Top News for the Week of 7/14/2014 – Survey Shows Disparity in Attitudes Towards Digital-Imaging Technologies; Epson Wide-Format Inkjet; Canon Lawsuits; More

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This week, Canon U.S.A. released the first of what will be annual surveys that examine the attitudes of both IT and non-IT executives towards key trends in our industry – cloud-based document management, mobile printing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and managed print services (MPS). Unfortunately, it seems IT executives will have to work hard to try to convince non-IT executives that all of these technologies should be seen as key investments. That’s because, in most instances, about half of non-IT executives don’t see these technologies as key investments. In respect, to BYOD and mobile printing, we agree with the non-IT executives, and don’t see them as particularly key investments. On the other hand, cloud-based document management – turning hardcopy into digital information that can be accessed via the cloud 24/7, including from mobile devices – should be a key priority for most information-heavy businesses.

We’re now beginning to see 3D printing go mainstream, at least in the United States, with household names like Staples and Home Depot now offering 3D printing services (Staples), and, at select stores (Home Depot), 3D printers themselves.

New Products and Solutions

  • Epson Rolls out Next-Generation SureColor T-Series Printers with PrecisionCore TFP Inkjet Print Head – Read more here.
  • Samsung MFPs Now Compatible with ECM’s Captiva Content-Management Solution – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

  • Canon Hit with Class-Action Suit Claiming PIXMA Print-Head Defect –  Read more here.
  • EFI Wins Patent-Infringement Suit Filed by Acacia Research – Read more here.
  • Canon Files Toner-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against Two U.K.-Based Companies  – Read more here.

Other News

  • ‘Mispuffs?’ Check out this Review of Xerox’s First Successful Copier, the 914 – Read more here.
  • Chinese Government Says China’s Commercial-Printing Market Now Second Largest – Read more here.
  • Home Depot Begins Selling MakerBot 3D Printers in Select Stores. Read more here.
  • Canon Survey Reveals How U.S. Businesses View BYOD, Mobile Printing, Cloud-Based Document Management, More  Read more here.

The Third Dimension

 Government of South Korea Draws up ‘Master Plan” to Make Country a Leader in 3D Printing

10 Industries 3D Printing Will Disrupt or Decimate

Experts Explain Why 3D Printing Cannot Completely Replace Traditional Manufacturing

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