Bell & Howell is revamping its image and launching two new scanners into the midrange and high-end markets.
The 40 page per minute (ppm) Copiscan 4040D is being pitched at the mid-range sector, while the 80ppm Copiscan 8125D is intended for the service bureaux, insurance, transport and government markets.
The latter has an ultrasonic double feed detector, a technology based on sound waves which listen for echoes between two sheets of paper, designed to minimise the problem of double-feeding. If one is detected, users can decide whether the machine should either make a loud warning bleep or stop operation altogether.
Bell & Howell, which developed the technology, claims it is unique and that some customers are buying its products on the strength of this feature alone. "Sometimes a whole day's scanning can be wasted if a double feed occurs and the operator does not know about it until too late," said Bell & Howell sales and marketing director Scott Stiglicz.
"Our scanners also warn when the bulbs are about to run out," he added.
Self-calibrating lamps are used in the scanners to avoid image quality degradation, which is what happens when standard lamps wear out and dim.
The Copiscan 4040D is priced at #4,656, while the Copiscan 8125D costs #27,947. Both products are shipping now.
Bell & Howell: 0800 834305.
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