What is Digital Signage? Why not employ this valuable tool in your business ?

A digital sign is a video display with dynamic and variable content that can be updated and managed remotely over a network. Displays can be networked through media players and content updated through customizable content management. Digital signage is much more than a flat-screen display running full-screen TV or PowerPoint. It is about centrally controlling a network of displays relaying a specific message to an audience at the right time. Consider the local bank promoting interest rates and greetings; universities displaying directions and announcements; doctors' offices providing health tips to patients in a waiting room; and restaurants putting daily specials and chef features up for public view. The uses of this medium seem nearly endless.

Digital Signage is a very cost-effective delivery system for businesses of all kinds to further engage consumers. In a time when capturing the public's attention is increasingly difficult, use of digital signage can help your message stand out.

What Does a Digital Signage Solution Include?

  • Large Format Display
  • Digital Media Player
  • Content Management Software
  • Mounting System
  • Cables

Key Drivers for US Digital Signage Market

  • The eclipse of mass media, both broadcast and print, creates a demand for highly-visible, real-time advertising and information
  • The decline in display prices converging with advances in technology, make it a good time to branch into the digital-signage market
  • Increased efficiency of in-store sales promotions that use digital signage encourages investment and expansion into the market
  • Opportunity for top-line growth fosters investment in digital signage
  • Support for "event-based exposure" stokes adoption of digital signage
  • Integration of digital signage with in-store or company-centric databases enhances relevancy of content and stimulates growth
  • Focus on in-store and on-location experiences urges investment in digital signage
  • Requirement for more pervasive corporate communication spurs corporations to adopt this technology
  • The visibility available with digital signs allows for increased security at every level

Benefits of Digital Signage
Digital signs can draw consumer attention to key information and engage them with compelling video and promotional updates while reinforcing brand image. The increase of in-store sales promotions being delivered by this medium encourages investment and expansion into the market.

Digital signs are easy to use, reducing the time it takes to implement promotions and advertising. A digital sign can be updated within minutes instead of weeks.

Digital signs can be programmed to run different messages, rotating between displays. Messages can be varied throughout the day, keeping the audience's attention.

Versatility
Whether the business is looking for landscape, portrait or an entire video wall, there is a digital signage solution to fit every need.

Digital Signage Applications

  • Public Venues: Directions, transportation schedules, weather forecasts, emergency alerts, stock updates and more
  • Entertainment: event schedules and video footage
  • Advertising: promotions and product features
  • Corporate: Branding, employee communications, education about corporate mission, vision and values and reinforcing corporate identity

Vertical Applications
Corporate

  • Update sales targets, service levels, statistics and other metrics
  • Recognize employees and promote business partners
  • Post announcements and press releases
  • Promote your brand colors and logo

Education

  • Recognize donors and sponsors
  • Promote clubs, activities and campus events
  • Inform students of job fairs and recruiter visits
  • Highlight faculty and student achievements

Healthcare

  • Post facility announcements
  • Recognize employees
  • Update fundraising campaigns
  • Educate staff and patients about health-related topics

Banks

  • Introduce new products
  • Showcase current promotions
  • Advertise current rates for mortgages and savings accounts
  • Recognize employees

Restaurants

  • Display attractive, highly visible menus
  • Easily create and schedule daily menus
  • Post announcements for upcoming events
  • Promote your brand colors and logos

The Everyday Mailing Solution Formax Envelope Folder and Inserter FD 6102

The FD 6102 inserter offers the latest technology in entry-level tabletop inserters, making it possible for any business to automate its mailings. The affordability of this inserter eliminates the need to send out tens of thousands of mail pieces in order to justify the cost of automation. With the FD 6102, any size company can enjoy the benefits of automated folding and inserting.

 

Quiet operation and a compact, desktop design fits any office environment. A large, color touchscreen control panel with wizard job feature easily guides operators through setup and operation. Up to 15 jobs can be programmed so that recurring and frequent jobs can be processed with the push of a button.

 

Don’t waste any more valuable time and money manually folding and inserting. Automate your mailings with the FD 6102 and maximize your company’s efficiency.

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Lexmark Named Best Letter - Legal MFP Manufacturer by The Cannata Report

Winners of the 2017 Frank Awards are determined by The Cannata Report’s annual survey of the independent office equipment dealer community.

Lexmark, a global imaging solutions leader, today announced it was named Best A4 Multifunction Printer (MFP) Manufacturer by The Cannata Report at the publication’s 32nd Annual Awards & Charities Dinner, held Nov. 2 at The Madison Hotel in Morristown, New Jersey. The Cannata Report is an intelligence resource for imaging reseller principals and senior executives in the business technology, managed services and imaging industry.

“We are very honored to receive this award,” said Greg Chavers, vice president, North America Dealer Channel Sales, Lexmark. “Lexmark is committed to listening to our dealers and we’re proud to be recognized by them for delivering world-class technology and unmatched sales and service support.”

“Dealers have quite a few options when it comes to their A4 hardware provider, but only one company stood out when we asked them to identify the Best A4 MFP Manufacturer,” said Scott Cullen, editor-in-chief of The Cannata Report. “Our survey revealed that Lexmark stood out in this category for the quality of their service and support to the independent dealer channel.”

“The Cannata Report congratulates Lexmark on this recognition and everyone at Lexmark should be proud of their efforts in meeting and exceeding the needs of their dealers,” Cullen added.

Winners of the 2017 Frank Awards are determined by The Cannata Report’s annual survey of the independent office equipment dealer community. The 277 resellers representing an array of MFP vendors and U.S. regions, ranked their primary and secondary vendors in four key performance categories: corporate support, distribution, product line and inventory.

"At Lexmark we are committed to winning with our dealers and providing the innovative technology to help grow new business together," said Clark Bugg, director, North America Dealer Channel Sales, Lexmark. "This award serves as validation for the hard work and commitment of the Lexmark team to provide best of breed solutions for our dealer network."

The Frank Awards' “Best A4 MFP Manufacturer” category acknowledges manufacturers providing the best overall hardware, software, services and technical support. “Best A4 Manufacturer” category selections are identified by survey respondents for offering industry-leading A4 MFPs backed by stellar service and support.

About Lexmark
Lexmark creates innovative imaging solutions and technologies that help customers worldwide print, secure and manage information with ease, efficiency and unmatched value. Open the possibilities at Lexmark.com.

Lexmark and the Lexmark logo are trademarks of Lexmark International, Inc., registered in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About The Cannata Report
Since its launch in 1982, The Cannata Report has been the leading intelligence resource for imaging reseller principals and senior executives within the business technology, managed services and imaging industry. The Cannata Report’s media portfolio is anchored by its print edition and http://www.TheCannataReport.com. TCR is on all social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

The Cannata Report is owned and operated by parent company Marketing Research Consultants LLC.

Canon brings cloud connectivity to the imageFORMULA DR-C225W

Canon Announces imageFORMULA DR-C225W Office Document Scanner New scanner with built-in wireless capability helps professionals modernize paper-based processes

Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the imageFORMULA DR-C225W, an innovative new document scanner with built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity.1 Featuring a sleek, space-saving design, this scanner helps improve the efficiency of information management and streamlines workflows in multiple industries, including legal services, financial services and healthcare.
Scanning at up to 25 pages-per-minute (ppm) 2 in color, black & white, and grayscale and both sides of an item in a single pass, the DR-C225W's built-in Wi-Fi feature helps reduce cable clutter and permits users to easily scan and transfer paper-based information directly to select PCs, Macs, smartphones, tablets and various mobile devices. This allows individuals or small workgroups to speed up and modernize paper-based processes, helping to increase efficiency and productivity. Wi-Fi works not only in Windows® and Mac® environments, but also with mobile iOS devices, such as iPads® or iPhones®, and Android devices,3 using the free downloadable Canon CaptureOnTouch Mobile app.4
"Mobile devices now outnumber personal computers in today's market and mobile technologies are changing the way people work," said Jon Reardon, Group Director of Office Document Technology Services at InfoTrends. "This transition toward increased mobility makes it critical for businesses to be able to effortlessly scan, store and access their documents from various devices. Canon's imageFORMULA DR-C225W scanner with Wi-Fi® connectivity will allow businesses to digitalize their paper-based information and easily retrieve it from virtually any location."
The new DR-C225W scanner's versatile capabilities make it a steadfast companion for a variety of industries. For example, healthcare professionals can scan medical records, photographs, EKG strips or insurance cards to assist in establishing comprehensive patient records thereby improving continuity of patient care. The scanner can also streamline workflows for legal and financial professionals with its ability to convert, store and maintain important client documentation such as proofs of deposit, claim forms, contracts and signature verification forms.
Overall, scanning and converting documents to digital format can help reduce paper, and help users improve costs, efficiency, productivity, organization, collaboration and information management.
"In order to maximize efficiency and organization in today's business environment, it is a necessity for offices to seamlessly digitalize their documents and records," stated Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. "With a compact, non-intrusive design, the imageFORMULA DR-C225W scanner is an excellent solution to any office looking to improve its productivity and record keeping."
Space-Saving Design This slim, narrow scanner's upright design and wireless capability is ideal for environments where desk space is at a premium. With top feeding and default top eject, the imageFORMULA DR-C225W scanner has a very small operational footprint and its Wi-Fi connectivity can help reduce the number of cables cluttering a workspace.
Ease of Use Not only can the DR-C225W scanner effectively handle a variety of documents, including long documents up to 118-inches, it is also designed to provide an easy user experience. With minimal setup required, intuitive front-side forward, top-up item feeding and the ability to detect when double-feeds occur, the DR-C225W scanner helps ensure that no data is lost so users can quickly complete jobs with little intervention or oversight.
Additionally, wireless capability helps broaden connectivity options, allowing users to route scanned images directly to third-party cloud applications5 such as Evernote™, Microsoft® SharePoint®, Dropbox, SugarSync, Google Drive™, and OneDrive. This scanner is also bundled with ISIS® and TWAIN drivers for easy integration with third-party software applications.
Outstanding Image Quality Several features allow the imageFORMULA DR-C225W scanner to deliver precise, high-quality images. These features can improve the legibility of hard-to-read documents through clear font outlining and bolding, crop shadows and straighten scanned images. For mixed batches of documents, the scanner can automatically detect color sheets, as well as automatically adjust the output resolution for text sheets verses photographs.
Fulfillment of Environmental Standards Canon U.S.A. holds itself to rigid standards for minimizing the impact its products have on the environment, and the imageFORMULA DR-C225W scanner is no exception. The DR-C225W scanner meets ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency and complies with both the EU RoHS and WEEE directives for the reduction of hazardous substances and waste products.6
Availability The imageFORMULA DR-C225W Office Document Scanner is available now for a manufacturer's suggeted price. $549.  Call Phoenix for specials and promotions.

Lexmark Honored With Three Manufacturing Leadership Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky.

Lexmark International, a global technology leader, took home three Manufacturing Leadership Awards, including two High Achiever Awards, at the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala held June 8 in Carlsbad, Calif.

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  • The Manufacturing Leadership Awards celebrate outstanding products completed by a manufacturing company. The awards are part of a celebration that concludes the annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit.
  • The first High Achiever award came in the Enterprise Technology Leadership category for Lexmark’s Enterprise social networking project utilizing the Jive social collaboration platform. It allows for comments and questions increasing the opportunity for a two-way dialogue between employees and executives.
  • The second High Achiever award was in the Sustainability Leadership category for Lexmark’s TonerPave project, which used recycled toner from Lexmark printers to make asphalt. The asphalt is a composite incorporating waste toner and other recycled materials. Recycled toner improves asphalt quality and performance by making it less susceptible to cracking and rutting that occur at extreme temperatures. In addition, it provides an environmental benefit of a producing a low-carbon asphalt at no additional cost.
  • Lexmark also received an award in the Customer Value Leadership for Customer Set-Up Transformation category, for a global process that incorporates and operationalizes written customer contracts improving the ordering of products, services and billing. This new process has reduced the customer set up time by 70 percent. And it improves the customer experience by shipping and delivering product to the customer more quickly.
  • This is the fourth consecutive year Lexmark has earned three awards, the most a single company can win in a calendar year.
  • The Manufacturing Leadership Council from Frost & Sullivan is the world’s first member-driven global business leadership network dedicated to senior executives in the manufacturing industry.

Why Quality Paper matters in your office machines.

Why Quality Paper matters in your office machines.

I have a copier service customer who used to buy paper by the truckload because it was the cheaper way to go. One day, he called me out for copier repairs. I carefully checked the machine, made some tweaks and adjusted the registration, confident that would take care of the problem. Just a few days later, he called me because the machine had stopped working again. When I took another look, I found the registration I had just adjusted was off once more.

Then, I grabbed a stack of his paper, that “truckload stuff,” and measured it. Guess what? It was cut 1/16-in. too short and was flopping around in the paper drawer. And that’s all it takes to throw off a copier or a printer.

Bottom line: quality paper will save you money in the long run. Why?

Quality copy paper has a uniform cut and size. As my paper-by-the-truckload example illustrates, cheap paper can stop your copiers and printers from functioning. Not only will you have paper jams galore, you’re also likely to have lots of service calls.

Quality paper keeps your machine cleaner longer. Cheap paper gives off a lot of dust that builds up inside a copier or multi-function printer. This, too, will result in paper jams and machine breakdowns.

Quality paper keeps its shape. Cheap paper tends to have a higher moisture content that curls the paper. And, you guessed it – this leads to paper jams and other problems.

Ergotrons FitForward Program FitForward™

Ergotrons FitForward Program

FitForward™

Paying FitForward from the workplace to classroom

Ergotron sit-stand workstations are putting computer workers around the world on a trajectory toward improved wellness and productivity. Now we’re bringing those same life-changing benefits to future generations with our FitForward program.

Fit Forward Program

Your purchase helps provide classrooms with complimentary LearnFit® student desks. Now students can easily experience the benefits of moving more. Together, we can give our children the benefits of active learning, decrease their sitting time, and put them on a path to a lifetime of wellness.

Formax presents the FD 430 Envelope Sealer

Formax presents the FD 430 Envelope Sealer

The FD 430 Envelope Sealer streamlines the mailing process by moistening and sealing envelopes in a single pass, eliminating the need for sponges or glue sticks. This reduces labor costs and increases productivity. The FD 430 features a heavy-duty metal base, a precision moistening roller, and a variable speed control knob. The adjustable infeed tray handles envelopes up to 9 1/2 inches wide, and up to 16 millimeters thick. 

In addition, the FD 430 has the ability to process both stacked and nested envelopes with ease, up to 18,000 per hour based on envelope size.

Forget the days of labor-intensive sealing envelopes by hand; streamline your mail flow with the FD 430 Envelope Sealer from Formax.

About Formax: 

Formax equipment and solutions are utilized in companies of all sizes and vertical markets from Fortune 500 companies to schools, municipalities, state and federal agencies. The Formax product line is proudly offered through a dealer network across the United States and internationally. In addition, Formax also provides turn-key product design and manufacturing services to organizations looking to outsource these resources.

Contact today to learn more. 

imageFORMULA ScanFront 400 CAC/PIV Networked Document Scanner

The imageFORMULA ScanFront 400 CAC/PIV networked document scanner is a highly secure, full-featured, compact device for easily capturing, converting, and distributing documents. This scanner is designed to help improve the security of information being shared across federal networks while maintaining information quality, increasing manageability, and helping to lower costs. Replacement for the imageFORMULA ScanFront 400 CAC/PIV networked document scanner.                    

Contact Phoenix for more information.

Expert Features

 

  • User authentication
    • Via CAC/PIV-compliant cards
      • PKI uses Kerberos
  • Digital signatures
    • Digitally sign emails, non-repudiation
  • Data encryption
    • Send secure emails
  • Automatic log-off upon removal of CAC/PIV card
  • Kensington lock slot
  • No hard-drive
    • No locally store information

SurgeX Doubles Down on Large Format UPS Solutions

 

SurgeX Doubles Down on UPS Solutions With New SurgeX Large-Format Models

Contact Phoenix today to protect your office against power failure. 

UPS solutions offer dealers robust, installation-wide backup power options that improve customer experience and decrease interruption

Knightdale, NC, June 6, 2017 – AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection (ESP), a leader in advanced power protection solutions, today announces the most recent additions to its SurgeX line of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, a suite of large-format UPS products. Now available in three new sizes – 10,000 volt-amps (10kVA), 15,000 volt-amps (15kVA), 20,000 volt-amps (20kVA) – the new SurgeX large-format UPS product line offers truly comprehensive protection and carry over for all mission critical systems.

The new models feature online double-conversion technology in addition to an integrated isolation transformer. This helps to ensure that if power from the utility or generator is dirty, unstable or lost, connected systems will continue to receive isolated and regenerated power for system availability and peak performance.

Once installed, the units are always on and ready at a moment’s notice to carry over until an alternative power source is engaged, until safe shutdown is completed or until a load shed is completed by safely powering down high-consumption components and leaving only the critical systems online thereby expanding run time. Once the UPS system is engaged, information on the load, runtime, system health and other metrics is instantly available via IP, closures, and RS 232 supported methods.

For installation environments with backup power generators installed, a large-scale UPS solution is critical. Backup generators do not provide power precisely at the moment of the outage due to their exercise period. During that window, total loss of power can force the entire system to go down, often times, locking up the system to the point that a hard reboot is needed to restore functionality.

Additionally, generators provide very dirty power, which can fluctuate depending on the components drawing power from the generator. In addition to spontaneous outages, noisy power is a common power condition than can damage the sensitive electronics within AV systems and result in unnecessary replacement and repair or system-wide lockups.

“Generators are not a replacement for the grid. If an installation calls for a backup generator, our new large-format UPS solutions serve as a bridge between the service being supplied by the utility and power from the generator by keeping the entire system online until the alternative source is able to supply on-going power. Installed between the generator and the AV system, our large-format UPS solutions completely isolate and regenerate the AC output to ensure availability of the connected gear,” comments Rick Komendera, Manager, Sales, for AMETEK ESP.

To help dealers select the best SurgeX large-format UPS solution for their installation or project, AMETEK ESP has partnered with installers to verify load calculations and double check other environmental factors to ensure the correct solution is installed. For installations that require the largest 20 kVA model, SurgeX provides dealers with a complimentary white-glove service, which includes an on-site visit to discuss best practices and ensure the solution is wired and provisioned correctly. On-site support for the 10kVA and 15kVA models is also available to dealers for an additional fee.

“Our ability to offer the new SurgeX large-format UPS solutions results directly from our acquisition over a year ago by AMETEK, Inc.,” notes Dave Perrotta, Director, Business Manager, for AMETEK ESP. “We’re extremely pleased to capitalize on the success of our rackmounted 1kVA, 2kVA, and 3kVA lineup by introducing our large-format solutions.

“In just over a year, we’ve doubled our offerings to USP customers and are excited to continue offering new and innovative solutions that meet all of our customers power needs,” he adds. AMETEK ESP will display its SurgeX large-format UPS solutions, which are available now, at InfoComm 2017 in booth 1618. For more information, please visit espsurgex.com

About AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection

AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection (ESP) is a leader in advanced power protection, intelligent diagnostics, remote monitoring solutions, and offers a complete power protection portfolio for the business equipment, document imaging, and audio visual industries.

AMETEK ESP is a unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of approximately $4.0 billion. To learn more about AMETEK ESP, visit espsurgex.com

Phoenix protects your machines with only the finest Power Protection you can buy!

 

ESP SurgeX products are only sold through office machine suppliers. Our solutions come with an automatic lifetime repair or replace warranty covering your critical machines.

 Who We Are 

Two brands. Endless solutions.

For over 30 years, ESP / SurgeX has manufactured premium energy intelligence and power protection solutions. Our award-winning portfolio helps businesses worldwide to lower service costs and improve the reliability and profitability of critical equipment. From the Hubble Space Telescope Center to Yankee Stadium, industry leaders have relied on our patented technology to reduce downtime, manage services, and enhance the operations of their business.

Company Overview

  • Proud “Made in the USA” manufacturer

  • Award-winning product portfolio

  • Industrial grade, patented technology

  • Proven ROI and uptime

  • Tested, approved, and endorsed by industry OEMs

  • ISO 9001:2008 Certified

  • Sales, service, and go-to-market programs

  • Innovative research and development

Solutions Portfolio

  • Network administration & device management

  • Power protection solutions
    – IP enabled power management
    – Information technology solutions
    – Energy management
    – Technical service diagnostic intelligence
    – Power protection & distribution

  • Battery backup

  • Specialty power solutions

  • ESP SurgeX

Lexmark Named Best Letter - Legal MFP Manufacturer by The Cannata Report

Winners of the 2017 Frank Awards are determined by The Cannata Report’s annual survey of the independent office equipment dealer community.

Lexmark, a global imaging solutions leader, today announced it was named Best A4 Multifunction Printer (MFP) Manufacturer by The Cannata Report at the publication’s 32nd Annual Awards & Charities Dinner, held Nov. 2 at The Madison Hotel in Morristown, New Jersey. The Cannata Report is an intelligence resource for imaging reseller principals and senior executives in the business technology, managed services and imaging industry.

“We are very honored to receive this award,” said Greg Chavers, vice president, North America Dealer Channel Sales, Lexmark. “Lexmark is committed to listening to our dealers and we’re proud to be recognized by them for delivering world-class technology and unmatched sales and service support.”

“Dealers have quite a few options when it comes to their A4 hardware provider, but only one company stood out when we asked them to identify the Best A4 MFP Manufacturer,” said Scott Cullen, editor-in-chief of The Cannata Report. “Our survey revealed that Lexmark stood out in this category for the quality of their service and support to the independent dealer channel.”

“The Cannata Report congratulates Lexmark on this recognition and everyone at Lexmark should be proud of their efforts in meeting and exceeding the needs of their dealers,” Cullen added.

Winners of the 2017 Frank Awards are determined by The Cannata Report’s annual survey of the independent office equipment dealer community. The 277 resellers representing an array of MFP vendors and U.S. regions, ranked their primary and secondary vendors in four key performance categories: corporate support, distribution, product line and inventory.

"At Lexmark we are committed to winning with our dealers and providing the innovative technology to help grow new business together," said Clark Bugg, director, North America Dealer Channel Sales, Lexmark. "This award serves as validation for the hard work and commitment of the Lexmark team to provide best of breed solutions for our dealer network."

The Frank Awards' “Best A4 MFP Manufacturer” category acknowledges manufacturers providing the best overall hardware, software, services and technical support. “Best A4 Manufacturer” category selections are identified by survey respondents for offering industry-leading A4 MFPs backed by stellar service and support.

About Lexmark
Lexmark creates innovative imaging solutions and technologies that help customers worldwide print, secure and manage information with ease, efficiency and unmatched value. Open the possibilities at Lexmark.com.

Lexmark and the Lexmark logo are trademarks of Lexmark International, Inc., registered in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About The Cannata Report
Since its launch in 1982, The Cannata Report has been the leading intelligence resource for imaging reseller principals and senior executives within the business technology, managed services and imaging industry. The Cannata Report’s media portfolio is anchored by its print edition and http://www.TheCannataReport.com. TCR is on all social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

The Cannata Report is owned and operated by parent company Marketing Research Consultants LLC.