Kyocera, Seiko Instruments and GoCanvas Launch Unique Mobile Printing Solution for Rugged Work Environments

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kyocera International Inc., the North American leader in rugged mobile solutions, has joined forces with Seiko Instruments USA Inc. (SII), Japan’s number one mobile printer manufacturer, and easy-to-use GoCanvas Mobile Forms to launch a complete Mobile Printing Solution for rugged work environments. The efficient, durable way to process work orders and provide receipts includes Kyocera’s DuraForce PRO 2 ruggedized Android smartphone, a Seiko Thermal Portable Printer and GoCanvas Mobile Forms to help various industries with workers in the field such as retail, transportation, construction, first responders, parking and mobile services. In addition to its rugged features, the smartphone can be washed using a mild dish cleaner and disinfected using alcohol (70% solution) or cleaning wipes.

This unique offering brings together best-in-class hardware and software from three companies to ensure workers’ productivity isn’t impacted by drops, dirt, rain, snow or other harsh conditions. The solution provides built-in Military Standard 810G protection: DuraForce PRO 2 is certified IP68 dust proof and waterproof* and the Seiko Rugged MP-A40 Mobile printer offers IP54+ protection against water and dirt.

Businesses can create custom forms from a desktop computer and convert existing paper forms into electronic forms quickly and easily. The documents are then accessible from DuraForce PRO 2 smartphones on jobsites to add information and signatures. The portable printer provides a real-time receipt and the information is also saved digitally for the business’s and clients’ files. This rugged Mobile Printing Solution was designed to benefit many businesses facing harsh working conditions such as food trucks, kiosks, deliveries, field service maintenance, e-citations, retail “line busters,” repair services, inspections, valet and parking garages.

“Workers increasingly require mobile options to document and provide instant receipt of service calls, deliveries, inspections, rentals, and more, but Mother Nature can wreak havoc on delicate electronics in the field, which is why we developed this rugged all-in-one package,” said Vipul Dalal, general manager at Kyocera’s Communications Equipment Group. “Japan-based Kyocera and Seiko Instruments have a successful history of working together – the majority of Seiko’s thermal printers use Kyocera thermal printheads – and GoCanvas adds software any business can incorporate easily for a must-have, affordable Mobile Printing Solution.”

Currently, some businesses use point-of-sale (POS)-type handhelds, PCs or tablets in the field to provide receipts, forgoing the many productivity and portability features smartphones and mobile printers offer.

Rugged smartphones have proven to provide considerable savings by reducing the “total cost of ownership,” the initial investment and subsequent costs associated with technology failures or breakage and worker downtime due to mobile equipment failure. This solution combines a rugged device and longer-lasting ruggedized printers, further enabling savings for businesses.

“This solution combines Kyocera’s industry-leading rugged smartphones with Japan’s number one mobile printers and easy-to-use desktop-to-mobile software for cost-effective mobile printing that will help a myriad of businesses in the field provide faster, more efficient services,” said Matt Schmitz, director, sales and business development, Seiko Instruments. “Replacing larger handhelds, PCs or tablets with these high-quality mobile printers and smartphone that can fit in a pocket will help workers become even more mobile in the field.”

“A comprehensive, turnkey business solution must incorporate both hardware from leaders like Kyocera and Seiko and easy-to-use software,” said Stuart Kelly, vice president, strategic alliances, GoCanvas. “Our desktop-to-mobile forms help companies incorporate their existing documents or create new ones to ensure paperwork won’t slow workers down whether in the office or on a jobsite, all accessible in one central location.”

The Mobile Printing Solution for rugged environments is available today. To learn more, email BusinessSelectSupport@Kyocera.com or call 866.844.7525.

*IP68 dust proof and waterproof for water immersion up to 6.5 feet for up to 30 minutes.

+IP54 protects from limited dust and water spray from any direction.

ABOUT KYOCERA

Kyocera International Inc.’s Communications Equipment Group (CEG) is the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices in the Americas. With a history of quality and innovation delivering many “firsts” to the U.S. market, Kyocera is the leader in rugged mobile solutions. Launching more than 100 waterproof and rugged mobile devices globally over the last 10+ years, Kyocera strives to offer rugged, reliable technology as an integral part of a total mobile offering: combining Military Standard 810G-certified ruggedization and enterprise-grade security with a partner ecosystem, industry-specific applications and innovative accessories. Working with leading service providers, Kyocera has created a “Total Solution” offering that helps deliver a significantly lower total cost of ownership to a wide range of industries such as public safety, transportation and construction. White glove services including overnight advanced replacement, custom provisioning, repair and more help productivity for business customers. When it comes to blending performance, durability and support, Kyocera’s rugged mobile solutions are in a class of their own. For more information, visit www.kyoceramobile.com or follow the company at facebook.com/kyoceramobile, twitter.com/kyoceramobile, youtube.com/kyoceramobile, instagram.com/kyoceramobile and linkedin.com/company/kyoceramobile.

Kyocera Corporation (TOKYO: 6971, https://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of industrial and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, smart energy systems, printers, copiers, and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2020, the company’s consolidated sales revenue totaled 1.6 trillion yen (approx. US$14.7 billion). Kyocera is ranked #549 on Forbes magazine’s 2020 “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

ABOUT SEIKO INSTRUMENTS

Originally founded in 1881 as a watchmaking and clock manufacturer, Seiko then created Seiko Instruments in 1937 to expand its manufacturing and R&D capabilities. Seiko Instruments (SII) evolved into an engineering giant in the 1960s, moving into electronic components and then as a major printer manufacturer in 1979. Today, Seiko Holdings has approximately $2.5 billion in annual sales worldwide and the Company’s quality in IT manufacturing and watchmaking are infused into its line of tough and stylish mobile printers designed to support jobs operating in harsh conditions. The MP-A40 rugged mobile printer can withstand multiple drops from up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) and are IP54 certified to withstand water and dirt while offering compatibility with the latest operating systems. With U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif., SII is the #1 global supplier of thermal print head mechanisms and the #1 leader in Japan for mobile printers.

ABOUT GOCANVAS MOBILE FORMS

GoCanvas is a useful mobile application tool that empowers those who work in construction, repair, transportation and warehousing, retail sales and rentals, and field services. The app makes it easy to create custom mobile forms to fit the needs of your business maintaining a record of all transactions, work orders, reports, inventories, receipts, service and sales details in one central location. Mobile forms allow your workforce to work smarter and faster streamlining data collection directly from the field so you can make informed decisions about your business.

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