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OKIFAX 7100 Registered Among Essential Historical Materials for Science and Technology by the National Museum of Nature and Science

World's first thermal digital fax machine becomes first OKI Group product thus registered


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TOKYO, September 3, 2014 -- OKI Data Corporation, an OKI Group company specializing in the printer business, today announced the registration of the OKIFAX 7100 as one of the Essential Historical Materials for Science and Technology (nickname: Mirai Technology Heritage) by Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science.

The Essential Historical Materials for Science and Technology is a registration system established to preserve, recognize, and make the best use of "prominent scientific and technological achievements worthy of being passed onto future generations" and "materials that have had significant impact on lifestyles, economy, society, and culture." Launched in 2008 by the National Museum of Nature and Science, 135 examples had been registered as of the end of fiscal year 2013. An additional 49 will be registered this year. OKIFAX 7100 is the first product from the OKI Group to be thus registered.

The OKIFAX 7100 was recognized for achieving efficient transmission through a band compression encoding method called Skipping White Space, based in part on OKI's experience with digital technologies gathered while developing the world's first thermal digital fax machine, as well as high-speed digital transmission six times faster than earlier analog transmission. Moreover, the OKIFAX 7100 enabled mass production and low cost through digital fax technologies and by integrating the image scanning optical and recording parts into a single unit as an LSI circuit.

"We're delighted to see our OKIFAX 7100 recognized by the National Museum of Nature and Science as one of the Essential Historical Materials for Science and Technology," said Hiroshi Endo, Corporate Officer and Divisional General Manager of the Products Business Division at OKI Data. "The device emerged from various efforts to make a system that was smaller, lighter, and easier to use, a notable example of OKI's commitment to monozukuri. Moving forward, based on our extensive experience and long list of accomplishments, we will continue to design and produce products that make an impact on our lives."

Against the backdrop of accelerating communications, regional expansion, and diversification following the deregulation of communication channels in 1972, the OKIFAX 7100 was introduced in 1976 as the world's first thermal digital fax machine. Analog machines (G1 devices with six-minute transmission times) represented the mainstream in the years predating the establishment of the G3 International Standard, and manufacturers tended to develop digital machines based on proprietary methods and standards. Applying its latest technologies to reduce transmission times, OKI emerged with a high-speed facsimile device offering one-minute transmission.

About OKI Data Corporation

OKI Data Corporation specializes in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of business printing solutions that empower organizations to communicate more effectively. A subsidiary of Tokyo-based OKI Electric Industry (established in 1881 as Japan's first telecommunications manufacturer), OKI Data fields representatives in 120 countries to offer innovative, leading-edge products and services worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.okiprintingsolutions.com/

Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science

Founded in 1877, the National Museum of Nature and Science boasts one of the richest histories of any museum in Japan. It is Japan's only nationally administered comprehensive science museum and a key research facility for natural history and the history of science and technology. It also serves as a valuable storehouse containing more than four million examples. Drawing on its collections and research, the Museum mounts numerous exhibitions. In fiscal 2011, it welcomed over 1.8 million visitors at its location in the Ueno District and at the Tsukuba Botanical Garden and Institute for Nature Study.

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