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MFPs designed to help companies save resources

KYOCERA Document Solutions has launched ten new MFPs, eight of which have been freshly designed from the ground up

The latest additions to the TASKalfa range – five colour (2552ci/3252ci/4052ci/5052ci/605 2ci) and five mono (the TASKalfa 3011i/3511i/4002i/5002i/6002i) devices, have print speeds ranging from 25 pages per minute (ppm) up to 60 ppm.

TASKalfa A3 device
TASKalfa A3 device

Two of the new MFPs, the TASKalfa 3011i and 3511i, have been designed to fulfil the needs of smaller organisations such as branch or satellite offices and small schools or institutes. These mono A3 MFPs offer the same user interface and security level as the TASKalfa 6052ci and 6002i series.

With the exception of the 30 and 35 ppm models which are a refresh of the company’s existing products, the new range has been freshly designed, and according to Product Marketing Manager Trevor Maloney, incorporates a broad range of speeds and volumes as well as a number of advanced features tailored to a wide range of business needs.

KYOCERA’s products are designed to enable end-users to digitise workflows in the simplest way. Each of the new devices is a flexible information sharing hub which incorporates a vast array of cutting-edge technologies. “All models have the same look and feel, they have the same chassis, offer the same functionality, image quality etc. which has advantages for both our partners and the end-users,” Maloney said. “For dealers it speeds up the deployment process and reduces the amount of training required and for their customers, the user interface is consistent regardless of which device they walk up to,” he added.

These A3 devices also have a much smaller footprint than earlier models, which saves space in the customer environment but more importantly lessens the environmental impact. “The new models are around 20 per cent smaller, this more compact design and lighter weight means we’ve achieved comparable savings across material usage, transport costs and ultimately CO2 emissions,” Maloney said.

High quality colour

Maloney maintains that one of the key advantages of the new models is the superb colour quality. “Our newly developed toner combines traditional toner with a chemical outer shell on each particle, which means that the colour quality is much better and is consistent throughout the range.” The devices deliver 1,200 x 1,200 dpi print resolution, which is offered at full engine speed. The toner also has a lower melting point, meaning energy consumption is reduced.

For companies with even greater image quality needs, or particularly complex workflows, four of the five new colour MFPs offer an optional Fiery print controller. “These are also the first models with SRA3 capability,” Maloney said. To fully utilise the machines’ colour capabilities users can print full-bleed edge-to-edge A3, banner paper, tab divider sheets and paper of up to 300 gsm. “This functionality makes these devices attractive to the graphics arts sector, a new area of us,” he added.

Consumables management

The new devices also include features to better manage maintenance and replacement of consumables.
The TASKalfa 6052ci and 6002i series feature a toner lock. “Many businesses change the toner before it’s fully depleted,” Maloney explained. “The new toner lock prevents this, a message flashes on the control panel to replace the cartridge only when it is 100 per cent empty. With this feature, our partners can rest assured that their customers are getting 100 per cent yield,” he added.

And with KYOCERA fleet monitoring software, the required amount of toner is delivered when and where needed, without customers needing to call a service provider. Dealers will also save on onsite engineer time, maintenance will be arranged proactively, machine adjustments can be done remotely and consumable items can be replaced in minutes. “Consumables can be easily replaced in about four minutes, as opposed to the twenty minutes it would have taken in the past,” Maloney said.

Another innovative feature of the new A3 MFP line-up is the fact that it lets end-users use an expired black toner bottle as a waste container, reducing waste as well as the space needed to store supplies. This unique waste toner design earned the 2016 BLI Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award.

Maloney said that the new products are intended to solve a number of common business issues, most notably cutting the amount that organisations are losing on wasteful procedures. “When it comes to document management, money is wasted in several areas – printing is outsourced due to the limited capabilities of in-house printers and MFPs, toner supply is haphazard and inefficient due to not being managed properly and many separate single-function devices are used inefficiently due to document workflows not having been optimised,” he concluded.

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