Top News for the Week of 3/3/2014 – Ricoh A3 Color MFPs, Kodak Alaris, More

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Products

  • Ricoh is shipping new A3 color MFPs with cloud connectivity and smartphone apps. On the “old-school paper side” of things, they also feature also a new optional staple-less document finisher that binds pages together without using staples – a good idea, and something that’ll make them attractive in education – besides the mobile printing of course.
  • Lantronix keeps innovating. This time it’s the new xPrintServer – Cloud Print Edition that’s designed for Android and Chromebook printing, and which will likely find a home in many small and home offices. Good thinking ahead by Lantronix, as Chromebooks become more popular by the day and are particularly popular in the education market, and of course, as Android OS smartphones keep gaining market share. 
  • Kodak says that its new Kodak Alaris Document Scanners are for fighting the “storm” of paper documents. Let’s hope that this storm never stops. Kodak Alaris by the way, is Kodak’s personal and document-imaging business that was acquired by the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan. At Kodak Alaris, Kodak film, and even Kodak cameras, live on, and can still be purchased by consumers. The company also markets an extensive lineup of scanners, from entry-level, to networked, to workgroup, departmental, and production scanners. 

Marketing

  • What’s taking Hewlett-Packard so long to get into the 3D printing game? This interview with HP’s Martin Fink provides some answers. We’ve known for some time that HP’s been working on a 3D printer, but why the delay? As Fink notes, despite the 3D consumer printing hype, most are very slow: “The average consumer would be disappointed in the results from a similarly priced 3D printer. The quality just isn’t there and it takes hours and hours to produce even simple parts.” Back in the good old days (early 1990s), the first inkjet printers operated at a tortoise-like 1 to 2 ppm and could only print in black-and-white. HP, as we know, quickly changed that, and perhaps will similarly revolutionize the 3D consumer printer market.

Legal

Financial

  • 3D printer vendor Stratasys reports record revenue for Q4. Needless to say, the 3D printing market is pretty hot. Stratasys, which markets a full range of 3D printers and solutions, from prototyping to production, says revenue received an important boost from its recently acquired MakerBot, maker of 3D consumer printers and scanners.
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