The previous episode of Copiers and Printers: The Next Generation, explored new features you can expect from Sharp in the next year and how these features help boost productivity. In this episode, Tom Kappele, regional sales manager with Sharp Electronics Corp., shares his opinions on trends and what might be coming down the pike in the future with copiers and printers.
Looking Further Into the Future
Despite technological advances, we are a long way from being a paperless society. The number of printed pages worldwide is expected to remain steady over the next several years. As long as there is a need for printed documents, Sharp will develop and market new technology to make it easier, faster and more cost efficient for the customer. When you look at today’s devices compared to 5 or 10 years ago, the end user gets so much more for approximately the same amount of money.
Today’s multi-function printers (MFPs) are really more of a communications hub than just a copier or printer. Using these systems to their full capacity allows the user to copy, print and scan, as well as:
- Archive documents either locally or in the cloud
- Easily retrieve documents when needed
- Pull documents to the MFP from the network
- Browse the internet
- Set up automated document workflows to process inbound or outbound paperwork more efficiently.
In addition, they print with incredible image quality at a more cost-effective cost per page than ever before.
Sharp celebrated its 100-year anniversary last year. We have been successful all these years by continually evolving and adapting to technological advancements and also by listening to our customers. That core philosophy will not change. When developing new products and technologies, end user feedback to the authorized dealer or directly to Sharp is very important. In some cases this input can be used to enhance current products even more quickly through firmware updates. Staying in tune with dealer and end user needs is critical to our long-term success in a very competitive industry. Your feedback is important to us.
Share with us your feedback and the features you would like to see in future Sharp multi-function printers.