Bowe Bell & Howell Introduces Copiscan 8000 Spectrum Series -- New Color Production Scanner Series Most Cost-Effective on the Market --

    LINCOLNWOOD, Ill., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The imaging industry's most
 cost-effective production scanners for color, bitonal and grayscale scanning
 were introduced today by Bowe Bell & Howell Scanners.
     The new scanners, called the Copiscan(R) 8000 Spectrum Series, are also
 the first production scanners to include Kofax's VirtualReScan(R) (VRS) 3.0
 image enhancement technology as a standard feature.  The scanners are
 available in six basic models and are well-suited for common imaging
 applications including insurance, financial services, service bureaus,
 government and health care.
     Available now from Bowe Bell & Howell imaging resellers, the Spectrum
 scanners are among the fastest on the market, capturing up to 125 pages per
 minute (ppm) in color, bitonal and grayscale modes.
     Color models also scan in bitonal/grayscale, and all bitonal/grayscale
 models can be upgraded to color versions at any time.
     "Until now, color scanning has not justified a return on investment for
 many organizations because the scanners lacked quality or cost too much," said
 Russell Hunt, general manager of Bowe Bell & Howell Scanners.  "With this new
 series, we've developed a robust scanner line that delivers effective color
 scanning at a reasonable price.
     "And with our bitonal/grayscale versions of Spectrum, users have the
 opportunity to upgrade to a color solution when their application demands
     Features Focus on Productivity
     The new line shares many of the same advantages as the popular Copiscan
 8000 Plus Series platform, with a number of enhancements:
     -- Total cost of ownership.  Spectrum scanners offer buyers the best total
        cost of ownership value when factoring in additional costs beyond the
        list price, such as connectivity, image enhancement, consumables,
        warranty coverage and imprinting.  In the first year alone, users can
        save on average 20 percent over competitive models.
     -- Performance.  Color, grayscale and bitonal throughput is faster than
        competing models within the same price range.  Grayscale throughput on
        Spectrum scanners is more than three times as fast as the Copiscan 8000
        Plus Series.
     -- Image quality.  State-of-the-art camera technology delivers unmatched
        image quality. VRS 3.0 reduces operating costs due to increased
        automated optical and intelligent character recognition accuracy, fewer
        rescans and reduced labor time.
     -- Reliability.  Spectrum scanners feature the same rugged design of the
        Copiscan 8000 Plus Series, with a daily duty cycle of 60,000 pages per
        day.  Each is backed by a one-year, onsite warranty with a 72-hour
        response time in the United States.
     -- Bundled hardware and software.  Resellers and integrators will
        appreciate that Spectrum scanners include most of the items needed for
        color scanning, including the Kofax Adrenaline 650i PC interface board,
        cable, drivers and demo software. The scanner supports any application
        using ImageControls, ISIS or TWAIN drivers.  The 650i includes
        sophisticated recognition and color image processing software.
     -- Paper handling.  A reliable paper transport system lets users scan
        almost any kind of document -- from thin NCR paper to card stock.  Like
        the Copiscan 8000 Plus, all Spectrum scanners include ultrasonic
        multifeed detection to ensure that each document in a batch is
        captured.  A new enhancement allows users to program the scanner to
        ignore taped photographs, labels, sticky notes and other items that
        could be misinterpreted as double-feeds.
     -- Ease of use.  Like the Copiscan 8000 Plus, Spectrum scanners are easy
        to use, and operators can clear jams quickly.
     Bottom-line Results for Vertical Applications
     Color scanning offers compelling benefits for any user, according to Bowe
 Bell & Howell Product Manager Sean Parnell.
     "With color scanning, you capture everything on the document, so images
 aren't missing potentially critical business information like highlighting,
 different colored inks used for annotation and to designate different
 department use, stampings and watermarks," Parnell said.  "Also, color
 scanning is the only way to capture photographs, and it can improve
 recognition rates."
     Bowe Bell & Howell's new Copiscan 8000 Spectrum Series scanners can
 deliver cost savings and customer service improvements for common scanning
 applications, particularly for insurance companies and financial services
 organizations that require color imaging to capture photos with documents such
 as insurance policies or loans.  Other applications include scanning by
 governmental and intelligence agencies, the military, service bureaus and
 hospitals when capturing all the information on personal identification
 records, satellite images, maps, court documents, lab results and patient
     The new Copiscan 8000 Spectrum Series ranges in price from $18,995 to
 $44,995.  Duplex scanning is available on all models and simplex scanning is
 available on 8080 models.  Front-page, pre-scan imprinting; back-page, post-
 scan imprinting; continuous feeder trays; extended exit trays; and dust covers
 are available as options.
     About Bowe Bell & Howell Scanners
     Bowe Bell & Howell Scanners, Lincolnwood, Ill., is focused on making the
 most reliable, productive and easy-to-use document scanners in the industry.
 All Bowe Bell & Howell scanners are sold through the two-step channel of
 distributors and value-added resellers.  In addition, Bowe Bell & Howell
 Scanners is the only scanner manufacturer in the industry that is willing and
 able to customize its scanners to meet the unique requirements of its
 customer.  For more information on Bowe Bell & Howell Scanners, call
 800-SCAN-494, or visit .  More information on Bowe Bell &
 Howell Company can be found at .

SOURCE Bowe Bell & Howell Scanners

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