A Closer Look at Canon’s New Third-Generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE Copier/MFP Family

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Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C256/356 II series

Back in February 2018, Canon U.S.A. announced its imageRUNNER ADVANCE Third-Generation 2nd Edition lineup, which features an emphasis on cloud connectivity and security, while also in February, Canon UK provided more details on the new copier/MFP family, which ranges from lower-volume color A4 MFPs for small and mid-size businesses, to a 100-ppm A3 monochrome copier/MFP for high-volume office/light production.

Canon Universal Firmware Platform and “Future Proofing”

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE Third-Generation 2nd Edition series operates on Canon’s Unified Firmware Platform (UFP), which is said to provide a more consistent user and management experience than before. “Always-on” monitoring is said to check for vulnerabilities before they emerge.

The Universal Firmware Platform also provides “future proofing,” as Canon says that with imageRUNNER Third-Generation 2nd Edition models, it will continually push its latest features and updates to them.

All models incorporate Canon’s MEAP platform for integrating with document, capture and output management solutions such as Canon’s uniFLOW.

Cloud Connectivity with Canon Uniflow Online Express

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE Third Generation 2nd Edition portfolio features various integrated solutions, including a scan-to-cloud and output-management solution, uniFLOW Online Express (standard), as well as device-based user-authentication solution, Universal Login Manager.

Administrators can track and report on activity and generate graphical reports in the uniFLOW Online Express portal. The dashboard provides drag-and-drop of widgets, and displays an overview of the organization’s print, scan, and copy environment, providing different detailed reports for users and devices.

uniFLOW Online Express allows administrators to track the organization’s print, copy, fax, and scan costs, enabling them to allocate document-imaging resources where most required.

The updated imageRUNNER ADVANCE portfolio can also integrate with other capture and document-management solutions including Canon uniFLOW and Therefore Online.

Security

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE Third Generation 2nd Edition platform also features security and fleet control.

User-authentication login at the MFP means even jobs sent from mobile devices can be held securely until released. To help prevent unauthorized distribution of information, various device functions can be disabled for individual users, while visual and audible Original Reminder notifications alert users when information from scanned originals is left at the device.

Canon says uniFLOW Online Express provides complete visibility over print behaviours, enabling administrators to manage print costs and limit or restrict access to features or devices by department, workgroup, or individual. Guest printing also enables secure mobile printing, without giving guests access to the company network.

Canon imageWARE Management Console

With imageWARE Management Console, users can remotely check device status and consumables. Users can also securely capture or print documents, and link their mobile devices directly into business workflows.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE portfolio provides multiple ways to connect to smart mobile devices, including QR Code pairing, optional Near Field Communication (NFC), and optional Bluetooth, plus support for mobile printing via Google Cloud Print, AirPrint, and Mopria.

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE models consist of:

imageRUNNER ADVANCE C256/356 II series: Three A4 color MFPs rated at  25 and 35 ppm, respectively.  Visit Canon here for more information and complete specifications.

imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 II series: Three A3 copier/MFPs models rated from 25 to 35 ppm. Visit Canon here for more information and complete specifications.

imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 II series: Five A3 color models rated at 35/40/50 and 60 ppm, respectively. Visit Canon here for more information and complete specifications.

imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7500 II series: Three high-volume A3 color models rated at 65/70/and 80 ppm, respectively. Visit Canon here for more information and complete specifications.

imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4500 II series: Four mid-volume A3 monochrome models rated at 25/35/45 and 51 ppm respectively.  Visit Canon here for more information and complete specifications.

imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6500 II series: Four high-volume A4 monochrome models rated at 55/65 and 75 ppm. Visit Canon here for more information and complete specifications.

imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8500 II series: Three high-volume/light-production A3 monochrome models rated at 85/95 and 100 ppm. Visit Canon here for more information and complete specifications.

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE series is now available; uniFLOW Online Express will be available in April 2018.

Our Take

What stands out for us is that even the lowest-end A4 MFPs in the imageRUNNER ADVANCE Third-Generation 2nd Edition feature an enterprise feature set – from standard security features, optional security features, state-of-the-art touch screen, as well as Canon’s MEAP platform, Canon Universal Firmware Platform and “future-proofing” with automatic updates, as well as integration with Canon’s Uniflow Online Express and imageWARE Management Console

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