Top News for the Week of 9/22/2014 – New Ricoh, Xerox Inkjet Production-Print; Canon ‘Maxify’; MPHJ, HP Lawsuits Dismissed; More

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Photo credit: Kathy Wirth; Miniature goats at the Duchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, New York.

Inkjet technology dominates the week with announcements of new inkjet systems from Canon, Epson, Xerox, Memjet, and Ricoh. The new inkjet systems range in size from portable printers to big-iron production-printing systems. Sprinkle in a couple of 3D-printing announcements and new workflow solutions, and we’ve had a busy week of toner-free news.

One of the most interesting new inkjet-announcement was Canon’s announcement of a new “Maxify” series consisting of four color inkjet All-in-Ones and a color inkjet printer. While they’re not quite “business inkjet” – and are marketed at SOHO, not SMB users – Canon clearly has stepped up some business features, adding automatic document feeders with single-pass duplexing and a 500-sheet paper capacity. They’re clearly a response to business-inkjet offerings from Hewlett-Packard and Epson. They’re also a big step up from Canon’s PIXMA color inkjet family, and provide more competitive cost per page.

Stay tuned, because in the next couple of weeks we’re going to see a big business-inkjet announcement that’s going to shake the market up even further, with a big attempt to bring business inkjet into the office.

A few long-standing legal hurdles were crossed this week, with a federal judge dismissing MPHJ Technology Investments’ case against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. A federal judge also dismissed a “bad WiFi” class-action lawsuit suit against Hewlett-Packard for its Officejet 8500 and Officejet Pro 8600 All-in-Ones. We could never quite figure out what the WiFi lawsuit was all about because we’ve had both of these printers hooked up into several routers over the years and never had any problems with them. The only thing that we observed is that if the power is off for a sufficient length of time, the printer’s IP address may change upon power-up and thus can’t transmit print jobs over the network – but this is the case with nearly any other printer from every other vendor. To easily rectify this issue, HP printer users can use the “Update IP Address” utility that ships and installs with the printer.

New Products and Solutions

  • Canon’s Latest uniFLOW V5.3 Provides New uniFLOW Release Station for Multi-Vendor Secure Print Release, More Scan to Cloud Destinations – Read more here.
  • New Next-Generation Canon ‘Maxify’ Wireless Color Inkjets with Business-Oriented Feature Set; New Canon Inkjet Mobile Printer – Read more here
  • Ricoh Previewing New Pro C7100X Production Color-Printing Family, New Continuous-Feed Inkjet Pro VC60000 at Graph Expo – Read more here.
  • Konica Minolta Introduces its First Cloud Solution, FileAssist, for Private Cloud Document Storage and Sharing – Read more here.
  • Epson Rolls Out Five New PrecisionCore-Based Color Inkjet Large-Format Printers – Read more here.
  • Xerox Impika Color Inkjet iPrint eVolution Digital-Color Press Makes North American Debut – Read more here.
  • TrojanLabel Launches Memjet-Powered TrojanTwo Mini Digital Label Press – Read more here.
  • New PSIGEN Partnership Gives Toshiba MFP Users Access to PSIGEN Data-Extraction Software – Read more here.

Other News

  • Ricoh Officially Launches 3D-Printing Business, Two New Rapid Fab Facilities – Read more here.
  • UPS Bringing 3D-Printing Services to over 100 UPS Stores Across the United States – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

  • Judge Dismisses MPHJ Technology Lawsuit Against Federal Trade Commission – Read more here.
  • Judge Dismisses HP Officejet 8500, 8600 Wireless Class-Action Lawsuit – Read more here.

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2 Responses

  1. Does anybody know if one of those new announced business printers will have borderless printing like the memjet C6010?

    • Martijn,

      There’s a lot of new printer announcements this week so let’s try to summarize it. Most inkjet devices will feature edge-to-edge printing. By design, toner-based devices do not and the “full bleed” workaround involves printing onto oversized media and then trimming the edges.

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