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Xerox lands £40m NHS contract

Xerox have been given a three-year managed print services contract by NHS Business Services Authority [NHSBSA] worth £40m.

The lucrative agreement will see Xerox manage the printing of millions of secure and non-secure business forms, including prescription forms, dental forms and operational forms for the NHS in England and Wales.

Xerox will work in partnership with Adare, allowing them to establish a secure printing site at Adare’s facility in Huddersfield.

NHSBSA head of service Brendan Brown said: “When dealing with secure documents it’s important to closely monitor their progress from conception to delivery.

“As a result we needed a service that ensures zero disruption to the provision of clinically critical NHS forms, coupled with careful consideration of security and time efficiency. Xerox provides exactly the expertise we need.”

A huge part of the contract will involve Xerox seeking out ways in which to secure time and cost savings through a transform of the NHS’s document supply chain.  The idea is in line with the Department of Health’s plan for the NHS to go paperless by 2018, which is said to be worth “billions” that will allow an improvement on overall healthcare services.

This will mean non-secure documents, such as dental and operational forms, will be migrated from physical copies to a digital format where it is appropriate.

Xerox UK managing director Darren Cassidy said: “This contract is about understanding the specific needs of the health service and working together with the NHSBSA to manage productivity and security concerns.

“While initial roll-out looks solely at printing paper documents more efficiently, we look forward to identifying new ways to transform the NHSBSA’s document supply chain.”

In a blog post on Xerox’s website, Cassidy went on to express the benefits of going paper-less where possible.

“It can’t be denied that making this shift to digitise and transition paper-based processes is a lengthy and fairly complex one; a journey we’re still right at the beginning of, with many steps ahead,” said Cassidy.

“Attempting to migrate all paper practices online at once is likely to result in more confusion and prove damaging to productivity. In many cases, it’s less about being completely paperless, and more about functioning with less paper.

“A fundamental first step towards fulfilling the NHS’ less-paper goal, therefore, is to ensure the security and confidentiality of new digital documents.

“The provision of a secure managed print service – and the creation of digital repositories for patient information – can help achieve this.”

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer lands Red Dot Design Award

The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015.

The Red Dot Award was created in 1954 to recognise products with the highest quality of design.

MakerBot believes in clean, consolidated product design that maximises user accessibility, and the sleek, high performance MakerBot Replicator represents the latest iteration of these goals.  The fifth generation Replicator provides the easiest and most versatile way to get from 3D model to 3D print.

The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer was among the winners selected from nearly 5,000 entries by an international jury of the Red Dot Award.

“This 3D printer features an inspiring, open design. Its clean aesthetics blend perfectly into professional and educational environments, as well as the home,” stated the Red Dot jury.

“To date, nobody has applied real design to 3D printers,” said MakerBot director of industrial design Mark Palmer.

“Many companies focus simply on the mechanical and electrical components, and neglect the design considerations that build an emotional connection with the printer and a seamless user experience.  The MakerBot Replicator, with its design recognition, stands out from other printers as being more than just a collection of components.”

“We wanted to create a desktop 3D printer that was friendly, accessible and invites individuals, whether a 5th grader or a professional engineer, to engage and quickly turn an idea into a physical object,” said Yuri Salnikoff, Chief Marketing Officer of MakerBot.

“The MakerBot Replicator provides direct access in the work area and empowers educators, designer and engineers to unleash their creativity.”

Samsung Smart Printer Diagnostic System launched

samsung smart printer diagnostic systemThe Samsung Smart Printer Diagnostic System [SPSD], a printer failure diagnostic tool which has been receiving positive ratings from technical service engineers and end users, has been launched by Samsung.

The Samsung Smart Printer Diagnostic System is the industry’s first mobile application consisting of image and video guides for troubleshooting printers.

With the Samsung Smart Printer Diagnostic System, the aim is to standardise the quality of IT service across providers around the globe with direct, easy-to-follow visual guides developed individually for every Samsung MultiXpress printer model.

“SPDS is an organic component of Samsung’s philosophy guaranteeing high quality in everything from product development to maintenance,” said David SW Song, Senior Vice President of Strategy Marketing and Sales, Printing Solutions, Samsung Electronics.

The Samsung Smart Printer Diagnostic System app gives users access to the SPDS server, the storage for official Samsung service manuals, technical information, educational videos and real-time notifications for software updates for Samsung Smart MultiXpress models.

When a mobile device with the Samsung Smart Printer Diagnostic System app receives an error message from the failed printer, the app automatically identifies the issue and displays a step-by-step troubleshooting guide. Engineers can also share video footage as references with other engineers.

General users with relatively less technical knowledge can also refer to the Samsung Smart Printer Diagnostic System guides to fix minor printer issues without calling technical support and bearing service costs.

Early adopters have praised the tool for addressing the issue of inconsistent service that can result from service engineers’ varying levels of expertise and knowledge. They were satisfied with the fast and accurate service provided by Samsung.

The Samsung Smart Printer Diagnostic System is available for download from Google Play and Galaxy Apps in 51 countries.

HP introduce 3D Capture software for the Sprout

Following on from HP’s announcement that they are to launch Sprout, the world’s first immersive PC, it has now been revealed that the exciting new device will also mark the company’s first introduction into 3D Printing, with the release of its 3D Capture software.

The upgrade to Sprout, which comes in July, will be paired with a 3D Capture Stage scanner, allowing users to scan objects using the PC and export them for printing in 3D.

The 3D Capture software works with the Sprout’s built-in camera, which captures the object’s shape, colour and texture before creating a virtual 3D model on the PC itself.

The 3D model can then be edited on the Sprout and even shared with other collaborators as an animated GIF.

“3D Capture allows you to capture any 3D object that would fit on a carousel or the Sprout mat and scan it,” said Jim Christensen, media director at HP.

“Once it’s scanned you’re then able to change it, manipulate it and then print it.”

The 3D Capture software will be available to all Sprout users in July, with the 3D Capture Stage, which is essentially a USB-connected rotating turntable, also going on sale at selected retailers.

PC Pro give Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF “A-List” rating

epson workforce pro wf-5620dwfThe Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF, a colour inkjet multifunction printer, has long been a favourite here at Printerbase, but it’s not just us who rate the device highly – PC Pro have given the all-in-one a seriously impressive review.

Awarding the Epson WorkForce Pro Wf-5620DWF a huge five stars, PC Pro have placed the multifunction on their “A-List”.

Able to print, copy, scan and fax, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF is packed full of intelligent features, making it ideal for a business print setup as it covers everything you could possibly need in the office.

PC Pro were particularly impressed with the way the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF turned the perception of inkjet printers on its head – they said that the device “shatters the myth” that inkjets are only good for low-demand use.

With a monthly duty cycle of 35,000 pages and optional high-yield tink cartridges, you could easily use the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF as your main office printer without any issues.

The low cost of print was another main plus point of the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF for PC Pro – and we would have to agree.

“Epson has a firm eye on costs, too,” the PC Pro review read. ”Running costs for the XXL cartridges (each with a 4,000-page capacity) are among the lowest in this class: expect to pay only 1p per mono and 4.4p per colour page.”

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF also uses the PrecisionCore print head technology that is found in their commercial printers, so you know you’re getting prints of the highest quality.

“There’s plenty we like about the WF-5620DWF: it’s cheap to run, has tons of features and is very user-friendly. It puts forward a compelling argument for inkjets in the workplace, and therefore takes a well-deserved place on the A-List,” said PC Pro.

We couldn’t agree more!

Read the review from PC Pro here.

You can check out our video review of the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF here.

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