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OKI’s Wiredot Printer Receives Information Processing Technology Heritage Certification in Japan


The OKI Group has now received five certifications

TOKYO, March 14, 2013

Wiredot Printer

OKI Data Corporation, an OKI Group company specializing in the printer business, announced today that they have received the "Information Processing Technology Heritage" certification from the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) for its Wiredot Printer. It has been recognized as being of historical value in understanding the technology of the era when it was manufactured.

Developed as OKI’s first serial impact dot matrix printer (SIDM) in 1968, the Wiredot Printer is the root of digital printer technology. The technology to express characters as an assembly of dots was a groundbreaking technology at a time when there was no such method to store the pattern of characters by electrical means. The product was widely used by schools, laboratories, and financial institutions for a long time. Various efforts were exerted to make this system smaller, lighter and easier to operate, which is a valuable example of OKI's commitment to monozukuri.

"We are honored that OKI’s Wiredot Printer has been recognized for its historical value for understanding the information processing technology of that era, demonstrating our commitment to monozukuri and technological expertise," says Hiroshi Endo, Corporate Officer and Divisional General Manager of Products Business Division at OKI Data. "Moving forward, we will continue to provide and maintain products that contribute to the development of an information society."

The Information Processing Technology Heritage program is hosted by IPSJ to certify historical products and achievements that have formed the foundation of Japan's information processing technology, contributing significantly to Japan's economy and society. Through the certification program, IPSJ aims to make the heritage of ground breaking technology widely known, for use as research and education material..

The OKI Group has received the Information Processing Technology Heritage for its OKITYPER-2000 and OKITEC-300C System in fiscal year 2008, 2400B-type Line Printer in fiscal year 2009 and Autoteller Terminal AT-20P in fiscal year 2011, marking the Wiredot Printer the fifth product to receive the certification.

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.

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