What is Secure Printing and How Do You Manage It?

Posted by Doing Better Business on May 22, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Efficiency, versatility, and affordability are all terms that business owners associate with printing. But what about security?

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Topics: Printing, secure documents, security, in house printing

Why Copiers Are Called MFPs or MFDS

Posted by Doing Better Business on May 15, 2023 1:43:39 PM

Have you ever wondered why copiers are now commonly referred to as MFPs or MFDs? MFP stands for "multifunction printer," MFD stands for "multifunctional device" and are terms that have become increasingly popular in recent years. In this blog post, we'll explore the reasons behind this shift in terminology and what it means for the world of office technology.

First, let's take a step back and look at the history of copiers. The first copiers were invented in the early 1900s and were primarily used for making copies of documents. Over time, copiers became more advanced and were able to perform additional functions, such as scanning and faxing. However, these functions were often performed by separate machines, which could be cumbersome and expensive.

In the 1990s, a new type of machine emerged that combined the functions of a copier, scanner, and fax machine into a single device. These machines were called "multifunction printers" or MFPs for short. The term "printer" was added to the name because these machines are also capable of printing documents, making them even more versatile.

So why the shift from "copier" to "MFP"or even "MFD"? One reason is that the term "copier" no longer accurately describes what these machines are capable of. While they still make copies of documents, they can also perform a wide range of other functions, such as scanning, faxing, and printing. The term "MFP" or "MFD" reflects this versatility and better describes what these machines can do.

Another reason for the shift in terminology is that the lines between different types of office technology have become increasingly blurred. In the past, copiers, printers, scanners, and fax machines were all separate devices. However, with the rise of MFPs, these functions are now often combined into a single machine. As a result, it made more sense to refer to these machines as "multifunction printers" rather than by their individual functions.  Now, we are seeing an increase in digital document workflow, processes and management.  This has caused a shift from the primary function being a printer to the primary function being a scanner, which is why the term MFD or Multifunctional Device is becoming more popular.

In conclusion, the shift from "copier" to "MFP" to "MFD" reflects the increasing versatility of office technology and the blurring of lines between different types of machines. While the term "copier" may still be used in some contexts, "MFP" has become the preferred term for describing a "printing device" and "MFD" for more versatile and multifunctional devices. So the next time you're in the market for a new office machine, remember to look for an MFP or an MFD that can handle all your document needs in one convenient package.

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Topics: Document Management, #MoreThanCopiers, #ManagedPrintServices, digital documents, print management, print technology

Should I Buy a Printer or a MFD?

Posted by Doing Better Business on May 15, 2023 8:00:00 AM

For business owners and facility managers, picking the right equipment is absolutely crucial for success. So what’s the right call when picking between a printer or a MFD?

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Topics: Printer Pricing, Digital Print, printers, multifunction printer, mfd

How to Tell When You Need a New Printer

Posted by Doing Better Business on May 8, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Printers make a lot of noises - but can a printer ever actually call out to the owner and say that it needs to be replaced?

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Topics: laser printer, printers, products, printer

How Document Management Can Help Take the Stress Out of Tax Season

Posted by Doing Better Business on May 1, 2023 8:00:00 AM

When tax time comes around, the average business owner probably doesn't immediately think about the value of document management systems - but they should.

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Topics: Document Management, digital documents, digital transformation, tax

How One Simple Change Can Improve Business Sustainability

Posted by Doing Better Business on Apr 24, 2023 8:00:00 AM

When companies think about ways they can be more profitable, they rarely think about business sustainability.

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Topics: Managed Print Services, sustainability, managed

Common Challenges in Real Estate Document Management

Posted by Doing Better Business on Apr 17, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Real estate document management represents one of the most serious challenges of the field.

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Topics: Document Management, real estate

5 Sustainability Strategies to Implement in Your Print House Today

Posted by Doing Better Business on Apr 10, 2023 8:00:00 AM

For anyone who is a print house manager, their facility impacts countless people.

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Topics: Managed Print Services, sustainability, print management

Sustainable Printing and the Rise of Remanufactured Ink Cartridges

Posted by Doing Better Business on Apr 3, 2023 8:00:00 AM

As companies work hard to enact sustainable printing strategies, remanufactured ink cartridges are quickly gaining attention.

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Topics: Printing, sustainability, remanufactured

How to Implement a Successful Document Management System in Healthcare

Posted by Doing Better Business on Mar 27, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Having the right document management system in healthcare can make all the difference.

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Topics: healthcare, office technology, print technology

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