Brother UK has bolstered its labelling offer after striking a new partnership with NiceLabel as well as launching a custom label service, in a move to support resellers as they capitalise on category growth.
The new partnership comes as Brother launches its new custom label service, which enables customers to create bespoke labels to order in a range of shapes, sizes and colours, helping resellers to support firms with specialist requirements.
All custom labels are rigorously tested for consistency and reliability and designed for niche applications in retail, healthcare, warehousing and logistics and catering.
Brother UK launched Managed Label Services (MLS) in February – a new hardware-as-a-service platform designed to help resellers capitalise on the growing market for labelling services. MLS provides a complete labelling solution in a single package, including new Brother label printers, software, supplies, servicing and tech support. Partners get the revenue as soon as the deal is processed and retain ownership of the hardware. The company has also introduced enhanced warranty options for customers on top of its three year warranty.
Digital colour press
Konica Minolta’s new AccurioPress C7100 digital colour presses feature intelligent automation and enhanced finishing, flawless quality, advanced capabilities and exceptional durability. The C7100 model runs at 100 pages per minute and the C7090 at 90ppm.
The AccurioPress C7100 Series is designed to support a highly responsive print room environment and offers a choice of different controller front ends from EFI, CREO and Konica Minolta’s own offering to perfectly match customer requirements. Among the new technologies built into the engine are a more durable lubricated drum, double corona wires with automatic cleaning, an optimised paper transport solution and a double swing registration system for improved paper compatibility and feeding accuracy.
Fast melting, energy efficient and low maintenance Simitri V toner reproduces superb quality on a wider range of media up to 400 g/m, while the optional IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Care Unit ensures consistent colour quality and front-to-back registration on every print in realtime. A wide range of finishing and other functions are also offered in addition to booklet-making, stapling, perfect binding and wire binding. Konica Minolta’s TU-510, the world’s first inline cutting finisher is available for the AccurioPress C7100 Series.
PaperStream software portfolio
PFU EMEA has launched two new software elements; PaperStream ClickScan, which provides new capabilities to the Fujitsu image scanner software bundle and the addition of new solutions to the PaperStream NX experience, providing end-users with enhanced security, compliance and governance for their information management.
Simple to operate and easy to install, the PaperStream software bundle includes a range of high performance tools which together enhance every element of image capture, from guaranteeing the core source image is of the highest quality through to streamlining the capture process, reducing costs and improving efficiencies.
Channel partners can access the PaperStream Capture Pro Partner Program, to benefit from training, certification and dedicated technical support to in turn ensure they can consistently provide the right solution and expertise to customers.
AI and predictive analytics
MPS Monitor has announced a set of new features – underpinned by a proprietary artificial intelligence/ machine learning algorithm – targeted at improving supplies monitoring, shipments and analytics on its fleet of more than one million devices. The new features are being released under the brand name of MPS Monitor Supplies Intelligence.
Thanks to the additional functionality delivered by the new algorithm, the MPS Monitor platform is now able to predict with far great accuracy on which day each single toner or photoconductor in each printer will reach end-of-life and when it will need to be replaced. It can also determine how many pages each consumable being used in each device is expected to produce in its total life, and how much this may differ from the standard yield declared by the manufacturer. Finally, it is able to calculate an accurate and realistic value for the average toner coverage of each device and of each consumable cartridge.
Even before the release of Supplies Intelligence, many MPS Monitor users stated that, since starting to use the platform, they have saved an average of 30 to 40% of toner purchases, compared to previously. The company estimates that, with the adoption of Supplies Intelligence, an additional 10 to 20% of savings can be expected, on average, by dealers that have already fully implemented automated supplies replenishment.
New features and capabilities
PAE Business has announced a number of forthcoming enhancements to its device management platform.
Key features being introduced include: the ability to track devices across multiple operating platforms, Windows, Mac, Linux, and Raspberry Pi; multiple DCA installed on a single customer environment to provide redundancy should one DCA go offline; a fully managed service for thermal printers by tracking supply levels, service events and consumable usage; remote configuration capability with innovative DCA technology for troubleshooting and quick resolution of issues onsite and a new API for connecting to third-party systems for robust back-office integrations.