The Pantum Printer series are a compilation of compact or footprint laser printers designed especially for small office environments printing black and white documents on a frequent basis. These machines’ sole purpose is to bring companies, schools, and businesses an affordable solution to high volume printing in a timely manner. Using proprietary technology, Pantum has focused on bringing two types of printers to the market. Currently they are producing monochrome or black and white Single Function Printers (SFP), as well as monochrome Multifunction Printers (MFP). With the new Pantum line of printers, Seine Technologies now has full vertical integration. They have created the internal components and consumables for years and are now manufacturing the actual printers, completing their industry chain on printing.
Not aimed at the corporate laser market, Siene Technologies decided to introduce its first printer model series with a target on small and medium businesses. This is interesting when you look to some other printer manufactures, mostly all starting by producing machines for the upper echelon, corporate / government use or the more common, home usage and then expanding according to demand. Small businesses are usually thought of last, not having the deep pockets or money to spend like big corporations and because there is always a risk of longevity (how long the business will stay open). For example, HP (Hewlett Packard) started by selling electric oscillators to Walt Disney Studios, not exactly a small or medium sized business. Xerox, after growing from manufacturing and selling photographic paper to huge corporations, developed the Xerography machines with the help of the U.S. military. David Owen in Copies in Seconds relates:
The U.S. military’s concern that standard reconnaissance using photographic techniques would be nullified, if nuclear weapons were used. The silver halide emulsion in photographic plates is extremely sensitive to background radiation. Nuclear fallout could easily cause silver halide emulsions to fog. In 1948, the Signal Corps, at Fort Monmouth, N.J., gave Batelle and Haloid (Xerox) a considerable amount of money to look at electro-photography as an alternative to conventional photography. Military imperatives thus provided an important source of funding to help underwrite early xerography R&D.
And some other companies like Brother, started by selling household appliances commercially, such as domestic sewing machines and typewriters. Seine Tec decided to go in a different direction with its new venture into creating a series of printers for small and medium sized businesses. Already being a global leading laser printer consumables manufacturer for the last ten years, the company has had a unique perspective on the laser printing market. Noticing the lack of printers focusing on smaller businesses and their needs, they created a separate division of the company to manufacture a new printer series called Pantum.
Typically, small businesses are looking for reliable printers that can produce printouts at extremely high speeds with professional quality text and images. And perhaps the most important aspect small businesses are looking for in a laser printer is a low cost of operation. The models released by Pantum deliver just that. These machines will be able to print around 11 – 40 pages per minute in resolutions up to 1200 x 600 dpi. Also having an extremely simple design allows them to use an integrated drum and toner cartridge, removing a major hidden maintenance cost behind laser printing. That is, having to purchase a replacement photoconductive drum unit after a given amount of usage in addition to the already purchased toners. Furthermore, other machines that are targeting the lower end of the laser printer market are generally made with cheap plastic components unlike the durable and more reliable steel-made Pantums.
The Pantum printers are built with steel internal components and a robust steel frame for longevity and to withstand normal wear and tear. Having a sturdy steel print engine also ensures a longer mechanical life-span and a higher monthly output than comparative laser printers in its class. With full vertical integration, all components are made in house resulting in the absolute lowest manufacturing costs and bringing an affordable finished product to the market. Currently Pantum offers the PB110 black toner cartridge which will yield up to 1,500 pages averaging out to a cost of 4.19 cents per printout. They also offer a High Yield PB110H laser toner cartridge which yields around 2,300 pages and will average out to a cost of 3.04 cents per printout. Both cartridges were designed for the Pantum P2000 printer and the Pantum P2050 printer. These compact or footprint laser printers are reliable, durable, and most importantly affordable for businesses looking for a professional printing solution.