- 50 Years of Progress
Look back on our 50 years of progress in the document business.
- Technology and Features
Read about the technologies and features found on the latest Sharp MFPs.
- Production Milestones
Worldwide production reached a cumulative total of 20.5 million units.
- Global Network
See our production and R&D bases located around the world.
50 Years of Progress
- *1 Based on Sharp research (at the time of product release).
- *2 Buyers Lab (BLI) is currently a division of Keypoint Intelligence.
Technology and Features
Sharp has always kept the customer in mind when developing MFP user interfaces that are truly user friendly. The MX-2610N series released in 2010 featured a large 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen, which was among the largest for its class at the time. It brought finger flicks and other smartphone-like gestures to the world of MFPs.
Sharp’s user interfaces have continued to evolve. Our newest features include Easy UI mode and One-Touch Job Recall. In Easy UI mode, frequently used functions are shown as large, simple icons with enlarged text on the LCD. With One-Touch Job Recall, the most recent jobs can be called up on the LCD and easily repeated.
Sharp MFPs feature Auto Colour mode for high-quality copying and scanning. This function automatically analyses page content to distinguish between different components, such as photos, text, and text on halftone backgrounds. It then selects the appropriate image-processing mode.
The latest Sharp MFPs also use AI to automatically determine aspects of an image such as gradations and number of colours.
Sharp also strives to reduce toner particle size to minimise graininess and produce accurate, visually outstanding image quality.
At Sharp, we continue to develop technologies to minimise the environmental impact of our products. Our MFPs are designed to deliver exceptional energy efficiency, and therefore low TEC values*1. Energy-saving technologies include low-melting-point Mycrostoner, a low-temperature fusing system, and improved controller technology for low power consumption in network standby mode—just 0.3 W in the case of our latest model, the BP-50C26.
Sharp promotes environmental friendliness throughout the entire MFP product life cycle. For example, our parts are made to have a long service life and thereby reduce waste.
- *1 Typical amount of energy consumed in a hypothetical week measured as stipulated under the ENERGY STAR programme.
- *2 Measurement conditions: 115 V, 60 Hz.
Sharp was among the first in the industry to address data security for MFPs. In April 2001, we became the world’s first manufacturer in the copier/MFP industry to receive Common Criteria validation.
In the product planning and development stage, we simulate a wide range of potential security risks in our customers’ office environment. We call on all our technologies and knowledge, covering everything from data storage and networks to protection of hard copies and the MFP system itself. This allows us to provide our customers with absolute security and peace of mind.
- *1: Contact a Sharp customer representative for details.
- *2: Only when emailing scanned data.
Starting in the latter half of the 1990s, the copier evolved into the MFP, integrating printer and network functions. As ICT has advanced, so have the network functions of the MFP.
In the 2000s, Sharp launched Sharp OSA (Open Systems Architecture), a proprietary development platform that enabled MFP functions to integrate with third-party applications. With Sharp OSA, the MFP could be customised according to users’ specific needs.
Today, Sharp MFPs are designed to work with popular cloud services, making it easier than ever to share information throughout the office and beyond.
- • Once you log in to the MFP, its single sign-on feature allows you to quickly access multiple software services without having to sign in to each one separately.
- • User authentication must be activated for single-sign-on. Contact a Sharp customer representative for details
Global production reaches 20 million mark
Sharp has been producing innovative, high-quality document systems for over 50 years. Anticipating the diverse needs of our customers, we have continued to expand and refine our line-up of colour and B/W multifunction copiers and printers (MFPs). We offer the ideal document solution for any type of business, from the small home office to the large corporate setting. Sharp has earned a reputation around the world for helping people work better. It comes down to our innovative technologies, such as smart scanning, multi-layered security, and connectivity with mobile devices and cloud services.
Since the debut of our first copier in 1972, global production of our document systems has grown steadily. At the end of 2021, cumulative production surpassed 20.5 million units—ongoing proof of Sharp’s success at offering reliable, high-performance document systems.
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