Brother invests in new range of document scanners as market grows by 10 per cent

Business technology solutions provider, Brother UK, has strengthened its document scanning range with three new mobile devices as the company aims to help its reseller partners tap into the growing personal market.

UK sales of portable scanners designed for use in small teams were up 10 per cent year-on-year between January and September 2019. 

The DSmobile range, which includes the DS-640, DS-740D and DS-940DW, has been designed to enable users working across retail and logistics businesses, together with those in small and home offices, to reduce their paper use and easily capture, edit and share documents digitally on the move. 

Brother says the growth in UK companies adopting ‘paper-lite’ strategies is driving the demand for document scanners, which are also opening up new opportunities for businesses to deliver long-term efficiencies in how they store and share information. 

The new devices operate at speeds of up to 15 pages per minute and integrate with the Brother iPrint&Scan app, which will allow users to scan directly to their smartphone and other mobile devices.

Designed with flexibility in mind, the models can scan a wide range of size and materials, from A4 paper documents to receipts and plastic ID cards, directly on to smartphones or other mobile devices using the app. Documents can be smoothly fed-through a high-performance roller system, safely creating a sharp, long-lasting digital record.

The duplex DSmobile models – the DS-740D and DS-940DW - provide two-sided scanning capabilities and a U-path paper control system to reduce desk space, where paper is pulled inwards and upwards, forming a U shape, and output above the input tray.

Andy Johnson, head of product management at Brother UK, said: “Our investment in these mobile devices will enable businesses to create new ways of working, saving time for those users continuously on the move by making scanning simpler and more practical and cutting down paper use. 

“Many firms are struggling to reduce their print volumes. Document scanning will play a central role in the ‘paper-lite’ strategies we’re encouraging our customers to adopt, helping them integrate scanning into their business processes to digitise their documents to save space and printing costs. 

“The new range represents a significant opportunity for the reseller channel with the scanner market set for growth, and these products will allow our partners to take new, competitive models to their customers.”

The new DSmobile models can be powered directly via USB3.0 to enhance mobility and are single-sheet fed with scan speeds up to 15 pages per minute. Each device includes a download of Kofax PDF software as standard, enabling users to easily convert, edit and share documents.

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