Top News for the Week of 11/18/2013
We just got in from Konica Minolta’s North American dealer meeting at the Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. We’ll have lots more details in the next few days, but the most interesting news is that the company is going to get into 3D printers, something that seemed well-received by dealers. The plan is to market everything from SOHO to commercial 3D printers sourced from 3D Systems. As we reported recently, Hewlett-Packard is also set to get into the 3D printer market in 2014, while 3D Systems is partnering with Canon Inc. to bring 3D printers to Japan, and with Sindoh to bring 3D printers to South Korea.
New & Sourced Products
- Here’s a mighty interesting rumor: Sharp may supply A3 digital copiers/MFPs to Hewlett-Packard. This looks like it would be a win-win for both companies.
- A smart move by Epson, as we believe that Chromebooks are destined for many classrooms as a result of the highly visible string of expensive Apple iPad classroom debacles – with iPads proving overrated, fragile, under-performing, as well as marginally manageable and secure: Epson launches first printer for printing from Chromebooks.
- It’s gratifying to see RISO play hardball and continue to supplant their niche-market digital duplicators with new products like a 150-ppm color inkjet printer for high-volume printing.
New Services & Solutions
- Every vendor has a printer- and asset-management solution that does a better job with their brand, and begrudgingly includes third-party printers–especially those from HP. It looks like Canon feels your discomfort and is launching a new Print IT infrastructure that’s designed to take the pain out of managing printers. We shall see.
- The more connectors the better. The more mobile, the better. Konica Minolta launches a version of NSi Mobile with secure print and a WorlDox connector.
- The very definition of “connector:” Xerox introduces ConnectKey for DocuShare that makes it easier to route scans into document workflows.
- At its North American Dealer Meeting earlier this week, Konica Minolta was busy talking up its cloud and IT services capabilities. Apparently, they have now been expanded.
- Konica Minolta also announced that it’s expanded its EnvisionIT resources with solutions for financial, manufacturing, and government vertical markets.
In the Courts (and Under the Bridges)
- When is it going to end with these patent trolls? Thankfully our politicians have taken notice and are poised to do something about it after their forthcoming 10-day Thanksgiving holiday break, but probably not. Anyway, MPHJ sues its first company over scan-to-email patent violations. More to follow…