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December 15, 2010
Franca Romano


Loud and clear
Panasonic Canada Inc has introduced a new line of audio systems for presentations and learning seminars.

The company’s new Infrared Wireless Audio System includes two wireless microphones, two infrared receivers/amplifiers and a portable sound system.

The first microphone is a wireless pendant on a lanyard, designed to provide hands-free operation with remote power, mute and volume controls. The second microphone is a handheld unit, which can be used by either the speaker or audience members. Weighing  less than half a pound, the handheld mic is powered by a single AA rechargeable battery.

The two receiver/amps—at 20 and 50 watts, respectively—provide two-channel tuning, up to four-line input and up to eight speaker connections.

The entire system was designed to give presenters a portable, plug-and-play way to address groups without raising or straining their voices.


The new OKI Printing Solutions printer lineup was specifically designed for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Take the B431 Series of mono LED printers, which are meant for high-demand, high-output work environments. With two configurations—the B431d and the network-ready B431dn—the printers can achieve first page out print speeds of less than five seconds, churning out 40 pages per minute after that. The standard monthly duty cycle is 80,000 pages.

The printers have high-quality print resolutions of 1,200 by 1,200 dots-per-inch, standard duplex and 350-page input capacity, which can be boosted to 880 pages. It offers users a choice of a 4,000-page or a 10,000-page toner capacity.

The B431 Series is equipped with PCL6 and PostScript emulations as well as standard USB and bi-directional parallel connectivity.

Measuring just 15.2in by 14.3in by 9.6in, the printers carry a modest physical footprint, and all devices are EnergyStar-certified.

Black-and-white is all right

For those in the market for colour-free copying, Canon Canada Inc has introduced a new series of monochrome multifunctional systems.

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8000 Series was built on the same foundation as the company’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE Colour models, which were released last year.

The new black-and-white models were designed to deliver improved image quality and faster output speeds.

The 8000 Series comes in three models: 8105, 8095 and 8085. Using the company’s Advanced imageCHIP system, they are meant for light production environments, including central reproduction departments and in-plant facilities.

In terms of specs, output speed for letter-size needs endmarkpaper ranges from 85 pages per minute (ppm) on the 8085 to 105ppm on the 8105. Paper capacity is 7,700 sheets of stock up to 80lb cover media and sizes of up to 13in by 19.25in.

When it comes to scanning, the 8000s can operate at speeds of up to 200 images per minute at a 300 dots-per-inch resolution. A standard single-pass duplex scanning unit captures both sides of a two-sided original in a single pass.

The series also includes finishing functions previously reserved for dedicated production units. The machines can perform multiple folding activities, professional punching, post-process document insertion and face-trimming on booklets.

The devices were meant to easily fit into work environments, occupying a modest footprint and requiring just a 120-volt power source.

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