Fujitsu ScanPartner 15C: Upgrade to Workgroup Productivity
Fujitsu has defined a new niche in the market for workgroup scanners. With the
introduction of the ScanPartner 15C at $995, Fujitsu brings the speed and convenience
that business users demand to the broad market ready to upgrade from their first scanner.
Workgroups can enjoy the benefits of 15 page-per-minute scanning speeds through the
Automatic Document Feeder, while retaining all the high-resolution color and grayscale
capabilities of a color flatbed scanner.
As images are becoming a standard element of business documents, the use of scanners is
dramatically increasing. The majority of scanners currently installed are flatbed models
which were fine when scanning was only occasionally necessary. As the need for scanning
capability increases, busy users demand more efficient solutions. It was acceptable to
scan at the rate of a one or two pages per minute when only a few pages were scanned per
week. When you need to scan ten or a hundred pages per day, you need a faster scanner.
The Fujitsu ScanPartner 15C is aimed squarely at the business user, and it comes
equipped for easy implementation in the today's office environment. The scanner package
includes a SCSI interface that is very easy to install in any PC running under Windows 95
or Windows NT 4.0. Software is also included to smoothly blend scanning and imaging
functionality directly into all Windows applications. Eastman's Imaging for Windows
Professional Edition software is included, allowing for instant implementation of scanning
into mainstream applications. This imaging package also includes Xerox TextBridge OCR
software for top-rated character recognition capability.
Now that imaging is becoming widely accepted as a natural component of all business
applications, the Fujitsu ScanPartner 15C represents a great value for workgroups who
have been suffering the limitations of first generation desktop scanners. The value of
imaging has been widely accepted, just as copying and faxing have become integral parts
of the business process. Paralleling the trend of earlier office automation devices which
improved in speed, convenience and productivity, the Fujitsu ScanPartner 15C is
designed to be the ideal upgrade for workgroup scanning solutions.
Introduction: Flatbeds Slow Imaging Efficiency
According to InfoTrends, flatbed scanners account for 19% of the corporate market for
scanners, and 79% of these scanners are being used for general purpose document imaging
applications. These scanners are relatively slow, and are the source of inefficiency in
workgroup employment of document imaging techniques. The largest cost of any imaging
application is the time and labor involved in the application, therefore slow, flatbed
scanners have the ultimate effect of greatly increasing these labor costs.
Compared to every other piece of automation equipment in the modern office, the flatbed
scanner is by far the slowest and most time-consuming device. For comparison, the last
time Xerox offered a copier with similar performance, where you laid a page on the glass
and a light flashed under it to make a few copies per minute, was the Xerox 914, which
was introduced almost 40 years ago.