Five (relatively unknown) things you’ll love about your printer

| 18. Nov 2020

Multifunctional printers

Multifunctional printers (MFPs) have been part of the business environment for decades now and consequently, people might think they know all about what these productivity enhancing devices can do and how these can benefit their business use cases.


Multifunctional printers (MFPs) have been part of the business environment for decades now and consequently, people might think they know all about what these productivity enhancing devices can do and how these can benefit their business use cases.


However, like the humble Excel sheet, this technological business tool is incredibly versatile and offers a world of functions and features that most users will not be aware of. Mohammed Vachiat, GM for Direct Sales at Konica Minolta South Africa sheds some light around this. 


#5 Not even Neo from the Matrix will be The One to hack your printer


While the Fourth Industrial Era is leading to the use of technology in order to make employees more productive and efficient, it is also making servers and access points more vulnerable to attack. The onslaught of virus risk isn’t limited to COVID-19, but tech products too.

This is why brands like Konica Minolta provide world-leading security, hardware and software combined with proactive system monitoring that removes uncertainty and risk of future security threats. This means that potential cyber-attacks can be resolved quickly, without loss of data or disruption to work.


#4 Smart remote printing for a remote working world


By employing certain applications users are able to easily connect to the company’s printing devices from their smartphone via Wi-Fi. This unlocks various handy features like the ability to print documents and images as well as import scanned data, without a PC. You can print directly from your cloud storage, browser and camera app too.


#3 Every productivity cloud has a cool tech feature lining


You do not need to install additional printer drivers in order to use printing services such as AirPrint from iOS-powered mobile devices, or Google Cloud Print. Furthermore, MFPs from some companies allow you to print whatever you want, wherever you are. You can automatically search for a device on the same Wi-Fi network and connect to it. Cloud Printing Service also allows companies to manage their total print environment including the MFPs, servers, drivers, applications and network, and thereby simplify the operational processes, streamline their business and increase overall efficiency.


#2 Privacy remains vital in the age of POPI


With features such as mobile printing, people gain access to print in not only fast and convenient ways but also in a secure manner, since they can set up an individual ID and password for each employee allowed to use the MFP. This enables the business to stay in control of access rights – limiting access to copying confidential data.


#1 Recycling small printing parts makes a massive difference


Did you know that an empty printer cartridge will take approximately 1,000 years to decompose? Globally at least 80% (almost 13 million) of used toner and ink cartridges end up in landfills. Konica Minolta South Africa ensure that used toner bottles, cartridges and/or imaging units are collected from customers for recycling through the company’s supplier development beneficiary.



About Konica Minolta South Africa

Konica Minolta South Africa provides innovative solutions that make The Connected Office a reality for businesses of all sizes.


Ground-breaking ideas for the workplace of the future demand equally innovative technology, as such the company utilises award-winning print technologies, intuitive applications and document management solutions together with multifunctional devices to deliver technologically advanced results for clients. Konica Minolta’s quality enterprise-level IT solutions help organisations transform their workflow.


Whether employees are office-bound, or working remotely, Konica Minolta is a trusted advisor to help make employees more productive and business processes more efficient while reducing company running costs. A division of Bidvest Branded Products, with over 70 points of presence across the subcontinent, the company implements their technology-powered, service-focused approach across Southern Africa.