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This Week in Imaging: The Case for Inkjet-Production Print, and New Offerings from Canon, Xerox, Kodak

We’ve long extolled the value of ink-on-paper and proposed that some “old school” production-print shops may be willing to transition to ink-on-paper technology and skip right over toner-based imaging due to all of its inherent weaknesses in terms of hardware cost, energy consumption, image permanence, and the nuances of image quality. On the other hand, […]

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IDC: Worldwide Printer, MFP Shipment Values Increase, Color Laser Makes Gains

February 26, 2015 – Worldwide-hardcopy peripherals (HCP) shipment value increased 1.7 percent year-over-year to $15.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), while unit shipments declined -2.6 percent year-over-year to 30.8 million units during the same period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices in […]

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Slow Quarter for HP, but Printer Earnings Strong

February 25, 2015 – Hewlett-Packard reported results for its first-quarter ending January 31, 2015, with net revenue of $26.8 billion, down 5 percent versus first-quarter 2014, and net earnings per share of $0.73, down 1 percent from the prior-year period, but within HP’s previously provided outlook of $0.72 to $0.76 per share. Net earnings were $1.4 billion, […]

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Konica Minolta to Provide MWAI FORZA ERP Platform for Easier Dealership Management, Expands EFI Offerings

February 17, 2015 – At its annual dealer conference being held in Los Angeles, California, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. made a number of announcements, including a new strategic alliance with MWA Intelligence (MWAi), an SAP Gold Partner and provider of enterprise relationship planning software (ERP). The firm also announced it was expanding its distribution […]

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New OKI C931e, C941e for Both Traditional and Unique Graphic-Arts and Production Printing

February 16, 2015 — OKI Data Americas reports that availability for its new C931e and C941e, upgrading its Multimedia Production Platform family of production-quality A3 color printers. OKI says these new models deliver enhanced feature sets, faster speed, and superior output quality – including white and clear printing capabilities for the C941e – for those within […]

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Hands-On Review and Videos: OKI’s C941dn Multimedia Color Printer – Pushing the Envelope of Image Quality with White and Clear Toner

The C941dn is a member of OKI Data’s C900 Multimedia Production Platform series that consists of a range of advanced digital-color printers that are intended for creative and commercial-print applications. These fast, toner-based printers have unusual media-throughput capabilities, and can handle a wide range of media sizes and types. Most noteworthy is that the C941dn […]

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Report: Project CISS with Photo Gallery and Videos! Continuous Ink-Supply System Inkjet Printers – How do They Stack Up?

Wirth Consulting is pleased to announce a comprehensive new test report – likely the first of its kind – that summarizes the results of exhaustive testing of inkjet printers equipped with CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System). CISS is an inking system that consists of a large external refillable ink supply that may or may not […]

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DocuWare’s Schloemer Retires; New Co-Presidents Are Biffar and Schneck

March 3, 2015 – New York-based DocuWare, which markets document-management and enterprise content management solutions, reports that DocuWare President Greg Schloemer has retired. DocuWare says that with Schloemer’s retirement, Jürgen Biffar and Thomas Schneck now serve as DocuWare’s co-presidents. Biffar and Schneck commented on Schloemer’s service at DocuWare: “We want to thank Greg wholeheartedly for his tireless […]

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New Canon BioMedical, Inc. to Focus on Opportunities in Medical Industry

March 3, 2015 – While best known for printers, copiers, and cameras, Canon U.S.A. is setting up a new company that will focus on its bio-medical business. The new company, Canon BioMedical, Inc., will have its worldwide headquarters located at Canon U.S.A.’s headquarters in Melville, New York, in Long Island. Canon BioMedical will be a […]

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Three New High-Volume Mono A3 Printer/Copiers from Toshiba;

March 3, 2015 – Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) is launching three new A3 MFPs, the e-STUDIO907/1057/1207, designed for departmental and light-production printing, and starting at $35,500 (MSRP). TABS also announced the next generation of its Encompass X print-fleet management solution (see below). The e-STUDIO907 is rated at 90 ppm, the e-STUDIO 1057 at 105 ppm, […]

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Four New Brother Document Scanners with Cloud Connectivity, Kofax Certification

March 3, 2015 – Brother International is rolling out four new mid- to high-volume desktop scanners for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) in industries such as healthcare, retail, education, finance, legal, and more, the ImageCenter ADS-2000e ($349.99 ESRP) and ADS-2500We ($699.99 ESRP). Brother also introduce the PDS-5000 and PDS-6000 higher-volume document scanners, but pricing isn’t yet available. The scanners […]

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Canon Europe to Begin Selling and Servicing 3D Systems’ 3D Printers in U.K. and Ireland

February 26, 2015 – Canon is extending its distribution of 3D printers, with Canon Europe announcing a new distribution agreement with major 3D-printer player 3D Systems under which Canon will market, support, and sell 3D Systems’ 3D printers in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Canon will be selling 3D Systems’ ProJet 1200, 3500 series, 4500, 6000 […]

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Ricoh Five-Color Pro C7100X Production Printer Now Available

February 26, 2015 – Ricoh Americas reports that its new Pro C7100X series, its latest cut-sheet production printer series that offers users a fifth color toner station, is now shipping. Designed for for small and mid-size commercial and production printers, the Pro C7100X series can print jobs that use clear or white ink, for printing […]

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New Xerox Rialto 900 Color-Inkjet Production Printer First to be Developed with Impika

February 25, 2015 – Xerox is introducing its next-generation color inkjet printing system, the Xerox Rialto 900 Inkjet Press, which it developed with Impika, a French production-printing company that Xerox acquired in February 2013. The firm says the Rialto 900 creates a new space in the “booming production color-inkjet segment” as the world’s only fully […]

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Ricoh Sets up New Company to Sell Office Products in the Middle East

February 25, 2015 – Ricoh Company of Japan reports that it’s set up a new company in Middle East as part of its to expand in key emerging markets globally. Ricoh’s head office in the Middle East will be based in Dubai and will support the entire region. The company will trade as Ricoh Middle […]

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New Ricoh Desktop A4 Printer SP 4510DN, SP 4510SF MFP Start at $725

February 25, 2015 – Ricoh Americas Corporation is launching two new A4 desktop devices, the Ricoh SP 4510SF black-and-white MFP ($1,099 MSRP) with print, copy, fax and color scan, and the Riroch SP 4510DN black-and-white printer ($725 MSRP), both rated at up to 42 ppm, and which use Ricoh’s new LED printing toner-based technology. The SP […]

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Kodak’s New PROSPER 1000 Inkjet Production Printer Prints at 1,000 Feet per Minute

February 25, 2015 – Eastman Kodak is rolling out what it calls the world’s fastest digital press, the Kodak PROSPER 1000 Plus Press. The press is powered by proprietary Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology and leverages the base Kodak PROSPER 1000 Press platform with new enhancements to the transport and software capabilities. Delivering speeds of up to […]

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ECM Provider DocuWare Completes Merger with Westbrook Technologies

February 25, 2015 – DocuWare, which provides enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, reports that, as of January 1, 2015, Westbrook Technologies has been merged into DocuWare Corporation. Previously, DocuWare had acquired the Connecticut-based ECM Westbrook in 2013, and Westbrook had operated as a subsidiary of DocuWare since the acquisition. Effective with the merger, the Westbrook […]

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Canon Officially Launches ‘Niagara’ – the Océ VarioPrint i300 First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Press

February 24, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. is officially launching the VarioPrint i300 – previously known as Project Niagara – which is the first high-speed, sheet-fed inkjet press in the Company’s portfolio of production-printing solutions. The Océ VarioPrint i300 is designed to fill the speed and capacity gap that exists between conventional high-end toner-based, sheet-fed and entry-level […]

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Two New Fleet-Management Solutions from Ricoh, Device Manager NX Pro, Device Manager NX Enterprise

February 25, 2015 – Ricoh Americas is introducing two new fleet-management software solutions, Ricoh Device Manager NX Pro and Device Manager NX Enterprise, that it says automate the tracking, analysis and configuration of Ricoh and non-Ricoh printer/MFP fleets across multiple offices and geographies, while also reporting on items such as paper and power consumption. The […]

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X Com Shop Agrees to Stop Selling Toner Cartridges that Allegedly Infringe Upon Canon Patents

February 24, 2015 — Canon Inc. of Japan reports that it’s resolve a patent-infringement lawsuit against X com shop in the Moscow State Arbitration Court regarding X com shop’s alleged infringement of Canon’s Russian Patent No. 2467370. Under the agreement, X com shop will recognize Canon’s exclusive rights for the patent, and stop selling in […]

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This Week in Imaging: Robots Next for Konica Minolta? New Hardware from OKI, Canon, Epson, Xerox; More

Konica Minolta seems to be one of those companies always willing to experiment and take chances – for instance, it’s the first office-imaging firm to market 3D printers in the United States – and this week we got a look at that at Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.’s annual dealer meeting. While Konica Minolta announced […]

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