OKI Data Goes Cloud, Mobile, and Secure with Latest New Desktop Printer and MFP

OKI MC573dn color desktop MFP.

OKI Data Americas today introduced its first office-imaging devices for 2017, the C532dn, a desktop color printer, and the MC573dn, a “smart” color MFP. Both A4 desktop devices, which are available through OKI dealers, print on up to 8.5″ x 14″ media, and are geared for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) for general office and for printing marketing and graphic-arts materials in-house. They’re said to feature the cloud- and mobile-connectivity previously only available with much more expensive A3 MFPs that print and scan on up to 11″ x 17″ media.

Features of note for both devices include:

  • Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) compliance, ensuring documents are safely sent and received.
  • A Private Print encryption function that adds an additional layer of security to keep sensitive documents confidential, while an optional Card Release requires user identification at the device to prevent unauthorized print jobs.
  • Mobile printing support via Google Cloud Print 2.0 and Apple AirPrint.
  • Gigabit Ethernet network interface; optional high-speed wireless LAN; Wi-Fi direct printing.
  • Up to 52″ banner printing and support for a variety of heavy paper stock.
  • Optional paper trays, increasing paper capacity up to 1,410 sheets.

Both devices use OKI’s toner-based LED (light emitting diode) printing technology, which employs fewer moving parts versus toner-based laser printing, thus resulting in better reliability. In an online Webinair held for analysts yesterday, OKI Data Americas executives stressed that reliability is a key feature for SMBs, which may typically have limited IT resources, and that the new OKI devices are designed for robust reliability not only with their LED-printing, but also with 24/7 U.S.-based customer support, and competitive warranties.

C532dn Desktop Color Printer

The desktop C532dn color printer is said to feature a new print engine and a quiet mode. It’s rated at up to 31 (black-and-white)/31 (color) ppm. It uses a black (K) toner cartridge rated to yield up to 7,000 pages, and cyan, yellow, and magenta (CYM) toner cartridges that are each rated to yield up to 6,000 pages. Four imaging drums are also required, and they’re each rated to yield up to 30,000 pages. As new features become available, they can automatically be incorporated via the OKI portal. Other features include:

  • 1 GB of memory, which supports printing of graphics-intensive documents.
  • Deep Sleep mode for saving energy, and Auto-Off mode, which automatically powers the printer down to less than 0.5 watts of energy usage when not in use.
  • Toner Save function said to reduce toner usage and costs when printing draft or internal documents.

For more information and complete specifications, visit OKI here.

MC573dn Smart Desktop Color MFP

The MC573dn smart MFP is essentially the MFP version of the C532dn printer, printing at up to 31 ppm and using the same consumables, but adding copy, fax, and scan, as well as a 7″ customizable touch screen and cloud connectivity.

It  features OKI’s smart Extendable Platform sXP2 Open architecture platform for incorporating optional cost-control and document-management applications. It also features SENDYS Document Explorer Lite software  that enables users to convert scanned documents into various file formats (TXT, TIFF, PNG, JPEG, searchable PDF and PDF/A; OCR is provided), and then distribute and/or upload these converted documents to chosen locations, such as to the SENDYS Document Portal, email recipients, network folders, cloud sites, and document-management systems. There’s also optional connectors for Microsoft Office 365, Google Drive, and Dropbox, for scanning to, accessing, and printing documents from accounts at these cloud-based document-storage and sharing Web sites.

As with the C532dn printer, the MC573dn also features:

  • 1 GB of memory, which supports printing of graphics-intensive documents.
  • Deep Sleep mode for saving energy and Auto-Off mode, which automatically powers the printer down to less than 0.5W when not in use.
  • Toner Save function reduces cost when printing draft or internal documents.

For more information and complete specifications on the MC573dn, visit OKI here.

As noted, both devices support Google Cloud Print 2.0 mobile printing, which features a Local Mode. With conventional Google Cloud Print mobile printing, the Web-connected printer sends the print job to a Google server, which manages print jobs; once the print job is completed, it’s deleted from the server.

Google Cloud Print 2.0’s Local Mode is more similar to Apple AirPrint mobile printing, and keeps print-traffic in the customer’s environment. Printers that support Local Mode manage their own print queues, pushing back on clients (PCs, tablets, smartphones) as needed, and announcing  their presence to all clients within the local subnet. They have an HTTP server to provide detailed self-description, and to accept print jobs.

OKI says that target sectors for the new printer and MFP will typically include SMBs, as well as in particular, enterprises with many locations, such as the medical, education, insurance, and finance sectors.

The C532dn and MC573dn extend OKI Data Americas’ latest portfolio of color printers and MFPs launched in November 2016: the MC363dn, C332dn, C612 Series and the C712dn.

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