Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America Expands Direct, Local Sales Operations with Sharp Business Systems of the Carolinas

MAHWAH, N.J. --(Business Wire)-- Mar. 18, 2008 Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) today announced that it is continuing to expand its direct regional sales operation with the opening of a new Sharp Business Systems branch in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sharp Business Systems of the Carolinas opened today as the seventh branch of the division.

SIICA purchased Charlotte, North Carolina-based Copy Data Network to launch Sharp Business Systems in the North Carolina area, serving both North and South Carolina. The Copy Data Network management team has served the market for almost 20 years, gaining a reputation for superior service and commitment to its customers. All 300 employees of Copy Data Network have been asked to join the Sharp team and will provide seamless service to new and existing customers across the Carolinas -- the largest employee base to join a SBS branch to date.

Buyer's Laboratory, Inc. Honors Ricoh's DocumentMall 9.1 Storage Soution with Five Star Recognition

West Caldwell, N.J.,   March 17, 2008 — Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced that its online document management and storage solution, DocumentMall™ 9.1, received a “Five Star” overall rating from Buyers Laboratory, Inc. (BLI), the leading global provider of critical test reports on document imaging products. This enhanced version of Ricoh’s Software as a Service (SaaS) solution provides users with a simple interface and more document management flexibility to improve day-to-day business operations.

DocumentMall 9.1 scored extremely well in the usability, value and security categories of BLI’s extensive analysis of the solution. The software employs an updated Web interface that features point-and-click navigation and intuitive, menu-driven functionality to optimize performance and shorten the learning curve for new users. To streamline the process of importing documents into DocumentMall 9.1, users can drag-and-drop documents and folders from their desktops into DocumentMall 9.1. Users can also create subscriptions for commonly accessed folders and documents in the system that can easily be accessed through quick-links in a specified directory. A viewer application enables users to view, print and collaborate on documents from a range of programs, even if that application is not available on their desktop.

Konica Minolta Launches bizhub 40P/40PX Series

Ramsey, N.J. – March 18, 2008 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies today unveiled the bizhub 40P/40PX Series of black and white desktop printers. Developed for medium to large workgroups that require significant black & white output, these new network-ready printers deliver simplicity, manageability, and value to both end-users and IT departments.

The bizhubTM 40P/40PX Series featuring Konica Minolta’s own EmperonTM print system architecture, is a high-quality 45 pages per minute laser printer that boasts performance and value along with productivity. Compatible with Windows®, Macintosh® and Linux environments, the Emperon Print Technology in this series supports XPS (XML Paper Specification) file format from Microsoft Vista with a built-in XPS interpreter in addition to PostScript, PDF, and PCL emulations.  Secure prints – via password protected printing – are also possible.

Captaris Announces Evaluation of Strategic Alternatives

Bellevue, Wash. — March 17, 2008 — Captaris, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAPA), a leading provider of software products that automate document-centric business processes, today announced that its Board of Directors has decided to evaluate strategic alternatives to further enhance shareholder value. To oversee and expedite this process, the Board has established a special committee comprised of Bruce L. Crockett, Daniel R. Lyle, Thomas M. Murnane, and Patrick J. Swanick, all independent directors of Captaris.

Bruce L. Crockett, Chairman of the Board, stated, “We have received unsolicited inquiries from multiple parties who have expressed an interest in a potential transaction with Captaris. We plan to conduct a fair, orderly and broad-based process. This process will commence immediately and we expect to conclude it as expeditiously as possible. Our Board of Directors is committed to conducting a thorough evaluation of alternatives to enhance value for all Captaris shareholders." David P. Anastasi, President and CEO of Captaris added "While the Board conducts this process, we will continue to execute our strategy. In the last year we have made great progress by significantly increasing our scale, products and market reach toward our goal of transforming Captaris from a fax server company into a leader in intelligent document capture, distribution and process management solutions.”

ONYX Graphics, Inc. Names Jeb S. Hurley to President and Chief Executive Officer

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Mar. 17, 2008 –– ONYX Graphics Inc., a leader in wide format digital printing solutions, today announced that Jeb S. Hurley has been named President and Chief Executive Officer for the company. 

Mr. Hurley brings a wealth of experience in printing and imaging to ONYX Graphics along with a broad set of skills developed while leading multinational businesses as well as small, early stage companies.  His early career included sales, product management and marketing roles at Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. and Oki Data Corporation.  Following Oki Data, Mr. Hurley moved to Digital Equipment Corporation as Vice President and General Manager of its Printing Systems Business.  His experience at Digital led to his joining Eastman Kodak Company as Vice President, Digital Strategy for the Eastman Kodak Professional Division.  Eastman Kodak later appointed Mr. Hurley Vice President and General Manager of its Commercial Imaging business.  As Vice President and General Manager, he had worldwide responsibility for wide format printing, color management workflow software and services, professional digital cameras and professional film, paper chemicals and inks.  Prior to joining ONYX Graphics, Mr. Hurley co-founded Resonance Technologies, Inc., a product concept testing software and services company that helps businesses understand what motivates their customers and why.

Konica Minolta Wins Prestigious Energy Conservation Award from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Ramsey, N.J. – March 17, 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 its bizhub C650 and bizhub C550 color multifunctional products (MFPs – print, copy, fax, and scan all in one system) have won a highly prestigious energy conservation award from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The award – known officially as the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Director-General’s Award – is validation that Konica Minolta continues to produce MFPs and printers that reduce environmental impact. For example, Konica Minolta’s proprietary SimitriTM Polymerized Toner has a lower melting point, and it also boasts an induction heating fixing process that applies inductive heating only to the fixing roller surface, which reduces warm-up time.  The bizhubTM C650/C550 systems both provide optimal power control in each operating mode.


Xerox Helps Mortgage Clients Improve Loan Processes with Enhanced Electronic Document Solution

ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 17, 2008  -- Arming the mortgage industry with the technology to revamp its business processes, drive cost savings and improve customer service, Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX) introduces new features to its BlitzDocs™ Collaboration Suite. One of the most widely-used electronic solutions to view and deliver mortgage documents, BlitzDocs now offers a quicker and more secure way to process new or re-financed home loans.

Xerox Mortgage Services' Web-based BlitzDocs software helps users manage the entire loan process online, from submission to completion. BlitzDocs' patented technology helps lenders, brokers and investors reduce document-related costs and build a competitive advantage in capturing new loan applications.

Canon's imagePRESS and LASER CLASS Models Honored by Better Buys for Business

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 17, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced that the Canon imagePRESS C7000VP digital press and the facsimile-based multifunction LASER CLASS 830i/810 models were recognized with 2008 Editor's Choice Awards from Better Buys For Business, a leading independent authority on document imaging equipment.

The Editor's Choice recognition for the Canon imagePRESS C7000VP digital press will appear in Better Buys for Business's 2008 High-Volume Printer and Digital Duplicator Guide, while the award for the LASER CLASS 830i/810 will be featured in the publication's Laser Fax Guide.

Sagem-Interstar announces new Cisco UCM 6.1 support using SIP trunking

Montreal, Canada, March 17, 2008 – Sagem-Interstar Inc. (Sagem Communications), the global leader in advanced fax solutions for IP networks, announced today that its new XMediusFAX 5.5.2 fax server will support Cisco Unified Communication Manager, version 6.1, using SIP trunking. This will enable SIP deployments to be standardized across the network, thereby ensuring higher interoperability with SIP providers.

Sagem-Interstar’s ( XMediusFAX Release 5.5.2 will be showcased at this week’s VoiceCon Orlando 2008 event (Booth 1212), which highlights how to build and leverage unified enterprise communications. VoiceCon is being held March 17–20 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, FL.

New B930 Series from OKI Printing Solutions Delivers Fast, Feature-Rich Monochrome Printing at Best-in-Class1 Price

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., March 13, 2008 - OKI Data Americas, which markets its products under the OKI® Printing Solutions brand, today launched the B930 Series providing large workgroups with fast monochrome printing speeds, advanced media functionality, superior finishing options, and large paper capacity at an industry-leading value. Ideal for back office and front office applications, the new B930 Series is the solution designed specifically for businesses that have heavy printing loads and require a reliable workhorse to consistently support their everyday use.