Kyocera wins six more Buyers Laboratory Awards

Danielle Wolowitz.
Danielle Wolowitz.

Kyocera Document Solutions America has received additional multiple awards from Buyers Laboratory (BLI). BLI is a leading independent third-party provider of product intelligence for the graphics and imaging industry. Kyocera’s Ecosys P6130cdn and Ecosys M6535cidn each received BLI’s coveted Certificate of Reliability and “Highly Recommended” rating. Kyocera also picked up an Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award for the eco-friendly waste toner design of its new A3 models, while the TASKalfa 406ci took home the “Pick” Award for Outstanding Colour MFP for Mid-Size to Large Workgroups. “It’s not just the amount of industry recognition, it’s the variety,” said Danielle Wolowitz, Vice President of the Corporate Marketing Division for Kyocera Document Solutions America. “Our goal is to be best-in-class in every aspect of product design and reliability, and these awards are further validation.”

Kyocera Ecosys M6535cidn.
Ecosys M6535cidn.

In the business printer category, reliability is consistently ranked among the most important factors, and arguably the greatest competitive differentiator. Over a two-month period, BLI put Kyocera’s Ecosys P6130cdn and Ecosys M6535cidn through exhaustive 50,000-impression tests, including the running of both devices at their maximum duty cycles. Each printer “proved to be a highly reliable product,” and both earned the “Highly Recommended” rating and seal of approval, BLI’s strongest endorsement.

BLI analysts were also impressed by Kyocera’s unique waste toner container design, which has numerous tangible benefits. BLI Senior Editor George Mikolay added: “Because Kyocera’s’s new A3 MFP line-up lets you use an expired black toner bottle as a waste container, customers will likely see a reduction in waste generated, storage requirements for supplies, as well as downtime and service costs – with no need to send out a tech with a replacement waste toner container.” The design earned Kyocera the 2016 BLI Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award.

Kyocera TASKalfa 406ci.
Kyocera TASKalfa 406ci.

Introduced five months ago, the OEM’s TASKalfa 406ci MFP has already amassed numerous industry honours, including BLI’s “Highly Recommended” rating. BLI’s latest assessment focused on suitability for one of its primary user bases, ultimately naming the 406ci as the “Outstanding Colour MFP for Mid-Size and Large Workgroups.”

“The 406ci offers the full functionality of an A3 copier in a more compact footprint and at a much lower cost,” said Marlene Orr, Director of Office Equipment Analysis at BLI.

Several key features that were noted included: a 7” full-colour tablet-like control panel; strong scanning capabilities; and Kyocera’s open platform, HyPAS – which enables the TASKalfa 406ci to run a more robust portfolio of business applications (including PinPoint Scan, DMConnect, DocuWare Connector, Teaching Assistant and more). BLI was also impressed by the Tiered Colour System pricing, which allows organizations to pay for the actual amount of colour used, instead of the full price for even spot colour.

kyocerasixbliawards-inKyocera Document Solutions America, headquartered in Fairfield, N.J., is a leading provider of computer-connectable document imaging and document management systems – including network-ready digital MFPs/printers, laser printers, colour MFPs/printers, digital laser facsimiles, and multifunctional and wide-format imaging solutions. Buyers Laboratory (BLI) is the imaging industry’s leading independent provider of analytical information and services. For more than 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI data when making purchasing decisions, while industry professionals have turned to it for competitive intelligence when creating marketing strategies. BLI’s services include a comprehensive library of test reports, images and manufacturer’s literature – as well as industry tools that help configure products, calculate total cost-of-ownership (TCO), and determine annual power usage. BLI also consults with manufacturers, helping them develop and market more efficient products and consumables.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.