by Robert Palmer | 3/5/15
On March 2, Toshiba America Business Solutions launched a series of monochrome MFP models, expanding the firm’s lineup firmly into the light production space. The e-STUDIO 907/1057/1207 series offers customers a strong combination of speed and other performance options to meet the demands of high-end departmental and light production applications.
The models are each based on the same print engine and offer similar features apart from differences in throughput speed and paper handling. The e-STUDIO 907/1057/1207 offer print speeds of up to 90, 105, and 120 ppm, respectively. The flagship model is clearly the e-STUDIO 1207. Along with its 120 ppm throughput speed, the machine also comes standard with a Duplex Single Pass Feeder (DSPF) that can scan or copy single-sided documents at 120 originals-per-minute (OPM), or 200 OPM for double-sided originals.
Thanks to a broad array of finishing options, the e-STUDIO 1207 can meet most production-level requirements. It supports a 100-sheet finisher, an 80-page booklet maker and trimmer, a multi-fold unit, and a two-tray inserter. The e-STUDIO 1207 has a maximum input capacity of 13,500 sheets and supports a maximum monthly duty cycle of one million impressions. The e-STUDIO 1207 also comes standard with a suite of security features that includes data overwrite, encryption, and user authentication.
The e-STUDIO1207 series starts at $35,500 and is available through Toshiba’s authorized Toshiba dealers.
Overall, the monochrome printing market remains healthy. Just a few short years ago, many were predicting a fairly steep decline in monochrome sales offset by corresponding growth in color. The drive to churn the monochrome base and convert it to color was in full swing until the economic downturn that occurred a few years ago. Once customers began to focus more intently on the costs of printing, color has primarily been reserved for those high-value documents that move outside of the organization. Color still represents an important growth opportunity, but there is no question that businesses continue to view monochrome-only devices as most cost-effective for everyday office printing.
As a result, the monochrome market has enjoyed what could best be described as a longer tail. The market is still declining overall, but the rate of decline has slowed significantly and some segments are actually showing slight growth. Like most vendors these days, Toshiba understands the importance of the top end of the monochrome printing market—particularly in MPS engagements serving enterprise customers. Departmental and light production machines continue to represent an important part of the balanced deployment strategy in MPS engagements. While many segments in the monochrome space are flat to declining, the light production market continues to show strong performance.
Robert Palmer is chief analyst and a managing partner for BPO Media, which publishes The Imaging Channel and Workflow magazines. He is an independent market analyst and industry consultant with more than 25 years experience in the printing industry covering technology and business sectors for prominent market research firms such as Lyra Research and InfoTrends. In December 2012 he formed Palmer Consulting as an independent consultancy focused on transformation, mobility, MPS, and the entire imaging market. Palmer is a popular speaker and presents regularly at industry conferences and trade events in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He is also active in a variety of imaging industry forums and currently serves on the board of directors for the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA). Contact him at email@example.com.