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