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Canon: DR-4580U Blends High-Speed, High Quality Scanning

Press release from the issuing company

Combination Sheetfed/Flatbed Scanner Offers Efficient, Versatile Document Management Capabilities For Growing Business Needs LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y.--March 4, 2002-- Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. today expands its distinctive line of DR-Scanners with the DR-4580U, a versatile universal document scanner capable of high-speed, high-quality document scanning, with the built-in added flexibility of a flatbed unit. Clocked at 56 pages-per-minute (simplex) and 92 images-per-minute (duplex), the Canon DR-4580U scans books, fragile originals and other bound documents as easily from its flatbed as through its sheet feeder. Capable of producing both black and white and grayscale images at resolutions from 100 to 600 dpi, the DR-4580U ensures the easy and efficient handling of a variety of document management applications. The DR-4580U joins a comprehensive line of Canon digital image filing systems that address a broad range of business needs. Current DR-Series scanners include the color DR-3080C and monochrome DR-3060, Better Buys for Business "Editor's Choice'' award winners, with scanning speeds of up to 86 images-per-minute (ipm), and the high-performance, award-winning color DR-5080C and monochrome DR-5020, which offer simplex and duplex scanning at speeds up to 90 ipm. "The addition of the DR-4580U scanner to Canon's award-winning line-up demonstrates our commitment to provide a broad range of scanning solutions to meet growing customer demand,'' said George Morris, product marketing manager, Image Filing Systems Division at Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Customers equate Canon scanners with proven technology, value and reliable performance, and we expect the DR-4580U will offer customers another great reason to select a Canon scanning solution.'' Built for flawless performance as both a sheetfed and flatbed scanner, the DR-4580U features an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) that accommodates up to 200 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11'' standard thickness paper for smooth, dependable feeding. One-pass scanning, capturing the entire image on both sides of a page simultaneously in a single pass, speeds transmission and double-feeding detection prevents image loss due to misfeeds. The Canon DR-4580U can also be set to automatically detect page length, width and thickness when scanning paper of various sizes and weights, saving operators the time and effort of sorting documents prior to scanning. A highly adaptable scanner, the Canon DR-4580U includes a platen for scanning books, other bound documents and papers too delicate for the ADF to process. From the flatbed, the DR-4580U can scan a standard letter-size document in just 1.1 seconds and documents as large as 11" x 17''. For extra convenience, the ADF can be left in an upright position for easier flatbed scanning. The Canon DR-4580U also incorporates several software enhancements through the ISIS driver that comes bundled with the scanner, including a Dynamic Threshold function to optimize images. Dynamic Thresholding detects and removes background colors, and intensifies the clarity of pencil writing and light-colored text to ensure the text is clearly visible. The ISIS driver also includes such image correction tools as punch hole removal, deskew, border removal and red or green color dropout. The ISIS driver also can detect 11 types of barcodes and both ISIS and TWAIN drivers support patch code processing. The DR-4580U ISIS and TWAIN drivers work with Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP and Windows NT operating systems and the DR-4580U incorporates a SCSI-II interface. The Canon DR-4580U document scanner also conforms to ENERGY STAR standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Canon DR-4580U is available immediately through authorized Canon Image Filing Systems dealers and select distributors with a U.S. suggested retail price of $8,000. Available options include an L.E.D. sensor unit for enhanced forms processing and an Imprinter that prints serial numbers and user-designated messages at any position on scanned items. The L.E.D. sensor is available at a suggested retail price of $550; the Imprinter is available at a suggested retail price of $1,420.