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Top News for the Week of 3/24/2013 – HP Inkjets for Enterprises; Trouble for MPHJ; More

Product Briefs HP Introduces New 72-ppm Officejet Enterprise Series The most interesting news this week was Hewlett-Packard’s roll-out of a new color inkjet-based Officejet Enterprise series for, as the name implies, large workgroups and enterprises. The series consists of three MFPs and two printers that are based on HP’s PageWide inkjet print-head technology that is […]

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Top News for the Week of 3/17/2014 – HP Expands: MPS into New Regions, Automated Consumables Ordering, NFC; More

Hewlett-Packard News While, yes, Hewlett-Packard has been talking a lot about big data, cloud computing, and IT infrastructure lately, the company still points out that it considers printing a key part of its business – as noted in a short blog post on its Web site, “Printing Had a Banner Year, Remains a Core Part […]

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Epson Launches Inkjets with 75,000-Page Yield

Epson Europe launched a ground-breaking new series of business inkjets in Vienna today, backed by a €125 million investment and based on Epson PrecisionCore inkjet-printing technology used in its higher-volume industrial inkjet print-head technology. Epson says its new WorkForce Pro RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) range offers businesses inkjet products that deliver uninterrupted printing for up […]

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Epson WorkForce DS-560, DS-510, and DS-30 Now Support Scan to OneNote

Epson America reports that its WorkForce DS-560, DS-510 and DS-30 document scanners now support scanning to Microsoft OneNote, a digital note-taking application, as well as to several other scan-to-cloud services, via Document Capture Pro. OneNote is a digital note-taking solution that enables users to capture and manage notes in a variety of mediums in one place. Users can […]

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Updated – What You Should Know About Continuous Ink-Supply Systems

Note: This post has been updated due to the results of our extensive Project CISS Hands-On Test. CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System) is an inking system for inkjet printers that consists of a large external refillable ink supply. It’s attraction to the many users who just plain hate buying ink for the sake of it […]

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Project CISS Test Report 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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Indian Hardcopy-Peripheral Market Static in 2013

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), Hardcopy Peripherals (HCP)* market in India declined by 0.1% year-on-year in CY2013 and stood at 3.2 million units. “Both consumer and commercial markets were weak in the first half of 2013, but with the help of aggressive consumer and commercial marketing and couple of bulk Government orders, overall shipments […]

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IDC: Worldwide Hardcopy Market Continues Gradual Recovery; HP and Brother Make Gains

International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that the worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market continued its recovery in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13). The 31.7 million unit shipments in 4Q13 represented a year-over-year increase of 2.0 percent while shipments for the full year 2013 declined just -1.6 percent, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly […]

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Top News for the Week of 2/3/2014 – Good News from Japan; Samsung Brings BusinessCore to U.S.; More

Financial News The theme this week in the digital-imaging industry was encouraging financial results from Japanese vendors, including Ricoh, Konica Minolta, Sharp, OKI, and Epson, as they reported results for their third quarter. All of the companies cite the weaker yen as aiding them in their net sales results. The weaker yen makes Japanese products […]

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PrintFleet’s Remote Print-Management Solution now Available for Epson Business-Class Printers

Epson America reports that it’s negotiated an agreement with print-management solution provider PrintFleet under which PrintFleet will provide data-collection for Epson business printers. PrintFleet software is now able to accurately and rapidly collect, analyze and deliver data from Epson’s extensive line of business printers in order to streamline Managed Print Services (MPS) deployments. Epson says its […]

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Epson Reports Sales, Income up; Sales of Inkjet Consumables Increasing

Seiko Epson of Tokyo reported its latest financial results for the nine months ended December 31, 2013. For the period, net sales were up 20.2 percent, while net income was 50 billion yen ($481 million U.S.), a sharp improvement over the loss of 12 billion yen it reported a year ago. For its inkjet-printer business, […]

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Top News for the Week of 1/20/2014 – Ricoh Expands Managed Services with Acquisition, Memjet Expands C6000 Distribution, More

Acquisitions Three interesting acquisitions were announced this week. Konica Minolta acquires a stake in French digital-press maker MGI, while Ricoh make a big move to bolster its services-division with the acquisition of mindSHIFT from Best Buy. MGI, among other things, manages thousands of desktop PCs across the United States. While Ricoh didn’t say how much […]

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Epson Unveils Latest Dye-Sub Printer for Fabric Printing, the SureColor F7170

Epson America today introduced its latest dye-sublimation printer designed for the roll-to-roll digital textile market, the SureColor F7170. The SureColor F7170 joins the line of SureColor F-Series printers, including the F6070 and F7070, and according to Epson, integrates true roll-to-roll support for unprecedented levels of performance, reliability, and image quality for printing on fabrics and […]

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Top News for the Week of 1/13/2014 – MPHJ Technology Sues Government, Anonymous Owner Revealed; Sharp Mono A3 MFPs Shipping, More

New Hardware Sharp keeps rolling along. News is that Sharp has launched new mid- to high-volume mono A3 MFPs that follows news that it’s supplying HP with similar products. Here’s some intriguing synergy for you: Contex introduces six new wide-format scanning solutions that were jointly developed with Hewlett-Packard. Speaking of rolling along, Epson continues to […]

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Epson to License Patent-Firm Intellectual Ventures’ 40,000 Intellectual-Property Assets

Patent-firm Intellectual Ventures reports that it’s signed a license agreement with Seiko Epson Corporation of Japan. The deal provides Epson with a license to Intellectual Venture’s extensive patent portfolio of more than 40,000 IP assets. As Wirth Consulting reported in March 2013, Intellectual Ventures filed two complaints in the U.S. District Court of Delaware on March 25, […]

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WorkForce DS-760 and WorkForce DS-860 are Epson’s Fastest Professional Document Scanners to Date

Epson America is introducing its fastest professional sheet-fed document scanners to date, the WorkForce DS-760 and WorkForce DS-860, which deliver scan speeds of up to 65 ppm and provide advanced paper-feed technology. With robust duty cycles, scan-to-cloud functionality, and compatibility with virtually all document-management software suites, Epson says the color scanners can meet the needs of […]

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Top News for the Week of 1/6/2014 – Samsung Researching Inkjet, Coca-Cola Hit by Scan-Patent Lawsuit, Lantronix xPrintServer for Google Cloud Printing, More

New Hardware Everybody’s doing it! Mitsubishi throws its hat into the ring with the announcement that it will enter the North American 3D printer market with a hybrid 3D printer purposed for manufacturing. Lantronix continues to innovate and announces the xPrintServer – Cloud Print Edition, a product that enables devices to print to networked and […]

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Epson Rolls Out its First Wireless Sheet-Fed Document Scanner, the WorkForce DS-560

Epson America is introducing its first wireless sheet-fed scanner, the WorkForce DS-560 ($449 MSRP). Designed for business and professional use, the WorkForce DS-560 provides Wi-Fi wireless connectivity, enabling users to scan directly to smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Macs. It also includes one-pass double-sided scanning, software package, and color scanning. Billed as a step-up from the recently introduced WorkForce DS-510, […]

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