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Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 Printer, Lucia Pigment Inks, and Canon Media Receive High Print Permanence Ratings From Wilhelm Imaging Research

Lake Success, N.Y., October 21, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in advanced digital imaging and office solutions, today announced that the imagePROGRAF iPF6100 large format printer, high-stability LUCIA pigment inks, and Canon media have undergone extensive print permanence testing by Wilhelm Imaging Research (WIR), a leading independent permanence testing laboratory. Results show that the iPF6100 printer and Canon media achieved a very high level of overall WIR Print Permanence Ratings for large format printers.

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 printer with LUCIA pigment inks (also used in the iPF9100/8100/6200/5100 printers) and a range of Canon media achieved a "Displayed Prints Framed Under Glass" average permanence rating of greater than 100 years for color output, and greater than 200 years for black-and-white output. The Canon prints were also very resistant to damage from high-humidity environments, resistant to ozone exposure, and resistant to water damage, according to WIR tests. "Whether printed in color or made in black-and-white, the prints are beautiful - and will remain beautiful - for a very long period of time," said Henry Wilhelm, president, Wilhelm Imaging Research.
The full WIR report for the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 printer, which features California landscape photographer William Niell making prints with the iPF6100, can be found on the WIR Web site at http://www.wilhelm-research.com/canon/ipf6100.html

Canon U.S.A. Announces Availability of the COPYblue Meap Kiosk Version 2.1 Solution

Lake Success, N.Y., October 20, 2009 – Providing storefront and hospitality businesses with an opportunity to generate additional revenue from copying, scanning and faxing, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in advanced digital imaging and software solutions, and GBCblue, a recognized leader in guest computing technology and support services, today announced the availability of the new COPYblue MEAP Version 2.1 solution for select Canon imageRUNNER multifunctional products (MFPs).

The new COPYblue MEAP application transforms a Canon imageRUNNER MFP into a self-service kiosk for walk-up copy, fax and scanning by acting as an interface to access a back-end transaction server managed by GBCblue. MEAP (Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform) is Canon's proprietary embedded platform that allows for the creation of custom applications that simplify the interaction between users and Canon products.

"By developing this MEAP application to be used in conjunction with our imageRUNNER MFPs, we are able to further expand the usability and functionality of our devices while also helping to provide a valuable service to all types of public environments," said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. "Canon has always been committed to simplifying and improving the end-user experience while helping to streamline business practices and this new MEAP application developed with GBCblue is a testament to that dedication."

Developed for public environments such as convention centers, libraries, hotels and airports, among others, the COPYblue system provides business center services to clients without the need for a dedicated on-site staff. An easy-to-use application, the user is prompted through the imageRUNNER touch screen panel with simple, step-by-step instructions to complete their desired functionality. Accepting all major credit cards as well as prepaid cards, users can simply walk up and swipe their card to make copies and send faxes or e-mails. Receipt printing is also available at the end of the session, providing the customer with a detailed breakdown of their transaction(s).

There’s a reason why everyone else is doing it.

Some people may ask why most businesses are beginning to implement an electronic document management system when hard copy documents have driven businesses for years? 

These electronic systems provide searchable access to scanned information, create a disaster recovery plan and ensure government regulatory compliance.  All these things enable better business decisions and smoother custiStock_000004077201Mediumomer service interactions. 

Many businesses are under the incorrect assumption that paper documents are somehow free.  The fact is that the cost of managing paper documents may be more expensive than digital management alternatives.

The Cost of Paper Filing

Consider an average three-drawer filing cabinet.  You have the cost of the actual cabinet, the cost of the folders, the cost of the paper prints and copies, and the cost of renting a space to keep the cabinet.  Then you have to take in consideration the time it takes to copy, categorize and file documents in paper folders.  Every time you need information you’ll have to physically search for the documents that could easily have been misfiled or misplaced.

Canon U.S.A. Announces Three New Feature-Packed PIXMA Printers and a Voice-Guided SELPHY Compact Photo Printer

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced two new PIXMA Wireless1 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers, one new PIXMA Inkjet Business Printer with PgR technology and a SELPHY Compact Photo Printer with a new voice guidance system. The versatility of these machines provides users with many options, whether working in the home office to print business documents or putting together an album of the latest family vacation.

Developed with the idea of making photo printing easier, the new Canon SELPHY and PIXMA products have several innovative features. The SELPHY ES40 Compact Photo Printer includes a voice guidance system which provides step-by-step instructions for printing and adding graphics to images without having to rely on a manual. The PIXMA MP990 and PIXMA MP640 Wireless1 Photo AIO printers utilize the Auto Photo Fix II feature to help users get the most out of photos and help to correct many common photo errors, such as underexposed images. To enhance those near perfect memorable photos from either a sunny beach wedding or a child’s graduation taking place in a dark auditorium, Auto Photo Fix II can assist with features such as Multi-Zone Exposure Correction, improvements in overall face detection, scene analysis, plus brightness and saturation correction.

With PgR technology on the Canon PIXMA iX7000 Inkjet Business Printer, business owners will be able to produce professional-looking documents in-house while also reducing overall printing costs by printing documents on plain paper. Small businesses will be able to print high-quality color business and marketing documents on low-cost plain paper as large as 11” x 17” or 13” x 19” without having to leave the office. Using a clear ink working in tandem with five LUCIA pigment inks when printing on plain paper, consumers will no longer need to worry about oversaturated and wrinkled documents.

“In today’s economy, consumers are searching for versatile and easy-to-use products at a reasonable price without sacrificing overall quality,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “The addition of these new PIXMA and SELPHY printers will provide consumers and businesses with many different choices when making a decision and can be confident that they will receive a high-quality, durable product.”

Specialist Printing & Direct Mail Uses Xerox iGen4 Press to Drive Higher Response Rates

ROCHESTER, N.Y. and SAN DIEGO, Aug. 18, 2009  -- Using Xerox Corporation's (NYSE:XRX) digital color technology, Specialist Printing & Direct Mail is creating customized pieces that help clients communicate directly with customers, not only by name but through buying habits and preferences.

The San Diego-based company recently installed a Xerox iGen4™ Press to drive production of full-color, personalized newsletters, postcards and financial documents for national real estate agencies, financial institutions and a variety of local clients.

"A company's direct mail needs to be recognized in the mailbox - the pieces have to be eye catching and relevant to stay out of the trash," said Jay Pardo, vice president, Specialist Printing & Direct Mail. "Personalization increases response by targeting a consumer's buying patterns and interests. Digital printing can make their mail speak to them."


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Konica Minolta to Unveil MFP Security and Document Control Solution at GSA Expo 2009

Ramsey, N.J. – June 4, 2009 – 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 the company will unveil a new security and document control software solution at the GSA Expo 2009 (Booth #2721) in San Antonio, Texas next week (June 9-11, 2009).  The company will also be showcasing bizhub and magicolor products that demonstrate Konica Minolta's commitment to providing high quality and reliable solutions that also support global green initiatives.

Available to U.S. Department of Defense customers, the innovative new software solution will manage the environment and document workflow on Konica Minolta multifunctional products (MFPs – print, copy, fax, and scan all in one system) to further enhance overall security.  The revolutionary solution will also provide identity management and authentication protection to meet strict government-issued authentication and credential standards.

CANON U.S.A. Expands Its Line Of Medical Imaging Offerings With The Introduction Of The Canon CXDI-40G Compact Digital Radiography System

Lake Success, N.Y., June 2, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the expansion of its line of digital radiography (DR) systems with the introduction of the Canon CXDI-40G COMPACT Digital Radiography System. The new flat panel detector, which is Canon's tenth-generation DR offering, can be retrofitted onto existing radiography equipment.

The new Canon CXDI-40G COMPACT Digital Radiography System is equipped with a large image sensor and high-quality capabilities similar to the CXDI-40EG but in minimal housing. The CXDI-40G COMPACT DR System is equipped with a large 17 X 17-inch imaging area that enables X-ray images to be confirmed on an optional preview monitor approximately three seconds after exposure; the system contributes to timely and effective patient care.

"Backed by Canon's strong optical and imaging heritage, the Canon CXDI-40G COMPACT Digital Radiography System provides a variety of configuration options to help fit the exact requirements of a facility or practice," said Tsuneo Imai, senior director and general manager, Medical Systems Division, Canon U.S.A. "The ability to retrofit the new CXDI-40G COMPACT DR System to existing equipment can help facilities upgrade their capabilities easily, increase productivity and contribute to a significant cost savings on equipment purchases"

Xerox Innovation Shines through Industry Recognition

NORWALK, Conn., Jan. 26, 2009  -- Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) closed 2008 earning more than 230 industry awards, an increase of more than 20 percent over the previous year. Leading industry publications and independent testing and research firms around the world recognized Xerox office products and services for a range of attributes including image quality, performance and technical innovation.

The latest came from Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), which in December awarded top honors to Xerox for outstanding color image quality and technical innovation.

BLI, an independent testing lab, presented the company with two "Outstanding Achievement Awards" for consistently superior image quality in the color multifunction printer (MFP) portfolio and another for innovation in printer drivers. The test lab conducts intensive competitive testing on document products, comparing overall performance, productivity, reliability and ease of use, among many other critical performance factors.

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