Top News for the Week of 4/7/2014 – HP Puts the Capture-and-Route into Enterprise Inkjet; ‘4D Printing’; More
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New Products and Solutions
- For an A4 MFP, Hewlett-Packard has packed a lot into its new flagship inkjet Officejet Enterprise Color Flow X585z, including business-class security and capture-and-distribute (including scan to cloud and Microsoft SharePoint), all of which previously were only available with its enterprise-class laser MFPs. We take an in-depth look at the Officejet Enterprise Color Flow X585z (shown below), which uses HP’s PageWide color inkjet print head. HP still has to convince customers that inkjet is as good if not better than laser printing, and we wonder how the two Officejet and LaserJet divisions within HP deal with competing with each other. However we suspect it’s a case of let the best man win. Read more here for our closer look at the flagship Officejet Enterprise Color Flow X585.
- Toshiba introduced three new color A3 MFPs that start at $28,000, and feature several provisions for graphic-arts applications, including e-BRIDGE Color Profiler Version 2.0 software for Pantone color-matching and an optional Fiery controller. The firm also added an iOS version of its e-BRIDGE Print & Capture app. As with the Android version, there’s a lot of functionality: not just wireless printing, but mobile scan, uploading documents to most cloud sites, and even toner-save mode for printing.
- ABBYY Updates Next-Generation FineReader 12 Corporate OCR Software. Among other things, this latest version provides improved saving and retrieving of files from the cloud.
- Printer robots – your worst nightmare? No, this is actually a cool new concept-a Mini Robotic Portable Printer Launches on Kickstarter. Israeli firm ZUtA Labs has launched the world’s first robotic printer, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer (below), on Kickstarter.
Markets & Marketing
- Memjet Expands Distribution of 60-PPM Color Inkjet C6000 Printer and MFP in Western Europe. Distribution of Memjet-powered color inkjet products continues to expand, albeit at a tepid pace. Last week we also reported how RTI Digital is expanding distribution of its Memjet-powered color inkjet wide-format printer throughout North America.
- New Channel Program for Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division: On April 1st, Samsung Electronics America launched a new channel program for its Enterprise Business Division, which includes MFPs, laptops, displays, and monitors. Called the Samsung Team of Empowered Partners (STEP), Samsung says this enhanced channel program provides Samsung’s partners with resources and support to further their sales growth.
Research & Development
- “Big iron” pressmaker Heidelberger is no longer just about offset. It says it’s devised a successful strategy of implementing both offset and digital printing for its commercial-printing customers. It’s also working in partnership with FujiFilm to bring an inkjet printing system for commercial and packaging printing later this year to customers. Last, it’s developing “4D printing” for printing on three-dimensional objects. For now, it’s printing on small objects like soccer balls, but hopes to extend the technology to printing on much larger objects – such as airplanes – which it says will be much more cost-effective than current methods. I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to a multi-feed tray that can handle “airplane stock.”
- Xerox Acquires Smart Data Consulting, an e-discovery legal services provider.
- A federal judge rules that a computer engineer and his company can proceed with a patent-infringement suit involving data storage against Xerox, Toshiba America, and others.