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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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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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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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This Week in Imaging: Epson, OKI Forge Ahead; HP Officejet X Gains Ground; Average Copier-Sales Comp; Badder BadUSB; More

This was a very busy week in the printer and MFP world, and we have lots of news, from everything from the average copier sales person’s annual compensation, to new business inkjet, to Kodak’s reorganization. Also be sure to check out the latest research from the folks at IDC, who’ve previewed a sampling of their […]

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New Konica Minolta PageScope Mobile Android App v. 4.0 Provides NFC Swipe-to-Print

December 4, 2014 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is launching the next generation of its PageScope mobile-printing app, PageScope Mobile iOS App version 4.3, and PageScope Mobile Android App version 4.0. PageScope Mobile is a downloadable application that connects a Konica Minolta bizhub MFP with mobile devices, allowing end users to browse, read, scan, […]

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This Week in Digital Imaging: MPHJ Scan-Patent Enforcer Gets off Easy? Good News from Sharp, Kodak; More

Perhaps the most interesting news this week was that U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled with notorious “scan-patent troll” MPHJ Technology Investments. There were many howls of indignation that the settlement really doesn’t do much, except require MPHJ not to be deceptive in its practices. For instance, MPHJ cannot state in a demand letter that […]

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Kno2 Healthcare Information-Exchange Platform Now Available for Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that it’s formed a strategic alliance with Inofile to distribute Inofile’s Kno2, a clinical document-exchange platform for healthcare that enables patient-care facilities to securely exchange patient information via the cloud using scanners, MFPs, and health-information networks. The partnership includes an exclusive Kno2 user interface that’s integrated into the Konica Minolta […]

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Top News for the Week of 11/3/2014 – White and Clear Toner; Good Financials; Xerox Paper-Less Solutions; More

This week, several MFP/copier/printer market players, all based in Japan, reported good financial results for their latest quarter. While some of this is due to the favorable effects of a lower-valued Japanese yen versus other currencies, a good part is also due to the strengths of these companies’ digital-imaging technology, as well as favorable markets […]

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Net Sales and Income up for Konica Minolta’s First Half; Business Technologies Sales Drive Growth

For the second half of its current fiscal year (April to September 2014), Konica Minolta of Tokyo reported net sales up 6.2 percent to 478 billion yen, and net income up 164.2 percent to 14 billion yen, both versus the same half-year a year ago. In its Business Technologies Business, office A3 color MFPs posted […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/20/2014 – HP 3D Printer on the Way? Wasting Time at the ‘Copier’? More

We know it’s been coming, but it seems October 29th may be the day that HP introduces its first HP-developed 3D printer (HP had at one time been selling 3D printers, but they were sourced from another vendor). We’re just speculating at this point, but HP CEO Meg Whitman has cited slow 3D print speed […]

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Konica Minolta’s All Covered Now Offering Network-Security Services

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.’s All Covered division reports that it’s now offering technology-vulnerability assessments and network scans to help companies identify and address potential security risks. Combined with All Covered IT services offerings, All Covered security experts will work with businesses following an assessment to create and implement a proactive security plan to protect an organization against […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/13/2014 – New Xerox Hardware, ‘Copier’ Dealer Goes 3D; More

This week, we saw new hardware from Xerox – a standalone desktop printer and a desktop All-in-One based on the printer – both designed for small teams and workgroups. Also new is the higher-volume WorkCentre 4265, designed for enterprises and large workgroups, that prints up to 55 ppm, scans up to 70 ipm, and is […]

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‘Copier’ Dealer NovaCopy Embracing 3D Printing, Launches 3D-Printing University

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, NovaCopy sells the usual MFP/copiers, printers, scanners, and wide-format printers, but it’s also embracing 3D printing. The company began investing in 3D printers  and 3D scanners about three years ago, and its annual revenue for 3D printing is forecast to reach $3 million. Its latest offering, 3D University, is designed to […]

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Konica Minolta Acquiring Italian Inkjet Textile Printer Sales Company, Verga

Konica Minolta of Tokyo reports that it’s acquiring Verga IT S.r.l., an Italian inkjet textile-printer sales company. Through the acquisition, Konica Minolta has established Konica Minolta IJ Textile Europe S.r.l., headquartered in Bregnano, Como, Italy. This is Konica Minolta’s first overseas sales subsidiary for its industrial inkjet-printer business. The firm says the new company is […]

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Konica Minolta to Provide Hyland OnBase bizhub Integration to Customers in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that it’s expanded its alliance with partner Hyland Software, developer of its OnBase enterprise content management software. Under the new agreement, that companies’ will extend their alliance to Europe, Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific. The companies first announced their alliance in January 2013. Since then, Konica Minolta says both have […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/6/2014 – What does the HP split mean for HP printing? Samsung and 3D Printing; More

  The big news this week of course was the split of Hewlett-Packard into two companies – HP Enterprise Services, which will be devoted to infrastructure and software for large organizations, and HP Inc., which will consist of HP’s PC and printing groups. While it’s of course impossible to predict what effect this will have […]

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New Konica Minolta Managed Content Services for Capturing, Sharing, and Retrieving Hardcopy-to-Digital Documents

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. today launched its new global Managed Content Services (MCS) program, which it says is designed to enhance the efficiency of customers’ digital workflows. Under its Medium-Term Business Plan, “Transform 2016,” one of Konica Minolta’s major management policies is to expand business by iproviding services and solutions. It says its MCS […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/29/2014 – Catching up with OKI; Graph Expo; HP Brings the Cloud to Home Users; More

In today’s economy, and especially in the digital-imaging world, resourcefulness is the name of the game. Or to put it another way, when one door closes, another one opens. For instance, that may mean printing outside the office – for example, this week, Hewlett-Packard continues expanding into new digital-print applications, such as heavy-duty commercial inkjet […]

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