Canon launches award-winning second edition portfolio of third generation imageRUNNER Advance – helping partners to deliver increased value to customers


Canon has announced a significant update to its imageRUNNER ADVANCE Third Generation fleet. The 2nd Edition Portfolio combines Canon's latest hardware and software technologies, to provide businesses with secure and consistent cloud-based document solutions. The new range reduces the cost to serve for partners while also addressing their customers' total cost of print.

The new imageRUNNER Advance portfolio will operate on the Unified Firmware Platform (UFP) which offers a more consistent user and management experience than ever before, becoming an integral part of any successful MPS rollout. Always-on monitoring checks for vulnerabilities before they emerge, saving businesses both time and expense. By continually pushing the latest features and updates out to devices, equipment remains fully functional and fully secure with minimal input from users. Thanks to the UFP, customers are secure in the knowledge that their investment is safe, removing the need to change device fleets with every update. The platform means that partners can become experts at using a range of devices therefore, providing a tailored and optimised solution for their customers.

Cloud connectivity with UniFLOW Online Express

Designed to seamlessly connect office technology to the cloud, the imageRUNNER Advance Third Generation 2nd Edition portfolio offers a wide range of models to suit every customer requirement. The upgraded devices offer integrated solutions including a powerful scan to cloud and output management solution, uniFLOW Online Express, as well as device-based authentication solution, Universal Login Manager. Track and report on the activity and easily generate graphical reports in the uniFLOW Online Express portal. The dashboard allows drag & drop of widgets according to personal needs and displays an overview of the organisation's print, scan and copy environment, giving different detailed reports for user and device. uniFLOW Online Express allows administrators to track the organisation's printing, copying, faxing and scanning costs which fa­cilitates correct cost allocation to individual users.

The updated imageRUNNER Advance portfolio can also integrate with other capture and document management solutions including uniFLOW and Therefore™ Online. True cloud connectivity allows businesses to match specific document workflow requirements to their device. Straightforward to install and manage, the uniFLOW platform accesses modern cloud-based technologies to streamline business processes and increase productivity by enabling employee focus on core activities.

Secure by design

The imageRUNNER Advance Third Generation 2nd Edition platform boasts robust security and print fleet control, with seamless integration of hardware and software.

User authentication login at device means even jobs sent from mobiles can be held securely until released – protecting confidentiality. To help prevent unauthorised distribution of sensitive information, various device functions can be disabled for individual users, while visual and audible Original Reminder notifications alert users when information from scanned originals is left at the device. uniFLOW Online Express offers complete visibility over print behaviours, enables managers to manage print costs and limit or restrict access to features or devices by department, workgroup or individual. Guest printing also enables secure ad-hoc mobile printing without access to the company network.

Increasing profitability

Canon has built the imageRUNNER Advance system around an intuitive servicing infrastructure. Engineers and fleet managers can check the status of devices and access information about any required maintenance remotely via PC or mobile devices, improving response time and increasing the likelihood of a first-time fix.

When rolling out any of the third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE models the cost of installation and configuration across an entire device fleet is minimised thanks to many features being standardised. The installation process is further expedited thanks to central setup and maintenance of device settings, applications and licensing.

James Pittick, Director of B2B indirect sales, Canon UK commented: "At Canon we are committed to evolving our technology to meet the needs of our partners while helping them to reduce costs and improve profitability. We are also dedicated to helping partners work productively and efficiently in an ever-changing modern workplace, whilst also achieving growth."

Award-winning pedigree

The imageRUNNER Advance second edition products are part of an award-winning family of technology that has won the prestigious A3 MFP Line of Year award from Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab (BLI) for the third year in a row. BLI, the world's leading authority on document imaging devices and software solutions, presents its most coveted honour once annually to the vendor whose product line is determined to be the best overall, with models at every level that excel in BLI's rigorous laboratory evaluations.

"The models in Canon's A3 MFP line-up are running three years strong and setting the bar to a new high in their respective segments," said David Sweetnam Director of Research and Lab Services, EMEA / Asia, Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab. "Each of the current selling models that BLI has tested support easily-replaceable components, extraordinarily comprehensive usability and an astonishing overall misfeed rate of just 1 every 426,000 impressions, making them some of the most productive and reliable machines to pass through our labs to date. The surplus of workflow-expediting, cost-cutting solutions each device supports are the icing on the cake, and the machines will produce high quality printed and copied output that businesses of all types will be ecstatic about."

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE series will be available from February 2018 and uniFLOW Online Express will be available from April 2018.


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