The time when the office photocopier was the size of a bus, had a single black and white copying function and was treated with the awe of a full department in itself is long past. Photocopiers have benefitted from microchip technology greatly reducing the size of copier machines, improved toner units and laser technology providing quality colour imaging and with vastly improved copy and feed mechanisms providing speed and efficiency. In the same period of development, facsimile equipment became commonplace, the PC and networks became tools of managing most businesses and desktop publishing became a standard business presentation practice.
As businesses continue to evolve, so does the office equipment that is available to them. The major photocopier manufacturers have responded to today’s needs in most offices by re-designing the traditional photocopier into a business hub unit. As offices replace their photocopiers, many companies are now considering the more advanced technology to meet their everyday office needs. Gone are the separate and costly individual pieces of equipment that provide photocopies in black and white or colour; the fax machine which was traditionally slow and notorious for creating bottlenecks in time and workflow; the extremely expensive to operate inkjets and small laser printers scattered around the desktops; the precious scanner that committed pictures and images into the computer system. In place of all these individual, and often nightmarish, machines now stands a business hub unit incorporating all of them.
Overheads and rents on office space continue to escalate, making each square metre of floor space p