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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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Konica Minolta to Market Entry Level Digital-Label Printers IntoPrint EDGE 850 and IntoPrint Eclipse LF3

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that it’s formed a new partnership with iSys Label, Canadian developer and manufacturer of short- to mid-run digital label printers through their North American distributor, IntoPrint Technologies. Under the agreement, Konica Minolta will add the IntoPrint EDGE 850 and IntoPrint Eclipse LF3 to its product portfolio, starting in North […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/22/2014 – New Ricoh, Xerox Inkjet Production-Print; Canon ‘Maxify’; MPHJ, HP Lawsuits Dismissed; More

Inkjet technology dominates the week with announcements of new inkjet systems from Canon, Epson, Xerox, Memjet, and Ricoh. The new inkjet systems range in size from portable printers to big-iron production-printing systems. Sprinkle in a couple of 3D-printing announcements and new workflow solutions, and we’ve had a busy week of toner-free news. One of the […]

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Konica Minolta Introduces its First Cloud Solution, FileAssist, for Private Cloud Document Storage and Sharing

Previewed at its July 2013 press event (see our story here), Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is launching FileAssist, a server-based file storage and collaborative solution developed exclusively for Konica Minolta and hosted by Konica Minolta’s Managed IT services provider All Covered. Konica Minolta says FileAssist is ideal for businesses of all sizes looking to collaborate […]

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Konica Minolta Acquires Results Engineering, Provider of Enterprise Content Management Solutions

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that it’s acquired Results Engineering, an enterprise content management (ECM) solution provider, for an undisclosed sum. Konica Minolta says the acquisition will support and further expand its growth strategy for providing enterprise content management (ECM). As a wholly owned subsidiary, Results Engineering will become a part of Konica Minolta’s […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/28/2014 – Printer, MFP Revenue Slips at Xerox; OKI, Konica Minolta MFP and Printer Revenue Up; More

In this week’s financial news, Konica Minolta, OKI, Epson, and Kyocera continue to roll along, steadily rebounding from the effects of the recession and appearing poised for future growth now that their customers’ budget restraints appear to be slowly loosening. Of note with most of these vendors is that they offer workflow solutions that can […]

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