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Top News for the Week of 10/27/2014 – HP Finally Goes 3D; 9-Color Epson Printer; Vendor Financials; More

The big story this week was Hewlett-Packard’s unveiling of its first HP-developed 3D printer, which uses what HP calls Micro Fusion Technology – which, you guessed it, borrows from HP’s inkjet-printing technology. We hope you read our story, which takes a look at how it works, why it’s different from other additive 3D printers, and […]

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In SMB Drive, Xerox’s Global Imaging Acquires Las Vegas Dealer

Xerox reports that, for an undisclosed sum, its Global Imaging Systems subsidiary has acquired Élan Office Systems, which will now offer Xerox’s full range of office and printing technology as well as its existing product line, in addition to providing production print and mail solutions, and printer fleet and managed services. Xerox says the acquisition will […]

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Hammermill Trots Out Free Mobile Print App for Mobile Apple iOS and Google Android Users

Printing from mobile devices can be stressful and difficult for anyone on the go – whether it’s college students on campuses, business people on the road, or workers out in the field, but the makers of the Print Hammermill App say they’ve got the easiest mobile-printing solution available. Print Hammermill, which is a free download, was […]

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Ricoh Reports Robust Income, Steady Sales Gains for First Half of its Fiscal Year

For the first half of its fiscal year (April 1 to September 30, 2014), Ricoh Company of Japan reported net sales of 1,072 billion yen, up 3.2 percent versus the same period last year, and net profit of 33.9 billion, up 21.0 percent versus the same period last year. The firm reported it enjoyed “greatly […]

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EFI Acquires Polymeric Imaging’s Thermoforming Ink Technology

Electronics for Imaging (EFI) reports that it’s acquired key intellectual property assets for digital inkjet printing of thermoformed products from Polymeric Imaging, a specialist provider of UV and LED inks for industrial and graphic-arts applications. Based in North Kansas City, Mo., Polymeric Imaging has extensive R&D experience in the development of inkjet inks that address […]

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LD Products Settles with Canon, Agrees Not to Sell Disputed Toner Cartridges in U.S.

Canon Inc. of Tokyo reports that it’s successfully resolved a patent-infringement disputes against LD Products in the U.S. International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, concerning certain toner cartridges and photosensitive drum units sold for use with Canon and Hewlett-Packard laser printers. To resolve the disputes, […]

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With New OKI Warranty Program, Customers Get Free Five-Year Warranty for Select Multifunctionals

OKI Data Americas reports that it’s introducing a unique new warranty and recycling program called COREFIDO for select OKI devices. The COREFIDO initiative enables customers to upgrade from a standard one-year warranty to a five-year warranty at no charge, as well as participate in a free recycling program for used OKI toner and image drums used […]

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HP Delivers its First 3D Printer, Said to be Faster and Offering More Object Strength and Detail

Today in New York, Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first HP-developed 3D printer, which uses HP’s new additive Multi Jet Fusion technology, which in turn borrows from HP’s thermal inkjet-printing technology, to produce three-dimensional objects. It uses a four-step procedure in which liquid material is applied to a material coating, then heated and fused to build up a […]

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New Server-Less Lexmark AccuRead Provides Automatic Routing, Data Extraction, Notifications for Scanned Documents

Lexmark International has released a new solution, AccuRead Automate, that’s designed to help users manage key information during the pre- and post-scanning of hardcopy documents. AccuRead Automate is a server-less application that resides on a Lexmark Smart MFP, and helps ensure that scanned documents are routed properly to their correct destination, and are easily available […]

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Sales Down, Income Flat for Canon’s Third Quarter; Demand for Office Multifunctionals is Steady

Canon Inc. of Tokyo reported results for its fiscal third quarter, with sales down 4.5 percent to ¥872.2 billion (U.S.$8,002 million) and net income down by 1.0 percent to ¥58.2 billion (U.S.$534 million), both compared to the same quarter a year ago. Net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 were ¥2,667.3 billion […]

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Print Audit Launches Remote 3D-Printing Management Solution

Canadian-based Print Audit, which markets print-management solutions, has partnered with PrintToPeer to provide remote 3D-printer monitoring and management software to Print Audit premier members. Print Audit Premier is a membership program that gives office-equipment dealers virtually unlimited access to all of Print Audit’s products for one monthly price. According to Print Audit, PrintToPeer is a Calgary-based […]

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Gartner: Worldwide 3D-Printer Shipments to Reach More than 217,000 Next Year

According to market-research firm Gartner, worldwide shipments of 3D printers (3DPs) will reach 217,350 units in 2015, up from 108,151 units in 2014. According to Gartner’s latest forecast, 3D printer shipments will more than double every year between 2015 and 2018, by which time worldwide shipments are forecast to reach more than 2.3 million. “As […]

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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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Ricoh Expands Fujitsu Offerings to Include Network Storage, Servers, Tablets and Notebooks

Ricoh Americas reports that it’s expanded its partnership with Fujitsu America, so that it will be able to offer Ricoh customers a new, broader range of Fujitsu technologies, including network storage, servers, and tablet and notebook PCs. Ricoh, which is already a partner of Fujitsu, will now offer Fujitsu’s network storage, servers, and end-user devices […]

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EFI Reports Record Revenue of $198 Million for Third-Quarter 2014

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) today reported results for its third-quarter 2014. The company reported record revenue of $197.7 million, up 11 percent compared to third-quarter 2013 revenue of $178.8 million. Operating income was $12.9 million compared to $13.9 million for the same period in 2013. Net income was $4.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, […]

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Mixed Third-Quarter for Xerox; Printer/MFP Revenue Down Six Percent

Xerox reported today results for its third-quarter 2014, with earnings per share of 22 cents, and total revenue of $5.1 billion, down 2 percent. Revenue from the company’s Services business, which represented 57 percent of total revenue, was $2.9 billion, up 1 percent and flat year-over-year. Revenue from the company’s Document Technology business, which represented […]

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New A4 Mono Printer and All-in-One from Ricoh with WiFi Protected Setup

Ricoh Americas reports that it’s introducing a new series of desktop monochrome printers and MFPs featuring all-In-one print cartridges and one-button Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, there’s also “traditional” Ethernet network connectivity and a USB 2.0 port. There are two 23-ppm models: the Ricoh SP 213SNw ($195 MSRP)/SP 213SFNw ($245 MSRP) black-and-white laser MFPs, […]

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Review: Retail Business-Class A4 Color MFPs – HP’s Officejet Pro X476dw is Best in Class

Any office or company whose core business entails paper-based transactions with customers must own a color All-in-One or MFP that can quickly, reliably, and economically produce high-quality color prints. While there are many candidates, Wirth Consulting narrows the field to Business-Class A4 Color MFPs available from the retail channel.  What is our definition of “Business-Class”? […]

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