A Color Copier Collage

The latest color copiers offer higher speeds and resolutions, along with other enticing options, to boost your in-plant’s productivity.

By Kristen E. Monte

In-plants clearly love color copiers. According to In-Plant Graphics’ 2004 Market Statistics report, more in-plants (71 percent) use copiers to output color than any other device.

This appreciation of color copiers isn’t lost on those who sell this equipment.

“The in-plant market is very important to the color copier vendor, especially those vendors offering speeds of 30 ppm or greater,” says Steve Rhorer, director of product marketing for Toshiba America Business Solutions. “Most of the recent color product introductions offer high-speed color at aggressive price points that make it very attractive to in-plant managers.”

In other words, color copiers are getting cheaper and faster. And vendors are intent on helping in-plants see that.

“We’re dedicated to delivering solutions that help in-plants lower operating costs while generating revenue and adding value to their organizations,” says Leah Quesada, marketing director, Xerox Office Group.

Canon U.S.A. adds its own spice to the mix with MEAP (Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform), which lets users develop custom applications to address specific business needs.

“By combining MEAP with color, Canon’s Color imageRUNNER C3220 allows our customers to meet an even broader range of workflow and communication needs with enhanced document impact,” says Dennis Amorosano, director and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A.

What follows is a look at the latest color copiers, primarily those in the 30-copies-per-minute range. About 42 percent of the in-plants surveyed for IPG’s market report have installed this type of equipment. Is it time for your in-plant to make this installation too?

Speed Up With MEAP

The MEAP-enabled Color imageRUNNER C3220, from Canon U.S.A., is a networked multifunction device featuring a four-drum, single-pass engine, which achieves speeds up to 32 pages per minute (ppm) and up to 2,400×600 dots per inch (dpi) output resolution with oil-free S toners. The system leverages Canon’s Color Image Platform architecture. It also features document-handling options, finishing capabilities and support for a variety of media.

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