What is an MFP?

Simply speaking, an MFP, or Multifunction Printer, is a type of photocopier which can essentially perform every printing, copying, scanning and saving function users need from a single platform. They are designed to accommodate any task which might need to be required of them, and can utilise both hardware and software extensions to increase their capabilities.

There are many different types of MFP and their functions become more specialised and complex the higher you look through the ranges each manufacturer offers.

Every MFP offers these basic functions:

  • Printing
  • Scanning
  • Copying
  • Emailing

More complex functions can be performed by MFP’s through hardware add-ons, which are sometimes called either ‘modules’ or ‘finishers’. Some examples of the tasks these can perform are:

  • Faxing
  • Stapling
  • Folding
  • Booklet making
  • Binding

There are several main types of MFP, including:

  • Desktop MFP – a smaller desktop device designed to accommodate normal MFP functions whilst being as compact and convenient as possible. Examples of desktop MFP’s include the Xerox C405, or the OKI 9431.
  • Floor Standing MFP – a larger tower type device, usually what most people picture when they think of a photocopier. This is the most popular type of MFP, with them being the main devices in most offices. Examples of Floor Standing MFP’s include the Sharp MX-4070, Sharp MX-2630 or the Sharp MX-5050.
  • Production Print MFP – A very large MFP which prints extremely high-volume tasks for specific industries. These MFP’s are normally found in schools and universities and are used for printing and scanning on a huge scale. An example of a production print MFP would be the Sharp MX-M1205.

Every MFP can have its capabilities increased with software which allows companies like Print Logic to tailor devices to their customer’s specific needs, so that they can become more productive and use their photocopier to its full potential.

Software which help boost a photocopiers productivity includes: