May 19, 2020

Brother Business Smart Series Printer Review

product review
MFC-J4510DW
Brother printers
Brother Canada
Bizclik Editor
3 min
Brother Business Smart Series Printer Review

 

Brother Canada recently provided me with the MFC-J4510DW printer, a part of its new Brother Business Smart Series launched in November 2012.  An inkjet all-in-one printer, professionals and consumers alike should be able to benefit from the printer’s sleek compact design, touchscreen, and WiFi printing capabilities.

Although its compact size may seem limiting, Brother Canada has consumers covered with the multitude of options it provides. Set up was simple and fast, practically plug-in and the printer was ready to go. Set up was also easy to navigate, with cartridge installation troubleshooting available directly from its touchscreen.

A couple of unique features that I particularly enjoyed are the printer’s pop-out touchscreen for better viewing, easily accessible USB and memory card ports located directly on the front of the printer and its WiFi accessibility in which you can print straight from your phone with one of the following apps: AirPrint™, Google Cloud Print™, Brother™ iPrint&Scan, Wi-Fi Direct™ & Cortado Workplace.

The paper tray fits sizes of up to A4, but the Brother MFC-J4510DW printer, although compact, can actually even print legal 11” x 17” size through a manual feed slot in the back.

The only drawback I saw was in the way the scanner lid felt a bit loose. This was due to the fact that below the scanner are your connector ports for telephone, USB and fax (ports I was not using during the review) and the printer had incorporated an adjustable hinge to fit the expected wiring. This would probably be fixed if I had set up the telephone line or connected to my computer through USB rather than utilizing my office’s WiFi.

“This new inkjet series is a game-changer for the printing industry because it delivers the ultimate combination of form and function,” said Dwayne Filipchuk, Director of Product Planning in an official press release. “In today’s small to medium business environments, entrepreneurs need technologies they can rely on, coupled with a range of features that fit their limited workspaces and budgets. The Business Smart™ series offers a striking design and most models also include intuitive swipe TouchScreen display controls to complement their other technologies such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.”

Let's get down to tech specs. The MFC-J4510DWutilizes Colour Inkjet Technology and has built in networking with 802.11b/g/n. The printer utilizes a 4 cartridge ink system, reaches 35 ppm in black print speed and 27 ppm for colour. The MFC-J4510DW can hold up to 150 sheets of paper and its copy output resolution can reach up to 1200x1200 dpi. The printer has media card and USB flash memory card slots, connects via USB 2.0, and Ethernet as well.

 Another interesting feature was its Landscape Print Technology, something that differentiates itself from typical printers. Brother’s landscape printing results in small, sleek design in which the company claims can be up to 35 per cent smaller than other models.

I would definitely recommend this printer and see it as a good solution for consumers who want to use it for their business printing capabilities or personal. The MFC-J4510DW is available from Brother Canada for $199. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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