MFP technology that’s not bound by convention

Technological advancement is accelerating at a rapid pace and it’s not just consumer gadgets that are making a leap forward. Office technology is the backbone of our working lives and it has its own exciting advancements and world firsts.

As a product manager at Ricoh, I see first-hand developments that come from working for a global technology innovator. The challenge of speed is everywhere these days and it can be difficult to keep up but businesses must innovate and evolve to become better positioned in times of change.

Ricoh has a rich history in innovation and being first to market with products and solutions. In the 1980s we were the first to introduce Multifunctional Printers (MFPs), reducing energy, waste and cost associated with multiple standalone print devices. Today they are the staple of the office environment and, if you pardon the pun, that’s where our next world first comes in.

World’s first stapleless stapler
Last week Ricoh launched a new range of hyper-efficient colour MFPs that include a unique stapleless stapler inner finisher – a world first! It allows up to five sheets of paper to be bound using a punch and press technique rather than using staples. What may seem like a small detail provides a host of benefits such as:

  • No supplies and no waste of staples – no running out of staples either
  • No need to take off staples when shredding bound documents
  • Less work taking off staples and less damage to documents when copying/scanning bound documents
  • Less bulky when finished documents are piled on a desk

For people who work with lots of documents it’s the ultimate finisher, making everything much more efficient and effective. The new devices also have productivity improvements, security and environmental benefits that you’d expect from Ricoh technology. But what I like most about this latest innovation is the attention to detail – no stone is left unturned in the hunt for improvements in the way we work – even the humble staple isn’t safe now.

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