New Xerox Document Scanners Use Image Processing Chip for Faster Document Scanning
Xerox is launching its new DocuMate 5445 ($895) and 5460 ($1,095 MSRP) document scanners that include On-Board Acuity PDF file, a built-in chip that Xerox says makes it faster for office workers to create clean, black-and-white images of their original documents. Functions such as cropping and removing blank pages are controlled by the chip, rather than by a connected PC, which Xerox says nearly doubles scanning efficiency.The scanners deliver optimized and compressed files to the PC workstation, reducing the amount of data transferred and processing time, with John Capurso, president and CEO at Visioneer, a Xerox licensing partner, noting, “Performing image processing in the scanner often drives up the price of scanners; however through technology advancements and engineering persistence, our customers will benefit from this new feature at no additional cost.”
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Xerox states that the inclusion of On-board Acuity means that the scanner uses built-in hardware chips, software, and memory to perform image processing prior to delivering any data to the scanner driver. Images are delivered and opened in the chosen software application, or stored in a repository already “cleaned up” and enhanced.
According to the firm, on-board Acuity processing ensures that the scanners maintain high scanning speeds even when multiple image processing functions have been selected. Image-processing functions are controlled by the on-board chip, rather than by the connected PC. That means users can utilize advanced image-processing functions, including dynamic thresholding, automatic cropping, automatic straightening, and blank-page removal, without sacrificing scanning speed, and nearly doubling the efficiency of their scanning workflows.
The Xerox DocuMate 5445 and 5460 with On-board Acuity also include three new features:
- Line smoothing – When scanning items that include very thin lines spaced closely together (such as a barcode or graphical pattern) at resolutions of 200 dpi or lower, there’s a chance that the lines could merge together into one larger line. To improve barcode readability, On-board Acuity now applies special logic to the data prior to and during the thresholding procedure to ensure that multiple thin lines remain clear and separate.
- Text-Brightness Adjustment – The text-brightness adjustment improves the visual quality of text on the page when scanning with a halftone or diffused threshold. Xerox says this new feature allows users to accurately reproduce photo elements in black-and-white images while still maintaining dark, crisp text.
- Enhanced Long-Document Support – The upgraded scanner hardware now has the ability to scan documents up to 150” in long document mode at up to 400 dpi (120”at 500 dpi, and 100” at 600 dpi). This is an increase of 50 percent over the previous limit of 100”.
The Xerox DocuMate 5445 and 5460 are compact desktop units, weighing only 8.8 lbs. and measuring 12.5″ wide x 8.2″ deep x 7.7″ high (9.3″ when equipped with paper-feed tray). The scanners also offer ultrasonic double-feed detection and “dog-ear” detection, so that they stop scanning when an image is obstructed due to a folded corner or extreme skewing. This feature can be temporarily bypassed to allow scanning of documents—such as envelopes—that would otherwise trigger errors.
The 45-ppm Xerox DocuMate 5445 document scanner is priced at $1,195 (U.S. MSRP), and the 60-ppm Xerox DocuMate 5460 is priced at $1,595. Both are available through online Xerox channel partners, value-added resellers, and major resellers.