Toshiba’s New MFP Series is an Affordable Networking Solution for Seamless Integration into the Corporate Workflow

IRVINE , California   ( Jan 24, 2006 ) :

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) today announced the launch of its e-STUDIO™352 and e-STUDIO452 digital multifunction products (MFPs). The e-STUDIO352/452 series offers next generation e-BRIDGE technology, advanced networking features, a fast processor, excellent image quality and comprehensive device management capabilities. With a modular, build-to-order design, customers can configure a device based upon functional and paper handling requirements, choosing options to create a custom device ranging from a stand-alone copier to a fully integrated copier, printer, scanner, and facsimile.

“Toshiba’s highly efficient e-STUDIO352/452 MFP series is ideal for medium sized workgroups, offering end users flexibility and value with modular features and an expandable open architecture,” said Kay Fernandez, director, Product Marketing for TABS. “With a small footprint and impressive capabilities, the cost effective e-STUDIO352/452 unifies standard copying, plus optional network printing, faxing, and scanning for an effortless interchange of information through intranet and Internet channels.”

Next Generation e-BRIDGE Technology

The e-STUDIO352/452 series is built on Toshiba’s second-generation e-BRIDGE architecture, which builds networking capabilities into the core design of the device to deliver Internet-ready, mobile/wireless-ready, and solution-ready technology. A new hardware design boasts efficiencies in image processing by sharing system resources to complete an increased number of tasks in a shorter period of time. Toshiba’s e-BRIDGE products support the seamless communication and integration of Toshiba MFPs into many existing business document workflows and IT infrastructures.

One of the most notable features found standard on all e-BRIDGE enabled e-STUDIO products is e-FILING. The e-FILING function offers 200 private user mailboxes and one public box. Users can create individual password protected mailboxes and input documents into the box via scanning, printing from the desktop, fax, or Internet fax. The public box is accessible only by the administrator and offers storage of frequently requested documents, such as HR forms, or corporate documents and policies. This allows users to print all documents on demand, thereby saving paper and storage space.

Copy and Print Capabilities

The e-STUDIO352/452 series features document output speeds of 35 and 45 pages per minute (PPM) respectively. Other standard features include 2400 x 600 dpi resolution, trayless duplexing, two large 550-sheet cassettes, and an additional 100-sheet stack feed bypass to accommodate special and heavier stock papers.

By upgrading the e-STUDIO352/452 series with printing capabilities, users add parallel and network cross-platform printing supporting Windows, Unix, and Macintosh operating systems over a wide variety of common network protocols. Standard printer languages include PCL 6® and PostScript™ 3, combined with a sizeable 40GB hard disk drive to process large print jobs and support advanced print features. These features facilitate business requirements outside of many standard stand-alone printers, including professional finishing options such as hole punching, stapling, duplexing and booklet making.

Scan and Fax Functionality

Users also can configure the e-STUDIO352/452 series to function as a robust network-scanning device capable of scanning up to 50 originals per minute with user selectable resolutions up to 600 dpi. The series supports dual-sided scanning, mixed original scanning and continuous scanning up to 1,000 pages. Integrating the e-STUDIO352/452’s scanning feature into an organization’s workflow when coupled with a document management software solution provides complete digitization of all hard copy documents with easy storage and retrieval capabilities.

In addition to printing and scanning, the Toshiba e-STUDIO352/452 series offers fast 33.6 Kbps walk-up faxing, network faxing, and Internet faxing, yielding scan speeds of 0.7 seconds per page and transmission speeds of three seconds per page. In addition, the e-STUDIO352/452 series outputs facsimiles at 45 PPM.

Improved Control Panel for Ease of Use

Among the many easy to use features of the e-STUDIO352/452, one of the most beneficial is the large touch screen control panel. The control panel incorporates large buttons for easy access to commonly used features, as well as improved graphics and numerous one-touch buttons for preprogrammed settings. The design of the control panel benefits users by decreasing the number of keystrokes required when making a selection, and the layout offers more space between icons so users do not accidentally select the wrong feature. In addition to making the device easy to operate, the e-STUDIO352/452 control panel can be tilted up to a 45-degree angle, increasing ease of use for physically challenged individuals and flexibility in various light sources that may make it more difficult to read the LCD screen.

High Reliability

The e-STUDIO352/452 series incorporates four service modules, the Developer Unit, Cleaning Unit, Charger Unit and Fuser Unit, which address the most frequently serviced components. These modules enhance the device’s reliability, simplify maintenance and minimize downtime. The e-STUDIO352/452 also offers a Scan Once Copy Many feature, which reduces wear and tear on the Reversing Automatic Document Feeder (RADF). Furthermore, the e-STUDIO352 has a monthly duty cycle of 120,000, while the e-STUDIO452 offers a monthly copy volume of up to 150,000.

The e-STUDIO352/452, as with all e-STUDIO MFPs, is eCopy Ready, signifying that customers can use eCopy software to connect their organization's e-mail and other networked applications for low-cost, easy, instantaneous distribution, and management of scanned documents. The e-STUDIO352/452 series is now available through Toshiba’s nationwide network of dealers for suggested list prices of $7,625 and $9,799 respectively.

About Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) manages product planning, marketing, sales, service support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers, and toner products throughout the United States, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has four divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division; the Toner Products Division; the Document Solutions Engineering Division; and TOPAC U.S.A., Inc., dba Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), a wholly-owned subsidiary corporation of TABS, that operates a network of wholly owned office equipment dealers throughout the United States.

Named the most favored manufacturer seven times by the Business Technology Association (BTA), Toshiba’s entire product line, customer support and marketing distribution policies are markers for the industry. Among the many other awards garnered in recent years, Toshiba was named the “Copier Manufacturer of the Year” six times by the Marketing Research Consultants (MRC), and has twice been named to the CIO 100 for being among the top 100 “bold” (2005) and “agile” (2004) companies in the world.

TABS is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the sixth largest electronics/electrical equipment company and the world's 72nd largest company in terms of sales. Ranked by Fortune magazine as the 9th Most Admired Electronics Company in the World, Toshiba Corporation is a world leader in high technology products with more than 300 major subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Fiscal year revenue in 2004 was approximately $55 billion.

For more information on Toshiba copier, facsimile, multifunction printing products, network controllers or toner products, or for a dealer in your area, call 1-800-GO-TOSHIBA or visit the TABS Web site at