This Week in Imaging: Next-Generation A4 MFPs from OKI, Canon; Epson Sets Sights on Ink-Cartridge Clones; More


Photo credit: Kathy Wirth

This week, jumping right into 2015, Canon U.S.A. and OKI Data Americas both stepped up their game in the A4 desktop MFP category. Canon added two new Color imageCLASS MFPs that are the first in the imageCLASS family with touch screens. The two new Color imageCLASS units also feature a number of other upgrades, including user tracking and access, and the flagship unit prints at up to 36 ppm, the fastest among the imageCLASS family to date.

For its part, OKI Data Americas has added a slew of new A4 black-and-white printers and MFPs – three printers and three MFPs. All feature upgraded memory capacity – 3 GB – for faster handling of print jobs. We’ve seen plenty of printers and MFPs get bogged down when printing complex print jobs, so this should come in handy. While most printers can maintain their manufacturer’s rated print speed when printing simple documents – such as a double-spaced page of black text – it’s a different story when it comes to printing a complex document with graphics, complicated page layout, etc. Other business-class features include a 7″ color touch screen, Secure Print, 50-sheet RADF, color scan (including scan to network and to email with LDAP support), and WiFi wireless connectivity for the flagship MB562w. All six new units also qualify for OKI’s COREFIDO 5-year warranty for the LED print head.

Since we receive invitations to sell third-party ink and toner cartridges on our Web site from South East Asia companies on a near-daily basis, we’re not surprised that Epson is going after companies that it claims have infringed on its ink-cartridge patents.

Print is dead? Not for companies such as Canon, which is expanding its toner-cartridge manufacturing facility in Newport News, Virginia. Canon will invest some $100 million in order to ramp-up production at the toner cartridge plant.

New Products

​New OKI A4 Models Feature More Memory for Faster Print-Job Processing, WiFi Printing, More – Read more here.

Next-Generation Canon Color imageCLASS MFPs Feature Color Touch, New V2 Color Profile, More – Read more here.

New Canon PIXMA MX472 Fits Tight Spaces, Provides Mobile Print & Scan, Cloud Connectivity – Read more here.

Canon Launches hdAlbum, a New Service for Creating Custom Photo Albums – Read more here.

RISO Launches ‘World’s Fastest Digital Duplicator,’ the SE9480, which Prints at 185 PPM – Read more here.

Other News

Canon Expands AirPrint Mobile-Printing Support to More PIXMAs, imageCLASS MFPs – Read more here.

Canon Latin America Being Merged into Canon U.S.A. – Read more here.

Lexmark Acquires Claron, Provider of Medical-Imaging and Distribution Software – Read more here.

Konica Minolta Adds Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition to its Mobile-Printing Suite – Read more here.

HP: Intel’s Core I7 Chip to Power HP’s Multi Jet 3D Printer – Read more here.

Canon to Invest $100 Million to Expand U.S. Toner-Cartridge Plant – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

Epson Files Complaint with U.S. ITC for Alleged Ink-Cartridge Patent Infringement by 19 Companies – Read more here.

Canon Wins Judgements Barring Aster from Selling Dispute Toner Cartridges in the U.S., Holland and France – Read more here.

The Third Dimension

Behold: The Sub-$2,000 Food Printer

The 3D Printer that Can Print Custom Electronics

A Novel Way to Save Material and Speed Up 3D-Printing

MakerBot Will Soon Enable Users to 3D-Print with Metal, Stone & Wood


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