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Canon Announces New imageRUNNER ADVANCE/imageCLASS Models

Monday, March 13, 2017  
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Canon U.S.A. Inc. has announced the availability of several new MFPs and single-function printers. Available in both color and monochrome models, the new imageRUNNER ADVANCE and imageCLASS devices provide customers with the dependability and consistent user experience they have come to expect from Canon.

Technology is meant to simplify business, and Canon’s goal is to offer both hardware and software solutions with a consistent design that helps customers enable their workforce for maximum efficiency. Along with similar interfaces for consistent user experience in multi-device installations and integration with uniFLOW for greater visibility, control and security of office printing across their fleet, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE models also provide users with powerful scanning and document processing capabilities through uniFLOW — helping organizations to secure, automate and simplify paper-intensive business processes.

“As a business optimizes its fleet, it seeks to maximize return on investment," said Barbara Richards, senior consultant, InfoTrends. "Yet, an organization is only as productive as its workers, and an enterprise must focus on both fleet optimization and individual productivity to reach its goal of improved efficiency. Regardless of whether a fleet employs a combination of color, monochrome, multifunction or single-function technology, for business operations to continue without a hitch, employees need a familiar experience as they move from device to device.”

“The needs of today’s businesses can vary greatly across an organization, which is why Canon provides customers with print technology that offers not only a strong feature set and solutions platform, but also consistency and coherence across our devices," said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. Inc. “Designed for a straightforward user experience, these new imageRUNNER ADVANCE and imageCLASS models deliver efficient, adaptable and cost-effective print capability designed to expand productivity."

Completing the third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE portfolio, the new imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3530i and imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3525i models provide enhanced productivity with a small footprint. Equipped with outstanding scanning capabilities, these new models can help digitally transform paper-intensive environments in markets such as legal, financial, health care and education. InfoTrends estimates that workers spend approximately 25 percent of their time at the MFP for the purpose of scanning. Providing duplex scanning capabilities nine times faster than predecessor models, the new imageRUNNER ADVANCE 3500 Series single-pass duplex scanning can help reduce the time needed to scan a 50-page duplexed document.

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE C355iF/C255iF models are the first A4models to be introduced on the third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE platform. Designed with the same user interface, dependability, device security, document security and standard workflow features offered by the third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE line, these new models provide consistency in user and management experience across a fleet. This coherence gives customers flexibility in choosing the right solution for their situation, even if they have limited space requirements or have environments without a need for A3-size prints.

With security and compliance being top priorities for organizations across all industries, the ability to secure MFPs becomes a critical aspect of an organization's security plan. Leveraging the security capabilities of the third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE platform, the new imageRUNNER ADVANCE models provide device and document security functionality designed to help protect the device, as well as the information that flows through it, from unauthorized access. When coupled with uniFLOW, document security is further enhanced through secure pull printing and secure document scanning.

Today's businesses — from hospitals to financial institutions to law offices — require a combination of equipment that supports the needs of departments, workgroups and individuals. The imageCLASS LBP312dn (45 pages per minute [ppm] black-and-white) printer, color imageCLASS MF735Cdw (28 ppm) MFP and color imageCLASS LBP654Cdw (28 ppm) printer offer faster speeds, increased toner cartridge capacities and an improved user experience when compared with their predecessors. Additionally, the MF735Cdw and LBP654Cdw leverage a new device platform called Application Library, which empowers users to create and access their own customized workflows via an easily navigable remote interface and a new 5-inch color touchscreen, respectively.

The new imageCLASS models expand the available assortment of desktop-ready Canon printers that can be leveraged throughout an organization as a complement to more centralized imageRUNNER ADVANCE equipment. Common optional tools such as the uniFLOW solution, imageWARE Remote and Canon Managed Document Services can be employed to help manage the fleet, from optimizing print workflows and security features, to managing supplies, service and maintenance.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 Series and imageRUNNER ADVANCE C355/C255iF MFP models are currently scheduled to be available early spring through authorized Canon dealers. The imageCLASS LBP312dn, color imageCLASS MF735Cdw and color imageCLASS LBP654Cdw models are currently scheduled to be available early spring through authorized Canon dealers and select Canon resellers.

In other news, workflow technology that can simplify communication and provide security features is a top priority for many of today’s businesses. Industry experts estimate that 80 percent of data in the world is unstructured, with 40 percent of this data trapped in the form of emails and email attachments. Continuing its efforts to help customers confidently transfer information, from image capture to file sharing, Canon U.S.A., Inc. has announced the expansion of its relationship with Box Inc. and the beginning of a new relationship with MxHero Inc., a cloud service for intelligent email management and collaboration.

Augmenting Canon's existing solutions portfolio, Canon's integration with Box and mxHero will offer customers cloud-based capabilities to address many of the headaches that come with sending and receiving large files, including the need for security features and limited mailbox quota. As emails pass through mxHero, attachments can be automatically routed to an access restricted cloud storage account, such as Box — transforming inboxes from bulky and vulnerable to lightweight and controlled. Trusted by 64 percent of Fortune 500 companies for their cloud content management needs, Box solutions provide users with an array of security features, including the ability to restrict who and when files can be accessed.

"In expanding our relationship with Canon, we are also expanding our commitment to helping to solve today's business challenges," said Chris Penner, senior vice president of global channel sales and alliances, Box Inc. "Whether organizations are simply sharing and accessing files from mobile devices or completing sophisticated business processes like data governance and retention, we are thrilled to grow our relationship with Canon and continue to help customers across a variety of industries manage their business content in the cloud."

"Email messages and attachments represent a huge amount of unstructured data that is not easily governed or secured," said Alex Panagides, CEO, mxHero. "Working with our cloud storage partners, mxHero's solutions augment security, increase productivity and provide dramatic return on investment benefits. We are excited to begin this partnership with Canon, a company that also puts a great emphasis on providing the market with an effective workflow process that controls unstructured data while providing the secure features that are essential to today's business technology."

Many businesses continue to send confidential information in the form of bulky, unprotected attachments. With no end-user intervention or workflow disruption, mxHero integrates with existing customer email servers to facilitate the transfer of files and automate additional mail rules, including the separation of attachments from emails to cloud-based platforms like Box, a feature which can be particularly helpful for businesses tasked with maintaining files for audit, including those in legal, finance and health care.

"From the time an image is scanned to the moment it travels outside the organization, Canon understands that businesses require solutions that improve the way information is transmitted, received and maintained," said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. Inc. "With a longstanding history of providing solutions with security capabilities for the streamlining of image capture, output and content management, these relationships allow Canon and its dealers the opportunity to provide our customers with solutions to help address one of the most daunting challenges faced by businesses today — the effective management, storage and collaboration of their unstructured data."

Box and mxHero solutions are expected to be available through Canon authorized dealers and Canon Solutions America in May 2017.

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