HP Office Automation
The Hewlett-Packard Company (commonly referred to as HP) was an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. It developed and provided a wide variety of hardware components as well as software and related services to consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health and education sectors.
The company was founded in a one-car garage in Palo Alto by Bill Hewlett and David Packard, and initially produced a line of electronic test equipment. HP was the world’s leading PC manufacturer from 2007 to 2013. Major product lines included personal computing devices, enterprise and industry standard servers, related storage devices, networking products, software and a diverse range of printers and other imaging products.
Hewlett-Packard spun off its enterprise products and services business as Hewlett Packard Enterprise on November 1, 2015. Hewlett-Packard held onto the PC and printer businesses and was renamed to HP Inc.
HP has been in position 80 in the Global 2000 list, called out by Forbes and number 31 in the World’s Most Valuable Brands category. Today HP is one of the leaders in the global technology provider’s space and with the significant success story behind it, the company sure has a long way to go.
HP also provides consulting managed services across the globe. The HP financial services segment provides a broad range of financial value added life cycle managed services.
The LaserJet from 2000
In December 2000 HP shipped its 50-millionth LaserJet printer. In September 2001 HP entered the low-end laser printer market with the introduction of the LaserJet 1000: the first sub-$250 LaserJet and the lowest-priced monochrome (black and white) HP LaserJet printer to date. It offered 10 ppm, an HP Instant-on fuser, 600 dpi with HP boosting output effectively to 1200 dpi, a 2.5-cent cost per page, and a 7,000-page monthly duty cycle.
In 2002, the 8150 was discontinued and was replaced by the 9000 series, which produced 50 pages per minute and used an internal duplexer. Meanwhile, the 4100 was replaced by the 4200 (later 4250) and 4300 (later 4350), which brought speeds of up to 55 pages per minute. In 2003 HP shipped its 75-millionth LaserJet printer. In November 2003, HP entered the $24-billion copier market with the LaserJet 9055/9065/9085 MFPs (multifunction printers), a copier-based line of high-volume multifunction printers.
In 2006, total HP LaserJet sales had reached 100 million. As of 2007 HP has several lines of monochrome and color printers and multifunction products (copy, scan, and/or fax included) that range from 20–55 ppm.