How the Canon DR-M1060 compact A3 scanner supports businesses in their digitisation strategies
Even as forward-thinking businesses digitise their operations (see main article), much of their input and output will continue to be paper-based to meet the needs/preferences of customers/suppliers, as well as their own legacy processes.
For process effiiency, it is vital to integrate paper-based information with digital data – and for this you need a scanner versatile enough to handle the broad mix of documents used by businesses, from rail tickets to A3 spreadsheets and even banners.
A good example is the Canon imageFORMULA DR-M1060 colour scanner. With scan speeds of 60 pages per minute (for A4 pages at 200dpi), it is fast enough to meet the requirements of busy workgroups and has the flexibility to handle
mixed documents up to A3. Using a combination of the long document mode and folio scan mode (where the scanner scans both sides of a folded page and stitches the images together), it can even handle documents up to A1 in size, as well as 3 metre long banners. At the other end of the scale, items as small as business and ID cards can be scanned with ease.
As important for productivity as the scanner specifiations is its ease of use – and here, too, the DR-M1060 is impressive. This is not a small personal device you would have next to your PC, but a dedicated document scanner that requires table space of its own; in addition to a space-saving U-turn paper path for standard documents, it has a straight paper path for heavier card stocks, long documents and banners, which will have a bearing on where the device can be positioned. From a usability perspective, the DRM1060 is not much different to the personal scanners most people are familiar with. This means that everyone in your organisation will be able to use it without having to lean on IT support.
Once the software has been installed, just load the documents and press scan. Canon CaptureOnTouch software loads automatically and offers the option to save a scanned document as a PDF, TFF, JPEG, PPTX or BMP fie, name it and specify a location. Alternatively, CaptureOnTouch can be used to select a pre-confiured scan job (e.g. scan to email or a specifid folder) with one click.
Other time-saving features including automatic colour and document size detection, ultrasonic double feed detection and skew detection. The scanner also has useful image enhancement features like colour drop-out to remove a colour when scanning in B&W or greyscale; text enhancement mode to improve the visibility of faint text or black text on dark backgrounds; and a pre-scan feature that lets you adjust contrast and brightness of pre-scanned images.
For more advanced users, the scanner comes with Kofax VRS image enhancement software; quick connectivity to SharePoint; PDF editing tools; and the option of saving files to PDF-A for long-term archiving.
The Canon DR-M1060 is a versatile, easy-to-use scanner ideal for businesses and workgroups that want to streamline processes and have the convenience of a dedicated device rather than having to share an MFP also used for printing, copying and faxing.