Smart Media Decisions for Your Wide Format Printer


If you’re seeking to get the most out of your wide format printer, media matters – more than you might expect. The days when white coated paper was your one and only choice are ancient history, given the hundreds of printable substrates now available. Too frequently media remains the last factor considered when printing a project on a wide-format machine. Yet, for best results, other than the choice of equipment, media should be a primary consideration.

Whether you have a monochrome CAD printer or a state-of-the-art color inkjet machine, you can choose from an extensive variety of media options for color and black-and-white applications running the gamut from client presentations to maps to signage. Selecting the right media may help you better achieve your goals, such as attracting new clients, streamlining construction workflow or selling more products at point of purchase.

To maximize your large format printer investment, you need to understand your media options and how to match them wisely with your applications. By guiding you in asking the right questions and heightening your awareness of available options, this whitepaper helps you select the media that best meets your needs for each specific project.


Five Myths of Cloud Computing

Like many industries, the IT industry has a habit of latching onto buzzwords and then applying them everywhere. The term “cloud” is certainly no exception—and, like other similar terms, its use is varied and oftentimes inaccurate. As a starting point for our discussion, then, let us cite the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) definition of cloud computing, as published by the institute in September 2011:

“Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”

At the time this definition was published, “cloud” was already part of industry parlance, and was beginning to take root in the general lexicon. Additionally, global business spending for infrastructure and services related to the cloud had topped $78 billion. This year, enterprise spending on the cloud will reach an estimated $174 billion, and is expected to climb to $235 billion by 2017. Inevitably, as both business IT and consumer mindsets evolve toward the cloud in coming years, we will continue to witness dramatic growth in IT products in some areas, and significant reductions in other areas—resulting in a reshaping of the industry as a whole.


White Paper Content and Records Management: The Business Case for Transformative Outsourcing

The dynamic role of outsourcing in business transformation today

Today, leading organizations around the world are making a major commitment to the process of business transformation. The goal of the reshaping effort is to minimize risk and achieve greater efficiency, profitability and agility—all vital ingredients in the recipe for 21st-century business success.

Typically, organizations begin this transformation by taking a long, hard look at the way they run all of their operations and their business processes.

The result of this intensive self-analysis is a crystallized focus on the specific elements of the business model—the strategic core competencies—that enable it to deliver a unique value to the client and create a sustainable competitive advantage.

Elements of the business that are not an integral part of these core competencies are then viewed as candidates for outsourcing if there are clear-cut business benefits to be gained in terms of efficiency, productivity and organizational effectiveness. 


Measuring Ink Jet Print Resolution


As one of the key measures for ink jet print quality, it is important to understand how print resolution helps define the quality of the output in terms of dpi, effective dpi and greyscale. Over the past few years, digital ink jet has continued to push the boundaries of innovation with a steady stream of technological advances that has given ink jet in many cases better levels of performance, cost effectiveness and efficiency than other digital technologies. As a result, high speed piezo drop on demand ink jet has become the most significant front-runner in the digital print sector in recent years, with several companies launching digital ink jet presses offering highly efficient, high quality output.

Fundamentally, the basis of the print quality and productivity achieved from these new ink jet printers is largely determined by the type of print head that is integrated within the press and with that has emerged a new language to help define the quality of output. Typically, the most common methods of defining output quality relies on dots per inch (dpi), effective dpi and greyscale.

Dots Per Inch (DPI)

Print resolution, although not the only measure, remains one of the key methods of measuring print quality. For those more familiar with flexographic technology, this is commonly quoted in the form of lines per inch. In contrast, with ink jet technology, whether you are measuring print resolution for desktop devices or full scale commercial UV-curable presses, it tends to be quoted in Dots Per Inch or dpi. 

Social Media in Healthcare

For healthcare providers already navigating big changes, social media presents yet another challenge—and opportunity. While some health organizations are social pioneers, many are just beginning to address the need for a comprehensive social media policy and strategy.

Healthcare providers of all sizes need to act now to mitigate risks and put the power of social networks to work to increase revenue, cut costs, and enhance the quality of patient care. By building on the experience, expertise, and services of others, they can accelerate the process of becoming a social enterprise.

Why social media—why now?

Social networks have become an integral part of healthcare. Hospitals have Facebook pages. Physicians tweet with relevant medical updates. Patients consider the comments of strangers when making medical decisions.

Social media offers hope for better health outcomes by enabling fast, broad dissemination of medical information. Social networks provide non-official channels for disease reporting. They provide timely access to large amounts of data that can help track and even predict the course of illness through a population. They educate hard-to-reach populations. They enable patients around the world to find and connect others with the same disorder or disease to share both practical advice and emotional support.


Xerox® Mobile Print Cloud Information Assurance Disclosure


A Xerox Workflow Solution that connects a mobile workforce to new productive ways of printing. Printing is easy and convenient from a mobile device without needing drivers and cables.


The purpose of this document is to disclose information for the Xerox Mobile Print Cloud with respect to system security. System Security, for this paper, is defined as follows:

  1. How print jobs are received, accessed, and transmitted
  2. How user information is stored and transmitted
  3. How the product behaves in a networked environment
  4. How the product may be accessed, both locally and remotely

Please note that the customer is responsible for the security of their network and the Xerox Mobile Print Cloud product does not establish security for any network environment.

The purpose of this document is to inform Xerox customers of the design, functions, and features of the Xerox Mobile Print Cloud relative to Information Assurance (IA).

This document does NOT provide tutorial level information about security, connectivity, PDLs, or Xerox Mobile Print Cloud features and functions. This information is readily available elsewhere. We assume that the reader has a working knowledge of these types of topics. 


Security White Paper for KYOCERA MFPs and Printers


KYOCERA MFPs/Printers are embedded with an OS as standard, Like a PC, installing a HDD or SSD are also available in the MFP/Printer. The MFPs/Printers for the office use handle various types of sensitive information. Whereas, the MFPs/Printers are exposed to recent advanced and diversified threats, such as unauthorized access to the devices via a network, tapping or alteration of information in transit over a network, and leakage of information from HDD. KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc., (referred to as KYOCERA, hereafter) provides customers with a variety of security functions installed on its MFPs/Printers. We are always proactively taking security countermeasures against these threats so that our customers may rest assured to securely use KYOCERA MFPs/Printers. In addition, KYOCERA has obtained Common Criteria certification (known as IS015408) that objectively verifies if security functions are correctly performed at customers' hand by the third party. This verification also applies to rigorous process that includes appropriate product design, manufacturing and delivery. KYOCERA products have been designed to have the necessary security functions and capabilities and so will be certified within the next few months as they conform to an IEEE 2600.1, which is an international security standard for hard copy devices enacted in 2009. Additionally, Federal Information Processing Standard, FIPS 140-2 certified product, which complies with the security standard created by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, is installed on KYOCERA devices. KYOCERA will continuously drive further security enhancement as standards develop or new technologies evolve to protect the KYOCERA devices.

This document explains how security functions installed on our MFPs/Printers perform against the threats and enable us to maintain security management. We sincerely hope that this document will be fully utilized by our customers.

Ricoh HotSpot Printer/MFP Whitepaper Version 4_r4


The purpose of this whitepaper to address some of the most frequently posed security and system reliability questions.

What is a HotSpot Printer?

The Ricoh HotSpot printer allows people to print simply by sending an email or submitting print requests from a webpage.

This simple and intuitive interface allows use without the need for print drivers or any extra software. This eliminates IT overhead and time used in setup and configuration for mobile or temporary users.

There are two methods for submitting print jobs:

Email – Users submit their print jobs by simply forwarding an email to the printer’s email address. This can be done from any computer or handheld device that supports email. The user will then receive an email response
with a release code for the body of the email and a separate email and release code for each attachment. Simply enter this release code at the printer keypad to begin printing the document or email. 


The Retail Store Command Center Providing a Service and Support “Express Lane”

Remember when in-store technology meant some cash registers and a phone line? Those days are gone forever.

The retail industry is undergoing a technological revolution, fueled by mobility, automation and the need to give consumers the fast and convenient service options that keep them coming back for more. The good news? New technology can have a positive impact on revenue. The not-so-good news? Although these mobile devices and applications, employee hand-held, new payment devices, numerous displays and customer facing systems can help fuel loyalty and sales, they all add to the technological complexity.

Each store could easily have a dozen different vendors; and exponentially more products. Even if the IT staff at headquarters knows the basic store infrastructure, retail technology is evolving so rapidly that few, if any, have the resources to manage this growing technological tsunami in a cost effective way. So many vendors, so many patches and system updates.

Do you hire specialists and add headcount? Or do you say no to the technology that you need to compete? Neither option is good. 


How 3D Printing Works: The Vision, Innovation and Technologies Behind Inkjet 3D Printing


As every designer knows, there’s magic in transforming a great idea into a tangible and useful object you can hold in your hand. It can be a consumer good on a store shelf, a critical component of an industrial machine, or even an early physical prototype that unveils your new idea to the world.

Physical prototypes — basic and blocky or wonderfully realized in shape, texture and color — go far beyond drawings or computer models to communicate your vision in a dramatic way. They empower the observer to investigate the product and interact with it rather than simply guess what it might be like. Before the product is ever produced, people can touch it; feel it; turn it left, right and upside down; and look inside. They can test it, operate it and fully evaluate it — long before the finished product is brought to market.

Until recently, a quick and affordable physical prototype has been an oxymoron. Obtaining prototypes wasn’t quick. It meant contracting with a fabricator who handcrafted them or used a complicated stereolithography machine. In either case, it took weeks, and it wasn’t affordable. You were billed thousands of dollars for your trouble.

And who needs just one prototype? Successful product developers revise a design repeatedly until they approach their ideal. Physical prototypes available on demand in ample quantities accelerate the design process, and more quickly send a better product to market.

This ideal is in fact a reality for some of the world’s most accomplished and demanding designers and engineers. Available within a couple of hours of hitting “print” on a quiet, clean and sleek machine in an everyday office setting, on-demand prototypes today help engineering organizations: