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Sharp Introduces The AR-651; Advanced Document Finishing Features

Press release from the issuing company

MAHWAH, N.J., Aug. 15 -- Sharp Electronics Corp. today introduced the AR-651 IMAGER Advanced Digital Document System, offering a wide range of standard features and finishing options for busy offices and workgroups. The AR-651 features a 65-ppm copy/print speed and 600 x 2400 dpi resolution, the highest resolution in its class. The AR-651 is designed to enhance the productivity of busy workgroups and office environments with a new, robust 500 Mhz print controller and Sharp-developed software utility integration that will enable network scanning capability. The AR-651 is equipped with standard features including 32 MB copier memory with a 10GB hard drive, as well as two 500-sheet paper drawers and one tandem 2,500-sheet paper drawer, supporting up to 110 lb. index stock. Additionally, an optional 4,000-sheet Large Capacity Paper Deck can maximize online paper handling of up to 7,600 sheets. The AR-651 also offers three optional finishers, including a post-sheet insertion finisher that can process up to 140 lb. index stock. The AR-651's first-time copy speed is a brisk 3.2 seconds, with a maximum monthly volume of 460,000 impressions. "The AR-651 is a very strong option for busy office professionals," said Thomas H. Ellson, director of marketing, Network Office Systems Group (NOSG). "With its speed, performance and versatility, the AR-651 will enhance productivity across all office environments." The AR-651's other standard features include advanced network connectivity, 150 access codes for increased security, automatic paper selection and sort mode, an intuitive touch-screen control panel and a 100-sheet reversing automatic document feeder. The AR-651's 600 x 2400 dpi resolution produces exceptional clarity and detail, delivering consistent image quality from start to finish. The unit offers 256-level grayscale, with photo mode, automatic exposure control, automatic process control and scan-once, print-many capability. The AR-651's optional EFI Fiery print controller option can turn the model into a high-speed network office printer/scanner, ideal for central reproduction departments and high-volume office environments. The optional 500 Mhz print controller will support Sharp Printer Administration Utility, Printer Status Monitor and Sharpdesk Document Management software and offers a variety of network client support. Multi-position stapling and saddle-stitch control, automatic duplexing, page enlargement/reduction, tab printing, confidential/secure (PIN) printing, watermarking and many other advanced features can be accessed directly through the standard PCL XL driver. The AR-651 IMAGER Advanced Digital Document System is available through Sharp's authorized network of nationwide dealers, who provide service and support for the full line of Sharp business digital document systems throughout the U.S. The AR-651's suggested list price is $22,950. For more information about the complete line of Sharp multifunction printers and digital systems, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ 07430, or call 1-800-BE-SHARP (1-800-237-4277). For online product information, visit Sharp's website at http://www.sharp-usa.com