For many, utilizing office equipment to perform simple jobs such as sending a fax or making a copy is a basic, everyday task – one that is rarely given much attention or thought. But for the millions of workers with a physical, sensory or cognitive disability, operating a device such as a multifunction printer (MFP) can be a huge frustration, not to mention an obstacle to workplace productivity.
Samsung Printing is committed to improving accessibility for all. By applying universal design principles that help to accommodate the different height, reach, force and sensory needs of users, the company is able to deliver flexible products and solutions that enhance usability for all people, no matter their level of ability.
Learn more about some the accessibility features of Samsung Printing’s MFPs below.
Adjustable Tablet Operation Panel
Samsung Smart UX operation panel can be tilted from 15 to 90 degrees so that the viewing angle can be optimized for users of different height. With the ability to pivot from the portrait to landscape position and vice versa, the MFP’s operation panel allows easy editing of documents of various sizes.
Thoughtful ADF Design
The automatic document feeder (ADF) of Samsung’s MFPs was designed to ensure that people with mobility impairments are able to operate the device comfortably. For instance, the two document guides on the ADF are interlocked, and can be adjusted with minimal force. The ADF also stays in place when lifted so that the user does not have to hold it open while performing printing tasks.
Effortless Document Positioning
On the document feeder, there is an engraved area with text “MAX” that lets visually impaired users to control the amount of paper they place on the feeder. Dark color of the document feeder also aids workers to more easily locate the part they insert paper.
Additionally, information on the document guide is situated close to users so that it is accessible to users of varying heights as well as those in wheelchairs.
Multi-Purpose Working Table
An optional multi-purpose working table can be attached for the temporarily placement of documents to make printing tasks easier and more efficient.
Easy-Open Paper Cassette
The paper cassette can be opened from the top and bottom of the handle, providing easy accessibility. This design is particularly useful for users with disabilities of the hand and those in wheelchairs. Additionally, little force is required to open the cassette, while its Auto Closing function enhances convenience.
Should the waste toner box or toner cartridges need to be changed, a specially designed handle enables users to replace them with just one hand. Likewise, the design of the ADF handle, output tray and jam trouble cover allow for hassle-free usage and maintenance.
Green handles also help users to distinguish internal printer components, making it easier to fix paper jams and replace equipment, while varying colors and shapes of the toner cartridge insert spaces prevent incorrect placement.
To improve accessibility further, the Samsung Smart UX Center comes pre-installed with Google TalkBack, a service that aids blind and low-vision users by providing spoken feedback. For example, it describes what the items users touch, select or activate.
Users with hearing impairments can adjust the volume of the printer speaker to fit their needs, so they can be alerted of incoming faxes and alarms via the Smart UX Center as the events occur.
Simplified, Customized Menu Settings
The Smart UX Center can also be customized to make frequently used features and apps easier to find, thus simplifying key operations and improving productivity. Customized menus can also be created for each individual user for enhanced personalization. Furthermore, setting combinations can be registered as a single icon on the touch panel via the My Program feature, which can help to reduce workload.
With Remote Operator’s Software, users can access and operate all functions controllable on a MFP panel from their computer screen. It can be used with a variety of assistive technologies, including screen magnifiers and readers, allowing employees with varying levels of ability to work independently.
Additionally, the Smart UX Center’s Remote UI lets any authorized user easily check information such as job progress and remaining toner and paper, register destinations, and change any settings via a standard web browser so they can spend less time at the printer.
The Smart UX Center simplifies tasks through various on-screen features. Removing jammed paper or replacing consumables, for instance, are more easily accomplished thanks to the animated help guide, which provides straightforward directions. The Preview function also adds convenience by displaying the document in full-size, so that on-the-spot edits can be made if needed, reducing the need to travel back and forth to the printer.
By improving product usability for those with different levels of ability, Samsung Printing hopes to continue creating a better user experience for all.
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