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What are HyPAS apps?

hypas appsKyocera have recently began to introduce HyPAS apps for their range of multifunction printers, but what are HyPAS apps and – more importantly – what can they add to your print setup?

First of all, to get the basics out of the way, the term HyPAS stands for ‘Hybrid Platform for Advanced Solutions’.

HyPAS  is a powerful software solution platform, that allows you to optimise the performance of your Kyocera multifunction printer through various applications – so the device to suit your needs perfectly!

To get a simple idea of what HyPAS apps actually are, simply compare it to your PC or smartphone, which comes with a pre-defined set of functions.  To improve and tailor your PC or smartphone to your specific needs, you enhance it by downloading apps – and that, essentially, is what HyPAS apps are.

The HyPAS apps have been developed in Java by Kyocera to help their multifunction devices perform better through expanding their capabilities.  There are a selection of HyPAS apps, which, when installed onto an MFP, can be accessed via a simple touch-screen operation to address your print needs.  You can have up to five HyPAS apps per machine, too.

Speaking about the HyPAS apps, Sarah White, Kyocera’s Product Marketing Manager, said: “These new HyPAS apps offer real enhancements to SOHO and SME businesses by improving the way in which everyone in the company, however small, uses and shares their documents.

“Smaller businesses can now benefit from the type of solutions which larger organisations use on a daily basis. Each app has been designed with SMEs in mind so affordability and accessibility were key factors taken into consideration.”

Easy to install, with minimal or no server requirement, HyPAS apps can deliver an efficient digital workflow, help you control costs, secure processes and gain the competitive edge.

Keep an eye out for future news posts where we will be taking a look at each individual HyPAS app on offer from Kyocera.

INTRODUCING: New Epson business scanners

epson business scannersThree new colour A4 sheet-fed Epson business scanners have been introduced by the manufacturer, bringing increased speed and reliability to the document capture and digitisation process.

The Epson WorkForce DS-860, Epson WorkForce DS-860N and the Epson WorkForce DS-560 are the Epson business scanners now available at Printerbase!

Supported by Epson’s Document Capture Pro software and its multiple platform connectors, these new Epson business scanners can be integrated into any document management system. The software also offers functionality such as automatic de-skew, text enhancement, JPEG compression and the creation of searchable PDFs. Full zonal optical character recognition (OCR) allows for the automatic identification of pre-set document areas such as invoice numbers or barcodes to further streamline document identification, separation and processing.

If you use a scanner regularly in your office, then the Epson WorkForce DS-860 and DS-860N are your best options.

The WorkForce DS-860, and its networked counterpart, the DS-860N, both offer scan speeds of 65 pages per minute, or 130 images per minute when scanning in duplex, even at 300dpi, as well as features such as Smart Feed Technology to detect and alert users if more than one page has fed through the scanner. Both of these Epson business scanners are ideal for environments that require fast, high volume ‘batch scan’ capabilities.

The networked version of these Epson business scanners comes with a Network Interface Unit that enables Push Scan functionality, allowing the set-up of pre-determined tasks that reduce end-user requirements and ensure that all scans associated with these pre-set jobs, such as ‘invoices’, ‘contracts’ or ‘questionnaires’, are stored correctly and can be automatically processed. Alternatively, simple ‘scan to’ options, such as ‘scan to email’ or ‘scan to SharePoint’ can be pre-set and easily selected.

If your office scans in much lower volumes, or if it’s a small workgroup, then the Epson WorkForce DS-560 is the way to go.

The Epson WorkForce DS-560 brings Wi-Fi connectivity to the document capture process. This Epson business scanner is ideally suited to smaller workgroups and front-of-house environments where scanning is required in lower volumes, but where there is still a need for easy file integration into document management systems. The product features a new mobile application, allowing users to scan documents directly to mobile devices, as well as useful functions such as automatic detection of multiple sheets being fed into the scanner.

Kelvin Reynolds, of Epson, says: “These new scanners bring increased speeds, reliability and functionality to our already impressive range of Epson business scanners.

“Their small footprints ensure they easily fit into even the most space confined environments, while their bundled software and available connectors mean they seamlessly integrate into any document management system.”

Get the Epson WorkForce DS-860 and DS-860N scanners HERE!


Get the Epson WorkForce DS-560 scanner HERE!


Samsung Printers land seven BLI Awards

samsung printersSamsung Printers and Multifunction Printers (MFPs) have won seven awards for outstanding achievement at the Buyers Laboratory (BLI) 2014 Summer Pick Awards.​

The Samsung C1810, Samsung C1860, Samsung M2835, Samsung M2885, Samsung CLX-8640 and the Samsung CLX-8650 were all recognised for their superior performance in the printing category.

“Samsung’s Printing solutions are designed to drive productivity and efficiency so we are delighted that BLI has recognized our commitment to creating innovative products that meet changing business needs” said David SW Song, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Sales, Printing Solutions at Samsung Electronics.

In the hardware sector, five Samsung printers and MFPs were recognised for outstanding achievement. This includes the Xpress C1810/1860 series released earlier this year, which received the award for the outstanding personal colour printer and MFP. With its full-colour touchscreen, the device is able to simplify any printing task such as scanning, copying or downloading.

Tony Maceri, BLI Senior Test Technician praised this model for delivering a complete pack of leading-edge technologies at an affordable price. He said, “The full-colour touchscreen, still rare at this level, makes programming scan or copy jobs simple, while Samsung’s Mobile Print App and the integrated NFC technology let people print or scan with a simple tap of their NFC-enabled smartphone on the MFP.”

The Xpress M2835/2885 series also received awards for the outstanding personal monochrome printer and MFP respectively, demonstrating the simplicity of the mobile printing technology in Samsung Printers.

“Mobile printing is an emerging trend, but printing from a smartphone or tablet can be challenging,” said BLI Senior Analyst of Printers and A4 MFP, Marlene Orr. “With the Xpress M2835/2885’s integrated NFC technology, mobile printing couldn’t be easier: I can just tap my NFC-enabled smartphone on the printer and MFP, the Samsung Mobile Print App automatically downloads and my phone connects to the printer and MFP so I can print my job right away.”

The enterprise-ready A4 colour laser MFP, MultiXpress CLX-8650 received recognition as an outstanding A4 colour MFP for large workgroups, due to its reliability, eco-friendly features and high performance.

The A4 colour laser MFPs, MultiXpress CLX-8640/8650 series received an award for outstanding achievement in energy efficiency, strengthening its reputation as the benchmark in energy-saving technology. Thanks to Samsung Printers’ advanced eco-friendly technology, these models consume less energy than standard printers and have received many five-star ratings in environmental categories.

“The Samsung MultiXpress CLX-8640/8650 series provide users with an energy-efficient device that can help any organization reduce their overall environmental impact compared with the competing devices as tested,” said Lisa Reider, BLI’s Senior Product Editor for Environmental. “Thanks to its fast warm-up times and additional energy- and waste-saving features, the CLX-8640/8650 series provide many ways to help end users go green.”

FEATURE: Do we need 3D Printing in Education?

We’ve all heard or read about the astonishing, fast-paced development of 3D printing technology – in fact, it seems that there is a new idea, product or potential game-changer that leaves you astonished every day – but, do we need 3D printing in Education?

Students from an early age learning and developing with 3D printing is very much a possibility – that is something that needs to be understood.  3D printers are no longer an unattainable piece of kit and that is why education has come into the equation when discussing this exciting technology.

If 3D printing is the future, then surely the younger generation should be at the forefront of any plans – they have to know how it works, how to utilise it and how to achieve with it.

Here at Printerbase, we became convinced by 3D printing after we made an investment to bring the CubeX Trio 3D Printer from 3D Systems into our studio, allowing us to get to know the device and its software.  From just trying to print various objects ourselves, we have acquired plenty of valuable knowledge that we are now able to pass onto our customers as a printer specialists.  However, most importantly, it has opened our eyes in terms of its potential when it comes to education.

We have taken notice of the amount of effort being put into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM] subjects in education at all levels – from primary right through to university – and we understand the vital role that 3D printing plays in this.

As 3D print technology continues to filter through all aspects of our industry and leisure pursuits, it has, too, been heralded as a vital part of education in the future as it inspires a new generation of students, designers, engineers and entrepreneurs.

The opportunities that arise from 3D printing are only limited to the imagination of the user – though, with intrigued and engaged students, that that should never be a problem.  From primary school pupils learning about Roman archaeology using 3D printed artefacts, Design students printing out their model prototypes or University students developing car design solutions, the impact of 3D printing is monumental.

The aims for Design and Technology, as outlined in the National Curriculum, are to encourage students to design, make and evaluate, as well as increase their technical knowledge.

The Department for Education’s aims for Design and Technology:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

3D printing in Education covers all this and more – primary, secondary and further education students are given an exciting opportunity to see the educational topics in a new way.  From there, they can develop their ideas – not only in design and technology, but right across the curriculum – and acquire skills for a future, successful career.

In teaching pupils skills in problem-solving, research and development, as well as the technical skills, 3D printing will inspire both parents and children when it comes to your school or college.

Those in the industry have really bought into the idea of 3D printing in Education and bringing the ability to create prototypes into the classroom, but, of course, this means that we have to offer the very best in terms of support and back up – and that is what we are doing for anyone interested in 3D printers.

One example is King’s Academy, a secondary school and academy based in Middlesbrough, who, after being introduced to the Cubify CubeX 3D Printer by ourselves, are now using the technology as part of the curriculum they offer.  The reaction of both students and teachers alike was of captivation – they are genuinely excited about the possibilities these machines offer and are always looking to create.  It is the exact reaction that we had at Printerbase and, therefore, expected of others – is it time to experience this at your school?

As mentioned, that ability to quickly produce design prototypes in the classroom pulls together all the core subjects and allows for an incredible level of student involvement from the start to the finish of projects.  You can see this in action with schools and universities already working with 3D print technology to innovate and move ideas on.

The lowering costs of 3D printing now mean that it is possible for every school or college in the country to have some sort of 3D print equipment.  Also, with it being reinforced by the government’s recommendations in the National Curriculum for technology in schools, it is only a matter of time before every school does indeed have a 3D printing device that is used by students.

Make sure you’re not the ones left behind – choose inspiration, innovation and excitement and take your school or college into the future of education with a 3D printer.


INTRODUCING: Kyocera ECOSYS P6026cdn Colour Laser Printer

Kyocera ECOSYS P6026cdn Colour Laser PrinterWe’re taking a look at another device from the fantastic new Kyocera range – with our attention now turning to the Kyocera ECOSYS P6026cdn Colour Laser Printer.

The Kyocera ECOSYS P6026cdn Colour Laser Printer has really impressed everyone here at Printerbase since it was introduced by the printer manufacturer – it is a colour laser printer that we would recommend for your office.

One thing that stands out when it comes to the Kyocera ECOSYS P6026cdn Colour Laser Printer is its reliability and how much you could potentially save on the overall cost of owning this machine.  Built to be robust and durable in a busy working environment, the Kyocera ECOSYS P6026cdn Colour Laser Printer uses long-life components that ensure reliability and reduce waste.

Compact and energy saving, the Kyocera ECOSYS P6026cdn Colour Laser Printer produces an outstanding quality with every print – you will love the bright, vivid prints that this Kyocera printer is able to deliver at impressive speeds.

The Kyocera ECOSYS P6026cdn Colour Laser Printer is packed with plenty of other print features, too – such as support for mobile printer, including Apple AirPrint.  There is also automatic two-sided printing, as well as low-noise printing – so, there will be no distractions in your office when printing large jobs.  There are no limitations when printing on the Kyocera ECOSYS P6026cdn Colour Laser Printer, either – there are up to five paper feeders for flexible media support.

Also, another handy feature of the Kyocera ECOSYS P6026cdn Colour Laser Printer is that it uses the same toner as the Kyocera FS-C5250 – so, if your office has been using these machines, you can make the easy transition to its much better replacement model.

You can get the Kyocera ECOSYS P6026cdn Colour Laser Printer HERE!


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