Simple-to-use LED-based A4 and A3 printers also suited to general office use
Egham, 1st November 2012
Egham, 1st November 2012
OKI Europe launched its new range of DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) embedded printers aimed at the specialist medical imaging market. OKI is the first company to introduce LED-based print solutions, which are significantly faster, more flexible and cost-effective than existing DICOM solutions based on film or solid ink technologies.
DICOM is the primary international standard for the handling, storing, printing and transmission of medical imaging and other related information. A DICOM Print Server is fully embedded in the new OKI A3 and A4 printers, so there is no need for conversion software or external hardware.
Medical institutes no longer have to settle for expensive printing on specialist media and devices. Medical images such as x-rays, nuclear medicine, MRI and CT scans and ultrasounds can be printed on a range of media, in High Definition colour for non-diagnostic purposes such as medical discussions or for clients or patients to take away. The DICOM printers are based on OKI’s existing range of award-winning printers and double up as day-to-day office printers, cutting down on the number of devices and consumables used saving time, money and space.
“As our solution is DICOM embedded, this avoids the need to install separate costly drivers and print servers, with the associated problems of communication between multiple devices,” confirms Lee Webster, general manager product marketing, OKI Europe.
“This is a cost-effective approach, with no need to manage or configure the printer. It is also highly robust, as it is not likely to slow down or block existing medical equipment. At the same time the new OKI printers are extremely flexible, as they are not just designed for specialist medical application but can also be used in a general office environment.”
OKI Europe has used its extensive experience in imaging technologies to design, develop and manufacture the new range of products targeted at the healthcare market. OKI and its channel partners will work with major medical equipment vendors to provide an exclusive solution to their large healthcare customers.
OKI Europe is also looking to extend its presence in other areas of this important sector, by targeting hospitals, clinics and medical training establishments, as well as dentists and veterinary practices, for example.
The new DICOM range comprises four products: the C610 DM and C711 DM are A4 printers and C831 DM and C910 DM offer A3 options. Each product has a DICOM Print Server embedded and provides colour or mono output.
Using paper offers a number of benefits over film. For volume users such as radiology departments, mailing and other running costs are much lower. Paper is a more environmentally-friendly medium, is easy to store with other patient records and can be annotated more easily. Unlike film, paper prints are not light-sensitive and do not degrade in direct sunlight.
“Once again, at OKI Europe we have taken a decisive technology lead with the launch of our versatile new DICOM range,” concludes Terry Laidlaw, managing director, OKI Europe. “Robust, quick and easy to use, they offer a highly cost-effective alternative in expanding what has traditionally been a specialist and high-end market.”
OKI Europe is a division of OKI Data Corporation, a global business-to-business organisation dedicated to creating professional in-house printed communications products, applications and services which are designed to increase the efficiency of today’s and tomorrow’s businesses. OKI Europe's annual group turnover accounts for over 50% of OKI Data Corporation’s group turnover.
The company is well-established as one of Europe’s leading printer brands, in terms of value and units shipped. OKI Europe’s award winning, product portfolio comprises six distinct segments: Colour and mono printers, multifunctional devices, which combine printing, copying, scanning and faxing functionalities, as well as Serial Dot Matrix printers, faxes and specialty printers for point-of-sales and manufacturing. Established in 1990, today OKI Europe employs approximately 1,100 people in 21 production sites and sales offices and is represented in 60 countries throughout the EMEA region.
OKI Data Corporation is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd., established in 1881 and Japan’s first telecommunications manufacturer.