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OEM Introduces OKI C712DN, C612 Series, MC363DN, and C332DN
Our last news update that had a mention of OKI wasn’t too far back. In fact, it was only in November 2016 that we talked about how the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) has expanded its Smart Printer Portfolio by releasing two new solutions in the form of the OKI C542DN and the OKI MC573DN. It seems that the OEM has decided to expand the size of its product offerings further since it has just released four new solutions.
These four new solutions are the OKI C712DN, the C612 series, the MC363DN, and the C332DN. The OKI C712DN and its compatriots are designed for and aimed at the Small to Medium sized Businesses (SMBs). According to the OEM, these new printing solutions will take away the need to outsource for SMBs while simultaneously increasing their productivity and cost effectiveness.
Like always, OKI has also specified that enhancements that have been made in these new solutions are a direct result of feedback from their audience base. The most advanced and powerful model from these four is, of course, the OKI C712DN. The colour printer can print at great speeds and also has good paper handling capabilities. Paper handling, incidentally, is one of its best strengths. The standard version of the OKI C712DN comes with 630-sheet capacity but the same can be upgraded to 1,690 sheets through optional trays.
As per OKI, the OKI C712DN is suitable for both general office use and high-end marketing collateral printing. The OEM has also focused on making the OKI C712DN easier to use than most of its competitors in the market. For instance, the model offers multiple connectivity options in the form of gigabit Ethernet, private printing, and even Google Cloud Print 2.0. The OKI C712DN also boasts of handsome security features which will protect users’ more sensitive documents.
The OKI C612 series is a slightly more commercial version of the OKI C712DN. It has similar speeds and security features but is available in two versions – the C612DN and the C612N. The former has the automatic duplexing feature while the latter is without it. The commercial features of the OKI C612 series have to do with its paper handling. This printer can handle a wide array of media sizes going up to 1321 mm wide or 52 inch banners. The stock weights that this printer can handle go up to 250 gsm.
The other two printing solutions – OKI MC363DN and C332DN – are desktop printers. The C332DN is a single function while the MC363DN is a multifunction printer. The MC363DN is designed exclusively to handle high-end graphics as a result of which its output quality is High Definition (HD). The C332DN, on the other hand, is aimed at speed printing.
Thus, it is the fastest printer in its class, according to the OEM. Both these printers offer multiple connectivity options in the form of Google Cloud Print 2.0, Apple Air Print, and gigabit Ethernet. Users that want the Wi-Fi Direct functionality will have the option to get it tacked onto their feature sets. Both these printers also come with automatic duplexing feature and are protected by a two-year warranty.
Along with the announcement of the launch, the OEM released a statement from Tine Tucillo, its Vice President of Marketing for Office Products. Tucillo highlighted the OEM’s commitment to “reducing costs, improving productivity, enhancing security, and tracking and controlling usage” towards its customers.
HP Incorporate Edge Printing Technology into SmartStream Designer Software for Its Indigo User Base
HP has innovated with its SmartStream Designer software programme in mind. The SmartStream Designer software programme is, essentially, a plugin for Adobe InDesign Version 11. It is primarily used by HP Indigo users in their designing tasks. The innovation that HP has introduced into the mix is Edge Printing Technology.
The Edge Printing Technology will allow HP Indigo users to print on the page edges of books along with on their spines. The kinds of effects that can be created with the Edge Printing Technology are infinite, especially since printers will have the option of incorporating personalised designs. The resultant designs on the edge of the book will only be visible when the books are in the closed position. Furthermore, the designs will look different on the basis of things like the angle from which they are being viewed and even whether the book pages are being fanned or not.
Amir Gaash, the R&D Manager for HP Indigo stated that while this feature isn’t new, the functionality it will give Indigo users will be new. For instance, it wasn’t possible to print the page edges in a single pass till now and accuracy was also an issue. In fact, Gaash specified that typically it can only be done through a “second printing process” which was very “time-consuming”.
The Edge Printing Technology works by dividing the chosen image on the basis of the number of pages. Subsequently, those slices of the images are printed onto the bleed area of the pages in question. According to Gaash, this functionality isn’t just an aesthetic gimmick. It also has practical applications.
Gaash suggests that using this feature to print show tickets will turn it into a sort of a security measure to counter fake printing of tickets. He also suggested that this feature can be used to print an image across the spines of multiple books if they’re part of a compendium. While the novel Edge Printing Technology is available to all owners of Indigo, the OEM says that it is best suited to 12000 and 10000 model owners.