Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Panasonic FP-2080

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Panasonic FP-2080

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Manufacturer: Matsushita Electric (Parent company of Panasonic) Secaucus, NJ, Made in Japan

Suggested retail price: $3,995; $10,124 as tested with the optional FA-A880 i-ADF ($1,839), FA-S570 20-Bin Sorter ($1,795) and FA-DS27 Duplex Console ($2,495).

Manufacturer's recommended monthly copying volume: Up to 20,000 copies.

BLI's recommended monthly copying volume for optimum performance: 3,500 to 15,000 copies.

Test period duration: 60,397 copies in 12 weeks.

Type: Desktop, stationary flatbed exposing unit, bond sheet paper, dry toner, dual-component developing, single drawer system, heat and pressure fusing.

Maximum image size: 11" x 16-7/8". Makes copies from 4" x 6" to 11" x 17".

Void area: There is a void area of 1/8" along the leading edge of the copies.

Features: Quantity selector: Makes 1-999 copies. Quantity display: A three-digit LED display counts down as copies are produced and reverts to the quantity selected. Quantity reset: One minute after the last copy is made, the display resets to "1" and all selected modes revert to their default settings. Document feeder: Optional Inverting Automatic Document Feeder (i-ADF). Sorter: Optional 20-bin sorter. Stack-feed bypass: Standard 50-sheet stack-feed bypass. Automatic selection features: Automatic exposure control. Optional automatic paper and reduction/enlargement selection. Reduction/enlargement: Variable reduction/enlargement from 50% to 200% in 1% increments. Preset reduction modes of 50%, 61%, 65%, 77% and 79%, plus preset enlargement modes of 121%, 129%, 155% and 200% (the ratio selected is shown on the LED copy count display). Control panel: The control panel is divided into the main panel and one sub-panel. The main control panel has the quantity selection numeric keypad, copy count display, power indicator and the "Reset" key. The control panel also contains keys that are referred to in the operator's manual as "Clear/Stop" and "Recall," but are not labeled on the control panel, instead marked by symbols that may not be identifiable to casual users. Likewise, the "Print" key is not labeled as such, but, as indicated in the operator's manual, changes from red ("Wait") to green ("Ready") when the machine is ready for copying. LED indicators/prompts: LED indicators direct the operator to add toner," "color," "add paper," "call service," "replace the waste toner bottle," "paper misfeed," "reduction copying," "full-size copying," "enlargement copying," "auto exposure," "photo mode" and "paper size/paper direction." Misfeed location indicators/display: LEDs light around a pictorial outline of the copier to show the location of a misfeed (up to eight locations) and indicate which drawer is in use. Exposure controls: "Photo/Auto" key is used to select either photo mode, automatic exposure or manual exposure mode (selection is indicated by a lit LED). In manual mode, the exposure is controlled by "Light" and "Dark" keys over a range of seven settings. Manual and photo modes can be combined. "Paper Tray" key is used to select feeding from the drawers or stack-feed bypass. Automatic magnification selection or automatic paper selection (when optional document feeder is installed): With the optional document feeder is installed, when the user depresses one of the "Original Size" keys ("Ledger," "Legal," "Letter," "Invoice"; selection is indicated by a lit LED), the machine automatically selects the most appropriate paper tray. When the user depresses one of the "Original Size" keys and a "Copy Size" key ("Ledger," "Legal," "Letter," "Invoice"; selection is indicated by a lit LED), the most appropriate reduction/enlargement ratio and paper tray are automatically selected. The sub-panel (located under a plastic cover) has "2 Page-Copy" (selection is indicated by a lit LED). "Zoom up" and "zoom down" keys (the ratio selected is shown on the LED copy count display). The "Memory In" key (selection is indicated by a lit LED) allows the user to enter one job program into Memory, and the "M1" key is used to recall the job program. …

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