This Week in Imaging: Epson, OKI Forge Ahead; HP Officejet X Gains Ground; Average Copier-Sales Comp; Badder BadUSB; More

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This was a very busy week in the printer and MFP world, and we have lots of news, from everything from the average copier sales person’s annual compensation, to new business inkjet, to Kodak’s reorganization. Also be sure to check out the latest research from the folks at IDC, who’ve previewed a sampling of their latest research on the worldwide printer, MFP, and copier market – you might be surprised to see who’s gaining traction in some regions.

It seems that every week, we report that OKI (and Epson) are up to something new or different. Now OKI is expanding its toner-based DICOM printer line with four new models. Named after its interface, DICOM printers are used for printing from medical equipment, for instance, for printing negatives onto films, something that aqueous inkjet printers aren’t well suited for. As far as the DICOM competition goes, Sony has its FilmStation line of dye-sub DICOM printers, and Kodak has its CareStream/DryView line up of  dye-sub and toner-based printers. There’s even virtual DICOM software that can translate a DICOM print job and send it out to nearly any run-of-the-mill printer. Of course, if the printer can’t print onto films, it produces black prints on white paper and that just doesn’t cut it when viewed in the traditional backlit manner. OKI’s DICOM printers can print black and full-color images onto films and a wide variety of media. They’re also comparatively inexpensive, have a competitive TCO, and can also be used for general office printing.

Are you concerned about security? Do you have a drawer full of USB memory sticks and don’t know where they’ve been? Check out our latest article on BadUSB, and then chuck those USB memory sticks. By the way, mice, keyboards, and many other USB devices are suspect as well, but thankfully are not generally used with multiple, unfamiliar PCs that could potentially transmit the security exploit.

Feature Stories

HP: Triple-Digit Growth for Officejet X Printers, New Toner Supplies to Deter Third-Party Cloning on the Way – Read more here.

New Epson A3 Business Inkjet MFP, Printer, Bring A3 Printing Closer to Workers in Small and Mid-Size Groups – Read more here.

It’s Official: Half of USB Devices Have Unpatchable Security Flaws – Read more here.

New Products and Solutions

OKI Launching Four New DICOM Printers Optimized for Printing from Medical Devices – Read more here.

Canon Expands Office Scanner Line with New imageFORMULA DR-F120 – Read more here.

Other News

Copier Careers: Average Copier Sales Rep Compensation is $88,983 – Read more here.

Ricoh Partners with LRS Solutions to Provide Managed, Secure Printing for Healthcare – Read more here.

Print Audit’s Embedded Print-Management Solution Now Compatible with Lexmark MFPs – Read more here.

Epson to Invest 12.3 Billion Yen in Inkjet-Printer, Projector, and Smart-Glasses Manufacturing Facility – Read more here.

IDC: Worldwide Printer, MFP Shipment Values Increase in Third Quarter, Slight Decline in Shipments – Read more here.

Kodak Looks to Become Faster, More Competitive with Reorganization – Read more here.

New Konica Minolta PageScope Mobile Android App v. 4.0 Provides NFC Swipe-to-Print – Read more here.

The Third Dimension

Stratasys Now Selling Professional 3D Printer ‘Mojo’ on Amazon

Architects Create a 3D-Printed Column that Can Withstand Earthquakes

UK Engineers Develop Pi-Top, a 3D-Printable Rasberry Pi Laptop

First 3D Printer in Space Produces its First ‘Print



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