HP Inc. have just launched the 65ppm MFP S965dn and 75ppm S975dn. Whilst the specs are not yet available, they appear to be respectively the Sharp MX-6500N and MX-7500N with the interface from the earlier Sharp light production range. Since their feeders can scan 200 ipm for duplex originals in a single pass, the machines may be armed with HP scanning components. The HP ultrasonic device for testing whether two sheets have been misfed would be very useful in a light production machine intended primarily to enhance electronic and not paper document workflows.
HP are also launching a new range of scanners, the HP ScanJet Pro 2500f1, ScanJet Pro 3500f1 and ScanJet Pro 4500fn1 which all have dual-head scanners in their ADFs. The last of these can stand alone on the network, and comes with the means to scan and send from the device itself.
Couple these hardware launches to the announcement of the HP JetAdvantage Capture app - a new stablemate for HP Capture and Route - and HP's strategy to lead in SME document workflow starts to become clear. By turning the focus of a company's document workflow strategy from the departmental MFP in the postroom to the actual software, we might be seeing the vitualization of the multifunction: distributed equipment placed where the need is. HP scanners, high-end A4 HP inkjets (with their low TEC), a powerful ECM system and a single economic light production MFP to do the remaining hardcopy output. We have heard ECM developpers talk about the Virtual MFP, but we're pleased to be the first to coin the term in html.
Look out for the new A3 MFPs from HP on your DMO