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Canon & AHT Announce Release of Document Server for Canon Version 1.1

Press release from the issuing company

Solution Now Includes Distributed Workload Management Support for Canon imageRUNNER 110 LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. & EL SEGUNDO, Calif.---Nov. 19, 2001--Canon U.S.A., Inc., an industry leader in networked imaging solutions, and Advanced Hi-Tech (AHT), a market leader in digital output solutions, announced today the release of the Document Server for Canon (DSC) version 1.1. The DSC 1.1 upgrade, developed by AHT in collaboration with Canon Inc., teams the high-volume workflow management capabilities of AHT's servers with Canon's feature-rich color laser copier (CLC) and imageRUNNER black & white digital copier/printers. The new DSC 1.1 now includes connectivity and distributed workload management support for the Canon imageRUNNER 110. With this additional model support, the partnership between AHT and Canon is now providing Print on Demand professionals with even higher levels of control over their document production processes than ever before. "The release of the AHT DSC 1.1 further strengthens Canon's Print On Demand market strategy to capture maximum page volume,'' said Dennis Amorosano, director of Marketing, Canon U.S.A. Copier and Networked Office Systems Division. "With the Canon imageRUNNER 110 now available as a DSC-supported device, our customers have an even greater range of options available to meet their production-level requirements''. "The combination of the DSC server with Canon's high-speed color and b&w printers gives Canon a unique advantage for Print On Demand applications. Now with the addition of the imageRUNNER 110, Canon is positioned to take a significant part of the high-volume market,'' said Sue Liu, program manager for AHT. DSC 1.1 is a web browser-based printing system that centrally controls up to four geographically-dispersed Canon black and white printers, a color printer, and a high-speed production printer through a single server. Users can determine whether jobs assigned to centralized systems can be more efficiently processed by dividing workflow between Canon color and black & white devices. Files that contain both color and black & white pages are automatically split and sent to the appropriate printer, reducing output costs. Additionally, the DSC 1.1 facilitates the production of materials closer to the point of delivery, thereby optimizing resources and reducing hard copy inventory and production, as well as shipping costs. Users are also able to complete document production on-site with the finishing options available on the Canon imageRUNNER devices, including multi-position stapling, saddle-stitching and Z-folding. Other productivity enhancing capabilities include automatic load balancing and job routing, document imposition tools, and full device status delivered to operator consoles. Supported devices now include Canon's imageRUNNER 110, 600, 550 and/or 60 models, a single Canon CLC 3100, 1000 or 2400, and a single Xerox DocuTech printer. The DSC 1.1 ships standard with a Windows NT Server, DSC 1.1 Software, One Year Software Maintenance and Support Agreement, and connections for up to two imageRUNNER devices. DSC 1.1 options include connections for up to two additional imageRUNNER devices, a CLC interface kit, and a DocuTech interface kit. The AHT DSC 1.1 and related options are available today through all Authorized Canon U.S.A. Dealers and Canon Business Solutions locations at the following suggested retail prices: AHT DSC 1.1 Server Bundle $25,000.00 (includes connections for 2 imageRUNNER 550/600/60 Systems and 1 year maintenance and support) imageRUNNER 110 Connectivity Kit $15,000.00 imageRUNNER 550/600/60 Connectivity Kit $ 1,000.00 CLC Interface Kit $15,000.00 DocuTech Interface Kit $15,000.00 About AHT AHT, based in El Segundo, California, specializes in digital printing technology. Founded in 1989, AHT is a market leader in the development and manufacture of solutions that maximize digital output capability. Major printer manufacturers, print management companies, the Print on Demand industry, and large print customers rely on AHT's printer controllers and servers to boost throughput, quality and functionality in document production. AHT's partners include Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Konica, Lexmark, Minolta, Mita, Oce, Pitney Bowes, and Xerox.