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Panasonic KV SS905C Scanner Review

 The Panasonic KV SS905C scanner is a bulky, yet high-speed, high scan resolution scanner. It doesn’t have many “extra” features like some of its counterparts do, but its high points are incredibly high! It could be just right for your scan-heavy business!

Panasonic KV SS905C

Dimensions:

  • 24.7 in. x 21.5 in. x 16.3 in.
  • 114 lbs.
  • It’s a fairly large scanner, and definitely heavy.

Scan Resolution:

  • 600 DPI.
  • Pretty great resolution. Text documents will look flawless, and images will be decently good.

Speed:

  • 98 PPM.
  • Super fast. Like, 2-5 times as fast as most other scanners. Compared to other scanners, its in the 99th percentile for sure.

Media:

  • Maximum scan size of 11 in. x 17 in.
  • Paper products, as there’s no flatbed to give you more versatility.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder with 1000 sheet capacity.
  • Additional software available for long paper scanning (up to 180 feet).
  • Advanced Panasonic Image Enhancement Technology including Dynamic Threshold Technology.

Overall Rating: 8/10

The Panasonic KV SS905C scanner got a pretty high rating even though it leaves a lot to be desired. No, it’s not perfect, but this is clearly a scanner that was designed for a specific purpose: high-volume scanning. Some businesses only need to scan a few times a day. This is not the scanner for you. Its incredibly fast speed and its automatic document feeder with 1000 sheet capacity combined with its high scan resolution makes it perfect for any business with a lot of text scans to do. It’s lacking in the “extras” department, sure, but like I said, this scanner was made for businesses that don’t really need those extras anyways.

Overall, the KV SS905C has some great high points while also having some areas that leave you wanting more. However, if you just need a scanner that’s quick and gives a great scan, this Panasonic model could be perfect for you. If you’re looking to buy one, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz!

Fujitsu fi-4860C Sheet-fed Scanner Review

The Fujitsu fi-4860C sheet-fed scanner is a compact color scanner that can serve the needs of any small business with scanning needs. Let’s get into the details.

fi-4860c

Dimensions:

  • 20.5 in. x 17 in. x 20.6 in. and weighing in at right around 100 lbs.
  • The fi-4860C could fit in even the most cramped of workplaces, but you might break your back if you ever have to move it.

Scan Resolution:

  • Optical resolution of 400 DPI.  Not too shabby, but not amazing either.
  • It’ll be fine for text-based documents, but you should probably go a different route for image scanning.

Speed:

  • 63 PPM for color scans
  • 74 PPM for black and white scans
  • Obviously that’s super fast. More than 1 per second means you aren’t standing in line at the scanner all day.

Media:

  • Minimum scan of 2.9 in. x 2.9 in.
  • Maximum scan of 11.7 in. x 17 in.
  • Scans plain paper. It can scan small business cards to large, A3 pages, so long as they are plain paper.

Other Features:

  • SCSI connectivity.
  • 500 page ADF (automatic document feeder).
  • Page-end detection.
  • Compatible with PC.

Overall Rating: 6/10

The fi-4860C scanner could be a 10/10 for so many businesses. It has a plethora of great features such as fast scanning, huge ADF capacity, small storage space needed, the list goes on. However, there are some short-comings to this scanner that make it only a 6/10 for me.

  • It is a sheet-fed scanner. Which could be perfectly great for your business. But, I think flatbed scanners allow for more versatility and options when it comes to your scanning needs. Sheet-fed scanners are more prone to paper jams and complications than flatbed scanners, but flatbed scanners generally take up more space.
  • It’s incredibly heavy. Okay maybe that’s just my incredibly weak upper-body talking, but for something so small, how does it weight that much? It could end up being a total hassle to move around.
  • The scan resolution is pretty low. Again, maybe you’re only ever scanning text documents. But wouldn’t it be nice to have the option to produce a crisp image scan should a situation arise where you needed to?

This scanner really is a great scanner. But, as far as an “all-around” scanner goes, there are probably better ones to be had. That being said, if all your business needs is a quick, text-heavy scanner, then the fi-4860C could be perfect for you.

If you think the Fujitsu fi-4860C is a match made in heaven for your business, we’ve got you covered. You can find it on eBay or ScannerParts.Biz!

Caring for a Microfilm Reader

As we’ve already talked about how to clean your scanner, we figured we’d also give you some pointers on how to care for your microfilm or microfiche reader. Just like with scanners, and probably even more so, microfilm readers can be incredibly expensive to fix. Many are older, and finding the right parts you need can be a hassle. Luckily Imaging Systems has a huge warehouse full of used and new microfilm parts to help you out. I digress. Doing routine maintenance and upkeep of your microfilm reader can save you serious cash in the long run.

You will need: 

  • Soft Cloth
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Mineral Oil
  • New Light Bulb (optional)

Again, we know, it can be easy to look at a machine and feel overwhelmed. For reference, you should be looking at a machine resembling this. You are? Okay good.Microfilm-ReaderDon’t be scared. We’re in this together. Deep breaths, here we go!

  1. Position yourself in front of the reader.
  2. Lift the viewing glasses–the two plates of glass that are below the magnifying glass. Just move the lever attached to them and then you should be able to easily open ’em up.
  3. Using your soft cloth and glass cleaner, gently clean the plates. Let them air-dry before you close them back into place.
  4. Remove the reels that hold the microform (this is where your screwdriver comes in). Just remove the screws on either side of the spindle, which will expose the gearing. Put a small drop of the mineral oil on the gears, reattach the spindle, and slowly turn it. This helps to avoid rust. Do the same thing on the other reel. Close them back up and put the screws back in.
  5. Find the small door with the handle. This is where the light bulb is. If you need a new one, replace it. If not, use the soft cloth and some more of the glass cleaner to gently clean the bulb. Again, let it air dry. Close the door.

You’re done! You can exhale now. If you’re someone who didn’t know to be doing this routine with your microfilm reader, check our online store or give us a call at 608-276-5559 and we’ll see if one of our technicians can help you get your machine working like new again!