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2014 Year in Review: Improving Sales & Market; Inkjet in the Office & Print Shop; 2D Vendors Go 3D; More

We’ve been hard at work in 2014 keeping on top of  the many important events and trends in the printer and copier/MFP industry. Overall, the major trends and developments in 2014 include: a modest overall worldwide recovery for sales and shipments of printers and copier/MFPs; much improved financial results from many Japanese vendors; and the […]

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Seven Key Benefits of a Managed Print Services Program

The folks at PrintFleet have just published a guide to the key benefits of a managed print services (MPS) program that concisely summarizes how an MPS program can make print fleets more secure and cost-effective: “Enabling a Managed Print Services Solution at a customer location can be challenging. However, an MPS program is designed to help […]

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Konica Minolta’s All Covered Acquires Assets of Two Cloud-Computing Companies

December 18, 2014 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.’s IT-services division, All Covered, reports that it’s acquired the assets of Integrated Data Solutions, and its sister company RockIT Cloud Solutions, both located in Detroit, Michigan. The clients of both companies will be serviced by All Covered, giving All Covered a stronger foothold in the greater Detroit area […]

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Epson Acquires K-Sun to Expand its Presence in the Industrial Label-Printing Market

December 17 2014 – Seiko Epson of Tokyo reports that it’s acquired K-Sun Corporation, a supplier of portable and desktop electronic label printers. Epson says its acquisition of K-Sun, with K-Sun’s more than three decades of experience in the industrial-identifications solutions market, will provide Epson with broader access to labeling customers, as well as expand […]

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Print Tracker Now Provides Expanded Reporting for Brother Printers and MFPs

December 16, 2014 – Boise, Idaho-based Print Tracker reports that its Print Tracker solution now provides expanded reporting capability for Brother International printers and All-in-Ones. According to the firm, Print Tracker Pro now gathers the widest array of meters on Brother printers and All-in-Ones in the industry. “Brother International Corporation provides quality printing equipment and […]

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New RISO ME9450 Uses Two Color Cylinders Simultaneously to Print at up to 150 PPM

December 16, 2014 – RISO is rolling out its latest advances in digital duplicating with its new ME9450 Digital Duplicator. RISO’s newest model is a fully automatic, cut-sheet digital duplicator, which, with its two color cylinders printing simultaneously, can produce two-color documents in a single pass at rates of up to 150 ppm RISO says the ME9450 […]

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Xerox Survey: Many Americans are Open to Getting their Medical Records Online

December 16, 2014 – In its annual survey on the use of electronic health records, Xerox found that many Americans are open to getting medical records online if given instruction on how to obtain access by their medical providers. The survey was conducted online in September 2014 by Harris Poll among 2,017 U.S. adults and […]

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Samsung Merging Two U.S. Groups; Tod Pike Leaving in January

December 15, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America reports that, effective January 1, 2015, Samsung Telecommunications America will be merged into Samsung Electronics America to better serve the consumer-electronics, mobile, and enterprise markets. Samsung also says the merger of Samsung Telecommunications America into Samsung Electronics America will give customers and partners the advantage of a single […]

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Toner-Cartridge Remanufacturer MSE Expanding Distribution in United States

December 15, 2014 – Micro Solutions Enterprises (MSE), a global provider of remanufactured toner cartridges, reports that it’s expanded its distribution facilities in the United States as part of its merger with Clover Technologies Group in July 2014. MSE produces remanufactured toner cartridges for use with laser printers and MFPs from Brother International, Canon, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, […]

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Canon Expands Toner-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Campaign to Germany

December 15, 2014 – Canon Inc. of Tokyo reports that it’s filed a patent-infringement complaint in Germany with the District Court of Düsseldorf against Armor SA, Artech GmbH, Pelikan Vertriebsgesellschaft mbh & Co. KG and other Pelikan companies for infringement of the German portion of Canon’s European patent 2 087 407 through the offering and […]

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This Week in Imaging: Canon’s Maxify Strategy; New Sharp MFPs; HP Instant Ink via Staples; More

We like what Canon’s doing with its new Maxify line of inkjet printers for business. While we initially wondered why customers would choose Maxify over the more glitzy Canon Pixma inkjet products, Canon did a yeoman’s job of answering our questions during their recent Webinair. Although similarly priced, the main differentiators are high-yield ink cartridges […]

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IDC: Developing Economies Driving Growth of Printer-Consumables Market in Asia Pacific

December 11, 2014 – International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that the printer-consumables market in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region declined 1.2 percent sequentially, but increased 2.6 percent on-year (YoY) to reach U.S. $1,744.36 million in third-quarter 2014. According to IDC, Developing economies such as India, Indonesia, and Thailand continue to record growth in consumables […]

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Konica Minolta’s New Dispatcher Phoenix Government Provides More Secure and Efficient Document Workflows

December 10, 2014 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is announcing a new document-workflow solution to help state and federal agencies manage information more securely and efficiently. Part of Konica Minolta’s EnvisionIT Government solutions portfolio, Dispatcher Phoenix Government provides for automatic capture, processing, and distribution of scanned documents. Konica Minolta says Dispatcher Phoenix Government provides advanced security […]

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Sharp Expands A3 Mono MFP Family with Two New Models Rated at up to 75 PPM

December, 9, 2014 – Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America is launching two new high-volume monochrome MFPs. Sharp rates the new MX-M654N and MX-M754N at up 65 and 75 ppm respectively, and both systems will be available from authorized Sharp dealers and Sharp direct sales. The MX-M654N and MX-M754N feature Sharp’s latest technology and are […]

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Staples Now Offering HP’s Instant Ink Ink-Cartridge Subscription Program

December 9, 2014 – Hewlett-Packard reports that it’s formed an agreement with office-supplies store Staples, with Staples becoming the newest U.S. retailer to provide HP’s Instant Ink replacement service, the HP program that HP says can save customers up to 50 percent on the cost of ink. HP’s Instant Ink services will now be available at more […]

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Gartner: High-Acquisition and Start-Up Costs are Delaying Investments in 3D Printers

December 9, 2014 – Sixty-percent of organizations said high start-up costs are a main factor in the delay of implementing 3D-printing strategies, according to a new survey by market-research firm Gartner. However, the survey also found that early adopters of the technology are finding clear benefits in multiple areas. In the second quarter of 2014, Gartner […]

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Canon Shares More Details on its New MAXIFY Business-Inkjet Family

December 9, 2014 – Back in September 2014, Canon U.S.A. introduced an interesting new business-inkjet lineup, called MAXIFY. Last week, Canon U.S.A. held a Webinair in which Canon executives provided more details on the new line, and where Canon will likely be heading with business inkjet. According to Canon U.S.A.’s Michael Duffett, vice president and general […]

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New Concept Printers from Samsung, the Vase, One&One, and Mate Laser Printers

December 8, 2014 – While we’re a bit late reporting this, we thought it was worth reporting on some interesting new concept printers Samsung Electronics previewed at the IFA 2014 consumer-electronics trade show held in Berlin, Germany, in September 2014. The four concept printers, designed for the home and office, come in a range of bright […]

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