Sharp Rolls Out New Color Copier/MFPs, MWA Intelligence Partnership, New Software at National Dealer Meeting

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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) reports that at its National Dealer Meeting held December 3-6 in San Antonio, Texas, it exhibited new color  copier/MFPs, and announced new partnerships and new software offerings, in an event designed to differentiate its brand from the competition.

“Our conference is focused on helping our dealerships gain a better understanding of the company’s direction and to expand both their personal and professional network,” commented Doug Albregts, president of Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America.

Sharp says that it announced new integrated products and solutions through partner programs that provide expanded products and solutions that dealers can offer through one unified purchasing channel. It says the channel will bring value through integrated product offerings of numerous solutions, including cost-accounting and access-control, document-management, workflow, security, production printing, and more.

New Family of Color Copier/MFPs

Sharp showcased a new series of 10 mid-to-high-volume color copier/MFPs in two distinct varieties: the Advanced Series and Essentials Series. Built on a clean-sheet, single-engine design, a common interface to minimize learning curves. All 10 also models feature common toner supplies.

Sharp rates the MX-3070N, MX-3570N, MX-4070N, MX-5070N and MX-6070N at 30 ppm, 35 ppm, 40 ppm, 50 ppm, and 60-ppm, respectively and document scanning at up to 200 images per minute. There’s also a walk-up motion sensor that brings the copier/MFPs into ready condition within 10 seconds.

The new models are also equipped with Sharp’s next-generation touchscreen display, and with Easy Copy and Easy Scan screens, as well as quick access to an integrated on-board operation guide, and also integrate the latest version of Sharp OSA development technology for integration with network applications and cloud services.

Security includes Sharp’s multi-layered security features, which can help ensure the customers’ intellectual property and personal information is protected from the first day of operation to the time of trade-in.

Color Essential Series: MX-3050N, MX-3550N, MX-4050N, MX-5050N and MX-6050N

Built on the same engine platform as the color Advanced Series, the color Essentials Series MX-3050N, MX-3550N, MX-4050N, MX-5050N, and MX-6050N are designed for cost-conscious customers, providing out-of-box copying, network printing, and network scanning at speeds of 30 ppm, 35 ppm, 40 ppm, 50 ppm, and 60 ppm, respectively.

The new MX-3070N, MX-3570N and MX-4070N Advanced Series color copier/MFPs are available immediately for purchase via authorized Sharp dealers and direct sales. The MX-3050N, MX-3550N and MX4050N Essentials Series color document systems will be available in the first quarter of 2016. The MX-5070N and MX-6070N Advanced Series and the MX-5050N and MX-5060N Essentials Series will be available in the second quarter of 2016.

Monochrome High-Speed and Light Production “Goes Pro”

Stating that it’s strengthening its foothold in the light production-printing market, Sharp showed the newest additions to the Pro Series lineup, the MX-M1055 and MX-M1205 Monochrome Document Systems. These new models will be available with EFI’s latest Fiery controller technology, and feature Sharp’s signature 15.4″ (diagonally measured) touch-screen display with full control of Fiery Command Workstation at the control panel .

Broader Mix of Products and Services through Strategic Relationships

Sharp says it’ll help its dealers gain new clients and provide more services by offering a broader mix of products and services. The relationships included those with Clover, Fujitsu, and Tech Data Mobile Solutions, and Sharp also showcased its Partner Program members. Member offerings on display included cost-accounting and access-control, document-management, workflow, security, and production printing.

New Solutions and Software

Sharp highlighted its content-management tool Cloud Portal Office (CPO) at the event, and previewed CPO’s ability to link with automated document-capture tools, such as those from Drivve, Prism, and Fujitsu. Through this type of integration, Sharp dealers will be able to provide a turnkey capture and content-management solution. Sharp also previewed its own Kayleigh Job Accounting Software. The software offers an entry-level, cost-management solution that helps organizations manage, monitor, and track print and scan activities to optimize usage.

MWA Intelligence Partnership

Sharp announced that MWA Intelligence Inc. (MWAi), a master value-added reseller (MVAR) and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for SAP Business One, and a leader in enterprise resource planning software (ERP), has integrated FORZA solutions with the Sharp MICAS platform.

According to Sharp, MICAS (Machine Intelligence Call Assistance System) service makes device-management practically hands free. MICAS is a cloud-based device-management application that uses Sharp’s Remote Email Diagnostics (R.E.D.) to collect device data and alerts while offering remote-service capabilities and OEM device support via the MICAS Agent, a locally installed software at the customer site.

“FORZA, integrated with MICAS, provides a seamless and unprecedented means of communication from the customer and ultimately removes manual, on-site support with remote help desk initiatives,” commented Michael T. Stramaglio, president and CEO of MWA Intelligence, Inc. “With the innovative technologies designed and developed by Sharp and MWAi’s open-architecture FORZA platform, the integration was the next logical progression to bring service and ERP together as one solution.”

MWAi FORZA with SAP Business One is a complete, integrated ERP that provides transparency and instant visibility into operations. The FORZA solution helps dealerships to better unify, manage and control their entire business across financials, sales, customers and operations.

“MICAS, on its own, is a powerful and much needed solution for the customer and dealer, and provides detailed insight into the hardware and client network. Sharp continues to provide solutions to enhance customer experience,” said Michael Marusic, SVP of Marketing, Operations and Service at Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “MICAS integrated with FORZA provides the dealer and client with increased customer uptime and first call efficiency as well as a strong sense of intelligent machine and network support.”

Blackboard Parntership

Sharp announced a partnership with Blackboard, Inc., an education-technology company, to enhance paper-to-digital workflows in the higher education and K – 12 environments

Sharp’s integration with Blackboard’s flagship learning-management system, Blackboard Learn, will enable students to print and scan assignments from any connected Sharp copier/MFP directly to the students’ Blackboard Learn courses. This streamlined process will ultimately help increase the timeliness of student assignment submissions.

Sharp says it also plans to support online course development, giving educators the ability to add original electronic and scanned materials directly into Blackboard Learn courses via Sharp Cloud Portal Office.

In support of the partnership, Blackboard has joined Sharp’s Strategic Technology Alliance Resource (STAR) program, a directory of third-party products and services that complement Sharp’s professional-display products. Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard’s Web=conferencing solution built for education, can be displayed on the Sharp AQUOS BOARD interactive display system.

Sharp’s integration with Blackboard Learn is targeted to launch in the spring 2016.

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