Epson Debuts High-speed WorkForce DS-520 Sheet-Fed Scanner

Posted by at 12:02 pm on November 14, 2014

WorkForce DS-520A new scanner was unveiled by Epson America this week that looks to give businesses and professionals a new high-speed desktop scanning solution. The WorkForce DS-520 is a sheet-fed scanner that’s capable of reaching speeds up to 30 pages per minute (ppm) or 60 images per minute (ipm) in black and white, color, and grayscale modes.

The WorkForce DS-520 achieves the 30ppm and 60ipm marks by scanning both sides of a sheet of paper in one pass, while handling up to 3,000 scans per day. Maximum paper size the DS-520 accepts is 8.5 x 36-inches, with the scanner automatically detecting of the paper size. Scanning adjustments include automatic de-skewing and hole-punch removal. Optical resolution through the CMOS contact image sensor is stated to be 600DPI, with an output resolution that ranges from 75DPI to 1200DPI. The USB 2.0 device can handle up to 100 workstations if the optional Ethernet network adapter is purchased.

The DS-520 can scan several types of items, including business cards, rigid cards, folded pages, and standard sheets, with an automatic document feeder than holds 50 pages. Epson fitted the scanner with an “ultra sonic double-feed detection technology” that automatically stops feeds if more than one page is detected in the rollers. Additional scan modes are accessible on the WorkForce DS-520, including a color enhance feature that “captures specific and continuously variable colors” to determine how software removes color, and a color dropout mode that removes any selected color from a scan.

With Epson’s Document Capture Pro software, a number of scanning delivery options are available. Users can scan to cloud services like Evernote or Google Docs, in addition to sending scans to email, a computer folder or to an FTP site. The scanner supports optical character recognition capabilities, but they are limited to Windows-based machines. The WorkForce DS-520 supports TWAIN and ISIS drivers as well.

The WorkForce DS-520 is available now through resellers and online for an MSRP of $400. Epson offers a one-year warranty on the scanner, but extended options including overnight exchange are available in case the WorkForce DS-520 is used as a critical business machine.

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