Toshiba Launches Next-Generation e-STUDIO Color MFPs with e-BRIDGE Open-Development Platform

e-Studio 6550c

At its annual dealer meeting in Las Vegas, NV, Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) launched its next-generation color MFP family. The new color MFPs are based on Toshiba’s latest e-BRIDGE controller platform, a Linux-based platform for adding optional third-party software solutions, such as document-capture and workflow systems.

The e-BRIDGE platform also enables adding cloud-based scanning, so that users can scan to cloud-based worker collaboration services, as well as access cloud-stored documents from the MFP’s control panel.

The new MFPs consist of the e-STUDIO 5540c/6540c/6550c and e-STUDIO2040c/2540c/3040c/3540c/4540c.

Also new is a Toshiba Universal Print Driver, so that administrators can deploy a single print driver for their entire Toshiba fleet of imaging devices, simplifying installation, and enabling easier integration of new features by simply plugging them in without reinstalling the print driver.

Network and fleet management is provided with e-BRIDGE Fleet Management System v.5.1, which, among its capabilities, enables administrators to clone device settings from one e-STUDIO to many others, thus simplifying installation.

Security Provisions

Standard security provisions for the MFPs include:

  • Hard-drive AES IEEE 2600.1 encryption and hard-drive data overwrite.
  • Standard IP and MAC address filtering, which enables administrators to limit which computer workstations can access the MFP.
  • Role-based access control for restricting access by each user to the MFP without using a LDAP server.
  • Users’ ability to create secure Adobe PDFs with 128-bit AES data encryption.
  • SNMPv3 protocol, which employs authentication and encryption to protect SNMP packets from interception, spoofing, alteration or retransmission. IPSec protocol is optional.

TABS—which markets Toshiba-brand workgroup MFPs and also printer-based MFPs from Hewlett-Packard and Lexmark—also shared some of the new MFPs’ environmentally-friendly features:

  • Power consumption in sleep mode has been reduced to just 5 watts.
  • Overall reduction of power consumption by as much as 40 percent.
  • Constructed of 30-percent recycled plastics, which TABS says has contributed to a 21-percent reduction in carbon dioxide output.
  • Paper and toner waste reduction features such as Omit Blank Page and Outside Edge Erase.
  • Compliance with RoHS energy-conservation standards, as well as compliance with Energy Star Version 1.1. The MFPs also comply with Blue Angel Mark and other global environmental standards.

e-STUDIO6550c Series

Specifications are sketchy at this point for the new color MFPs, but the firm says it’s positioning the e-STUDIO6550c series for general office use, as well as for graphic-intensive environments (such as marketing and sales departments) and small-volume on-demand printing agencies. Maximum rated print speed for this series is up to 75 (black)/65 (color) ppm at 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution, with scanning at 600 x 600 dpi resolution. The systems feature a 10.4” color super VGA touch screen that includes one-touch access keys for accessing functions.

e-STUDIO4540c Series

The e-STUDIO4540c series has virtually all of the same features as the e-STUDIO6550c series, but models are rated at 20-45 ppm in both color and black at 600 x 2,400 dpi resolution, with scan resolutions at 600 x 600 dpi. Toshiba’s targeting this series at general-office environments where more than 30 percent of documents are printed in color.

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