MAHWAH, NJ, July 16, 2014 – Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has earned three Summer 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Innovation awards from Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging products and solutions. Sharp received Outstanding Achievement awards in Innovation from BLI for full-bleed booklet printing and for control panel integration with EFI Fiery® Command WorkStation® for the Sharp Pro Series MX-6500N and MX7500N Color Document Systems. Sharp also received an Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award for its Cloud Portal Office service.
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. Its Outstanding Achievement awards acknowledge products or capabilities that stand out for attributes such as innovation, usefulness, energy efficiency or value.
“Hat’s off to Sharp,” said BLI Manager of Laboratory Testing Pete Emory. “Whereas competitors require expensive, space-eating in-line and offline options, as well as access to more expensive 12″ x 18″-size paper to create full-bleed 11″ x 17″ booklets, users of the Sharp Pro Series can produce full-bleed, professional-looking booklets with up to 120 pages on 11″ x 17″ paper.”
The Sharp Pro Series Color Document System offers the ability to produce full-bleed booklets, helping to reduce outsourcing costs as well as production time.
“Sharp’s control panel integration with EFI Fiery Command WorkStation also breaks new ground,” added Emory. “With the industry moving more and more towards tablet-style, touch-and-swipe interfaces, Sharp and EFI have found a way to raise the bar even further. This integration saves users the costs and space typically associated with having to purchase an additional monitor and stand; and because the same display also serves as the main operation panel for the Pro Series, operators can switch between the two with ease.”
The Sharp Cloud Portal Office solution also received an Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award. Launched in February 2014, Cloud Portal Office is a comprehensive document management and collaboration service that is fully integrated with Sharp OSA®-enabled MFPs. The cloud based solution allows business users to access work from any location, connect and share documents and capture electronic files and hardcopy documents using a single content management service.
“We’re proud to be recognized by BLI for our innovative and groundbreaking solutions,” said Shane Coffey, Director, Product Management, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “These awards acknowledge our continued commitment to address the needs of our customers with reliable technology that keeps them truly competitive and productive.”