Canon is UNL's new copy provider

A rebid of UNL's cost-per-copy program will bring lower prices and new copiers to campus in the fall semester.

UNL has sponsored a cost-per-copy program for 10 years with Konica Minolta Business Systems serving as equipment provider. The university issued a request for proposals earlier this year and has selected Oce (Canon) as the new equipment provider.

In the fall, UNL will replace the Konica Minolta copiers with new equipment made and installed by Canon.

The five-year agreement provides the following for campus departments enrolled in the cost-per-copy program:

- no minimums and no charge for scanning;

- up to 5 percent lower per-copy charges for comparable Canon equipment;

- multi-function devices will continue to have print, scan, copy and fax capabilities;

- toner, supplies, maintenance and training from Oce are covered in per-copy charges;

- adaptability in meeting changing technology;

- internal storage systems that meet industry data security standards, with disk overwrite capability;

- simple billing;

- one vendor used for both departmental and high-volume production center equipment; and

- available to all University of Nebraska campuses.

The new Canon equipment will be Energy-Star devices with the latest in copy/scan technology and color scanning capability. The Oce proposal includes a complete print management program and software, along with unlimited training for campus users.

Konica Minolta devices will be replaced with comparable Canon models beginning in mid-May. Prior to the installation period, each department will be sent a machine verification/Canon order form to gather necessary specifications and information technology requirements. Oce plans to configure devices in the warehouse according to the information gathered in this survey. Copiers will be brought to campus ready to "plug and print." The installations will be staged according to a building-by-building process.

Many organizations are moving toward a new business model to maximize and best deploy the anticipated savings generated in the new print management environment. More details will be shared with campus customers, but the idea would be to move small print jobs from desktop inkjet and laser printers to the new Canon multifunction devices, and larger print jobs from departmental equipment to high-volume copy centers. Those implementing this strategy have seen costs reduced by 10 to 30 percent.

For more information on the replacement process, send e-mail to or contact Dave Hadenfeldt at (402) 472-5113 or T.J. Jochum at (402) 472-3211.

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