A Quick History Lesson of MFPs

Multifunctional Printer History

Multifunctional Printers (MFPs) are popular and effective pieces of equipment. They are time and money savers in any office. But these machines are relatively new in the technology sector. In fact, they are essentially particular to the 21st Century. Prior to 2000, the majority of office equipment was separate: copiers, fax machines, and printers were individual machines in most offices. Copiers were mainly analog and could only print one thing at a time.

We all know that technology these days advances and improves rapidly, but let's take a look back at the history of MFPs.

Early History of Copiers and Printers

In New York, 1938, a lawyer made the first xerographic print. This act created the foundation of photocopying technology. With the establishment of companies like IBM and Microsoft, the technological revolution quickly progressed. Computers began appearing in most offices, and the demand for printing technology grew.

The 1980s and Beyond

The printer became a must-have piece of equipment, and many companies scrambled to keep up with the growing competition. Laser printing was very popular by the mid-1980s. While copiers were also growing in demand, it was the printer market that was thriving. New companies like HP and Xerox, along with a few others, became the dominant suppliers of computer printers. Soon, laser printing was the norm.

The Digital Era

In comparison to the rapid growth of copiers and then printers, MFPs took a bit of time to appear on the market. This was mainly due to the push for effectiveness and affordability. These goals caused manufacturers to simultaneously develop the technologies and improve the functionality of the equipment already being used and sought after. LaserJet printing helped solve many of the problems. The HP LaserJet was an important component in the progress toward supplying equipment to meet growing demand.

Today's MFPs

While the technology sector is constantly growing and improving, today’s MFPs are successfully making a difference in the way we do business. With the largest growth and change being in the move toward digitizing documents and employing wireless technology, current MFPs are timesavers and must-haves for smart business owners.

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