MAHWAH, NJ, July 23, 2013 – Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has earned two top “Picks” from Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging products and solutions. BLI’s semi-annual “Pick” awards are given to the hardware and software offerings judged to be the best in BLI’s comprehensive evaluations, which assess a wide range of the most important performance factors for buyers. Sharp was honored in the higher-end color and monochrome spaces for the 70-ppm Sharp MX-7040N and the 90-ppm Sharp MX-M904, respectively.
“These modular devices are very versatile,” said Pete Emory, BLI Manager of Lab Testing. “They can be configured for typical office use but can scale up to serve very well in light-production environments thanks to excellent paper-handling capabilities.”
The Sharp MX-7040N high-speed color document system achieved a “Highly Recommended” rating from BLI and won the Pick for “Outstanding 61- to 70-ppm A3 Color MFP.” This document system leverages the company’s groundbreaking user interface and offers high-speed print production, while also improving on image quality, color consistency, and productivity. The new MX-7040N, launched in the fall of 2012, combines the simplicity of touch-screen menu navigation with numerous multi-tasking workflow features.
The new MX-M904 monochrome document system comes with a speed of 90 ppm and offers advanced capabilities, such as air-feed paper handling for higher reliability and enhanced media support, as well as modular finishing options that offer professional folding and booklet making. It also received a “Highly Recommended” rating from BLI and won the Pick for “Outstanding 90+ ppm A3 Monochrome MFP.” Its flexible modular design allows a variety of paper handling and finishing configurations ranging from basic high-volume printing and copying to advanced folding and booklet making. The available triple air-feed paper handling option provides excellent reliability and is virtually maintenance free.
“We’re proud to have our new high-volume mono and color MFPs recognized by BLI as best in class,” said Mike Marusic, senior vice president, Sharp Electronics Corporation. “Sharp’s unique finishing features make both the MX-7040N and the monochrome MX-M904 ideal for the most challenging departmental, print-for-pay and print-on-demand environments. Being recognized by a leading industry organization like BLI truly validates Sharp’s position in the light-production space and is a tribute to the world-class products we provide.”
About Buyers Laboratory LLC
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world’s leading independent provider of analytical information and service to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers’ literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.
About Sharp Electronics Corporation
Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation. Sharp is a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home entertainment products, appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, solar energy solutions, LED lighting, and mobile communication and information tools.
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