Office technology provider Midshire® has supported its customer Manchester Metropolitan University – MMU – by exhibiting the latest printing technology at the university’s inaugural Print Tech Day.
Hosted by the Print Services department in the John Dalton Shed, key suppliers of MMU were on hand to demonstrate 2D and 3D print technologies to delegates from a number of organisations that support print departments in schools and universities.
A HP Gold Partner and Technical Production Specialist, Midshire installed several HP DesignJet T3500 large format printers and bespoke self-service touch-screen kiosks into MMU’s Print Services department in 2015. The devices are maintained and serviced by Midshire via an ink inclusive managed print service contract, specifically created for large format devices.
Delegates included the Association of Print and Communication Managers (APCOM), the Association of Creative Print Managers in Education (ACPME), and the North-West Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC). Guests explored the emerging technologies that are currently flooding the higher education creative and print market.
MMU’s Print Services Manager, Paul Squires comments:
“We’ve been wanting to organise an open day that showcases the campus’ print technologies for some years now. With the amazing advancements in both 2D and 3D printing, there was no better time to host an event.
“We aimed to get people together from other education institutes to discuss the challenges faced by the education sector such as budgetary restraints, how these are affecting us, and how we’re meeting them head on. We also wanted to inform people about our strategic partners like Midshire, who help keep technology at the forefront of education, which is really important.”
Midshire’s experts were on hand throughout the day to demonstrate the latest technologies on the market, including the new RISO A2 Duplicator, the Sharp MX-3070N photocopier and the latest Sharp BigPad PN70SC3 interactive touchscreen.
As Europe’s leading supplier of RISO products, Midshire showcased their world’s first A2-sized Duplicator. Midshire recently installed the very first machine in the UK at Kingston University in London. RISO duplicators prove extremely popular with fine art and graphic design departments, as they can produce all manner of creative graphic prints, posters and art illustrations.
The Sharp BigPad PN70SC3 interactive touch screen with its crystal clear imagery is the perfect tool to deliver engaging lessons and with 10-point multi-touch capabilities, it allows for the ultimate in pupil participation. Linked up to a high-speed Sharp MX-3070N multifunction printer, the Midshire team highlighted the importance of inter-connectivity between classroom devices, demonstrating the ability to effortlessly print and scan between the two devices.
Midshire’s Managing Director Julian Stafford comments:
“Technology is going to change the way we work. Such fundamental change begins in primary school and bears fruit in further education. Midshire supply to all levels of learning from Nurseries right through to Universities, and we are proud of the contribution we make.
“The future of our workplace is shaped by the experience young people have with technology during their formative years in education. It’s reassuring to know that tomorrows workforce is being exposed to the very latest technology available so they are ready to make their mark in the world of work.
“Midshire is proud to support the MMU Print Tech Day. It was a fantastic showcase of the very best print technology available. MMU are a very important customer of Midshire and we would be delighted to support any such event in the future. It was a great day!”