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Revenue and Earnings Exceed Epson’s Expectations for Latest Quarter

Seiko Epson of Japan reported that revenue and earnings exceeded its expectations for its latest fiscal quarter, due to a continuing depreciation of the Japanese yen, steady growth in its information-equipment, devices and precision products, and sensing and industrial-solutions business segments. For the quarter, total revenue was 246.2 billion yen, an increase of 10.9 percent versus […]

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Sales Growth in Konica Minolta’s Copier/MFP Group ‘Drives Growth’ for Entire Company

For its latest quarter, the Konica Minolta Group of Tokyo reported net sales of 228.2 billion yen, an increase of 4.5 percent versus the same quarter a year ago, with the firm noting that “sales growth in the Business Technologies Business drove momentum for the entire Group.” Operating income was 11.6 billion yen, an increase […]

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Canon Extends imagePROGRAF Large-Format Lineup with Six New Models

Canon U.S.A. today introduced six new models in its imagePROGRAF lineup: four new five-color, large-format inkjet printers: the 36″ iPF785 and iPF780 models, 24″ iPF685 and iPF680 models, and two new large-format imaging systems, the iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40. Canon says these printers provide faster printing speeds and lower operation costs compared […]

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MFP Sales up at Kyocera, but Total Company Earnings Down

For its latest fiscal quarter, Kyocera of Kyoto, Japan, reported that it recorded its “highest first-quarter consolidated revenue to date,” due to increased sales and earnings in its Information Equipment business segment. However, sales were down in the firm’s Electronic Device business, although earnings were up in the company’s Electronic Device businesses. Net sales for […]

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OKI Printer and MFP Business Enjoys ‘Drastic Improvement’ in Latest Quarter

OKI Electric of Tokyo reported results for its latest fiscal quarter, with sales up 8.7 percent, net income flat, but operating income up by 3.2 billion yen, all compared to the same quarter a year ago. Net sales for OKI’s printer and MFP business were 31.2 billion yen, an increase from the 28.0 billion yen […]

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Epson Beefs up Managed Print Service Offerings with Support for ECi FMAudit

Epson America reports that its WorkForce Pro business printers have achieved validated device-support status for printer-monitoring and management ECi FMAudit software from partner ECi FMAudit. Epson’s validated device-support status with FMAudit provides Managed Print Service (MPS) providers with extensive access, data monitoring and collection to streamline MPS deployments of Epson WorkForce Pro business inkjet printers. According to […]

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Copier Careers: Longer Hours, Stagnating Compensation for Copier Service Management

Copier Careers, a Minneapolis-based recruiting firm serving the document-imaging Industry for almost 30 years, has just published its annual Service & Operations Manager Salary Survey. This publication reflects the responses of 1,772 service managers, regional service managers, vice presidents of service, operations managers, and general managers who participated in the online survey over the past […]

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Dispatcher Phoenix Finance Now Available for Konica Minolta MFPs

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is introducing a new automated workflow solution to help firms in the financial sector securely capture, process, and distribute financial documents while it says, still meeting regulatory demands. Part of Konica Minolta’s EnvisionIT Finance solution portfolio, the firm says Dispatcher Phoenix Finance helps banks, financial institutions, and accounting departments streamline paper-based document […]

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Epson Shipping SureColor F7170 Dye-Sub Wide-Format Textile Printer

Epson America reports that it’s now shipping its SureColor F7170, a 64″ production-level dye-sublimation wide-format textile printer. The SureColor F7170 joins Epson’s line of SureColor F-Series printers, including the F6070 and F7070, and provides roll-to-roll media support. The SureColor F7170 is designed for the fabric-printing and soft-signage-printing markets, and is available through authorized Epson Professional […]

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Amazon Opens 3D Printing Store for Customizing Fashion Accessories, Home Decor, Toys, and More

Giant online retailer Amazon today launched a 3D Printed Products store that gives customers access to more than 200 print on-demand products that can be customized with 3D printing by material, size, style, and color variations, as well as with personalized with text and image imprints. Amazon says the new store is one of the largest […]

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New Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print Mobile Printing for Ricoh Business-Class Printers and Multifunctionals

Ricoh Americas today releases a new application that makes its business-class printers and MFPs Google Cloud Print Ready, which eliminates the need for costly print servers, and, in particular, provides mobile printing from Google Chrome tablets, a popular mobile-printing application in many schools, where Google Chrome Book tablets are increasingly being used by students. The […]

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Print Audit’s Next-Generation Facilities Manager Adds Enhanced Device Alerts

Canadian-based Print Audit reports that it’s released another significant update for its Print Audit Facilities Manager Web-based copier/printer/MFP monitoring and management solution. It says the newest generation, Facilities Manager 3.1.0, includes fixes for issues found in previous releases of the software. as well as numerous new reporting and alerting enhancements. Print Audit Facilities Manager is […]

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Xerox’s Earnings Down for Second Quarter Due to Lower MFP and Printer Sales

Xerox today reported a 2-percent slip in earnings for its second quarter, due to lower revenues from its MPF-and-printer Document Technology Business. Net income for the second quarter was  $266 million, versus $271 million for the second quarter a year ago. Revenue declined to $5.29 billion, versus $5.39 billion for the second quarter a year […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/21/2014 – Strong Quarters for Lexmark, Canon; Epson Invests Big in Inkjet; More

Both Lexmark and Canon Inc. continue to report strong financial results. In the case of Lexmark (which has been all quiet on the hardware front lately), revenue from its Perceptive Software division and managed print services (MPS) continues to drive growth. In particular with Lexmark, MPS revenue grew 14 percent compared to the same quarter […]

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Strong Sales of Office Multifunctionals Drive Income Growth for Canon in Latest Quarter

Although sales were down 4.1 percent for Canon Inc.’s fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2014, net income was up 21.1 percent (both compared to the same quarter a year ago). The firm says gains in net income were driven by strong sales of office MFPs and industrial equipment. Net income for the quarter was 80.8 billion […]

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ABBYY Releases Next Generation of FineReader Online with New Document-Conversion Features

ABBYY, a provider of document-recognition, data-capture and linguistic technologies and services, has released the next generation of FineReader Online, a cloud-based service providing users access to ABBYY’s OCR (optical character recognition) technology for document-management and conversion. In addition to new document-conversion features and enhanced interface, ABBYY says FineReader Online now offers more flexible pricing with a variety […]

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RTI Digital Expands Distribution of Memjet-Powered Vortex 4200 Wide-Format Printer

RTI Digital, part of the Reprographic Technology group of companies and a supplier to the digital production print, wide-format print, and label-print markets, reports that it’s negotiated new reseller agreements with Adkote, CMYUK, Druma, and Printingworld. The new reseller agreements are designed to support RTI Digital’s global brand awareness and grow sales of its Vortex […]

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PrinterPoint is Managed Print Services for Wide-Format Printers

There’s managed print services (MPS) for office printers and MFPs, but what about managing wide-format printer? Sepialine has a solution with its just released Printerpoint, a cloud-based wide-format MPS solution for dealers and resellers of Hewlett-Packard, Canon, and Océ printers. According to Sepialine, Printerpoint simplifies printer meter-read collection, provides instant device error and warning messages, and […]

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