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HP acquires 3COM

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HP will purchase 3COM, a leading provider of networking switching, routing and security solutions, for approximately USD 2,7 billion. The terms of the transaction have been approved by HP and 3COM boards of directors.

The acquisition of 3COM will expand HP’s Ethernet switching offerings, add routing solutions and strengthen the company’s position in China as one of the world’s fastest growing markets.

The combination will add a large research and development team in China that will drive the acceleration of innovations of HP’s networking solutions.

Kyocera Mita named the most reliable monochrome MFP line

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Kyocera Mita America Inc. has been named the most reliable monochrome Multifunctional Product (MFP) line in a recent survey of service managers and dealers. Kyocera Mita’s MFPs earned a total overall reliability score of 8,4 (out of 10,0), as compared to the industry average of 7,9.

Kyocera Mita has been awarded in three of the past five years in that survey conducted by Office Product Analyst.

Xerox patents up 16% in 2009

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Xerox Corp. received 706 US patents last year, a 16 percent increase from 2008 and a gain that places the company among the world’s top 25 corporate patent recipients in 2009.

Xerox’s joint venture in Japan, Fuji Xerox Co.Ltd. received 425 US patents, in increase of 28 percent over 2008.

When taken together the Xerox group garnered 1’131 patents totally which pushes Xerox into rank 12 worldwide. Fuji Xerox patents were not included in the ranking compiled by US patent analysis firm IFI Patent Intelligence.

Xerox and Fuji Xerox collectively invest about USD 1,15 billion annually in research, developments and engineering.

Ricoh introduces the Aficio MP-4001/MP-5001 digital Imaging-System

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Ricoh Americas Corp. has announced its new Aficio MP-4001/MP-5001 series devices as their latest monochrome multifuncion products (MFPs). The two new machines will produce documents at 40ppm and 50ppm respectively and have full colour and monochrome scanning capabilities.

These MFPs are designed to allow users the ability to customize documents and streamline their current workflow to increase productivity and minimize operating costs.

Konica Minolta terminates strategic business alliance agreement with Océ

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Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. has announced that the company and Océ N.V, reached through mutual agreement consultation, an agreement to terminate the strategic business alliance agreement, entered into by and between both companies to cooperate in development and marketing for office and production printing systems.

For the time being, Konica Minolta will continue to supply its office printing systems to Océ an an OEM basis from its entire production line, and both Konica Minolta and Océ will continue to supply productin printing systems to each other under the OEM sales agreement.

Also both companies will continue to supply consumables and parts and
offer after-sales service for products already in the market.

What is the difference between a MFP and a MFC ?

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What is the difference between a Multifunction Printer and a Multifunction Copier? If this question is bugging you, then join hundreds of other people who want to know what the difference is between a Printer that can print, copy and scan and a Copier that can copy, print and scan!

In the past, printers and copiers were produced using different technology and had different functions, but today, that distinction has faded and many of the features are ideally the same. Two products which seem to offer the same features may be based on an entirely different line depending on whether they are a copier or a printer.

The multi function printer is growing in popularity especially in the print speed range of 40 to 50 pages per minute. The acquisition cost of a Multifunction printer will generally cost less than a Copier with similar features. Additionally, printers do not require as much scheduled maintenance which means less commitment to expensive service plans.

On the other side of the equation, the multifunction printers can often only handle scanning and output printing up to legal-size (A4) and not ledger size (A3), and will also have less robust finishing options. More importantly, although the initial cost of the printer based MFP may be lower than the copier based MFP, the running cost of the supplies and the print cost per page is higher due to the fact that printer toners and drums are less cost effective when it comes to huge amounts of printing.

Therefore, the right choice for you will ultimately depend on your monthly usage needs. The heavier user will be better off with a copier based MFP. Although the initial outlay and service charges may seem costly, the number of pages you will be able to print in the bigger picture will justify the price. The lighter user will benefit from the print speed and multiple functions of the printer based MFP and the toner output will be well sufficient for their needs.

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