When purchasing a scanner for document imaging, software is bundled with the scanner that automatically examines documents and applies the correct settings to deliver high quality scanned images. Or in simple terms – it enables image clean-up and clarity to occur automatically at the point of scanning the document. This software SAVES a great deal of TIME and is EASY to use…This little piece of magical software is called Virtual ReScan or VRS.
Many scanner manufacturers include the Kofax VRS software in the scanner purchase price. Fujitsu includes Kofax VRS Professional software with their scanners and Panasonic includes the latest version of Kofax VRS called Kofax VRS Elite bundled with their scanners. Other manufacturers do offer the software at an additional cost (Canon, Kodak etc.).
Some of the features in Kofax VRS Elite software:
Hole punch removal
Blank page deletion
Automatic crop and deskew
Improved recognition (increases the accuracy of OCR & ICR software)
Scan at the scanner’s rated scanning speed
Take a look at the Image Processing video on Kofax VRS Elite to get a visual on some of the functionality. I have customers that use the software and will not purchase another scanner without it!
Canon scanners offer the kind of high-performance features that make converting paper documents easier. Like high-speed precision feeding technology, compact design, high-speed color capability and even flexible configuration options.
Canon’s highest volume scanner is the newly released DRX10C, which rivals the competition with an impressive 128 pages per minute scanning speed in both color and black and white. Great image quality comes from the onboard image processing chip that can handle multiple image processing functions. It also boasts the industry’s first dust-free scanning system which prevents dust particle from adhering to the sensor glass. This minimizes manual cleaning for the end-user thus reducing time spent maintaining the scanner. This robust design allows for up to 60,000 scans per day meeting the demands of production level scanning.
The rest of the Canon scanner line includes 18 models ranging in speed from 20 ppm up to 112 ppm. This expansive variety of models allows the end user to find the perfect fit with speed and design for their document capture or distributed capture solution. Canon also provides 3 different models of check scanners, which is a niche that most of the other well-known scanner manufacturers do not venture into. This can be very beneficial for those in Billing and Accounting areas of business that deal mainly with processing large quantities of checks. Having a true check scanner give you the option of reading the MICR codes on the bottom of the checks.
One noticeable difference with the Canon scanner line is that they do not ship with Kofax’s Virtual Rescan (VRS) technology that many of the other manufacturers include as a basic with their standard packages. It can be added on to any of the scanners as an aftermarket upgrade, so not bundling it with VRS cuts down on the cost. Talk about flexibility.
And…Finally network scanners with new technology have arrived! Stay tuned next week for our blog about Network scanners, including those offered by Canon.
Over the course of my time selling imaging hardware, i.e. scanners, many customers ask me which is better…SCSI or USB 2.0? Actually some don’t even ask, they insist that SCSI (small computer system interface) is still the fastest option. Unfortunately for them, almost all scanner manufacturers have moved to using a USB 2.0 interface as option on their scanners and some are USB 2.0 exclusively.
When the first USB (Universal Serial bus) it was slower than SCSI and at times Flakey. Anyone who has ever installed a SCSI device knows that there was definitely room for improvement in this technology as well. Between double checking SCSI ID’s and triple checking the Termination you could spend quite a bit of time sorting out a SCSI install if it didn’t go right the first time. But when USB 2.0 came out it was stable and fast. In fact there is little to no degradation in speed with the scanners. In fact, Kofax has stopped manufacturing SCSI cards all together. VRS used to be a limitation of USB in a production environment because it required a SCSI adrenaline board interface, but now the latest versions of VRS are more versatile and work with USB 2.0 just as well if not better than SCSI.
USB 2.0 is working its way to becoming the standard in imaging technology because it less expensive than SCSI and so much easier to work with. You also have one less point of failure with the USB 2.0 vs. the SCSI card. So for those people with the common misconception that SCSI is faster and better, I’m here to tell you that USB 2.0 is just as good when it comes to speed and less expensive for your pocketbook. It also opens up the door to using laptops.
Capturing and reading bar codes has been done for many years, but more recently it has expanded due to color technology. There is more information to assist in bar code interpretation and the enhanced bar code ready is able to achieve more accurate readings of all supported bar code types at lower DPI (dots per inch) levels and varying levels of quality. Some prospective users of this technology are not sure exactly when this process can take place, at scan time or during recognition and the answer is…both!
The EBC (Enhanced Bar Code) module is an add-on from Kofax to their Capture product, but can also be added to other Capture products as well. The EBC can be used at scan time if that is more effective for the scanning process, but also can run at recognition if you have many scanners capturing bar code information which needs to be released and processed at the same time through the server.
Enhanced Bar Code recognition is also included in the KofaxVRS product in the Workgroup and Professional versions. The EBC, when used directly from the VRS product can only be run at scan time, not at recognition. So if you are in need of that capability, you may need to look into purchasing the separate EBC add-on directly to the Capture product. If you have more than one installation of Kofax Capture, be aware that you will need to purchase the EBC module for each installation that needs that capability.
In addition, ImageSource offers www.ilinxcapture.com to compliment an existing batch capture environment. ILINX Capture allows content to be submitted in an adhoc manner from around the enterprise and offers enhanced bar code capability.
Some of the new improvements to the EBC functionality includes the ability to work with grayscale images in addition to having improved bitonal recognition capability. Another significant advancement is the support of two-dimensional (2D) bar codes. If you have any questions or need more information on this or other Kofax products, give ImageSource, Inc. a call and we can certainly help!