Sharp Addresses Real Business Needs at AIIM / OnDemand

BOSTON, MA, March 4, 2008 -- At the AIIM / ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) is bringing individual, tailored solutions to businesses with a full, reliable line of color and monochrome multifunctional peripherals (MFPs) and a fast-growing Sharp OSA™ development platform. Along with its award-winning product line, Sharp is showcasing partner applications at the booth that show how Sharp OSA™ technology and Sharp MFPs allow companies to work without limits.Sharp is displaying its high-volume line of MFPs, built for production environments in large enterprises, as well as its 50 PPM color MFPs, designed for high-end workgroups. The Sharp MFP line was recently named “Product Line of the Year” by Buyer’s Laboratory Inc. (BLI), recognizing it as the industry’s best product line. These models all support Sharp OSA technology for seamless integration with network applications. Using solutions created with Sharp OSA technology, Sharp dealers are able to personalize the MFP to the individual needs of customers’ businesses via a broad range of applications. Sharp and its developer partners will demonstrate those applications with a full array of document and device management tools designed to optimize performance and workflow while ensuring document security.

Ricoh Simplifies Print Security with New Card Authentication Platform

BOSTON, March 04, 2008 — Ricoh Americas Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced a new Card Authentication Platform. Designed to control user’s access to multifunction products (MFPs), this platform allows administrators to authenticate users for scanning, faxing, copying, and printing from a central MFP.Document security is a major concern at any organization, but especially those in which employees utilize centralized MFPs. To address this issue, the Card Authentication Platform requires that users log in at the MFP by swiping their existing identification card, such as their building ID badge. Some of the cards enabled to use this platform include HID, Casi-Rusco and NexWatch. With a simple swipe of the ID card, the Card Authentication Platform automatically integrates the user to the MFP allowing organizations to manage user access. This is beneficial for companies with temporary workers, for example, who may not need access to scanning and color printing, while full-time employees have complete access. In addition, by employing MFP authentication and installing the Secure Release Option, MFPs can also hold print jobs until the user swipes their ID card so unintended users do not pick up confidential documents.

Ricoh Teams with Equitrac to Address State-of-the-Art Document Tracking and Monitoring Needs

BOSTON, March 04, 2008 — Ricoh Americas Corporation and Equitrac Corporation today announced that Ricoh will begin distributing the award-winning Equitrac Office® and Equitrac Express® print tracking and cost management solutions with the latest release of Ricoh Print Copy & Control (PCC) version 3.1 throughout its entire distribution channel. Equitrac is the world leader in print tracking, print management and cost recovery solutions.Ideal for the enterprise, general office and education markets, this solution allows companies to track and mange printing costs within their organizations. PCC 3.1 has the ability to track faxing and scanning whereby after logging-in, users can see their account balances on the MFP display. This is extremely valuable to departments in the education markets, where budgets are closely monitored. PCC 3.1 calms security concerns by creating a protected environment where only authenticated users can release their documents using a PIN code, user ID/password or an identification card.

Ricoh Delivers Versatile On Demand Printing Solution

BOSTON, March 04, 2008 — Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced the availability of Ricoh Dataworks3 software suite, a middleware solution designed to enhance variable data printing (VDP). Available in three distinct products – Dataworks3 DM, Dataworks3 SMB and Dataworks3 PRO – these Dataworks3 software solutions simplify VDP for direct mail, transactional and transpromotional applications to meet the data-driven document production demands of any size organization.Dataworks3 products are easy to use, Windows-based solutions that provide automated “wizard” tools so any user, ranging from novice to expert, can effectively utilize the software. They enable users to share data-driven documents via printing to any Ricoh output device, forwarding through e-mail or fax and storing them on network or Internet archival systems. In addition, using the certified United States Postal Service mail automation option, businesses can reduce postal processing costs up to 50 percent. This option reduces the risks associated with third-party processors and increases compliance with security-related regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley and others.

Workflow Efficiency Improved with Ricoh's GlobalScan 3.1 Workflow Suite

BOSTON, March 04, 2008 — Ricoh Americas Corporation, the leading 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. GlobalScan™ 3.1 with Workflow Suite will be on display at the AIIM International Exposition and Conference, booth #631. GlobalScan 3.1 with Workflow Suite is compatible with Ricoh’s line of multifunction products (MFP), as well as with products from other manufacturers.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.

Ricoh America's Corporation's Production Printing Business Group Announces Platinum Sponsorship with Outputlinks

BOSTON, March 04, 2008 - The Production Printing Business Group (PPBG) of Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of high speed production print data center solutions, announced today a platinum sponsorship with OutputLinks, the leading information and resource portal for users and vendors in the high volume transactional output (HVTO) industry. With this platinum sponsorship, PPBG will have the opportunity to educate the high volume transactional print industry of new solutions, approaches and advancements that can contribute to unprecedented success in customer's data centers.

"OutputLinks is excited to welcome PPBG into the leading portal of high volume transactional output (HTVO) users. PPBG will be able to provide a fresh perspective on proficient data center solutions," said Andy Plata, president and CEO of OutputLinks.As a platinum sponsor, PPBG will host the Data Center Solutions special interest section that concentrates on topics and themes directly related to bolstering customer's success in running effective and efficient data centers.

Ricoh Showcases State-of-the-Art Products and AIIM OnDemand 2008

BOSTON,  March 04, 2008 — Ricoh Americas Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, is showcasing key products that help to streamline businesses’ document workflow at the AIIM ON DEMAND Conference & Exposition 2008 from March 3-6 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts (booth #631).Some of the Ricoh products attendees at AIIM ON DEMAND will see in the Ricoh booth include:

Ricoh Pro C900 As part of Ricoh’s Production Printing Business Group (PPBG), this color digital printer offers large production capacity, and high-productivity with speeds of 90 pages per minute (ppm) in black and white and full color, even when printing on heavy stock paper. The C900 is user-friendly and includes the latest Ricoh image processing technology as well as the Fiery controller for high-image quality and precise printing for high-volume print customers to enjoy. In addition, this device offers flexible media options, supporting large format up to SRA3 size and heavy stock up to 300gsm. This production-printing device will also utilize an expanded range of inline finishing devices, including ring binder, perfect binder, Plockmatic booklet maker, and GBC punch unit. The official international launch of the C900 will be at Drupa, May 29-June 11 in Dusseldorf, Germany. DDP 184 An additional product from Ricoh’s Production Printing Business Group (PPBG), the DDP 184 is a leader in the emerging dual-engine printer technology. At 184 images-per-minute (ipm), it is one of the fastest duplexing cut-sheet printers on the market and is ideal for production and data center environments. Combined with the ability to add highlight color, in addition to Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR), the result is an exceptional printer that offers unmatched flexibility and speed. Furthermore, the DDP 184 is designed with customer replaceable consumables. Toner, developer, drum, and the fusing web can be replaced by the customer, maximizing uptime and increasing overall productivity.

Konica Minolta Announces Extensive bizhub PRO C6500 Customer Implementation

Ramsey, N.J. and Pembroke, Mass. - March 4, 2008 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced that seven of its bizhub PROTM C6500 production print systems have been successfully implemented at The Ready Group, an interactive direct marketing firm located in Pembroke, MA, which is driving remarkable customer response rates with the help of Konica Minolta's leading-edge digital printing technology.

Since The Ready Group installed its first bizhub PRO C6500 in February 2007, it has seen productivity and volume of its direct marketing productivity increase to the point where they are now running seven of the bizhub PRO C6500 systems full time, printing more than 100,000 pieces of mail during an 8-hour shift. Working with their strategic partner AmeriMail Corporation, The Ready Group has expanded its digital printing usage from one machine to sevenmachines in only 12 months. Having previously relied upon HP printers, production was extremely limited. Recently though, by leveraging the award-winning bizhub PRO C6500 systems on a recent 12,000-piece mailing, which included a personalized-URL (p-URL) for New England's #1 Lexus Dealer, The Ready Group and their client were able to track 133 site visitors based on recipients' visits to their personalized web landing pages. Of those visitors, 72 respondents completed surveys regarding their potential trade-in, their purchase or lease interest, etc. and as a result of the dialogue between customer and dealer, over 50 vehicles were sold over a 4 day period. Perhaps most impressive, the return on investment (ROI) within only 10 days was 1,000 percent based on the dealer's total investment for the campaign. The variable data capability was instrumental in capturing the attention of the mail recipients and enticing them to interact with the dealer rather than reading the message and then discarding the piece.

Kodak Announces Intent to Acquire Design2Launch

Rochester, NY, March 4 -- Kodak announced its intent to acquire Design2Launch (D2L), developer of a collaborative end to end digital workflow solution for marketing and creative teams in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, automotive, and consumer package marketplaces. D2L is a proven player in the rapidly expanding corporate solutions software market and is a pioneer of "Graphic Lifecycle Management."The D2L System is a suite of integrated modules created to save time and money at every step of the graphics creation process, from project initiation, collaboration and revision to approval and production. D2L, a privately held company formed in 2000, is based in Stamford, Conn.

"Kodak's strength in workflow is one of our greatest competitive assets, and we are committed to investing in and growing our capabilities to better serve our customers," said Philip J. Faraci, President and Chief Operating Officer, Eastman Kodak Company. "D2L is a proven player in the rapidly expanding corporate solutions software market and, when completed, this acquisition will enable us to broaden our portfolio of solutions and open new markets within the changing graphic communications marketplace."

IKON Introduces New ASP Web-to-Print Tool

MALVERN, Pa., Mar 04, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- IKON Office Solutions (NYSE:IKN), the world's largest independent channel for document management systems and services, today introduced IKON WebPrint(SM), an ASP web-to-print solution for copy/print center operators.IKON WebPrint is a web-based workflow solution designed to make print order and delivery more efficient and cost effective. Because IKON WebPrint is hosted by IKON and accessed via a web browser, there is no hardware to buy, and no software upgrades needed.

IKON WebPrint allows print operators to see order summaries and track jobs, and a production audit trail helps to measure and manage performance. Customers can modify or cancel orders at the click of a button, saving time and potential confusion, and can check a project's status online, thereby reducing phone calls and interruptions to the print center and further improving productivity.