Workflow efficiency with Ricoh’s GlobalScan 3.1 workflow suite

BOSTON, March 4, 2008 -Ricoh Americas Corporation, theleading provider of digital office equipment, is previewing how document-intensive organizations and companies can improve workflow efficiencies by integrating scanning into their mission-critical business processes. GlobalScanTM 3.1 with Workflow Suite will be on display at the AIIM International Exposition and Conference, booth #631.

With GlobalScan 3.1's Workflow Suite, Powered by AutoStore®, several scanning plug-in features are included to seamlessly connect the MFP directly to different types of systems. The Scan-to-XML plug-in allows MFPs to scan documents and send directly to backend systems, enabling users to create their own customized workflows in order to capture specific information based on a particular project. By designing personalized workflows for each scan job, uses are able to streamline business processes in order to produce the most efficient workflows based on their needs at a given time.

The Workflow Suite also features other bundled connectors including Scan-to-FTP, Scan-to-SFTP, Scan-to-Printer, Scan-to-Microsoft Exchange Public Folders, Scan-to-Microsoft SharePoint, Scan-to-Lan Fax, Scan-to-Domino.doc and Scan-to-any ODBC compliant database. In addition, the enhanced RightFAX functionality expands the MFP's fax capabilities by adding several features such as seamless integration of address books and automatic confirmation notification when a fax is received. The Workflow Suite also offers optional support for over 18 additional back-end Enterprise Document Management Systems (EDMS) and is compatible with Ricoh MFPs, as well as products from several other manufacturers.

Other advanced features of GlobalScan 3.1 include enhanced optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities to allow easy conversion of hardcopy documents into a number of electronic formats and the ability to compress large documents up to 100 times using JBIG2 for PDFs and JPEG2000 for color images. Additionally, GlobalScan 3.1 features an improved control panel with an easy-to-use Graphical User Interface (GUI), which includes a thumbnail image preview feature that allows users to see the scanned files instantly on the MFP interface to prevent errors, save time and eliminate rescanning.

"GlobalScan 3.1 enables users to easily navigate document capture, management, storage and global distribution for their entire organization through the networked server," said Hede Nonaka, executive vice president, Document Solutions and Services Division, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "With the Workflow Suite upgrade, users have a fully integrated system to create efficient workflows that fit their individual business needs."

About Ricoh's Document Solutions & Services Division

The Document Solutions & Services Division (DSS) of Ricoh Americas Corporation is leading the industry with a portfolio of software solutions that transform paper documents into information that easily integrates into existing business workflows to measurably improve document workflow efficiencies. DSS is committed to creating new "document-centric" customer value that will revolutionize how individuals and businesses use digital and paper-based information.

DSS offers a complete package of products, services and support programs to all of our channels, comprising of direct and indirect operations under the Ricoh, Savin, and Lanier brands.

Ricoh Corporation, founded in 1962, is headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., and is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 71-year old leading supplier of office automation equipment.