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The evolution of printing: from papyrus to the wireless printer

Découvrez l'histoire de l'impression

Printing history

The printing market has changed since ancient times and the first forms of copying documents by hand. Over the centuries, the successive innovations in the area of printing contributed to the improvement of printing techniques. Many key people have helped develop and improve the printing market.

The beginnings of printing

Since the appearance of the first machines, in particular the emergence of microcomputers in the 70’s and 80’s, the printer has helped change the way we work. It has gradually become essential in the business world.

A market for office based printing has gradually developed, instigated by two different groups: The constructors such as HP, Epson, Lexmark alongside, the office suppliers such as Staples and the sellers of IT equipment like PC World. And on the other hand between two types of products – on the one side the printers – principally A4 and on the other side the photocopier, with its A3 capability.

In the 90’s and 2000’s, the market continued to grow, thanks to technical innovations, particularly colour printing, the networkable printer and the multifunction printer.

On the distribution side, the first online suppliers such as Amazon started evolving the world of printing by being more transparent, most notably on prices.

A disrupted printing market

Starting around 2010, following a spike in consumer’s ecological awareness and concerns, the printing market was stirred up somewhat. As a result, the digital world changed the printing habits of many businesses. The need for paper and the lack of technical evolution in printers led to lower sales of printers and printing supplies.

Despite the advantages offered by digital, paper printing is nowhere near extinct. Many businesses remain attached to the physical paper copy, while in other sectors, only original paper contracts will do. In line with the digital trend, businesses started looking to rationalise their printing capabilities, Businesses in general prefer the A3 format to be through a maintenance contract. This evolution brought about a closer link between theA3 and A4 market with both the constructors and distributors.

So while the market is shrinking, remains extremely competitive and without any major recent technological innovations, distributors are focusing on benefiting from the economies of scale.

Printing vs digital

In the digital era, our way of life is changing at work as well as on personal level and the online selling channels have shaken up the consumer habits.
Today, 80% of internet users search the web before buying, so a digital presence has become essential for all credible suppliers. The online players must have a new approach focused on price and volume to attract more sales and to help revolutionise the printing supplies market.

Through this digital transformation, machines have become more and more “connectable”. Printers are a key part of networked IT infrastructures and are capable of sending and receiving information as well as being remotely controllable. Business printers are now often supplied incorporating services linked to this connectivity. This includes the automatic replenishment of consumables, preventive maintenance, the remote repair of machines and subscription based services built around a cost per page. Ecoburotic has quickly adapted to the context and created new service offerings such as Print Essential, to become a real expert in the field of printing.

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Why choose Epson Ecotank?

Do you have to replace your ink cartridges often? Is your cupboard full of ink cartridges and toners? Are you always thinking about the re-ordering of your cartridges and find yourself constantly checking your ink levels?
Well, forget these time consuming and restrictive tasks and choose to never use cartridges or toners again. That is the Epson Ecotank promise.

What is Ecotank?

Ecotank lets you make real savings, not only financially but also in terms of time and energy. This printer incorporates a technology allowing you to manually refill the high capacity ink tank integrated into the printer. This printer has various other advantages that sets it apart from other printers:

  • A compact printer: this printer is particularly compact and has a small footprint
  • A specially developed printhead: unlike other printers containing printheads that can sometimes be fragile, the Ecotank printhead is particularly resistant
  • High quality photo printing: this printer will allow you to print your photos in high quality
  • Duplex printing: one of the essential features of this printer is the ability to print your documents on both sides of the paper speedily

The Ecotank range

There are a number of different Ecotank printers that meet the needs of specific printing requirements.:

  • A photo printer: This printer is especially built to print photos in great resolution and quality. If your objective is to optimise the quality of your printed photos then this printer is for you
  • A single-user printer: this printer is recommended for single-users due to its economical price while still offering you some really useful functionalities such as duplex printing and wifi connection
  • A printer for businesses: this printer delivers a higher performance compared to the other printers, especially in terms of loading documents. Long term, this printer will save you both energy and time by reducing the frequency of reloading your paper tray

Ecotank: More Eco than most printers

The best thing about Ecotank printers is that they are very low maintenance. Generally, you will save up to 90% on your ink costs. As we’ve seen, it is particularly cheap due to its integral ink tank. There are other printers that offer this technology, but only Epson, who are pioneers of this ink system, have managed to really understand this technology.

The price is also very attractive. A printer of this high specification that will allow you to print in colour, print photos, duplex printing and scan for under £300. This is a very attractive price for a printer that offers such varied features. Added to all these features is the particular Ecotank technology which not all printers offer. And if they do, it will certainly not be on par with Epson Ecotank.

Ecotank: Video presentation

Ecotank: pour aller plus loin

In the end, Ecotank printers have revolutionized the world of printing much more than any printers. Money-saving and durable, the Epson Ecotank will surely reduce your printing costs. If you have a question or a project, do not hesitate to contact one of our 120 experts, available by phone or via our online chat.

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Epson Ecotank: pourquoi la choisir?

Vous devez remplacer des cartouches d’encre ? Les cartouches d’encre ou les toner envahissent vos placards et prennent une place considérable dans votre vie ? Vous devez toujours prévoir le réapprovisionnement de vos cartouches et vérifier ou vous en êtes de vos niveaux d’encre ? Oubliez toutes ces pratiques chronophages et contraignante en choisissant de ne plus avoir de cartouches ou de toner. C’est la promesse de l’ecotank d’Epson.

Ecotank, c’est quoi?

Ecotank vous permet de faire de réelles économies, non seulement de monnaie sonnante et trébuchante mais aussi de temps et d’énergie. Cette imprimante embarque une technologie vous permettant de remplir manuellement des réservoirs d’encre intégrés à l’imprimante. Ces réservoirs sont bien sûr d’une grande capacité. Il existe plusieurs avantages qui différencie ces imprimantes des autres:

  • Une imprimante compacte: cette imprimante est particulièrement compacte, ce qui vous permet de la déposer directement sur votre bureau.
  • Une tête d’impression adaptée à l’utilisation de cette machine: contrairement aux autres machines possédant des têtes d’impression parfois un peu fragiles, l’ecotank possède des têtes d’impression particulièrement résistante.
  • Impression photo haute qualité: avec cette imprimante, vous pouvez imprimer vos photos en haute qualité.
  • Impression recto-verso: l’une des options indispensable pour votre imprimante. Vous pourrez imprimer rapidement en recto-verso vos documents.

La gamme Ecotank

Il existe plusieurs machines Ecotank répondant précisément à certains sujets plutôt que d’autres:

  • Une imprimante photo: cette imprimante est spécialement conçue pour imprimer des photos en bonne résolution et qualité. Si votre objectif est d’imprimer des photos de façon optimale, alors cette imprimante est faite pour vous.
  • Une imprimante pour les particuliers: cette imprimante est recommandée si vous êtes un particulier car plus économe à l’achat tout en vous permettant d’avoir des fonctionnalités réellement utiles comme le recto-verso ou la connectivité via wifi.
  • Une imprimante pour les entreprises: cette imprimante délivre plus de performances que les autres imprimantes notamment en terme de chargement de documents. Sur la durée cette imprimante vous fera économiser de l’énergie et du temps en vous évitant de recharger trop souvent le chargeur papier.

Ecotank: Plus Eco que tank

Le point fort des imprimantes ecotank est réellement leur coût de possession particulièrement faible. Il faut savoir qu’en règle générale, vous économiserez jusqu’a 90% sur le coût de l’encre. Comme nous l’avons vu, ce coût est particulièrement bas grâce aux réservoir d’encre. Il existe d’autres imprimantes disposant de cette technologie, mais ne vous méprenez pas, seul Epson réussi vraiment à maîtriser cette technologie dont elle est pionnière.

Le coût à l’achat est également avantageux. Pour une imprimante de la gamme “particulier”, comptez 269.99€ pour une imprimante vous permettant d’imprimer en couleur, des photos, en recto-verso et équipée d’un scanner. Ce prix est réellement attractif pour une machine de cette qualité et proposant autant de fonctionnalités. Avec ces fonctionnalités, il faut également ajouter la technologie particulière d’ecotank que vous ne retrouverez pas partout, surtout a qualité égale.

Ecotank: la vidéo de présentation

Ecotank: pour aller plus loin

Finalement, l’imprimante Ecotank a en quelque révolutionné le monde de l’impression bien plus que n’importe quel constructeur. Economique autant à l’achat que sur la durée, vous pouvez compter sur Epson pour baisser le budget alloué à votre imprimante. De plus si vous avez une question ou un projet, n’hésitez pas à contacter l’un de nos 120 experts, disponible par téléphone ou via notre chat en ligne.

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Communal living at work and good habits to keep when working in an Open Plan office

So what is an Open Plan office design?

Open plan office floor design emerged in the US in the 1950s and appeared in Europe in the 1980s albeit with a few modifications and was intended for companies, aimed at bringing down walls between offices so that all co-workers would work in the same space. Having evolved quite a bit through the years, open plan is nowadays an option that is always seriously considered by start-ups, that do not hesitate to highlight how crucial this concept is when recruiting new employees. Promoting interaction and cohesion, as long as certain rules are abided by, open plan co-working constitutes for many the future of work spaces for businesses large or small.

The Benefits of Open Plan

Open plan creates enhanced team cohesion and facilitates communication flow between the various departments and services.  Had each employee been in their respective offices, cut off from everyone else interactions would have been severely reduced. The space becomes a sharing platform, visually and in terms of sound,  and therefore promoting communication. This type of design, if well designed, will heighten well-being at work and will amplify a more personal type of communication, since email exchange will be lowered to give way to increased human interaction.

From a financial standpoint buying premises that allow for Open Plan reduces the necessary floor area for workers, brought about by the disappearance of separate offices. This therefore becomes advantageous in terms of costs, which is not inconsequential, when taking in to account the fact that the price per square meter is oftentimes exorbitant in big cities.

How not to disturb colleagues in an Open Plan setting

Open plan has many benefits, it is however important to keep certain factors in check that would otherwise be counter-productive and troublesome for employees. This design concept entails being in continuous interaction with superiors, who will be present in the heart of the open office. Employees must not feel like they are being watched or under constant surveillance, since that is far removed from the aim of this type of floor design. This type of apprehension can lead to stress and subsequently discomfort could arise, that would be detrimental to productivity and the well-being of the workforce within the company.

Furthermore constantly being in contact with co-workers and their activities around the office can sometimes become noisy, with there being a mixture of phone calls, personnel activity and music. A certain amount of commonsense and respect is necessary when co-existing with colleagues, who would otherwise quickly tire of having to work in such a loud and disquieting environment.

So here we have a to do list of good habits to adopt in order to get the most out of the Open Plan:

  • Respect your co-workers: remember that it is a work space where productivity is always very important .
  • Do not talk too loud: silence has benefits too.
  • Put your desk phone on hold or on DND (do not disturb) which is an option on your phone to silence it while you are away. A phone not ringing for 10 minutes is quite an enjoyable experience!
  • Avoid pointless to’s and fro’s, constant unnecessary movement can quickly become counter-productive.
  • Leave smelly food items at home: no one really wants to smell kippers at 4 o’clock in the afternoon!
  • Manage the heating and air-conditioning wisely: everyone is different, so be considerate.
  • Exit the open plan office for personal calls.
  • Go up to the person you are addressing rather than talking to them from afar.
  • Do not forget to be sociable pleasant, supportive and helpful.
  • A good management of phone volumes, ringers and notifications will be required.
  • Avoid being loud.

Make the ideal office layout one of your priorities

It is wise to correctly furnish and arrange the layout of the office space and its surroundings in order to do away with disturbances, but also dreariness or a lifeless lack of design,

  • Give precedence to small clusters of desks rather than there being rows upon rows of office furniture.
  • Do not hesitate to cut through the spacial monotony with plants or decorative features. This will give a warmer feel to the office.
  • Set up a separate leisure room or break room to allow employees to get way from the shared environment of the open plan from time to time.
  • Separate boardrooms and conference rooms are still important in order to be temporarily cut off from the general open atmosphere, in order to deal with more important and pressing issues.
  • Set up open plan rules for your communal workplace that are displayed in an informative and playful manner
  • Do not shy away from fully decorating the place and enhancing the interior design of the Open Plan. Positive vibes should be emanating from this newly decorated office. And you could use for instance the all too trendy urban loft feel. A touch of fun should also not be absent from your offices, dreary is certainly not the word ! Make your employees contribute to the enrichment of the workspace by encouraging them to personalise their desk spaces for a more homely feel.

Open plan, with its upgrades, represents a new engaging way to experience the workplace and is proving itself to be more and more attractive to the world of business, whether they be business leaders or employees.  Now, if you still have doubts about this concept it is important to remember that the key word here is RESPECT. This simple idea will help all in reaping the full benefits of open plan design and getting the most out of this productivity boon, while society is evermore seeking ways of attaining well-being in the workplace.

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All you need to know about mobile printing

Impression via smartphone et wifi

Mobile printing isn’t rocket science…

More and more of the activities we do on a daily basis are on the go, whether it be at work or at home for some, in co-working spaces or in sharing offices, or even when dealing with admin issues whilst visiting a client. A study suggests that 95% of consumers and 67% of business users want the ability to print from their mobile devices, and another study points to the fact that 75% of users said mobile printing has a business value that is on par with PC printing, whereas 15% say mobile printing has an even greater business value than PC printing.
Two revolutions are taking place, one stemming from the other: in the workplace and also therefore in printing. These two revolutions are well on their way: people who are more and more on the go, need to have their equipment with them at all times, printing being also a necessity, mobile printing was born. Now, for sure mobile printing is a great idea but without a printer, you won’t go very far. I permit myself here to throw in the mix this wonderful article by one of my colleagues.
A question of critical importance needs to be asked here: How can we marry data security and truly flexible mobile printing? Well… it’s become a doddle and it’s going to be plain and simple why that’s the case.

Mobile Printing with Android

Mopria

Let’s go back a few years to 2013, the year, which incidentally was declared to be the international year of Quinoa by the World health organisation. When confronted with security issues inherently present with sharing important documents via mobile printing; on computers, smartphones and tablets, a few manufacturers decided to create the Mopria alliance. This alliance resolved trust issues that companies had, and permitted them to protect their data. Thanks to that alliance and the developing of software, the mobile printing market is constantly evolving. Not, only users but also manufacturers have had to catch up, so as to make their equipment, hardware and software compatible with technological leaps in the mobile printing industry and to therefore make usage more universal and efficient. Mopria’s main aim is to make mobile printing accessible to all, at all times, on whatever medium. This printing technology has now become ubiquitous and widespread due to the fact that no printing driver is required. Printing thus becomes quick and easy, there not being any hindrance between you and the printer.
To be able to use Mopria one needs to download it via Android’s Google Play. Once it’s installed the Android operating system will detect the various printers situated in the company offices. And so it’s now possible to print a document while in the break room to find it back in the office or at ones desk moments later. With a few simple clicks on the smartphone one can alter layout and printing settings.

Other Android apps

Most printer manufacturers have created their own app to make printing easier from smartphones and other connected devices. Various brands like HP, Samsung, Brother, Canon and Epson for instance have developed such apps that are available for download on platforms like Google Play.

Not only are these apps user friendly, but they also let you print directly from your photo gallery, your mail and from Internet. You can also select the printing options you prefer (colour, format, duplexing…). On top of these various functions, printing is protected and made easy, printer detection being carried out via the IP address. Thanks to these apps printing is now child’s play.

You’ll be able to print whatever you want, the only problematic issue now will be how you manage your consumables… no ink cartridges…no printing… Oops silly me! Our free offer will prevent you from ever running out of ink cartridges. Do not hesitate to find out about our connected printers, it might end up being very useful to do so.

Mobile Printing with Apple IOS

Airprint

Impression grâce à Airprint d'AppleAirPrint was put in place by Apple quite a while back now, and permits you to print from your iPad or your iPhone using the network that your mobile devices and printers are linked to. It is a widely available service on most multifunction printers nowadays. To be able to use this function you need to be linked to the same network via Wi-Fi or even using an Ethernet RJ45 cable, yep…it still exists. No need to install or download any program, everything takes place automatically.

The Plug ‘n’ Play hub

Yet again for all the Apple users out there, it’s a hub that allows you to print remotely, by permitting printers that do not have the AirPrint function to make use of this service. Printing is directly launched from mobile devices and there’s no need to install an app. It’s easy to use and a doddle to install, the hub is just plugged into the network and it automatically recognises the printers.
In short don’t worry anymore about printing from a mobile, as you can see, it’s all taken care of and it’s as easy as pie!

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How to make you printing corner more welcoming and cosy?

Why would you want to make your printing corner more cosy and welcoming, and which steps would you implement in order to achieve that goal?

Few things are more tedious than having to collect the documents you have just printed, having to stop all other important activities, get up, make your way sometimes across the whole office space on your level to get to your business printer, to finally find out that you hadn’t even printed out the right document in the first place!

To lighten the burden and sweeten the pill when it comes to the whole printing experience, a few simple steps ought to be taken to turn this space fraught with bad memories into a more warm, welcoming and cosy area. By doing this you will free your staff from this feeling of having to perform a chore. Below, I give you a few tips so that the printer is no longer that monster in the corner that employees shrink from.

Your printing corner could also be a reading areaBibliothèque pour coin imprimante

So you’ve just finished a top priority 179-page dossier and you’re the happiest employee in the building. That is before you realise that you still have to go through the bother of having to print it. Considering how important your dossier is, there is not a chance in the world that you’ll even move an inch away from the printer. If a colleague of yours were to decide to print a large document himself while you’re printing, you would have to work out which is which. So here you are, in front of the printer trying to deter anyone else from even daring to come anywhere close.

No worries! There’s a simple solution in order to make your every waiting and printing “waking moments” feel much shorter. Install a few aesthetically pleasing shelves garnished with a variety of books, and furnish that space with a few armchairs, and here’s a nice reading space for everyone to enjoy. While you’re there you might want to read books related to certain markets or covering a whole range of other subjects.

A printing corner with a “view”

If you are not so lucky as to have an intern to get your printed documents for you, you might want to consider decorating that space with a few pictures rather than leaving it bare. This will allow you to enjoy the contemplation of some beautiful landscapes while waiting there for your documents, or even just to enjoy the sight for a brief moment when you pop back to get what you printed.

Although your printer might not be the most handsome feature in the office space, it does not necessarily follow that its environment must also be so. Employees of companies spend a vast amount of time going to and fro, from desk to printer; it would therefore be a shame for that space to be neglected.

Decorate your printer with stickers

Stickers pour imprimante professionnelleYou will most likely know someone that has a PC that they have decorated with lovely stickers. It can be a creative way of personalising your printer by making it unique.

There must however be a few conditions that come with this. The printer should not be leased and therefore be yours. Although some stickers may be removable, there still is the risk that they might damage the printer. Furthermore it is important to have stickers that suit a professional environment. And finally if clients are able to see your printer, it is best not to use stickers.

Make your office space and printer corner more eco-friendlyL'aloes verra pour assainir l'air de vos bureaux

As you know the air is globally getting more and more polluted and unbreathable. Off course we can all help to improve things by efficiently recycling ink cartridges for instance. But at the same time I have found a solution that will improve your immediate environment.

Thanks to the Aloe Vera plant, which has powerful decontaminating properties you will be able to improve air quality in offices and make your printer corner more inviting. Certain studies have even shown that the Aloe Vera plant is able to absorb electromagnetic waves emitted by computers and printers. This plant will therefore contribute to the purification of the air around you and bring a touch of nature to your offices. You’ll see these small but extremely beneficial plants may be found anywhere and cost very little.

A printing corner where you might want to hide the printer

 We’ll all agree that a printer might not be the first thing you want to see when you come to work in the morning. It’s not the most pleasant looking piece of equipment and for some of us it might be reminiscent of undesirable moments, trying to change a reluctant cartridge or dealing with a paper jam. To hide this diabolical beast might be better so as to ward off possible unsavoury inner mental dialogues and conflicts. However if you have a seriously bulky office multifunction printer, it might require a fair amount of creativity to camouflage it. Otherwise if you have a classic backup printer (like the Brother HLL8260cdw), you can always psych yourself up and make a beautiful wicker basket to store the beast.

Cacher votre imprimante poue améliorer votre coin imprimante

A printer corner, and treats and sweets

Going from your desk to your printer might make you peckish. Do not hesitate to put forward a strategy that will ward off slumping sugar levels among staff that have been walking miles and miles just going from desk to printer. Give precedence to sweets and avoid perishables and all the downsides related to them that we all know about.

A more charming printer corner: to what end?

 So here we have it, be sure to have a warm and cosy printing corner that is part of a global strategy that aims to improve all your offices. This strategy consists in making your workspace more welcoming and pleasant, which in turn will have a motivational effect on your employees. When employees are motivated they will be more productive and will want to work hard for the company.

The fitting out of your printing corner and your offices in general must be seen as an investment and not as being simply wasteful. On the other hand if you work alone, enhancing your work environment is all the more important, for to work alone in an unpleasant environment can end up being demoralising and counter productive.

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Office life: What music to motivate your employees? Our best playlist to work

Choisir une bonne playlist au bureau

Whether you are alone in an office, with 2 or 3 people, with your immediate work colleagues or in an open space with all the company’s employees, music in the office is a way of creating a good atmosphere and therefore of productivity. On the other hand we can opt instead for music that motivates the troops (without distracting them!). There is also a playlist for those who need to concentrate or a playlist to relax at the end of the day!

Creating an office playlist is an important element to consider, as it can determine your mood, how you work and the relationship you have with your colleagues!

Since professional printers do not yet have built-in speakers, your computer will need to be equipped with a good sound system (sound quality, speaker, cabinet, etc.). Let’s go for our top songs to motivate your employees!

The playlist to motivate yourself

To motivate yourself, there’s nothing better than music that moves! Here is our selection for a Monday morning playlist for example:

  1. Eric Prydz – Call on me
  2. Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
  3. AC/DC – Thunderstruck
  4. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
  5. The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It
  6. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars
  7. Michael Jackson – Don’t stop til you get enough
  8. Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
  9. Sia – Cheap Thrills
  10. Bon Jovi – you give love a bad name

A playlist to focus on

Ecouter de la musique avec un casque ou écouteurs

Listening to music with headphones to concentrate and improve productivity, choose quieter, softer music such as classical music with piano or film soundtracks such as Hans Zimmer’s playlist.

To avoid being bothered by your colleagues at work choose an audio headset to stay in your bubble. It is a proven fact that the headphones tell your colleagues “Busy – Don’t disturb! ».

 

A playlist to relax

As the weekend approaches, we will capitalize on a cool playlist that will allow us to relax after a busy week: funk or disco!

  1. The Pointer sisters – I’m so excited
  2. Pharrell Williams – Happy
  3. Starsailor _ Four To The Floor
  4. Bob Sinclar – Rock This Party
  5. The Whispers – and the Beat Goes On
  6. Magic System- Magic In The Air Feat. Chawki
  7. Kool & the Gang – Celebration
  8. Earth, wind and fire – September
  9. Madonna – Holiday
  10. Lionel Richie – All Night Long

Choose the best playlist for the office

Feel free to create your own music playlists based on your employees’ musical tastes. Don’t forget that you need it to please everyone.

For information, a song lasts 4 minutes on average, so it will take 15 songs to last 1 hour, 105 songs on average to last 8 hours or one day of work.

It is also important to consider the context in which you will be listening to your music. If you are alone in your office, if you share it or if you are in an open space, you will not necessarily play the same music.

You have your own office

Just like having a professional printer in your office, being the only music master in your office has more than appreciable advantages. In that case, do what you want. Would you like to listen to Englebert Humperdinck’s back catalogue? Go ahead! Go ahead! No one will judge you. However, it is important to check the thickness of the walls before turning the volume to its maximum and remember to train your reflexes in order to stop the music very quickly as soon as someone enters your office.

If you listen to classical music, no problem…

You share your office with other colleagues

Here, clearly, it all depends on your seniority with respect to your office colleagues. However, be careful not to put the volume too loud, and be altruistic by putting in your playlist some music they like… so as not to appear selfish.

You are in Open space

This suggests the need to having an eclectic playlist that allows everyone to find their own favourite………….. the best option being to vary the rhythm. Mix fast music with slower music, and create several playlists because there is nothing worse (well almost) than hearing exactly the same songs every day, especially when some music is not to your liking!

Music, in a company, is important for well-being but also to create cohesion and a good entrepreneurial spirit. As at Ecoburotic, don’t hesitate to use music lists for better productivity!

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How to make your choice in the jungle of printing solutions?

Choisir son imprimante professionnelle

Printing, scanning, photocopying… these tasks are now part of the lives of all your employees. However, even if for a typical employee using a multifunction printer with as many buttons as a spaceship has become as natural as using the coffee machine, professional printing has become a business strategy that can directly affect performance. Unforeseen events such as a printer failure, a shortage of ink or toner cartridges are all factors that can cause a slowdown in activity

Which printer for my company?

choisir son scanner professionnelOf course, we could focus on the either-or choice between laser and inkjet printer, but the choice of a well-matched printer is first defined by the type of company.

Depending on the size of the company, the number of printed documents or the desired functions (paper format, wireless, photo printer…), In order to be as useful as possible to your employees it is best to select the equipment that it is in line with the company’s work rhythm.

If you have a great need for printing, often communicate by email or fax and your company has many employees (SMEs or very large companies), an A3 multifunction printer seems better suited to your needs.

On the other hand, if you are the manager of a small company and only the printing, scanning and photocopying functions are useful to you, a compact, space-saving printer is a good compromise.

Consumables at the heart of professional printing.

Cartouches d'encre

As you already know, a printer alone won’t do you much good, you need ink and paper to feed it. This is the crux of the matter, because if we add to the regular purchase of consumables, the maintenance of the printer or even a permanent breakdown, we quickly realize that taking care of these machines takes time, time that you could spend on some more productive activities. This is why companies must nowadays consider printing as a strategy.

Whilst rental is an option not all rental options offer the savings anticipated or the sort of flexibility of changing business requirements that you might be looking for.

If you do not yet feel that printer rental is suitable for your company, my mission is to tell you that Print Essential does not require any contractual commitment and nevertheless allows you to benefit from a really useful service.

How many times have you heard your colleagues curse your ink-free printer? How many times have you been alone in front of your black and white printed page due to lack of colour? I’m sure you’re familiar with these potential problems. There is no point in having a good colour laser printer if you can’t use it. So look for a forward-looking solution that will allow you to avoid these unwanted situations.

Which brand to choose?

The brand is important but it is not the most important point for choosing your machine. If you feel totally drowned by the big names in the industry like Epson, Brother, Canon, HP, and others, don’t be afraid! You must focus first and foremost on the functionality you want to have. Once these features are identified, the multifunction printer of your dreams, whatever the brand, will come to you!

Which functions to choose?

It’s a logical question, and there are a very large amount of functions that you could consider having:

  • Print in colour or black and white.
  • Photo printer
  • Wi-fi printer
  • Scanner, photocopier.
  • Duplex printing.

There are many other features, too many to mention, but by contacting our team of experts free of charge on 0 800 326 287, you can tell us your needs and we will find the machines with the most suitable features for your projects.

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Practical advice

Professional printer: stay connected!

Découvrez comment connecter votre imprimante professionnelle

Connected devices are everywhere in our daily lives: watches, shoes, glasses, speakers. They invade our homes and workspaces. Their usefulness is no longer in question, whether in terms of practicality, fun or technology. If there is one domain in which a connected device can save precious time, it is the domain of the professional printer. We can all remember (too) many times where our business printer runs out of ink or toner. And this always comes at the wrong time, of course: before an important customer appointment or in the middle of a day of intense activity… And then… it’s the drama, the nervous breakdown!

Professional printer connected = SERENITY!

Connecting your professional printers eliminates these situations. Not only do you no longer run out of ink, but you no longer waste time ordering your cartridges and toners (Oh yes, you to have not memorized the make and model of all your printers at the office?). Are you interested in making your life easier in a few minutes?

Professional printer connected, how does it work?

Thanks to applications or small pieces of software, a professional printer automatically communicates the level of its cartridges and therefore the status of its needs. You may have been aware of these options if you use a service provider who installs and manages a fleet of photocopiers in your company. Until now, these solutions were almost exclusively reserved for companies using contract printing solutions. However, the applications concerned can work just as well for ALL professional printers connected to your company’s network. Regardless of the size of the fleet and without any contractual commitment!

This is the service offered by Ecoburotic as part of its Print Essential offer.

The implementation of this service is extremely simple. The application is installed on your network in a few minutes by our remote technician. This application then transmits certain data from your professional printer to Ecoburotic teams: the level of cartridges or toners, the number of pages printed, alerts…

And then what? From your side you have nothing more to do; the cartridges and toners will arrive directly on your desk.

A personal space allows you to monitor your consumption in real time and control your entire fleet of professional printers. By the way, this interface will be very useful to monitor unnecessary impressions (on average 20%… Oh yes!).

Our advice: connect all your professional printers regardless of the brand!

Some manufacturers also offer their consumables supply service. But only on their own brand. However, it is extremely rare to have only one brand of printer within a company. To take full advantage of the time and budget savings offered by these services, make sure that your service provider allows you to connect your entire fleet, regardless of the brand of the professional printer. This is the case with the Print Essential service.

Personally, I don’t have a connected watch yet. However, I can’t even remember the last time I was out of ink. And Juliette, who works a few meters from me, has just finished identifying the requirements for cartridges and toners for all departments, on all printers….

One last detail: this service is free of charge and without obligation.

Interested? Take 2 minutes to discover the Print Essential offer in video.

 

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News

What is the difference between digital printing and 3D printing?

Différence entre imprimante professionnelle numérique et imprimante 3D

You couldn’t have missed it: 3D printing is about to start a real revolution in today’s world. Some are calling it the 4th industrial revolution. But beyond the innovative aspect of this new technology, is it really appropriate to talk about 3D “printing”, in the same context as digital printing, which is now a part of everyone’s daily life?

Two impressions, two definitions

First, let’s look at the definitions specific to these two printing technologies:

  • Digital printing :

Reproduction technique allowing documents or information to be printed identically from computer data, using suitable equipment and a defined medium (paper, cardboard, textile, etc.)

  • 3D printing :

Technique for manufacturing three-dimensional parts by adding or aggregating raw materials specific to this technology

Based on these definitions, we can already make one concrete statement. On the one hand, we have digital printing which allows us to reproduce an existing document. If this document does not yet exist, we will have to create it using an existing technology (creation software, drawing, word processing…). On the other hand, we have 3D printing, which allows us to manufacture in its entirety an object in three dimensions. Of course, the 3D printer cannot create an object without following a plan. But, unlike traditional digital printing, it is capable of producing many types of different shapes, without restrictions on its material , or size. And that in itself is something!

Printing technologies and equipment

Clearly, when we look at the definitions of these two printing technologies, the first differences are marked. But it is not just a matter of words. In concrete terms, digital printing and 3D printing are diametrically opposed in terms of the material used on both sides. With digital printing, there are really only two reference technologies, more or less dominating our entire current use: laser and inkjet. These two printing technologies each have their own advantages and can be adapted to your needs. These two technologies operate through very distinct processes, which are based on different consumables (e. g. inkjet cartridges, laser toners). Quite simple, you may say.

With 3D printing, we are faced with a more diverse range of solutions (because it is much more recent) and which is aimed at much more technophile audiences. There are three 3D printing technologies:

  • The deposit of material

It consists in depositing layer by layer a filament of thermoplastic material melted at 200°C to form an object.

  • Solidification by light

It is the solidification of a photosensitive liquid by means of a laser beam.

  • Agglomeration by gluing

It is based on the spreading of a thin layer of powder on a platform. The print head deposits glue drops that stick together as they create the final object.

As we can see, these three 3D printing technologies have nothing to do with inkjet and laser, which are specific to digital printing. From the point of view of expertise and know-how, digital printing and 3D printing are therefore far apart. A digital printing expert, as Ecoburotic can be called, may not necessarily have the expertise and legitimacy to talk about 3D printing, given the significant gap between these two very distinct worlds.

Overall, 3D printing is more like the world of industry, which prefers to talk about “additive manufacturing“. This new technology will completely change our vision of manufacturing . In the past, we used to remove material to make objects of all kinds (carpentry, sculpture, welding…). Today, with additive manufacturing, we can consider creating any kind of object by adding material, starting from scratch. Compared to current standards this new technology will also revolutionize industry with its ease of use and speed of application.

Different targets and objectives

Beyond the technical considerations, 3D printing is aimed at a very different audience to that of digital printing and has a very different purpose. While digital printing is aimed at both professionals and individuals, 3D printing is aimed at an industrial audience or individuals who are experienced and passionate about new technologies. For example, 3D is widely used in the medical world, for the creation of prostheses and also in the building industry.

As far as the objectives are concerned, these two technologies are also very different: additive manufacturing can help man or nature by creating objects, via new manufacturing processes; digital printing makes it possible to create things mainly on paper , which generally make life easier for companies or individuals without really affecting their overall condition. In short: it is difficult to imagine improving humanity with a Pagewide MFP 477DW from HP, while 3D printing could quickly offer us alternatives to our current operating methods.

Opposed yes, but complementary

Finally, it is clear that digital printing and 3D printing are not the same technologies, targets and objectives. It might be more appropriate to talk about “3D manufacturing” or “additive manufacturing”, as in the industrial world. The future will certainly tell us whether 3D printing will somehow revolutionize our worldview and help humanity create things in a different way. But one thing is certain: digital printing and 3D printing will coexist in the present and in the future!

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