New Sharp 80″ Aquos Board Demo

The new Sharp 80″ Aquos Board is catching the attention of all the tech and A/V companies and creating an incredible buzz!  Check out this 15 minute demo on some of the new technology and software available on the 80″ Model including the new Multi-Touch software. Contact us for more information or to set up a demonstration!


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Sharp Aquos Board Wins Tech & Learning’s 2015 Award of Excellence!

AQUOS BOARD™ Interactive Display Is a Winner of the 2015 Awards of Excellence

We’re proud to announce that the Sharp AQUOS BOARD interactive display system is a winner in Tech & Learning’s 2015 Awards of Excellence “Best Upgrade” category! The category honors products that have made significant enhancements to previous versions that have evolved to meet the changing needs of technology.

Winners of the 33-year-old recognition program were chosen by a panel of more than 30 educators, who tested hundreds of entries. Evaluation criteria included “quality and effectiveness, ease of use, creative use of technology and suitability for use in an educational environment.” Sharp will be recognized for this award in the December 2015 edition of Tech & Learning magazine.

Tech & Learning is a highly reputable voice of the education technology industry. The award exemplifies the quality of the Sharp AQUOS BOARD interactive display product line, as well as Sharp’s dedication to providing the ultimate collaboration experience for education and businesses environments.

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Lexmark named best A4 manufacturer

Lexmark was awarded “Best A4 Manufacturer, 2015 (MFP and Printer categories)” among all surveyed dealers by The Cannata Report, sweeping the A4 segment with both category wins.

“Lexmark is honored to be named ‘Best A4 Manufacturer of the Year’,” said Ron Binkauskas, Lexmark vice president and general manager, Imaging Solutions and Services, North America. “This award validates the strength of our A4 product line and is especially meaningful because it is determined by an independent office equipment dealer survey.”


The winners of the 2015 awards were determined by The Cannata Report’s annual survey of the independent office equipment dealer community.

This is the fourth win for Lexmark, which was named the “Best A4 Printer Manufacturer of the Year” in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

“Lexmark has built a very successful distribution of leading dealers throughout the United States,” said Frank G. Cannata, president, editor-in-chief and publisher, The Cannata Report. “Over a seven-year period they have methodically and professionally gained the trust and confidence of dealers all over the United States. Their prime asset appears to be their willingness to listen and truly provide dealers with what they are looking for from their primary A4 MFP provider.”

The awards were handed out at The Cannata Report’s annual charitable event that has raised over $1.5 million to date for a variety of charities nationwide and a record $153,000 in 2015 in partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Sharp Wins 18 Top Awards from BLI Awards

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has earned six Summer 2015 Pick awards from Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging products and solutions. Sharp received top accolades across the multifunction printer (MFP) product spectrum, including the flagship Pro Series, for superior quality and high reliability in their respective categories.

BLI’s semi-annual awards are given to the hardware and software offerings judged to demonstrate the most important performance factors for buyers. With its Pick awards, BLI gives special recognition to those products with the most outstanding performance across its exhaustive lab tests. The Outstanding Achievement awards acknowledge products or capabilities that exhibit attributes such as innovation, usefulness, energy efficiency, reliability or value.

“Sharp’s A3 Pick winners prove that there doesn’t have to be a cost trade-off for high performance,” said George Mikolay, BLI’s Senior Product Editor for A3 Copiers/MFPs. “These Pick winning models are among the lowest cost of their peers, and exhibited excellent reliability over the course of nearly 1 million combined impressions. Add in innovative features which including tandem printing, an integrated keyboard to simplify data entry, Sharp Cloud Portal Office integration, and in the case of the Sharp Pro Series, integration of EFI Fiery Command WorkStation into the control panel and full-bleed booklet printing, and you have an overall value offering that’s hard to beat.”

Sharp’s Flagship MX-6500N / MX-7500N Pro Series

Equipped with the advanced MX-PE10 EFI™ Fiery® Server controller, the Sharp MX-6500N and Sharp MX-7500N models won the Pick for the “Outstanding 61- to 70-ppm A3 Color MFP” and “Outstanding 71- to 80-ppm A3 Color MFP” categories, respectively. Ideal for Print On-Demand environments, the Pro Series models were noted for their competitive price, high reliability and excellent feature set–including the optional air-feed system and industry-first integration of EFI’s Command WorkStation into the touch-screen display of the device.

The Pro Series provides multifunction versatility with unique key features that enhance operability and maintain consistent results page after page, job after job, with stunning image quality and increased reliability.

Sharp MX-564N / MX-M754N Monochrome Workgroup / High-Speed Document Systems

Sharp’s monochrome MFP models also received top marks. Part of the Sharp Essentials Series delivering excellent value for busy workgroup environments, the MX-M564N was awarded this summer’s Pick in the “Outstanding Entry-Level 51- to 60-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP” category. Designed with cost-conscious customers in mind, the MX-M564N provides full multifunction capability (copying, network printing and network scanning) at a speed of 56-ppm.

Also recognized was the high speed Sharp MX-M754N which was selected as the recipient of the Pick in the “Outstanding 71- to 80-ppm A3 Monochrome MFP” category. Designed for large workgroups and departmental environments with demanding workflow requirements, the MX-754N delivers high productivity and strong versatility, along with powerful multitasking workflow features and exceptional image quality at speeds up to 75-ppm.

Sharp MX-C301W Color Desktop Workgroup Systems.

The MX-C301W color MFP received the Pick in both the “Outstanding Color MFP for Small to Mid-Size Workgroups” and “Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency” categories. Offering exceptional color output combined with flexible workflow capabilities, the MX-C301W has a compact footprint that fits on a small desk. BLI also praised the model’s superior energy efficiency with energy consumption rates roughly 51 percent lower than the competitive average.

Sharp’s Highly Recommended Document Systems

In addition to the six best in class wins, all twelve of Sharp’s document systems reviewed by BLI were given “highly recommended” ratings–the highest mark a product can receive from the industry evaluator.”Sharp is proud to receive six Summer 2015 Pick Awards from BLI for outstanding MFP performance,” said Mike Marusic, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Operations, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “Our mission is to continuously enhance our R&D to provide customers with the industry leading productivity and reliability. These latest awards from BLI re-affirm our commitment to that goal.”

About Buyers Laboratory LLC

Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world’s leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers’ literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.

For more information on Buyers Laboratory LLC, please call 973-797-2100, visit or email

About Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets the advanced, MX Series multifunction printers (MFP) systems that help companies manage workflow efficiently and increase productivity. Sharp® MFPs feature the Sharp OSA® development platform, which seamlessly integrates network applications to create a personalized MFP that can meet virtually any business need, and Scan2 technology, which scans two-sided documents in a single pass to enhance scanning reliability and preserve document integrity. To keep documents safe from unauthorized users, Sharp is a leader in the MFP industry in security by offering the most secure suite of MFP applications.

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Lexmark Finds Use for Recycled Toner

Why is Lexmark Awesome? They Paved Their driveway with recycled toner!

At a glance, the pavement put down recently outside a building at Lexmark’s corporate headquarters in Lexington, Ky., looks no different from typical asphalt. But at Lexmark, it represents an opportunistic solution to an old problem — what to do with leftover toner — and for the asphalt and printer industries, it could mean a major development in sustainability.

Put simply, the asphalt contains more than 9,000 pounds of toner captured from what remains in recycled printer cartridges.

The parking lot on Lexmark’s Lexington campus is the first commercial application in North America of a product called TonerPave, which uses the same toner powder used in Lexmark printers to make asphalt — and possibly make it better.

“We have been trying to find an efficient way to reuse and recycle toner for well over 10 years,” said John Gagel, corporate manager, sustainability. “TonerPave is an efficient and effective manner in which to recycle toner. We’re now demonstrating that we have a solution that can be utilized in a sustainable manner. It’s part of the circular economy.”

Partnership with Close the Loop

Toner Pave 3TonerPave was developed by Lexmark’s longtime sustainability partner Close the Loop, an Australia-based company that recycles printer cartridges from Lexmark and other companies at its plants, including one in Hebron, Ky. Close the Loop has been partnered with Lexmark for more than 15 years and is the world’s largest recycling and resource recovery company for imaging consumables.

Lexmark has been working on toner reuse and recycling options, but no other post-market solution could be found for it except in a “waste-to-energy” scenario, in which the toner is used as fuel in waste facilities to generate electricity.

Lexmark turned to Close the Loop to see whether it could help. From there, Close the Loop developed an asphalt additive, a composite incorporating waste toner and other recycled materials called modified toner polymer, or MTP. The new additive improves the asphalt quality and performance, with an environmental benefit of producing low-carbon asphalt at no additional cost. Thus was born TonerPave.

By the numbers, for each 1,000 pounds of asphalt, there are 50 pounds of binder. In the new product, 5 pounds of the binder are MTP, of which 4.75 pounds, or 95 percent, are recycled toner.

The product has been used in Australia since last year; the Lexmark parking lot is the first commercial use in North America.

Besides Close the Loop, Lexmark is partnering on the project with general contractor Denham Blythe, paving company APM and asphalt mixer The Allen Co., all of which are based in Lexington, Ky.

APM President Peter Kramer said, “We like to be sustainable in any way we can be. We look forward to these opportunities. We were excited to learn about the TToner Pave2onerPave process and use in this project in particular — but also would like to use it in the future on other jobs as the performances prove themselves out.”

If long-term observations of TonerPave bear out the results from the past year, it could prove to be an asphalt improvement for equal value. Performance of the pavement used in the Lexmark paving project will be evaluated over time and compared to the traditional asphalt control.

“We are able to provide a product that does not increase the raw material cost of laying asphalt pavement,” said Dean Vukovic, Close the Loop’s director of business development. “This is the model we have successfully built in Australia and expect no different in the U.S. market.”

Close the Loop has already begun work on the next generation of TonerPave which will further advance the sustainability and performance benefits through the incorporation of rubber from recycled tires.

For more information on how Lexmark works to being a responsible neighbor, employer and global corporate citizen click here.

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