U-Bix raises ante in digital printing

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Monday, September 26, 2011


GONE are the days when photocopying was as simple as reproducing copies of a document, reducing or enlarging it.

With the new Bizhub C8000, Konica-Minolta Bizhub C452 and Konica-Minolta Bizhub C280, industry leader U-Bix Corp. raises the ante in digital printing.

The release of these new innovative, creative and dynamic products will shape the landscape of the digital printing business.

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U-Bix Corp. chair and chief executive officer Edilberto B. Bravo, in a recent press conference at Grand Men Seng Hotel, cited their new machines that reduce use of manpower and use more technology.

Features of the Bizhub C8000: produces high image quality and definition that is nearly equal to offset printers and can print in color at a speed of 80 pages per minute with ease; has various in-line post processing system options for finishers like hole punching, folding, stapling, saddle stitching and perfect binding that could meet the print-on-demand requirements of commercial printers and other business institutions.

The Konica-Minolta Bizhub C452 prides itself with a hard disk drive box function that allows users to scan, copy, print and fax data to the box. It can also print files from mobile phones and has an automatic access key display for USB flash memory devices making it one of the most versatile models in the market today.

The Konica Minolta Bizhub C280, meanwhile, facilitates business operations through flexible network scanning, multiple transmission methods, and simultaneous transmission of data to multiple addresses such as HDD User Boxes, PCs and servers, all in a single operation. It also has data storage feature and fax functions using the internet and intranet that results to a lot of cost savings.

The three Bizhub models streamline document sharing and management, dramatically reduce fax transmission costs, faster and simpler printing functions, efficiently create various types of PDF files, eliminate unauthorized access with stringent user authorization, stop leaks in document transmissions, prevent unauthorized output of confidential documents, has one-touch secure scanning, eliminate unnecessary color printing, get high-speed high-volume output, create sophisticated documents in one stop, reduce downtime for operations, handle complex design applications and create appealing promotional materials.

There are more benefits one can avail from these new modern equipment that is a must for every office or company.

As Bravo puts it, "We need to improve our efficiencies as a company. When our government is having problems meeting targets, we see this as an opportunity to grow, improve and be ahead of our competitors."

Thus, his company also ventured into the outsourcing industry through the U-BIX Data Center formerly known as the Kodak Imaging Center. Its software called DocuVu is a search engine that enables a user to manage digitized images and computer files efficiently.

It positioned itself as a significant player in providing innovative end to-end business process outsourcing solutions and services. Its offering include document and microfilm scanning, document management system (DMS), data capture, and variable printing services.

U-BIX recently sent assistant vice-president Eisen Balcueva to study the most modern technology in scanning in Indonesia recently.

"The new digital storage will convert analog information into a digital data. The process of conversion will be like a room full of documents reduced to a paperbag of digital video discs," Bravo said.

The HSBC, Unionbank of the Philippines, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Meralco, Visayan Electric of Cebu, Aboitiz Group, Cotabato Light and Davao Light Power Company are regular clients of the UBIX Data Center.

The data center also prints statement of accounts for card divisions of Unionbank and HSBC, among others.

Balcueva said, "The data center helps you create a back-up of your documents by converting them into digital copies. This is ideal for archiving perpetual documents like in a library."

He added that they are also looking into methods that can convert handwritten data into digital data and can be used for checking test papers and output books in searchable PDF formats.

U-Bix is a 37-year-old corporation that is among the top 1,000 companies engaged in selling and distributing office machines and other related services. It is the exclusive distributor of Konica-Minolta digital multi-function machines or "bizhub".

The company, which aims to provide a one-stop solution to the needs of its customers, evolved into an integrated office system and service provider by acquiring distributorships for Riso digital duplicators and Okamura office furniture systems.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 26, 2011.

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