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Multi Function Printer, Useful Printing Device for Various Usages

Eko Prasetyo,

In this digital era, multi function device that can fulfill various needs is really necessary in order to increase efficiency and effectivity.  And this principle comes to a printer. As the time passes by and the technology moves, printer nowadays is not only used to print documents, but it grows to be more than that. And here it is, we introduce you to functional printing device called Multi Function Printer (MFP).
Multi Function Printer - MFP
This is an all in one printer that has several features such as E-mail, Fax, Photocopier, Scanner, and Printer itself. With so many functions in it, this device has become popular choice to be placed in offices, or even houses. Moreover, it is also more space-saving and less expensive than if you buy each devices separately.

Based on the capabilities and intended audience target, the Multi function printer device is divided into 4 categories. They are All in One, SOHO MFP, Office MFP, and Production Printing MFP. Now, LET’S start from All in One MFP. This is small unit MFP for desktop. This device is designed for home-office or home usage. All in one has the basic function of printing and scanning. But some of them also have photocopier and fax machine installed. Nowadays, all in one is already support Ethernet, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connection too. See Also Wireless Technology Introductions

Then we have SOHO. This is a small or large desktop freestanding unit.  This device is designed for Home Office/Small Office usage. Usually, it has basic features such as Copy, Scan, Print, and Fax. But, some manufacturers may add basic authentication and document storage or retrieval included in it. Next, there is Office MFP in the list. This is freestanding unit that has mid-size and designed for central office. Not only having basic features, this kind of MFP also has stapling, duplexing, offset mode, holepunching, and booklet-creation function in it.

And the last, there is Production Printing MFP that is designed for reprographic-department as central printing device. This device has large size and freestanding unit. With this kind of size, this device concern on the printing speed and its functionality. The printing speed itself can reach 100 ppm.

Find out the considerations in choosing MFP in: How to Choose Multifunction Printers

Multi Function Printer Needs SDPPI Approval Certification

As the technology goes by, many manufacturers complete their printer product with some functional features such as fax machine, photocopy, scanner, and e-mail. On some cases, this device also comes with Bluetooth and wireless technology. That’s why they’re classified to post and telecommunication devices, especially for the its fax machine, Bluetooth, and wireless functions.

As quoted from Indonesian regulation No. 18 Tahun 2014 about telecommunication devices certification, every communication device that still being produced, assembled, used and traded in Indonesian territory, is mandatory to have Type Approval Certification. So, we can conclude that before marketed in Indonesia, Multi Function Printer needs to obtain SDPPI Approval first.

Some Well-Known MFP Manufacturers

Today, most of the printer manufacturer has added MFP in their product list. But, as your references in buying this useful device, here are some brands that are considered superior than others. They are Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, Konika Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark, Fuji Xerox, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, and many more. That’s all of the explanation about Multi Function Printer. Hopefully, it will help you to decide the best product for your office work. Last words, be a smart consumer!

Read more about an Example of MFP in: A Closer Look to Canon i-SENSYS MFP6180dw

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