanner Gains Lion’s Share of Sales in Contex’s New Series

Chantilly, VA — October 3, 2019 — Contex, the world leader in large format scanning, today announces that the new 42-inch scanner has outsold all other models in the HD Ultra X series.

HD Ultra X 42-inch Scanner

The new series, which boasts unparalleled technological advancements, is outpacing sales expectations, while garnering rave reviews from the scanning community. Of the three available widths in the series, 36-, 42-, and 60-inches, the 42-inch model is the most popular to date.

“The HD Ultra X scanner series is proving to be one of our most successful scanner series in Contex’s history, and much like the 36- and 60-inch models, sales for the 42-inch has exceeded our expectations,” comments Steve Blanken, General Manager, Contex Americas. “Many customers are choosing the 42-inch scanner because its width is well-suited for a variety of applications, but the scanner is in close competition with the other models in the HD Ultra X series.”

Reprographic shops, museums, government agencies, among others, use the HD Ultra X scanner to capture an array of large format documents such as CAD and engineering drawings, artwork, maps, and more. The HD Ultra X boasts numerous technological advancements that have set a new standard in large format scanning. For example, its unprecedented scanning speed of 17.8 ips and productivity boosters dramatically reduce production time. Customers also appreciate the true size detection and instant-ON capabilities, as well as its throttle buffer control, which eliminates scanner pauses. This allows operators to continuously feed documents without waiting for scanned data to be processed.

For more information, visit a Contex distributor, or contact info@contex.com.

About Contex

As the world’s leading developer and producer of large format imaging solutions, Contex leads the market with innovative technology and advanced scan and copy software applications. Sold worldwide in more than 100 countries, Contex solutions are recognized in a wide range of industries for reliability, value, high performance, and superb image quality. For more information, please visit www.contex.com.

What is the speed of paper? (Video)

HD Ultra X is the fastest large format scanner series on the market. With a top speed of up to 17.8 ips, you can increase your workflow tempo significantly. You can also switch between three different speed levels directly on the scanner's intuitive operator panel.



Visitors tap popular resource for scanning discussions ranging from the simple to complex

Chantilly, VA, USA – September 20, 2019

 

Visitors tap popular resource for scanning discussions ranging from the simple to complex.

 

Contex, the world leader in large format scanning, today announces the success of its chat option on contex.com. Visitors praise the company’s popular feature, which has become a go-to resource for new customers and seasoned users alike.

Contex.com chat is one of the first opportunities that website visitors get to connect directly with Contex scanning experts, who field questions from the simple to the complex. The helpful resource has contributed to many first-time customers choosing Contex scanners for their specific requirements, and has also given many longtime customers valuable information to further boost their scanning workflows.

“Our online chat feature gives the scanning community a valuable resource for their scanner and workflow questions. New customers like the College Park Aviation Museum appreciate the helpful resource as they embark on their large format scanning initiatives,” comments Steve Blanken, General Manager, Contex Americas.
New and existing customers use the chat option to get immediate answers about scanner capabilities, such as how the IQ FLEX flatbed scanner handles delicate documents or textiles, for example. Visitors also inquire about the newest features of the HD Ultra X series.

The contex.com chat feature is staffed by Contex scanning experts Jerry Gautereaux and Paul Jones, and is available Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM Eastern.

https://contex.com/case/chat-feature/

DataXport Marks 15 Years Using Contex Scanners

Chantilly, VA — August 23, 2019 — Contex, the world leader in large format scanning,  announces the 15-year anniversary of Contex customer and reseller DataXport. Based in El Paso, DataXport is a state-certified Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) and a minority- and women-owned enterprise. The company opened in 2003 as a service bureau and began using Contex large format scanners the following year. Today, DataXport offers document imaging, electronic document management, business process outsourcing, and contact center operations. The company also resells Contex scanners and holds four cooperative contracts that streamline the buying process for public sector organizations throughout the U.S.

The cooperative contracts include the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)Education Service Center Region 19, Allied States Cooperative (Region 19)The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS)and BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative.

“When we started our business, we knew we wanted the best solutions. We wanted something reliable, that we trusted and could recommend to clients. Once we found the Contex scanners, we didn’t want to switch to any other,” comments Beatriz Fernandez, DataXport Business Development Director.

“DataXport provides a great service to their customers, and one of the ways they achieve this is with Contex’s high-quality scanning solutions,” comments Steve Blanken, General Manager, Contex Americas. “State agencies, universities, counties and cities, among others, benefit from DataXport’s expertise and their efficiencies, and we are happy to celebrate this notable milestone with them.”

DataXport provides scanning services to customers using two Contex HD Ultra wide format scanners. The services range from one-time backlog conversions to recurring scanning projects, averaging more than 100 million pages a year.

For more information, visit a www.contex.com or send email to salesamericas@contex.com.

About Contex
As the world’s leading developer and producer of large format imaging solutions, Contex leads the market with innovative technology and advanced scan and copy software applications. Sold worldwide in more than 100 countries, Contex solutions are recognized in a wide range of industries for reliability, value, high performance, and superb image quality. For more information, please visit www.contex.com.

City of Houston Rebuilds with Contex Large-Format Scanners

City of Houston uses Contex large-format scanner to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey

2017’s Hurricane Harvey was one of the costliest tropical storms ever to hit the U.S. But the city of Houston is rebuilding, and like every city and small town across the U.S., the Houston Permitting Center plays an important role in building safety and infrastructure planning. With each new rebuild or remodel, city staff reviews the project drawings and maps — submitted by landowners, architects, engineers, and contractors — to ensure the projects meet the city’s building code regulations and infrastructure design requirements.

CHALLENGE

What makes the city of Houston different from most cities is its sheer size, scope, and diversity. Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States by population, the eighth largest in miles, and the most culturally rich with more than 140 spoken languages. The city’s Permitting Center was already one of the busiest in the nation. Now in disaster recovery, the city is processing building permits at rates never before imagined.

On average, the Permitting Center’s imaging team receives around 40-50 building construction projects per day and about 30 infrastructure projects per week, each of which can include anywhere from 2 to more than 1500 drawings and maps, depending on the size and scope of the build. Unlike the building projects, which are on paper, the infrastructure projects are on mylar.

SOLUTION

As the city of Houston rebuilds, homeowners and developers must get their plans approved before commencing any new project, large or small.

The city of Houston implemented a Contex IQ Quattro large-format scanner to scan maps and drawings up to 44” wide. Its speed, quality, and reliability enable the staffers to process the high volume of documents that come into the Center. Expedited projects are easily facilitated thanks to the IQ Quattro’s four-second scanning, and CIS technologies, which deliver high-quality results. The Nextimage scanning software also gives a boost to productivity by automatically removing shadows caused by creases and folds. If a document is old or faded, the Center staffers can easily manipulate settings as needed to further improve imaging results.

The Center processes mostly 24”×36” documents. Occasionally, staffers may receive documents that are 18”×24” or 36”×40”. These plans are easily accommodated, simply by changing the orientation of the documents.

RESULTS

Although the city of Houston accepts online plan submissions, most customers submit hard-copy plans to the Permitting Center. Two sets of plans are required for the review process. Once the plans are approved and stamped, one set is kept by the city to be archived and the other set is returned to the customer to be kept on the job site for inspections.

As the city of Houston rebuilds itself, the Contex scanner is a vital tool to speeding the recovery. The Contex IQ Quattro large-format scanner is an investment that the city of Houston can benefit from for years to come. From speed and reliability to image quality and performance, the IQ Quattro exceeds expectations.

Source: Contex

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