Nov. 6, 2013 – ESP/SurgeX has announced the Defender Series MultiPak, a Multi-Stage surge protector and power conditioner specifically designed to safeguard digital signage arrays. Available in four (SX-DS-154) and six (SX-DS-156) outlet configurations, the MultiPak provides advanced protection against damaging surges, spikes, over/under voltage, EMI/RFI noise, wiring faults, and other power issues that can degrade video display performance. The unit’s compact design fits behind multi-panel installations and easily integrates with wall and ceiling mount systems.
Developed in direct response to the challenges encountered by digital signage manufacturers, the MultiPak was engineered to keep digital displays running properly without interruption. Digital display systems rely heavily on sensitive integrated circuitry for optimal performance. Superior power protection should be a top priority and the MultiPak answers this need by safeguarding equipment from disturbances on video, data, and power lines that can result in fuzzy images, audio noise, and render equipment inoperable—leading to negative perceptions, reduced lifespan, downtime, and lost income.
From top to bottom, every specification in the MultiPak is geared toward keeping video wall arrays running without disruption. In addition to its Multi-Stage surge protection technology, the MultiPak includes other SurgeX patented technologies that contribute to longer product lifespans and better performance. COUVS® (Catastrophic Over/Under Voltage Shutdown) insures multi-panel displays will not sustain catastrophic damage from having too little or too much power voltage coming from the AC line. SurgeX ICE® (Inrush Current Elimination) technology with zero cross turn-on removes the need for time delay circuit breakers or startup sequencing. This allows displays, amplifiers, and other equipment to be powered all at once without worry of blowing a circuit breaker.
With its compact design, the MultiPak can be concealed from view and will fit naturally within common mounting mechanisms. The 15 Amp load rating is robust enough to handle the power delivery demands of multiple displays, all from a single unit.
In addition, the Defender Series MultiPak includes state-of-the-art diagnostic software that enables technicians to easily troubleshoot and diagnose power related disturbances. It offers the ability to customize power protection settings, download time-stamped reports, and diagnose power related service calls proactively.
To learn more about SurgeX, please visit www.surgex.com.
Kyocera Unveils TASKalfa 3510i and TASKalfa 3010i
Nov. 5, 2013 – KYOCERA Document Solutions America has added to its black & white TASKalfa MFP lineup with the announcement of the TASKalfa 3510i (35 ppm) and TASKalfa 3010i (30 ppm). The new TASKalfa MFPs deliver crisp black & white output, scans in both color and black-and-white, optional fax capabilities, and a range of advanced finishing options. These TASKalfa MFPs have been developed to maximize uptime, with a class-leading 600,000-page preventive maintenance (PM) schedule. This PM cycle creates longer intervals of time between required service visits, thus minimizing maintenance costs and raising productivity levels. Users of the TASKalfa MFPs can choose from a wide range of business applications, each driven by Kyocera’s proprietary and scalable HyPAS software platform. HyPAS enhances an MFP’s core capabilities by integrating seamlessly with popular business applications. A small sampling include:
Kyocera HomePOINT leverages existing infrastructure with an intuitive scan-to, and print-from, home folder feature;
Kyocera Cloud Connect allows users to print-from, and scan-to, the cloud directly from the MFP’s control panel;
Kyocera Mobile Print is an app that enables users to print-from, scan-to and send files from their mobile devices to select Kyocera document imaging devices in their network;
DMS Link, a customizable interface that simplifies document workflow through digital imaging, distribution, retrieval, and longtime archival;
Pinpoint Scan is a robust app that enables users to scan from an MFP to a desktop with added speed, functions, and versatility;
SharePoint Connector enhances collaboration between Kyocera MFPs and the user’s existing Microsoft SharePoint server.
PreservDOX allows users to store critical business documents on designated Kyocera MFP’s hard drives, for increased protection and document back-up;
The TASKalfa 3510i and TASKalfa 3010i have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $7,529 and $6,209, respectively.
KYOCERA Presents Its Newest Color MFP
Nov. 5, 2013 – KYOCERA Document Solutions America has announced the TASKalfa 2551ci MFP, which outputs at 25 ppm color and 25 ppm black. A Kyocera press releases says the new MFP offers the kind of performance specs that today’s businesses have come to expect from TASKalfa MFPs. It features color and black & white printing, color scanning and copying, and Super G3 fax options for high-speed document delivery along with Apple AirPrint capability for mobile printing.
The TASKalfa 2551ci offers a 200,000 page PM cycle to create longer intervals of time between required service visits, thus minimizing maintenance costs and boosting productivity levels, according to Kyocera.
TASKalfa MFPs are powered by Kyocera’s HyPAS (Hybrid Platform for Advanced Solutions), a scalable software solutions platform. HyPAS enhances an MFP’s core capabilities by integrating seamlessly with powerful and customizable business applications. Business Applications can be added to improve productivity and streamline workflow. For a list of those applications, see the previous news item.
The TASKalfa 2551ci has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $9,224.
HP’s Michael Popa to Keynote Managed Print Summit at Business Imaging Expo
Nov. 5, 2013 – The 1105 Media Office Technology Group has announced that Michael Popa, manager, Worldwide Services Management Technology at Hewlett-Packard, will be the keynote presenter at the Managed Print Summit, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. Popa will lead off the summit with his presentation “MPS: Make it Matter.”
Popa has more than 25 years of cross-functional experience including finance, sales, marketing, professional services, technology and strategy consulting. The past 17 years he has worked in IT services, including the past 11 years in managed print services, enterprise and mid-market segments. Prior to HP, Popa worked with Lexmark International and IBM.
“We’re thrilled to have HP taking such a leading role at the summit, and honored to have Michael as our keynote speaker,” said Patricia Ames, group publisher of the Office Technology Group. “We’ve got an incredible lineup not only for the Managed Print Summit but for the entire Business Imaging Expo. We’re really looking forward to December – it’s going to be the event highlight of the year.”
The Managed Print Summit is one of two frontrunner events to Business Imaging Expo, and will be held concurrently with the Workflow Summit on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Business Imaging Expo’s two-day trade show and education sessions will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 11-12.
“The participation from the industry has been outstanding,” said Ames. “The lineup of speakers, sponsors and exhibitors is top-notch, representing the leaders of the office technology industry, and showing off the true convergence of print, IT and workflow solutions that the show was designed to embrace.”
Sponsors, speakers and exhibitors at the events include SAP, Intel, Nuance, Canon, Fujitsu, Samsung, MWA Intelligence, Datto, Intellinetics, In-Map, GreatAmerica Financial Services, Print Audit, Insights 53, Print2Cloud, LMI, Muratec, Buyers Lab, West Point Products, Ricoh, Supplies Network, Parts Now, Ink Cycle, Photizo, IDC, CompTIA, Smart Power, Print Command, Kofax, GE, Cross Research Group, InfoTrends, Gap Intelligence, Dealer Marketing, BEI Services, OKI Data, DigitTek and many more.
The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort will host Business Imaging Expo, with rates $99 for preregistration; visit http://businessimagingexpo.com/events/bix2013/information/hotel-travel.aspxfor hotel and travel information.
Register now for a free pass to Business Imaging Expo. The early-bird rates end Nov. 15. Register online at http://businessimagingexpo.com/events/bix2013.
John Hanson Retires from Strategic Business Associates
Nov. 4, 2013 – Strategic Business Associates (SBA) has announced the retirement of their Senior Partner John Hanson. He is leaving the company he helped form in 2001 to spend more time with family and grandchildren. John Hey, Todd Johnson, and Josh Hanson will continue to provide the SBA consulting, training, acquisition, and survey services that have made SBA a leading consulting company in the industry.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my many years in the office technology industry,” states Mr. Hanson. “It’s been fulfilling to be involved with many acquisitions and to help independent dealerships and dealer groups improve their performance.”
Hanson began his office technology career in 1985 when he joined Minneapolis dealer D. C. Hey Company (DC Hey) as its CFO. After contributing to the growth and success of DC Hey, he played a significant role with IKON Office Solutions, developing its first Customer Service Center (CSC). Hanson led an organization responsible for managing more than $1.3 billion in revenue.
“John Hanson did an outstanding job at DC Hey and IKON,” notes John Hey, former President of DC Hey and IKON Minnesota and a partner with SBA. “John became the industry benchmarking expert and the ‘Keeper of the Model’, which is often referred to as the Hanson Model. Thanks to John for the significant contributions he has made to the industry over the years.”
MaxxVault LLC Launches MaxxDocs Small Business Edition
Nov. 04, 2013 – New York -based software developer, MaxxVault LLC, has launched MaxxDocs Small Business, a free document management software for nonprofits, small business, and institutions of education. MaxxDocs SB is a fully-functional EDMS system with a 10K document repository and ready for use by five named users. Now, budget-strapped organizations such as nonprofits and schools can utilize top-of-the-line information management and document control that is being used by larger organizations. The MaxxDocs security and repository features are built on the same software platform as the MaxxVault Enterprise software product. MaxxDocs SB works with TWAIN and Kofax compatible scanners as well as any networked copier that can scan to a network folder. MaxxDocs can also be used to store your Microsoft Office Documents and important emails. Import and securely store thousands and thousands of documents in any folder structure desired. Index documents with user-defined fields; add notes, stamps and highlights to documents as well. For a full list of features see http://www.maxxdocs.com/Assets/MaxxDocs-SB-Features.pdf
The new MaxxDocs Website has been launched. Visitors can download the software, install on up to five networked workstations and start using all of its features at no cost. Simply fill out the small, eight-question software request form to verify as a nonprofit, educational facility or small business with less than 100 employees in the United States or Canada. The software is about 1GB in size and comes with an installation guide; product overviews and feature list are available along with pricing for upgrades, expansions and enhancements. The system is completely scalable through the purchase of additional user seats, repository expansions, and feature add-ons such as full-text search, a barcode reader, or connectors for MFPs.
To learn more about MaxxDocs software and see the newly launched website, visit http://www.maxxdocs.com.
DPOE President Chip Miceli Participates in Great American Dealer Advisory Board Meeting in Cedar Rapids
Nov. 4, 20, 2013 – Chip Miceli, president of Des Plaines Office Equipment (www.dpoe.com), recently returned from a Dealer Council Advisory Board meeting of Great America, a nationwide provider of commercial equipment/technology financing dedicated to helping manufacturers, vendors, and dealers.
The meeting was held in Cedar Rapids recently; Miceli serves on the Advisory Board to the Dealer Council. The meeting was held to provide a forum for dealers to share best practices with each other, and to invite dealers and other companies to present best practices on a particular topic.
GreatAmerica created the council for its dealers to not only provide them with industry-leading financial solutions, but for sharing best practices.
FlexPrint, Inc. Raises More Than $30,000 for People Of Color Network at 8th Annual FlexPrint Invitational Charity Golf Tournament
Oct. 28, 2013 – FlexPrint, Inc. raised more than $30,000 for the People of Color Network, Inc. at the 8th Annual FlexPrint Invitational Charity Golf Tournament held on October 17, 2013 at Westin Kierland Golf Club. More than 150 FlexPrint Customers, Partners, and Co-Workers from across the nation teed up in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona for a great cause! During the past 8 years, FlexPrint and its’ sponsors have raised more than $200,000 for local charities in the community. Past recipients include Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS), Empact Suicide Prevention, TERROS, and now People of Color Network.
Transform Global 2014 Call for Speakers
Oct. 31, 2013 – Photizo Group’s Transform conferences are the premier events aiming to educate and generate discussion around the changing landscape of the Managed Print Service (MPS) and Advanced Document Services (ADS) industries. Transform Global will be held June 2-4, 2014, at the Galt House in Louisville, KY. With an increase in growth each year, this year’s conference is staged to reach new heights and will draw attendees from around the world, according to a Photizo press announcement.
Transform Global is a unique conference that allows the diverse imaging industry to network and receive, hands down, the most cutting-edge education available for those who are interested in taking their business to the next level. The education provided at the event is focused primarily on transforming businesses from product-led to services-led models.
Now in its sixth year, Transform has established a reputation of high quality workshops and sessions presented by top-notch leaders in the industry. Photizo is now accepting applications for its lineup of speakers for the 2014 Global event. Speakers should be experts in the field of MPS, ADS, or business transformation, and should focus on the topics at the forefront of the imaging industry’s fluctuating landscape.
To apply, visit http://conference.photizogroup.com/be-a-speaker/
ECi FMAudit and Office Document Consulting, Inc. Form MPS Strategic Alliance
Oct. 30, 2013 – ECi Software Solutions has announced a strategic alliance between its FMAudit managed print services software and Office Document Consulting Inc. (ODC). FMAudit customers will be able to perform an MPS analysis and develop a strategy to engage the sales process faster using ODC’s MPS in a Tablet. The service provides a tablet that is fully customized and preloaded with all the resources needed to sell MPS, including a drag‐and‐drop feature for mapping that eliminates the traditionally long period of time associated with printing each device data page and manually mapping devices.
Data analytics gathered from FMAudit are pre‐populated in the tablet, making it easy to analyze current costs and develop a proposed cost‐per‐page MPS program. During the assessment phase, prospects can see a live demo of MPS industry statistics and processes specific to their business needs. Sales personnel will be able to provide analysis in the field using today’s technology, reducing the time from traditional assessments and in turn, increase closing rates.
Toshiba e-STUDIOs Support AirPrint
Oct. 30, 2013 – Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. has announced that its e-STUDIO 2550C/2551C/5055C series of MFPs now support Apple AirPrint wireless printing technology. AirPrint allows Toshiba customers to print business documents and images from their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices to any of the company’s e-STUDIO2550C/2551C/5055C series products without the need to install any applications or printer drivers.
AirPrint functionality requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (3rd generation) device running iOS 4.2 (or later) while integrating at least 3GS technology or later, and an AirPrint-enabled printer, such as the aforementioned e-STUDIO models, connected to the same network as your iOS device.
To enhance customer satisfaction, Toshiba will soon expand its range of e-STUDIO products that support AirPrint.
Currently, the following e-STUDIO models feature AirPrint compatibility: