is a high-performance multi-function device designed for workgroups of 20 or more. The multi-protocol, multi-network design ensures that the system can connect across all Macintosh, Windows and Unix network operating systems, according to the folks at Panasonic.
It can be connected to a local area network right out of the box via the built-in 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet interface. While the DP-3510 performs a multitude of functions, Panasonic has simplified the system. One example is the control panel, which now sports an oversized, touch-sensitive LCD display and an enhanced graphical user interface.
In copy mode, the WORKiO’s half-VGA (640×240 pixels) display shows both the original image and what the final output will look like, for WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) operation. It handles 35 copies per minute, with a first-copy time of less than 3.5 seconds. And it boasts 600×600-dpi resolution and 256-level grayscale.
Panasonic has also incorporated new image processing technology in the series, including ultrafine toner and carrier particles that provide accurate image reproduction, according to Paul Wharton, national marketing manager for copier/fax/MFP. The WORKiO systems produce crisp, legible copies with virtually no blurring of small characters, and photos that are clear and sharp, he added.
Concurrent Copy allows the system to handle up to 12 jobs at a time. For extra-large-volume copying, Tandem Copy enables two WORKiOs to work jointly on a single job. With Remote Copy, jobs can be sent to another WORKiO unit in another room, or even on another floor. Proof Copy outputs a proof set for double-checking before committing to a large quantity.
When it comes to printing, the WORKiO DP-3510 can handle paper sizes from invoice to ledger. Image quality is driven up to 1200×600-dpi equivalent resolution with 256-level grayscale using Panasonic’s image enhancement technology, Wharton said. There’s also a built-in automatic duplex unit.
The printer can be controlled from a desktop, enabling the user to check the virtual printed results on the left side of the printer driver screen while specifying commands via the graphical user interface (GUI). Finishing results can be confirmed on-screen. With the new visual status monitor, the status of a remote unit can be checked in real-time. What’s more, documents can be stored in a user’s personal mailbox or security box — with space for up to 100 users — and printed at a later time.
Using the enhanced GUI, the print queue can be viewed — and even deleted — for each print or copy job, and approximate job times can be displayed. If on a network, the administrator can monitor device status with the job queue and other WORKiO controls, and also set up or configure the system.
With network scanning capability, the new model offers high-speed digitization of paper documents. Originals up to ledger size can be converted to personal computer data. There is 600×600-dpi resolution and 256-level grayscale. The standard, automatic duplex document feeder holds up to 70 sheets (letter) at a time and can batch-feed a vast number of pages, limited only by the amount of memory installed.
Built-in network connectivity enables scanned documents to be transferred to any client computer on the LAN. The WORKiO DP-3510 allows a user to either convert a paper document into data using the Scan-to-File function, or scan a paper document and send the scanned data to a specified computer using the Scan-to-PC function.
The optional fax communication kit transforms the WORKiO into a 33.6 kbps Super G3 fax, transmitting at about 3 seconds per page (letter). The Quick Memory Transmission saves time by connecting to the receiver and beginning transmission while still collecting data, Wharton said. What’s more, 600×600-dpi resolution is available for G3 or Internet fax.
With the Internet fax option, paper documents are converted to TIFF-F image files and transmitted as e-mail attachments via the LAN. Sometimes called “free fax,” this Send-to-Email feature enables the document to be sent directly to other Internet devices, or even to multiple e-mail clients worldwide. Paperless faxing is also possible. Image files sent as e-mail attachments can be easily opened and displayed using the existing image viewer.
The WORKiO DP-3510 has a standard paper capacity of up to 2,150 sheets, with options for up to 6,250 sheets. Finishing capabilities include stapling, punching and saddle-stitching; other finishing options are available.
The WORKiO DP-3510 carries a manufacturers suggested retail price of US$10,995. The fax option is $1,445.00.