Awards for design excellence come in many shapes and sizes. We’re pretty proud of ours!

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We’re very proud to announce that our new ECOSYS range of monochrome A4 printers were awarded the iF Product Design Award 2013 for the office / business category. The printers were recognised for:

  • Easy to use IT features
  • High levels of reliability
  • Environmental-friendliness
  • Robust durability and
  • Innovation and originality in their simple yet excellent design

For over 50 years, the iF product design award has been an internationally recognized label for award-winning design and the iF brand has become a symbol for outstanding achievement in design.

To find out more about the iF Design and how Kyocera printers can help our office/business we encourage you to click here.

For further information about Kyocera Document Solutions view our website or complete an 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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KYOCERA – The high performance printer with extensive paper handling capabilities

Does your business have large and demanding workgroups that need fast, efficient and high quality printing options in-house? Kyocera has launched the FS-C8650DN to meet your businesses needs.

We asked George Kharoufeh, Senior Product Manager of Kyocera Document Solutions Australia and New Zealand about the new Kyocera product and its functionality.

 

Tell us about the paper handling capabilities of the new device and what this means for the user:

The FS-C8650DN offers the advanced paper handling functionality of a multifunctional device in this single function printer. This means that the machine is able to offer the user a high paper capacity and the most flexible paper handling options of any printer in the segment.

It can handle up to 8 different paper sizes so if your business needs to print labels or envelopes, posters or banners, booklets or flyers, the FS-C8650DN can print them all. The range of finishing options available include stapling, punching, booklet stitching and tri-folding adding the quality of finish your business deserves. The machines are ideal for industries such as Lawyers’ offices, Dentists or Schools where workgroups require a variety of functions on the one device. ”

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Celebrating 20 years of Kyocera ECOSYS technology

This year KYOCERA Document Solutions celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of its ECOSYS sustainable printing technology.

Environmental sustainability has been one of the underlying principles of KYOCERA Corporation’s corporate philosophy since its foundation in 1959. In 1986, KYOCERA Document Solutions’ parent company, KYOCERA Corporation, stated that ‘The environment will become an important consideration from now on.’ Since then we have created a range of products with a long lifespan and very low operating costs.

In 1992 the Kyoto Protocol was five years away from being agreed and 13 years away from coming into force. Yet we were already shipping the first ECOSYS sustainable printers. Our heritage in ceramic technology is fundamental to the low-waste design of ECOSYS printers. The long-life components we use are many times more durable than traditional alternatives meaning that in most cases our printers will have a lifespan significantly longer than other printers.

Read the full article here.

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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Cut costs and carbon emissions – does this mean we stop buying printers?

The following article ran on the Kyocera Mita UK website. We liked the content and believe it will be of interest to our readers.

Tracey Rawling Church, Director of Brand and Reputation at Kyocera Mita UK explains what steps the public sector needs to take to transform its procurement of printers and make its Invitation To Tender (ITT) more cost efficient and low-carbon friendly.

To cut its costs and carbon emissions, the public sector should stop buying printers.

That may seem a ridiculous statement, coming from an imaging company executive, but actually there’s a serious point here. Most ITTs are written around a notional product – calling for a certain number of machines of a certain specification. And the tender process is quite rigid, so companies invited to tender are forced to propose a solution that fits the criteria in the ITT.

But in many organisations, the number of devices has crept up over time and device to user ratios are unnecessarily high – so replacing machines on a one-for-one basis only perpetuates a system that has become bloated and inefficient.

Sometimes the decision is made to consolidate devices, replacing desktop printers with shared multifunctional devices and an ITT is written on that basis,

but to achieve real efficiencies that could reduce costs by typically 30% and carbon by as much as half, a detailed print audit should be undertaken to determine precisely what hardware is needed at which locations to support business processes.

However, even this approach misses the opportunity to obtain a solution that is properly optimised not just at the point of implementation, but into the future.

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New Smart Series for SMEs

Kyocera Mita Australia and New Zealand, one of the world’s leading document imaging companies, is fulfilling a growing business imaging need with the launch today of the Kyocera Smart Series A3 Multifunctional Printers (MFP). Kyocera have integrated the proven reliability of their copiers with the compact, low cost design of their printers in developing this impressive new range.

The new range incorporates the robust features and functionality of an A3 MFP, but with the configuration and ease of use of an A4 MFP – based platform – with no sacrifice to image quality or performance. The Smart Series by Kyocera is all about offering choice. The products can be purchased with or without a cost per page contract. Also, unlike conventional copiers, the Kyocera Smart Series comes with a 3-year onsite manufacturer warranty – up to 180,000 pages and has a ‘plug and play’ set up. This can be completed in around 15 minutes and can be done by the end user, rather than a technician.

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