Recent BLI awards cement Kyocera as the reliable choice in office printing

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We have recently been awarded the much coveted Pick of the Year and Highly Recommended awards for both our FS-4300DN and FS-C8650DN printers by Buyers Laboratory’s (BLI)

“We’ve come to expect outstanding reliability from Kyocera devices, and the FS-4300DN was no exception,” said Ian Latham, BLI’s European Lab Manager.

Throughout the industry, BLI is known for its rigorous two-month testing of office-equipment products, including an extensive durability test for imaging devices during which BLI runs each unit for extended periods at the manufacturer’s maximum duty cycle. Other performance attributes BLI evaluate include ease of use, media handling, productivity and value.

BLI bestowed its Pick of the Year award on our FS-4300DN printer as best of the best in the A4 Monochrome Printers for Large Workgroups category. The FS-4300DN also received BLI’s Highly Recommended rating.

BLI subjected the FS-4300DN to a gruelling two-month durability test, and the printer displayed Kyocera’s typical dependability, running smoothly without misfeed or service call. The drum and developer’s capability to last for an incredible 500,000 A4 pages impressed BLI as well. Another plus was the device’s productivity, in particular, its output of up to 60 ppm – highest in its class.

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In the A3 Colour Departmental Printer category, Kyocera’s FS-C8650DN was BLI’s “Pick.” It also received the Highly Recommended rating. BLI cited the device’s excellent reliability and productivity. The FS-C8650DN also displayed superior image quality, and its long-life consumables cut waste, reduce environmental impact and lower the total cost of ownership.

Our product marketing manager George Kharoufeh is particularly proud of the awards, “To have been recognised again by BLI means our customers can feel confident in choosing Kyocera as their preferred document solutions vendor.

For more information about Kyocera products and services visit our website or fill in an online enquiry form.

The truth about Toner: Genuine Versus Third Party Compatible

If you’re looking to save money by buying third party compatible toners for your Kyocera device, think again. Rigorous research has found that Kyocera genuine toners are not only more efficient,  reliable and safer for your machine; they create up to 73% less waste and have less downtime which leads to greater ongoing savings. Kyocera contracted the independent testing association,  TŰV Rheinland ® to undertake comprehensive testing on the differences in image quality and efficiency of genuine toner in comparison to three third party compatible toners.

The following video gives a great overview of the results from the research, and for a summary check out this great info graphic developed by KYOCERA document solutions UK.

Full Research Findings

 

For further information about Kyocera Document Solutions view our website or complete an online enquiry form.

Kyocera Teaching Assistant simplifies educators’ task to evaluate student performances

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This week we are launching an exciting new software that will make life easier for our increasingly pressured educators! Teaching Assistant creates on-demand tests, grading and analysis documents and simplifies the time consuming task of examining and evaluating student performances. With no PC required Kyocera Teaching Assistant is an application that transforms your Kyocera device into an on-demand test creating, grading and analysis hub.

 We understand the demands of the education environment, that’s why we are offering a free 30-day, no-obligation trial! Just email us at marketing@dau.kyocera.com for more information.

Removing the pain of manual grade testing, Kyocera’s Teaching Assistant is easy to use and the finished product is an analytical and graphical PDF result with immediate detail that helps our educators benchmark student performance, identify weaknesses and prepare classroom instruction.

bubble-sheetAd hoc testing can be created at any point, giving educators the chance to create exams that would normally, due to time constraint, fall through the cracks. Apart from the obvious benefits mentioned previously, Teaching Assistant also enhances educator productivity and test and grading accuracy is made more efficient as manual grading is removed.  Teaching Assistant is extremely cost effective; costs are dramatically reduced as answer keys can be printed on plain paper, eliminating the need for special media and scanning systems.

For more information see the Teaching Assistant Software Solutions page here or complete our online enquiry form

Top tips: Unearth hidden business costs!

Kyocera Document Solutions Australia Managing Director, David Finn has some insightful tips about identifying hidden business costs and managing them. 

We enjoy providing solutions to business and government organisations; the solutions are robust and large scale and they demand the best of our technology. Our technology delivers reliability and cost savings for the long run. Building on this experience, I’m excited to extend our range into the SOHO (Small Office Home Office) and SME market so that we offer the benefits around large scale needs to those of you working from home.

Feedback is encouraging. Our sales and channel partners have had a great response with our range of printers that have a low purchase price, low running costs, are easy to operate, reliable, long life, quiet and compact, making them the perfect choice for both SOHOs and SMEs.

Every business at some stage has to deal with the pressures of starting up and no matter how old your business is we all know the importance of cutting hidden and unnecessary costs.  Financial experts recommend a contingency sum of about 20% of profits be set aside to meet the unexpected, but I have some handy tips to help you identify these hidden costs before it’s too late.

1.      Renting Office Space

The decision to rent a business space is more daunting than expected. There is always an initial large cash outlay and thereafter a regular and unforgiving commitment. Read through the contract very carefully, you will be surprised what you may be responsible for.

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Can you reduce your paper mountain?

 A case study of how fleet rationalisation and the right software solutions can deliver real savings.

TNT Express, one of the world’s leading business-to-business express delivery service providers, has not only reduced their paper mountain significantly in recent years but saved thousands of dollars in costs by deploying the right technology and changing the way they do things. It was a brave step to move from individual devices on each desk, to shared devices for each work group, but one that has certainly paid off for TNT.

As Stephen Price, National Purchasing Manager, TNT Express notes

The Kyocera MPS solution has delivered us running cost savings of around thirty eight per cent.

A large proportion of these savings have been achieved through the secure release software – it has reduced wasted copies as people can delete the document before it prints and the need to reprint a document because they can’t find it has been eliminated. We’re using more advanced technology and we’re using it smarter.”

To view the full case study click here.
Find out how you could save using our Total Cost of Ownership calculator.


Kyocera Wins Triple Crown for Exceptional Performers

Here at Kyocera we have been selected by BLI for “Outstanding A3 colour MFD”, in categories 41-50, 61-70 and 71-80 pages per minute, at the BLI semi annual ‘Pick Awards’, and we are really thrilled! Buyers Laboratory (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging products and solutions, conducted comprehensive evaluations assessing a wide range of the most important features and performance factors that are typically demanded by end users.

“We’re delighted that we have now been recognised in all mid to high speed colour categories by BLI, taking into account the awards they gave us in July 2011 for our TASKalfa 5550ci. What this means for our customers is they can feel confident in selecting a Kyocera TASKalfa product as these awards assure them that the outstanding performance and sharp and consistent colour quality they need has been independently verified under the most demanding conditions,” says George Kharoufeh, senior product manager, Kyocera Mita Australia and New Zealand.

 

Kyocera TASKalfa 4550ci
Outstanding 41- to 50-ppm A3 Colour MFD

Kyocera TASKalfa 6550ci
Outstanding 61- to 70-ppm A3 Colour MFD

Kyocera TASKalfa 7550ci
Outstanding 71- to 80-ppm A3 Colour MFD

Kyocera TASKalfa 5550ci

Outstanding 51- to 60-ppm A3 Colour MFD, July 2011

All of the Kyocera TASKalfa devices offer very good ease of use from the print drivers and a well-designed colour control panel that can be moved up and down and side to side, providing easy access for individuals with disabilities. Kyocera also earned high marks for most attributes important to IT, including ease of network setup and administrative utilities. In addition, overall image quality of the devices ranged from very good to excellent.

In fact, the TASKalfa 7550ci is among an extremely small minority of business colour models to have earned an excellent rating for both colour and black output quality.

The scan functionality of the devices, which includes six shortcuts and convenient USB access, was also above average.

“Offering outstanding reliability, exceptional ease of use and strong overall productivity, there is no doubt that this trio of devices is worthy of these hard-earned awards,” said Pete Emory, BLI’s manager of laboratory testing. “Noteworthy is that the TASKalfa 7550ci is the most productive model in its class tested to date, with best in class productivity when printing BLI’s job stream and a range of other speed tests.”

As Kharoufeh adds, “Most of all, these products adhere to our core design concept to offer devices with top reliability and low total cost of ownership that are easy on the environment.”

For further information on Kyocera’s awards, please visit our awards page on our website.

Why wasteful design still dominates, despite alternatives

(This originally appeared as a guest post by Tracey Rawling Church, director of brand and reputation at Kyocera Mita UK, on the Green Living Blog)

Of all the innovations of the computer age, the laser printer is probably the most inherently wasteful. This ubiquitous device is the product of a business model that seeks to maximise long-term revenue from the sale of premium priced consumables – often referred to as a “razor and blade” model.

It doesn’t have to be this way. There’s no technological reason for all that is mechanically clever about the device to be contained in a disposable cartridge; it’s a commercially-driven decision. But the need to justify the price premium charged for the cartridges has resulted in a complex product design that builds in redundancy.

A cartridge refurbishment industry has grown up to take advantage of the residual value in used toner cartridges, but it admits to only being able to return to the market 20-30% of the cartridges sold each year. And cartridges can’t be refurbished indefinitely: their components are not designed for extended use so print quality and reliability can be compromised. In theUKalone, it’s estimated that 47 million laser cartridges go to landfill every year, taking many thousands of tonnes of plastics and metals out of the economy.

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