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Top News for the Week of 6/16/2014 – What Sets New OKI A3 Apart; 100-ppm inkjet from Epson; More

This week, there was lots of new hardware, from OKI Data, Ricoh, Lexmark, and Konica Minolta. In a sign of the times, this week it was OKI Data and Lexmark adding new A3 hardware, while Ricoh and Konica Minolta added A4 desktop units. (Speaking of Konica Minolta Business Systems [KMBS], this week, we noted that, […]

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OKI: New ‘Executive Series’ A3 Color Multifunctionals for BTA Designed to Beat Competition

OKI Data Americas is today launching its new Executive Series (ES), the ES9465 and ES9475, two workgroup A3 color MFPs that use OKI’s LED-based print engine and are designed exclusively for the Business Technology Association (BTA) channel. According to OKI executives during an OKI “First Look 2014″ Webinar presented last week, the two new A3 […]

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Ringdale Releases FollowMe Embedded for OKI Smart Multifunctionals

U.K.-based Ringdale, a provider of secure document-output management solutions, is releasing FollowMe Embedded for OKI client. Available for all OKI MFPs with OKI’s embedded smart Extendable Platform, the FollowMe Embedded client provides an intuitive user interface that enables secure-print job management, user-enrollment, and cost-code assignment directly from the OKI MFP’s control panel. FollowMe provide print “roaming” […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/9/2014 – HP PageWide Inkjet for Large Format, Xerox Targeting High-Speed Inkjet, More

This week, inkjet was again in the news, with inkjet news from Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, and Xerox. In particular, this week’s inkjet news involved the commercial and production high-speed inkjet segment – a segment IDC recently pinpointed as enjoying exceptional growth. According to IDC research, the worldwide continuous-feed, digital production-printing market is experiencing a major technology […]

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OKI Data Launches ‘Mobile Print’ App for Android for Wide Range of Multifunctionals and Printers

OKI Data of Tokyo is launching a new mobile-printing solution for Android mobile devices. Developed by OKI, and available in Japanese and English, the app enables direct printing from mobile devices running the Android operating system, is available via Google Play, and is compatible with a wide range of OKI’s LED-based single function printers and […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/2/2014 – Epson, Brother Ramp up Business Printers; Inside Pharos Beacon; Konica Minolta to Sell 3D Printers; More

Lots of interesting news and analysis this week. First, it’s official: Konica Minolta will be the first to sell 3D printers – sourced from partner 3D Systems – through the U.S. office-equipment channel. We actually learned about this last September at Konica Minolta’s annual dealer meeting, and the idea was enthusiastically received by dealers. Konica […]

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OKI Data Devices Now Compatible with DocuWare Content-Management Solutions

As part of a recent co-marketing agreement between OKI Data and DocuWare Corporation, OKI Data Americas is announcing the development of DocuWare Module Connect to OKI, which provides connectivity between DocuWare content-management solutions and OKI MFPs that incorporate OKI’s smart Extendable Platform. The integration of DocuWare’s solutions with OKI smart MFPs allows paper documents to be digitized […]

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OKI Adds AirPrint Mobile-Printing Support to Select Printers

OKI Data Americas reports that its B710, B720, B730, B721dn and B731dn monochrome single-function printers now support AirPrint – firmware upgrades for which are now available on the OKI Data website. AirPrint allows users to wirelessly print from Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch mobile devices to OKI’s AirPrint-enabled printers and MFPs. For customers who currently […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/12/2014 – More Good News from Japan, Western Europe, Mopria

Good news this week from Japan and Western Europe. This week in news from Japan, Sharp finally returns to a profitable year, Konica Minolta reports a stellar year, boosted by sales of bizhub MFPs, while OKI also reports a profitable year, with sales of its office MFPs up. Previously in the last several weeks, Epson reported a sharp improvement for its fiscal year, with sales of its […]

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New A3 Color MFPs with Extendable Platform from OKI

OKI Data Americas has announced two new LED-based, “smart” A3 digital color MFPs for the mid-size to large workgroup segment. OKI says the new ES9465 and ES9475 deliver high-quality performance in a compact design and will be available exclusively through the dealer office-equipment channel beginning June 16th. The ES in the MFPs’ name stands for […]

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Drivve Image Capture and Drivve Print Management for Smart OKI MFPs Now Available

As part of a recent global-distribution agreement negotiated between OKI Data Corporation and Drivve, Inc.,OKI Data Americas is announcing that embedded versions of the Drivve | Image image-capture, and Drivve | Print print-management and cost-recovery solutions are now available for OKI MFPs that incorporate OKI’s smart Extendable Platform. Together, OKI says its smart MFPs and […]

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OKI Appoints Mark Hansinger VP of U.S. Channel Sales

OKI Data Americas reports that it’s appointed Mark Hansinger to vice president of U.S. Channel Sales. In his new role, Hansinger is responsible for developing the sales strategies required to achieve the U.S. Channel Sales hardware and consumables revenue goals. He will lead the OKI Data U.S. Distribution Channel Account Managers, DMR/Etail Channel Account Managers and the […]

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OKI Enhances Select MFPs with Google Cloud Print Mobile Printing

OKI Data Corporation of Tokyo reports that it’s enhancing its mobile-printing suite with the addition of Google Cloud Print mobile printing for select OKI MFPs. Google Cloud Print allows users to print documents, including Gmail and Google Docs, from a smartphone, tablet, Chrome device, PC, or any other Web-connected device to OKI’s Google Cloud Print ready MFPs, without physically […]

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Strong Financial Performance from OKI; Raises Forecast

OKI Electric Industry Company of Tokyo reported financial results for the nine-month April 1 to December 31, 2013 period, with net sales up 4.6 percent versus the same period a year ago, and net income up 15.8 percent, a sharp improvement over the 1.3 billion loss it reported for the same period a year ago. […]

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OKI to Show New Multimedia Production Platform Printers at 2014 FASTSIGNS Convention

OKI Data Americas reports that it’ll be exhibiting its new Multimedia Production Platform Printers with innovative media-handling capabilities – including printing on magnets and heavy-weight card stock – at the 2014 FASTSIGNS Convention taking place January 30-31 at the Disneyland Hotel and Conference Center in Anaheim, California. Attendees who visit OKI in booth 900 will see […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/28/2013

Distribution & Dealers This week has been pretty busy, not only for the industry, but for myself personally, having just returned from Ricoh Americas’ annual national dealer meeting (“Convergence 2013 – Fast Forward,” held October 28-31 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas). We’ll have a full write-up Friday or Monday, but here […]

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OKI Europe Launches C931, 50-PPM Color LED Printer for Graphic-Arts Printing, Color Office Printing

OKI Europe is introducing the C931, a new A3 color printer that uses OKi’s single-pass LED-array imaging technology and its Multi-Level ProQ image-enhancement technology. “The new C931 establishes OKI as the de facto ‘gold standard’, making it the product of choice for graphic arts applications as it provides unprecedented levels of quality and performance,” commented Tetsuya […]

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OKI Opens eCommerce Site for Label-Printing Media and Consumables

OKI Data Americas and General Data Company have announced a new business partnership and are introducing the OKI Label  Solutions store, an eCommerce portal that allows channel dealers and resellers  to order stock labels, specialty labels, tags, and ribbons for OKI’s thermal label printer line. The site will also offer custom order thermal labels, synthetic […]

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