Do You Have the Right Printers and Copiers for Your Office?

Selecting the Right Printers and CopiersWe hear a lot about productivity and efficiency in today’s modern office, but how does that translate to your business? You may be wondering, how can I be any more efficient than I am right now? The answer may lie in the equipment you use on a daily basis, specifically your printers and copiers.

In this week’s post, I will pose some questions to help you determine if your current equipment is still meeting your needs, or if an update would significantly impact your bottom line.
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Konica Minolta’s Next Generation of Copiers–Not Your Grandmother’s Copier

Who else can remember their teacher handing out “dittos” or “dups” in class? I can remember the classic lavender or mauve color ink and their distinctive smell, but I might be dating myself. Copiers have come a long way since the days of the spirit duplicator, more commonly referred to as the ditto machine. The capabilities of this next generation of copiers and multifunction printers are truly amazing.

Chip Riehl, Graphic Enterprises’ general manager of sales, has shared four key features of Konica Minolta’s next generation of copiers. These features not only set them apart from your grandmother’s copier (by leaps and bounds), but even the copiers of the past few years.

1. Advanced Tri-Folding

The new Konica Minolta color printing products have a finishing option that allows for tri-folding of up to three letter-sized sheets of paper. For offices that send out multi-page letters or billings, this can be a huge time-saving feature that helps automate the process. No more printing the pages and manually folding them, or stuffing three separately folded sheets of paper into one envelope!

2. App-Based Technology

With app-based technology, you no longer have to wait several years before being able to add new features to your multifunction printer (MFP). If you decide you would like to add a feature, or, if a new feature is introduced, it may be possible to add it to your MFP without the need to purchase a completely new piece of equipment.

For example, currently you can scan a hardcopy document to a PDF file. Konica Minolta just released an app allowing you to scan to MS Office file formats as well. You simply purchase the app and add it to your MFP. Any employee would be happy to have the ability to scan directly to an editable MS Power Point, Word or Excel document! And, again, there is no need to purchase a completely new machine; you only need to purchase the app.

The video below shows how the document scan and convert process works.

3. Control Panel Customization & Programming

The control panel continues to become increasingly customizable and programmable. We can work with your office to take a routine job and create a preset macro program to run that job from a shortcut right on the home screen of the control panel.

For example, churches routinely use their copiers to create weekly bulletins. We could create a macro program, based on a church’s needs for its bulletins, and add a button to their home screen that says “Bulletin.” Each week when they are ready to print their bulletins, they would press the “Bulletin” button on the home screen, and it would create a folded, stapled bulletin that pulls the covers from one drawer and the rest of the pages from another. This is one more feature that can save many offices valuable time.

4. Third-Party Software Integration

Integrating your office copiers with third-party software is becoming easier. In some cases, the software integration can be accomplished from your control panel. For example, eCopy scan stations can now be tied directly into your MFP without a standalone indexing system (depending on particular needs and applications).

These are just four of the features available on Konica Minolta’s next generation of copiers. If you are a business owner in Canton, Akron, Youngstown or Western Pennsylvania, contact us, and we would be happy to share with you the many other new product features of Konica Minolta copiers and printers

How Konica Minolta Printers and Copiers Can Empower Your Success

Copier ScreenWe have a long tradition of empowering our customers in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania with the tools they need to be successful. We know the Konica Minolta printers and copiers we provide will make you more productive, more efficient and more profitable. We also are proud to let you know that Konica Minolta products meet Section 508 Compliance, ensuring that everyone in your place of business can easily access and benefit from the use of our equipment.

Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act requires companies with federal contracts to select product offerings that comply with evolving standards for accessibility by individuals with disabilities. Konica Minolta incorporates Section 508 compliance as an essential design element in every product they create—it really is the right thing to do. We could not agree more!

As a result, for the fifth straight year, Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. Why are our customers so loyal? Let’s take a look at some of the Universal Design elements that set these printers and copiers apart from the rest.

  • Accessibility. Tilting panels allow for operation from any angle, and easy-to-read LED screens and large function keys ensure ease of use.
  • Usability. Logical controls, color-coded instructions, easy-to-see LED screens, simple icons and customized commands mean straight-forward operation.
  • Handling. Front-loading drawers, large handles, easy-change toner replacement and accessible paper path make for easy operation by those who are wheelchair bound or physically challenged in other ways.
  • Styling. Modular options and a small footprint ensure equipment is accessible but conveniently located.

Large touch screens on our Konica Minolta bizhub multi-function printers allow for on-screen document previewing before you print, and you can simply tilt the panel up, down or to the side for customized access. Control icons have replaced word commands, and you can access them using the same touch, swipe and double-tap fingertip gestures you use on your smartphone. Konica Minolta has made every effort to ensure universal ease of use for everyone, including the visually impaired with orange and blue screen colors that are easier to see.

Here at Graphic Enterprise, we want to enable your office to be more productive. Contact us today!

Recognizing the Accomplishments of Amazing Teachers

Mrs. Jacki Power, Graphic Enterprises Teacher of the MonthThe kids have headed back to school and so have we! Teachers are often unsung heroes, which is why we started the Graphic Enterprises Teacher of the Month program this past year. Each month, October through May, we recognize one educator in the Canton City School District and one in the Champion Local School District. The great part of this program is that the teachers are nominated by their peers, the people in the schools that see their excellence on a daily basis.

Denise Dennewitz, our marketing director, recently had the pleasure of going to the schools and surprising our first two Teachers of the Month for 2013-2014. It’s a rewarding experience to go into the classroom by surprise and present the award to the teacher. In addition to the award, we present the teacher with a banner, prize package and recognize them on our website, social media and radio stations in their school district.

Without further ado, our first Teacher of the Month in the Canton City School District for 2013-2014 was Mrs. Jacki Power.

Mrs. Jacki Power, Canton City Schools

Mrs. Jacki Power is an energetic, hardworking teacher at Timken High School in Canton, OH. She is always eager and willing to pitch in and support any activity, project, or initiative on campus. In addition to teaching three levels of Broadcast Media, she serves on the Homecoming Dance Committee, PBIS Committee, as Skills USA co-advisor and is the producer for Channel 11 TV. She is a great role model and mentor to all students, but especially her Broadcast Media students.

Mrs. Power received her Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism and her CTE Teaching License from Kent State University. She is currently working on her master’s in education in curriculum and instruction, with a concentration in education technology and on-line learning.

Jacki Power, Graphic Enterprises Teacher of the Month

Thank you Mrs. Power for being an outstanding educator, inspiring and touching the lives of the students at Timken High School!