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Customisable UI

Brother customisable scanner
Brother customisable scanner

Brother has launched a customisable scanner user interface to help channel partners target sectors which have complex document management challenges. It has identified the education, healthcare and legal sectors as key sectors for Custom UI, given the different documenting and archiving management challenges that users face.

Available on versions of its ADS-2800W and ADS-3600W models, Custom UI allows touchscreen control panels to be modified to create a bespoke solution for individual customers’ existing workflow environments.

Custom UI expands upon Brother’s BSI (Brother Solutions Interface) where channel firms can change the entire screen and functionality of its devices through software development, opening up the market for bespoke solutions to a wider audience.

Fast-track digital transformation

Fujitsu scanner capturing up to A3
Fujitsu scanner capturing up to A3

Designed for the digital transformation era, the fi-7700 and fi-7600 from Fujitsu subsidiary PFU, are able to capture documents up to A3 size in a wide variety of paper weights in one batch, saving time and cost for production-level scanning in a professional environment.

The fi-7700 model combines ADF and flatbed functionality, with the latter well suited for fragile or oversized documents like magazines. The fi-7600 comes with dual fold-out operating panels to support left-to-right and right-to-left scenarios.

Added flexibility

Canon lightweight flatbed scanner
Canon lightweight flatbed scanner

Designed to partner Canon imageFORMULA scanners, the compact and lightweight Flatbed Scanner Unit 102 (FSU102) enables users to capture images from both devices in one operation – using the same software driver interface. As the ADF and FSU102 work together, users are able to combine several documents, from both sources, and create a single file – improving productivity for even complex workflows.

Alongside seamless scanning, the FSU102 further enhances efficiency by delivering scans in record time. A4 page scanning takes less than three seconds in grayscale and under four seconds in colour.

Greater scanning efficiency

Panasonic new hybrid scanner
Panasonic new hybrid scanner

Panasonic has added two new A4 scanners – the KV-SL3066 and KV-SL3056 to its range. The new KV-SL30 series of hybrid scanners feature a flatbed which is integrated with an automatic document feeder, meaning they can handle damaged documents, booklets, passports, ID cards, envelopes and mixed-size documents easily.

Designed to deliver greater scanning efficiency and a lower cost of ownership, the two models are the fastest of all Panasonic models in the same class. Panasonic has worked to improve the scanning time of the flatbed, reducing it by half compared to the previous model. The KV-SL3066 scans at 65 pages per minute (ppm) /130 images per minute (ipm) and the KV-SL3056 scans at 45 ppm/90 ipm.

High quality images

Canon imageFORMULA DR-C230
Canon imageFORMULA DR-C230

Designed to provide excellent value and performance to small and medium sized organisations, the new Canon imageFORMULA DR-C230 comes fully equipped with the latest technologies and features required for simple capture and advanced workflows.

The imageFORMULA DR-C230 is based on the successful imageFORMULA DR-C240, providing a compact, robust and reliable device with scanning speeds of 30ppm/60ipm and bundled application software.

With its robust feeding mechanism, the new scanner is capable of handling a variety of different media including scanning 6mm thick passports through the 60-sheet document feeder.

The compact device also includes various advanced image processing features, including text enhancement, automatic deskew and text orientation recognition, to help deliver exceptionally high quality images while saving users valuable time.

Portable scanner

Epson DS-360W
Epson DS-360W

Epson claims the DS-360W is the fastest portable business scanner on the market. This lightweight, portable and wireless scanner is easy to use, producing high quality scans on the go.

The Epson DS-360W offers a cable-free scanning solution with built-in battery and wireless connectivity for scanning to mobiles, tables and computers. It also features a highly versatile scanning range making it easy to scan what you need, when you need using paper between 52 and 230gsm, and a dedicated slot for capturing driving licences and ID cards.

Scans can also be integrated in to the user’s workflow with the Document Capture Pro which offers many scanning functions alongside document imaging features.

Kodak Alaris achieves EPEAT Silver level

Raft of new scanners from Kodak Alaris
Raft of new scanners from Kodak Alaris

Kodak Alaris has registered an additional eight scanners at the Silver level in the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), the definitive global registry for greener electronics.

With the addition of the Kodak ScanMate i940, i1150 and i1150WN Scanners; the i1190, i1190E and i1190WN Scanners; and the Scan Station 710 and 730EX, all 28 scanners in its range have now achieved Silver level status on the EPEAT registry (in the US).

The environmental criteria underlying the EPEAT system address the full product lifecycle, from design and production, to energy use and recycling. To be added to the EPEAT registry, imaging equipment products must meet all applicable requirements from the list of 33 environmental performance criteria. There are also up to 26 additional optional criteria which determines a product’s rating of Bronze, Silver or Gold.

ScanSnap cloud upgrades

ScanSnap Cloud a free service
ScanSnap Cloud a free service

PFU (EMEA) has added new partners to the ScanSnap Cloud: Expensify, Intuit, Concur and Shoeboxed. ScanSnap Cloud is a free service that enables users of ScanSnap iX100 and iX500 document scanners to directly scan documents to cloud applications without needing a computer or mobile device. It intelligently sorts and routes data directly to cloud-based services of the user’s choice.

Together with the cloud services that are already available for the ScanSnap Cloud ecosystem, these new additions offer users of ScanSnap iX100 and iX500 a broad variety of cloud applications to choose from. In addition, PFU also added new functionalities to the ScanSnap Cloud that help streamline the capture process.

Smart document sorting

Kodak for the extreme scanning demands
Kodak for the extreme scanning demands

The Kodak i5650S and i5850S scanners offer three pocket sorting designed for the extreme scanning demands of service bureaus, BPOs and corporate mailrooms. Combining smart sorting with high speed throughput and superior image quality leads to increased productivity and significantly lower document capture costs.

With excellent processing speed from 180 – 210 pages per minute, additional features include – advanced exception handling, including Interactive Multifeed Recovery, which increases hourly throughput. Intelligent imprinting to enable tracking of each document from the time it is scanned until it is recycled or returned to the customer and three output trays (two front and one rear) to provide a separate place for collecting exception documents and reusable patch documents.

Point and capture toolkit

Simplified capture, digitisation and extraction of data by Abbyy
Simplified capture, digitisation and extraction of data by Abbyy

ABBYY Europe’s Real-Time Recognition technology enables ‘instant’ text extraction from the preview screen of mobile devices. Based on ABBYY technology, it enables faster, simpler extraction of text from documents and objects placed in the live video stream from smartphone and mobile device cameras.

The Real-Time Recognition SDK complements ABBYY’s portfolio of tools that simplify capture, digitisation, and extraction of data. ABBYY’s offering ranges from mobile-based information capture and OCR processing, to enterprise-level automated document processing and data extraction.

Compact desktop scanners

Scanning images between 140 - 176 per minute
Scanning images between 140 – 176 per minute

Visioneer Patriot H60 and H80, compact desktop scanners are designed for scanning, storing, and organising up to 10,000 double-sided pages daily.

Engineered to maximise productivity, the scanners accept up to 120 mixed sized documents – including dot matrix paper into their document feeders and scans them at speeds of up to 140 images per minute for the H60 and 176 images per minute for the H80. The small footprint enables the scanners to sit comfortably on any desk, making it the perfect solution for both small and large businesses looking to digitise business-critical information.

BLI award winners

Canon, HP, Kodak Alaris and Visioneer have been recognised by Buyers Lab (BLI) in the Summer 2017 Pick and Outstanding Achievement awards in the scanner category.

Canon imageFORMULA ScanFront 400, said to bring tablet-style ease of use to workgroup scanning won Outstanding Workgroup Scanner.

Ease of use, very good image quality and flawless reliability during BLI’s 37,500-page test helped the HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow 7000 s3 Sheet-feed scanner win the Outstanding Departmental Scanner Pick award in its segment.

Perfect reliability and low TCO put Kodak Alaris on top. The Kodak i3500 scooped the Outstanding Light-Production Scanner accolade, BLI said the unit offers flexible media handling, as well as a total cost of ownership that’s less than half the average for devices in its class that BLI has tested.

Visioneer Active Reversing Rollers Technology picked up the Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award. Tested in the company’s Patriot H60 and H80 scanners, the design has two sets of rollers that are being driven independently by two separate motors, rather than using friction or spring-loaded mechanisms to separate pages. This means the devices can be more precise when feeding pages.


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