Copiers

Maximizing the Lifespan of your Copy Machine

<p>The copy machine in your office may seem just like any other piece of machinery, but it is much more than that. Taking care of your copy machine is vital to your business’s success. The sooner your copy machine breaks, the more money will need to be spent on repair or replacement. Besides the obvious losses with unnecessary maintenance issues, you <img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 10px 10px 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: left; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="nil" border="0" alt="nil" align="left" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/iStock_000001328600Small_0.jpg" width="142" height="95" />are also losing out on quality of your copies. This could cost you more in the long run than any costs associated with fixing your equipment. </p> <p>Preventative maintenance of any <font color="#000000">and all of your </font><a name="_GoBack"><font color="#000000">office </font></a><font color="#000000">equipment is always</font> cheaper in the long run than trying to fix and replace equipment that is broken. Add in the downtime between getting equipment fixed, and you are saving much more than just money spent on maintenance. You are preventing future downtime, which halts productivity within an office.</p> <p>Proper care and maintenance of your copy machine is vital to the success of your business. Without the ability to create high quality reproductions of your documents, you may lose integral information that is necessary to run your business properly. If your copy machine cannot accurately and effectively copy information without distortions of any kind, then you may be losing out in a big way.</p>

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Security Plays a Leading Role in A3 Product Evolution

<p><i>By <a href="http://www.buyerslab.com/news/viewarticle.asp?article=74528">George Mikolay</a>, Senior Product Editor, A3/Copier MFPs, April 5, 2011</i></p> <p>Because the security of information stored on document imaging devices is of concern to the IT professional CIOs who buy them, manufacturers have been focusing on security for years. Last year’s discovery of thousands of used copy machines—many containing sensitive information in violation of privacy regulations—in a New Jersey warehouse has upped the ante. Add to that proposed legislation in New Jersey to protect MFP users from data theft by requiring the hard drives of digital copy machines to be wiped clean in order to protect sensitive, personal information, and it’s clear that manufacturers need to step up their efforts in security or risk falling short of competitors’ offerings.</p> <p>“I’ll be the first to admit that until recently, I was among the majority of Americans that had no idea that digital copiers store all of this information on their hard drive,” said Senator Bob Smith (D-Middlesex), one of the two officials who have proposed the New Jersey law. “As is the case with so many businesses, copiers are leased and returned at the end of a lease agreement and then sold or re-leased to a new buyer. It's frightening to think about all the information that is potentially at risk unless we require hard drives to be erased before an owner relinquishes it.”</p> <p>So did manufacturers drop the ball as far as making customers aware of the security risks involved with copier hard drives? Ondrej Krehel is the chief security officer at ID Theft 911. According to Krehel, his company can be hired whenever there is a breach that involves technology and conduct a forensic investigation, security consulting and data risk management to provide solutions so it will not happen in the future. While all copiers today typically have hard drive overwriting methods available, Krehel said that many devices being used in the field are not equipped with the capability. “I don’t think vendors have been doing a good job of pushing the security capabilities available on their devices.”</p>

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