Over the years, copy machines, printers and multi-function devices have evolved and adapted to fit our business needs. Just like Darwin’s theory of evolution, all of the best traits in printers and copiers have lived on and improved while the less desirable characteristics have fallen by the wayside.
When copy machines were first introduced, they were incredibly bulky, took up a large space in the office, and produced questionable quality copies. Over time, the machines began to shrink in size and produce higher quality scans and copies. Then the introduction of multiple functions occurred. Instead of having a printer and a copy machine, it was now possible to add scanning, faxing and other functions to make one machine to do it all.
Printers and multi-function devices are now small enough to easily be used in a home setting. The interesting part is that since all of the technology is available to make multi-function devices that can serve all of our needs, many firms and individuals are going back to having separate machines for different operations. This is because each machine can specialize in that action creating a higher quality product. This is especially true for specific applications like wide-format printing. The volume a machine produces regularly also affects the amount of consumables used so different machines make sense depending on the usage.
It is interesting to look back at the evolution of our office equipment as business has changed. If you are interested in state-of-the-art printers, copiers or multi-function devices for your office, contact us today!
This article was originally posted on Juneau Copiers website The Competitive Edge.