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This Week in Imaging: The Case for Inkjet-Production Print, and New Offerings from Canon, Xerox, Kodak

We’ve long extolled the value of ink-on-paper and proposed that some “old school” production-print shops may be willing to transition to ink-on-paper technology and skip right over toner-based imaging due to all of its inherent weaknesses in terms of hardware cost, energy consumption, image permanence, and the nuances of image quality. On the other hand, […]

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IDC: Worldwide Printer, MFP Shipment Values Increase, Color Laser Makes Gains

February 26, 2015 – Worldwide-hardcopy peripherals (HCP) shipment value increased 1.7 percent year-over-year to $15.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), while unit shipments declined -2.6 percent year-over-year to 30.8 million units during the same period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices in […]

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New Xerox Rialto 900 Color-Inkjet Production Printer First to be Developed with Impika

February 25, 2015 – Xerox is introducing its next-generation color inkjet printing system, the Xerox Rialto 900 Inkjet Press, which it developed with Impika, a French production-printing company that Xerox acquired in February 2013. The firm says the Rialto 900 creates a new space in the “booming production color-inkjet segment” as the world’s only fully […]

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Canon Officially Launches ‘Niagara’ – the Océ VarioPrint i300 First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Press

February 24, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. is officially launching the VarioPrint i300 – previously known as Project Niagara – which is the first high-speed, sheet-fed inkjet press in the Company’s portfolio of production-printing solutions. The Océ VarioPrint i300 is designed to fill the speed and capacity gap that exists between conventional high-end toner-based, sheet-fed and entry-level […]

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This Week in Imaging: Robots Next for Konica Minolta? New Hardware from OKI, Canon, Epson, Xerox; More

Konica Minolta seems to be one of those companies always willing to experiment and take chances – for instance, it’s the first office-imaging firm to market 3D printers in the United States – and this week we got a look at that at Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.’s annual dealer meeting. While Konica Minolta announced […]

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Brother Launches New A3 ‘InkBenefit’ Color Inkjet All-in-One in India

February 19, 2015 – Brother International is launching its latest InkBenefit model in India, the MFC-J3720 InkBenefit color inkjet All-in-One with A3 (11″ x 17″) printing. Designed for small- and home-office (SOHO) users, the new MFC-J3720 is rated at 22 (monochrome)/20 (color) ppm (based on the ISO/IEC 24734 test standard). Users can print images directly […]

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Review, Report, Photos & Video: Hands-On with Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-5690 Business-Class MFP

Imaging Technology: PrecisionCore MicroPiezo electric Ink-Jet Technology. Functions: Print/Copy/Scan/Fax. ISO Print Speed: 20/20 ppm (black/color). List Price:  $399.99 Availability: Epson direct, authorized Epson dealers and value-added resellers. Introduction Date: September 2014. Maximum Monthly Volume: 45,000 pages. Recommended Monthly Page Volume: Up to 2,500 pages. Strengths: Solid build quality; excellent touch screen; quiet operation; PCL and […]

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IDC: Western Europe Printer, MFP Shipments Show Slight Decline, Business Inkjets Make Gains

February 17, 2015 — According to research by International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and MFP market showed a slight decrease in terms of unit shipments of 0.8 percent when compared to the same period a year ago, as consumer-inkjet shipments contracted. This resulted in a fourth-quarter 2014 (Q414) market figure of 6.84 […]

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Canon Launches Maxify Business-Inkjet Models in India, Aims to Reach 4 Million SOHO Customers

February 13, 2015 – Canon India has launched the firm’s new Maxify range of business-inkjet printers, which it says provide economical network-printing solutions for small- and home-office customers. The three new models consists of the Maxify MB5370 and MB5070 All-in-Ones,and the single-function printer, Maxify iB4070. Canon first launched its Maxify series in the United States in […]

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This Week in Imaging: Funai Poised to Take on Inkjet Market?; Mobile Printing a Game Changer?; Canon Makes a Big Move; More

  As Canon’s camera business continues to lag (but office MFP and production sales continue to be healthy), the company is seeking other growth avenues. This week it’s looking to acquire Axis Surveillance, maker of network video-surveillance systems, for $2.83 billion. This would be the largest purchase Canon’s ever made, and seems to sadly reflect […]

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Epson Launches Ambitious Ad Campaign for Business Products such as Printers and All-in-Ones

February 10, 2015 – Epson America is launching an ambitious national advertising campaign, “Cityscape,” in key strategic U.S. markets for its business products. The ad campaign’s tagline is “Where there’s business there’s Epson.” The approach for the campaign centers on images of ultramodern, futuristic city skylines that include Epson products such as robots, digital-label presses, point-of-sale […]

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After Purchasing Lexmark’s Inkjet Business, Funai Electric to Also Sell Kodak-Brand Small Office and Consumer Printers Worldwide

February 9, 2015 – Funai Electric of Osaka, Japan, a global supplier of consumer electronics, reports that it’s entered into a  licensing agreement with Eastman Kodak Company under which Funai will supply, market, sell, and service Kodak-brand consumer and small office printers and their related consumable supplies worldwide. In September 2012, Kodak announced that it was […]

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New HP Inkjet Nozzle Architecture Said to Double Production-Printers’ Print Resolution

February 6, 2015 – Hewlett-Packard has announced its new High Definition Nozzle Architecture technology  for HP Inkjet Web Presses for production and commercial printing, stating that the technology doubles the native print resolution of current HP inkjet print heads from 10,560 to 21,120 nozzles. This enables HP printers to deliver 2,400 nozzles per inch (per color […]

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This Week in Imaging: Latest Financials from Konica Minolta, Epson, Ricoh, Sharp, Xerox; HP is Business-Inkjet Leader; More

Of note in this busy week of news is the generally good financial results from Japanese vendors for printers and MFPs, as these companies continue to report encouraging earnings and sales increases. It’s important to note, however, that while printer and MFP sales have been higher for many of these companies in Asia and other […]

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IPT Digital to Demonstrate JFlex 870 Powered by Memjet’s Aspen Print Engine

    February 4, 2015 – IPT Digital reports that it’ll be demonstrating the newest version of its JFlex 870 printing system at its headquarters in Sarasota, Florida, a short distance from the International Converting Exhibition (ICE) being held in Orlando. The newest version of IPT Digital’s JFlex 870 is outfitted with the Memjet page-wide […]

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Context: HP is Business-Inkjet Market Leader in Western Europe

February 3, 2015 – European IT market-research firm Context reports that, according to its research data, printer-hardware revenue increased by 1 percent across Western European in 2014 compared to 2013. Context says the increase was driven by laser MFPs and inkjet printers. Of note is that Context reports that revenue from inkjet MFPs was up by […]

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Revenue, Income up for Epson’s Third Quarter; Ink-Tank Printers Lead Revenue Growth

January 30, 2014 – Seiko Epson of Japan today reported results for its fiscal third quarter, with revenue up 9 percent, and total income for the quarter up 71.9, both versus third-quarter 2013. Revenue for the first nine months of the Epson’s fiscal year was ¥814.8 billion ($6,759,062 thousand U.S.), up 7.9 percent year-over-year. Business profit […]

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Latest Financials from Lexmark, Canon; $29.99 Laser Printer; More

This week in the New York City metropolitan area will probably best be remembered for all the weather analysts who predicted that we’d be buried under several feet of snow and media saying that we’d barely make it out alive. Alas, they were quite wrong – something to also keep in mind when it comes […]

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