Toshiba consign fax machines to the scrap heap

It seems even photocopiers will soon have their own e-mail addresses thanks to new technology from Toshiba, whicc promises to make the fax machine a thing of the past.

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By  Philip Fenton Published  October 15, 2001

Toshiba are looking to make the fax machine a thing of the past with their latest product: the I-fax. By giving your photo-copier an e-mail address, documents can be scanned and automatically sent as faxes, via e-mail. The copier can also receive faxes and e-mails and automatically print them, and any attachments.

“The concept of I-fax is based on the assumption that most of the fax documents are sent over fax, or telephone lines,” explains Pradeep Kumar, country manager of Toshiba’s electronic imaging division.
“I-fax basically sends faxes on [an] internet platform by using internet protocols. It’s sending faxes at the cost of e-mail, using the concept of sending hard copies from one place to another. In the conventional sense this would be transmitted through the normal fax lines, but in this case it’s using the internet line, so the cost is only the e-mail cost, and the cost of e-mail is substantially lower than sending a fax.

“So in larger organizations, where they do a lot of faxing, using this they can save a lot of cost. As far as this technology is concerned the only requirement is that you have a Toshiba e-studio machine, and this can send to another fax machine that has a similar capability, with I-fax function – this does not necessarily have to be a Toshiba machine.

“This means your copier has an e-mail address, and you can send e-mails directly to the copier, and it can receive e-mails, so if someone wants to send you an I-fax it will be directly printed out.”
But internet faxing is not the only innovation on the Toshiba stand. Advanced print controlling allows rapid printing of large batches by utilizing more than one printer at the same time. When a large batch is sent, the print controller will automatically distribute the load between two printers.

What’s even more impressive is that the controller can recognize the speed of a printer, and adjust its workload accordingly to ensure the batch is completed as soon as possible. For example, if one printer can print 20 pages per minute, and the other 40, the second printer will be given more copies to print to balance the workload.

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