Multi-function printers getting popular with small businesses

Konica Minolta, Canon, Fujifilm and HP launch new products over the year

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Konoca Minolta's bizhub series for the second installment of PrintXpress

Printing technologies are constantly evolving, especially for small business owners who print commodities such as pamphlets, letterhead and promotional material, with a significant growth in the production of multi-function printers (MFPs). Multi-function printing technology concentrates on high speed, high-quality output, and advanced finishing, including book creation with cover insertion (hot-glue binding), printing cover letters, bookmarks, and so on.

Some MFPs are now part of the Internet of Things ecosystem, allowing remote monitoring and management. Such connectivity enables proactive maintenance, automatic firmware updates, and the ability to integrate with other smart office devices. Many modern MFPs feature intuitive touchscreen interfaces, making it easier for users to navigate through various functions and settings. This simplifies the user experience and allows for more efficient operation.

Konica Minolta India, a leading print solution provider, recently unveiled the Bizhub A3 MFPs for the new edition of the PrintXpress tour. The campaign is showcasing live demonstrations of the Bizhub i-series, including Bizhub C226i, Bizhub C250i, Bizhub 450i, Bizhub 225i. Konica Minolta’s Bizhub model printing technology is beneficial for those looking for affordable printing solutions, enhanced productivity, and reliable performance — all backed by a dependable service network.

Commenting on the launch, Katsuhisa Asari, managing director, Konica Minolta India said, “A data-driven approach, in driving personalization as well as efficiency, contributes to a more user-friendly and productive printing experience. Access to cutting-edge technology and affordable quality is crucial for print shop owners’ success, and the Bizhub MFPs will be instrumental in driving their growth. By leveraging our local partner network, we aim to create a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

Canon, a digital imaging solutions company, launched the imagePROGRAF TC-20M, a compact 4-color pigment ink all-in-one large format printer in India, last year. Fitted with an A4 flatbed scanner, the printer allows users to seamlessly make copies from cut sheets and roll papers.

TC-20M can easily enlarge copies of A4 documents to A3 cut sheets, A2 or A1 roll papers, and even to the full width of roll paper. Portrait or landscape orientation of the output copies can be selected from the user panel easily. The repeated copy feature enables an original document to be copied and printed repeatedly using roll paper. This can be used for various applications such as wrapping paper or retail store banners.

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Canon’s imagePrograf TC-20M

Similar to a TC-20, the TC-20M fits easily in tight spaces to meet various printing needs for remote worksites, small offices, and retail outlets. With the front access of the printer, all daily print-related operations such as loading of paper, refilling of ink, and replacing maintenance cartridges can be performed conveniently.

Manabu Yamazaki, president, and CEO, of Canon India said, “Addressing the requirements of remote working professionals, the new space-efficient and multifunctional machine allows them to print, scan, and copy large format prints, even without accessing a workstation. It is an all-in-one product that seamlessly fits into tight spaces to cater to the large-format printing industry’s versatile output requirements. We are confident that this revolutionary product will build upon the TC-20 series’ legacy and set new standards in the industry.”

Indian printer and Publisher covered Fujifilm India’s unveiling of five new models of A3 color and monochrome multifunction printers at Pamex 2024, three color models (Apeos C3570 / C4570 / C5570) and two monochrome models (Apeos 4570 / 5570), targeting diverse printing requirements.

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HP’s DesignJet XL 3800

HP India in December 2023 introduced a new range of 36-inch HP DesignJet portfolio that simplifies the printing needs of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals who increasingly work in a hybrid environment, and need a high-quality printing experience, regardless of location.

According to the company, the DesignJet lineup has been designed to provide users with technology that aligns with their technical requirements, spanning A3-A1 CAD drawings and architectural boards. The HP DesignJet T850/T950 with the new HP FlexTech pigment inks streamlines the transition from A3 to A1 prints with an integrated device. These advancements prioritize security without compromise. The latest HP DesignJet lineup, featuring security-centric advancements, coupled with software such as HP Click and the HP app, empowers users to seamlessly print, monitor jobs, check device status, and collaborate on documents from anywhere.

These printers are designed for intuitive use and high-quality outputs, filling a critical gap in the workflow of Indian AEC professionals. This aligns with the growing emphasis on seamless, secure, connected, and sustainable large-format printing solutions in the country. It accelerates turnarounds with speeds of up to 120 A1 pages/hr for the T908 MFP. The printer can confidently refill ink even while printing with a spill-free bottle system,” said Vitesh K Sharma, head of the large format printing business, HP India.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

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