Top News for the Week of 4/14/2014 – Streamline NX for Ricoh MFPs, Drivve for OKI MFPs, New Memjet Print Engine, More
New Products and Solutions
Ricoh Rolls out Streamline NX Platform for Document Capture and Distribution, User Management: What does Streamline NX have? A better questions may be what it doesn’t have. For a start, and depending on configuration, Ricoh’s new Streamline NX platform can be equipped with rules-based printing, card-based user authentication, user restrictions for print, copy, scan, and fax, capture-and-distribute to Microsoft SharePoint and Enterprise Content Management systems. Read more here.
Drivve Image Capture and Drivve Print Management for OKI Smart MFPs Now Available: This is similar to Ricoh’s Streamline NX. Drivve | Image provides advanced document scanning and distribution, while Drivve | Print provides MFP tracking, cost-recovery, ability to restrict and manage users’ print, copy, scan, and fax, as well as pull, mobile, and secure printing. Read more here.
Memjet Unveils Next-Generation Aspen Print Engine for Commercial Printing: San Diego-based Memjet has introduced its next-generation Aspen, a page-wide color inkjet print engine. Memjet says Aspen is designed for on-demand, high-quality color printing for label printing and commercial presses, boasting speeds of 225 feet per minute, full dot control, and flexible configurations for retro-fitting printers with digital capabilities. Read more here.
New A4 desktop printers and MFPs from Ricoh Americas and Kyocera Document Solutions America. Of note is that the new Ricoh models feature standard Wi-Fi wireless connectivity, while the new Kyocera models incorporate the firm’s HyPAS platform for adding on options such as security solutions and print from and scan to the cloud. Read more here about the new Ricoh products, and here about the new Kyocera products.
New Desktop Scanners from Xerox, the Digital Desktop Organizer and Digital Personal Organizer: For your real desktop – or for some, even a kitchen counter – Xerox has two new document-scanner bundles with scan-to-cloud, both targeted at home-office and home users, the Digital Desktop Organizer and Digital Personal Organizer. Read more here.
Markets & Marketing
Laser MFP Sales Show Healthy Gains in Western Europe: U.K.-based market-research firm Context reports that despite an overall drop of 4 percent in printer-hardware unit sales in Western Europe in 2013 when compared to 2012, laser-MFP sales bucked this trend and grew 8 percent over the same period. Read more here.
Konica Minolta was on a roll this week, making not one, but two acquisitions – New York-based AMS Imaging, which provides Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions, and Pitney Bowes Canada’s Document and Imaging Systems business. See here for more on the AMS Imaging acquisition, and here for the Pitney Bowes acquisition.
HP Agrees to $108 Million Settlement with Department of Justice, Securities & Exchange Commission: “The misconduct described in the settlement was limited to a small number of people who are no longer employed by the company,” says HP counsel John Schultz, Read more here.
EFI Reports First-Quarter Revenue is up 10 Percent. Another banner quarter for Electronics for Imaging – read more here.
Xerox WorkCentre 3315/3325, Phaser 3320 Affected by Heartbleed Vulnerability: Don’t beat up Xerox about this, billions of products can potentially be compromised starting with the smartphone in your pocket! For more on Xerox’s investigation into Heartbleed, see here.
KYOCERA Joins Mopria Mobile-Printing Alliance as Executive Member: You know what? The other day I easily printed a photo on an older Hewlett-Packard TouchSmart PhotoSmart All-in-One from my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via BlueTooth and I didn’t have to install print drivers or anything. That said, there’s plenty of ways to print from mobile devices. The problem is from AirPrint, to ePrint, to Google Cloud Print to WiFi Direct, the mostly proprietary methods are all over the place and mostly insecure and un-managable. Hence the need for Mopria Alliance. Read here for more on the latest new member of the Mopria Alliance,