What is a Multifunctional Device?

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A Multifunctional Device, or MFD, is typically the printing device in most offices but is referred to as a printer or photocopier. These machines incorporate scanning, copying and printing as a minimum, into a single device – some can also be used for emailing and faxing.

MFDs offer a range of benefits and are popular because they reduce costs, lower space requirements, and provide a more practical solution than having 4+ separate machines to complete the same tasks.

Don’t think of MFDs as necessarily requiring a large floor space; in recent years they have been made more compact which has minimised their footprint.  Large, freestanding units that require several types of paper (typically A4 and A3 as a minimum) do still exist, some of which are suitable for production printing, but it’s important to specify these requirements when discussing your MFD to ensure that you have a machine that can fulfil your specific needs.

MFDs can also take the form of small desktop units that can scan and print, but normally do not have other functionality associated with the larger, freestanding units. These are suitable for companies that have small print requirements and small offices – typically start- ups or web-based businesses.

The printers within these devices often have a number of different functions, including envelope printing, collating, finishing functions, CD/DVD labelling, different paper formats, and high resolution printing for marketing materials. Some models also print directly from USBs and other files, eliminating the need to boot up a computer for a quick print job.

MFDs are also sometimes known as Multifunctional Printers, and abbreviated to MFPs – there is no difference between the two, and the names are completely interchangeable.

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