The Color Connection
Color copier connectivity rates are soaring, as is the quality, speed and ease of color output. How does this impact your in-plant?
WITH THE demand for color documents on the rise, color copiers are getting more use than ever in in-plants. And with the number of color copier devices and color impressions projected to skyrocket within the next five years, vendors are working hard to provide equipment for every speed requirement.
"A few years ago you only had very slow, six page-per-minute devices, and controllers from a relatively few manufacturers," recalls Tim Griffin, director of product marketing for Danka. Speed, he says, went up quickly. "Now you are seeing a middle ground product emerge," he says.
One of those products is the Xerox DocuColor 30, which has filled the gap between the nine-page-per-minute (ppm) Xerox 5799 and the DocuColor 40, a 40-ppm copier. Paul Hartley, vice president of business development for Xerox, says that Xerox is planning to release other mid-range products in the near future.
Connect And Conquer
Linking your color copier to the computer network is all the rage, according to Sam Errigo, director of digital products at Danka. He has seen the connect rate for color devices rise drastically in recent years, and says well over half of his customers now have networked their color copiers.
"We are probably selling more connected devices today than not connected," Errigo reveals. "That is where your value is. If you think about where everything is being created, it is being created at the desktop."
Canon USA reports that it is also seeing an increase in the connectivity rate of color copiers. Mason Olds, director and general manager of the graphic systems division, reveals that 92 percent of Canon high-end color copiers, like the 1000 and 2400, are now reported to be networked. But he has found an interesting trend concerning the rate of connectivity with other Canon products.