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An MFP (Multi Function Printer/Product/Peripheral), multifunctional, all-in-one (AiO), or mopier (Multiple Optical coPIER) or Multifunction Device (MFD), is an office machine that includes the following functionality in one physical body, so as to have a smaller footprint in a home or small-business setting (the SoHo market segment), or to provide better document management/distribution/production in a large-office setting: A small business may be defined as a business with a small number of employees. ... The modern concept of Small Office and Home Office or SoHo, or Small or Home Office deals with the category of business which can be from 1 to 10 workers. ...

An MFP can work both as a computer peripheral (using a computer port, like ethernet/Wi-Fi-LAN, USB, FireWire, etc.) and autonomously (with no need for the computer connection; for example, to copy, fax and so on). This does not cite its references or sources. ... In computing, a scanner is a device that analyzes an image (such as a photograph, printed text, or handwriting) or an object (such as an ornament) and converts it to a digital image. ... A comparison of different paper sizes A4 is a standard paper size, defined by the international standard ISO 216 as 210×297 mm (roughly 8. ... A small, much-used Xerox copier in a high school library. ... A Samsung fax machine. ... Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a serial bus standard to interface devices. ... Internet fax uses the internet to receive and send faxes. ... A 32 MB High Speed CompactFlash Type I card A memory card or flash memory card is a solid-state electronic flash memory data storage device used with digital cameras, handheld and laptop computers, telephones, music players, video game consoles, and other electronics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... A peripheral is a type of computer hardware that is added to a host computer in order to expand its abilities. ... Ethernet is a large and diverse family of frame-based computer networking technologies for local area networks (LANs). ... It has been suggested that Long Range WiFi be merged into this article or section. ... Local area network scheme A local area network (LAN) is a computer network covering a local area, like a home, office, or group of buildings[1]. Current LANs are most likely to be based on switched IEEE 802. ... Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a serial bus standard to interface devices. ... The 6-pin and 4-pin FireWire Connectors FireWire is a proprietary name of Apple Computer for the IEEE 1394 interface. ... Autonomy is the condition of something that does not depend on anything else. ...


Home or SoHo MFPs are usually inkjet-based, and thus allow colour printing and copying, but most large-office and a small number of relatively expensive SoHo units use a laser print engine for high-quality, low cost-per-page output at large volume. Some home units have sockets for various memory cards, allowing printing of pictures directly from digital cameras, without using a computer in between. Inkjet printers are a type of computer printer that operates by propelling tiny droplets of liquid ink onto paper. ... 1993 Apple LaserWriter Pro 630 laser printer A laser printer is a common type of computer printer that rapidly produces high quality text and graphics on plain paper. ...


First introduced into the market by Okidata in the late 1980's, Some models (in the 1990s) developed a poor reputation for compatibility and reliability, but have improved since. Some current MFPs cost less than a good quality inkjet printer and a scanner, but cannot offer the same print quality, compatibility, and flexibility, and incur a higher cost of ownership (as a failure in any of the individual sub-systems requires that the entire unit be replaced). They do, however, take up less room than the equivalent separate components, can be used autonomously (with the computer turned off) and are popular for that reason.


MFP manufacturers/brands include Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark, Okidata, Olivetti, Ricoh, Sharp Toshiba and Xerox. Brother Industries, Ltd. ... Canon Inc. ... Dell, Inc. ... A four colour Epson Stylus C45 inkjet printer Epson is one of the worlds largest manufacturers of inkjet, dot-matrix and laser printers, scanners, desktop computers, business, multimedia and home theatre projectors, point of sale docket printers and cash registers, laptops, integrated circuits, LCD components and other associated electronic... The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), commonly known as HP, is a very large, global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. ... Konica Minolta (コニカミノルタ) is a Japanese worldwide manufacturer of cameras, camera accessories, photo-copiers, fax machines and laser printers formed by a merger between Japanese imaging firms Konica and Minolta announced on January 7, 2003. ... Kyocera Corporation ) (TYO: 6971 , NYSE: KYO) is a Japanese company based in Kyoto, Japan. ... Lexmark is an American computer printer corporation. ... Oki Electric Industry Co. ... Olivetti Lettera 22, 1950 Ing. ... Ricoh Company, Ltd. ... Sharp Corporation ) (TYO: 6753 ) is a Japanese electronics manufacturer, founded in 1912. ... Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) is an American document management company, which manufactures and sells a range of color and black-and-white printers, multifunction systems, photo copiers, digital production printing presses, and related consulting services and supplies. ...

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Software

MFPs used in large office are usually attached to the network as any other host. They are becoming relevant elements for the companies, so it is necessary to get the maximum benefit from this devices. To exploit all its posibilities it is necessary to get software able to handle them. MFPs software addresses a variety of functions. They can be grouped into five general areas:

  • Administration. All the MFP-related administration can be handled directly in the device. The host MFP can include cost accounting, bill-back software, routines to tally color and mono prints, remote driver distribution, ...
  • Graphic arts. This group mainly includes applications to select different printing formats
  • Document management. This kind of software manages storages and retrievals of documents from anywhere on the network, scans of a hardcopy document into the system, convertions from text to pdf, OCR, ... Large-office MFPs can be integrated into Document management systems, whereby storage, distribution, indexing, and printing of large volumes of paper documents can be managed electronically, and that is the reason why this group of software is the most important nowadays.
  • Print function enhancement. You can send a scanned copy via email or fax directly, without using a computer. Another functions offered by this software are load balancing and some advanced finishing functionalities
  • Customization software. It is specialized software tailored for specific groups or vertical markets such as hospitals, or to meet the needs of a specific user company

Optical character recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is a type of computer software designed to translate images of handwritten or typewritten text (usually captured by a scanner) into machine-editable text, or to translate pictures of characters into a standard encoding scheme representing them (e. ... A document management system (DMS) is a computer system (or set of computer programs) used to track and store electronic documents and/or images of paper documents. ...

Open drivers

Multifunctionals need scanner (SANE) and printer (CUPS) drivers, sometimes referred to in combination (SANECUPS). The systems are usually based in PPD files and Foomatic Scanner Access Now Easy (SANE) is an application programming interface (API) that provides standardized access to any raster image scanner hardware (flatbed scanner, handheld scanner, video- and still-cameras, frame-grabbers, etc. ... Cups may refer to: the Common Unix Printing System cup as a drinking vessel, a unit of volume, etc. ... Windows XP loading drivers during a Safe Mode bootup A device driver, or a software driver is a specific type of computer software, typically developed to allow interaction with hardware devices. ... PPD may stand for: Postpartum depression Paranoid personality disorder Political parties: Partito Popolare Democratico Svizzero (Switzerland) Partido por la Democracia (Chile) Partido Popular Democrático (Puerto Rico) Partido Popular Democrático (Portugal) P-Phenylenediamine PostScript Printer Description Purified protein derivative (used for tuberculosis testing) Philadelphia Police Department Post-Production Diary... Foomatic is a configurable printing filter. ...


Characteristics

This kind of machines evolve from some basic unit (a scanner, a printer, a fax, ...). You must think about it when you are concerned about the performance of a certain task. If a multifunction printer looks like a flatbed scanner, then its scanning capabilities will probably be its best attributes. The main characteristics to consider when comparing this devices are the sum of scanners, printers and faxes: The term scanner has several meanings: In radio, a scanner is a device for searching for and receiving radio broadcasts. ...

  • Speed. It is always important to know the number of pages per minute the device can print, or how long it takes to scan a color image.
  • Technology. Ink jet or laser printing?
  • Resolution. The number of dots per inch is a key parameter for both printing and scanning.
  • Software. There are some interesting features that software can provide. One of the most popular and useful is optical character recognition.
  • Interfaces. The kind and number of interfaces that a MFP. If it is needed to connect a MFP to a network it must have the proper interface.
  • Compatibility. We must be sure that certain multifunctions devices will work with our computer / operating system.
  • User Interface. Is the device easy to use? Is the user interface clear, simple and intuitive?

Dots per inch (DPI) is a measure of printing resolution, in particular the number of individual dots of ink a printer or toner can produce within a linear one-inch space. ... Optical character recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is a type of computer software designed to translate images of handwritten or typewritten text (usually captured by a scanner) into machine-editable text, or to translate pictures of characters into a standard encoding scheme representing them (e. ...

See also

  • PictBridge: a standard to print photos in the multifunctional without using the computer.
  • Wi-Fi is a device that allows wireless connection between two electronics.
  • memory card slot

PictBridge is an industry standard from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing. ... It has been suggested that Long Range WiFi be merged into this article or section. ... Memory cards are solid-state electronic flash memory data storage devices used with digital cameras, handheld and laptop computers, phones, music players, video game consoles and other electronics. ...

External links

  • Usenet : news:alt.periphs.multifunctions

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Multifunction printer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (430 words)
An MFP (Multi Function Printer/Product/Peripheral), multifunctional, all-in-one (AiO), or mopier or Multifunction Device (MFD), is an office machine that includes the following functionality in one physical body, so as to have a smaller footprint in a home or small-business setting (the SoHo market segment), or to provide better document management/distribution/production in a large-office setting:
Fax (optional; a fax-less MFP may be upgraded to include a fax card later, using a standard port, e.g.
Some current MFPs cost less than a good quality inkjet printer and a scanner, but cannot offer the same print quality, compatibility, and flexibility, and incur a higher cost of ownership (as a failure in any of the individual sub-systems requires that the entire unit be replaced).
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