This Week in Imaging: A New Business-Inkjet Player; HP-Memjet Litigation Heats Up

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Seeking to take on the likes of HP, Canon, Brother, and Epson, RISO is throwing its hat into the U.S. business-inkjet ring with the ComColor FW series that it’ll introduce on June 15th. These appear to be the first inkjet machines that the firm is targeting for general office use. In the past, RISO has been primarily known for digital duplicators (remember “masters”?) and low-volume production inkjet printing, particularly in vertical segments. Hardly anybody thinks “RISO” when it comes to office printing, but two of the company’s three new inket MFPs can print at up to 120 ppm in color, print and scan on up to 11″ x 17″, can be equipped with document finishing, and use pigment, not dye-based, inks.

We don’t have pricing or ink costs yet, but RISO will likely benefit a lot from the groundwork put in by HP and Epson convincing office users that business inkjet is just as good, if not often better, than toner-based printers in the office, so why not? Plus, due to the “master” system employed on a majority of their digital-duplicator products, RISO has become very good at selling Total Cost of Ownership and Cost per Page based on run lengths to vertical segments such as schools, municipal governments, churches, and high-volume in-plant CRDs. The RISO inkjet MFPs won’t likely have extensive add-on solutions for document workflow, mobile print and scan, or security, but we’ll have to wait-and-see on that too.


HP Inc. has named a host of companies that it’s accused of infringing on its page-wide inkjet-printing patents in its complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission. Among them are Memjet and Memjet distributors, as well as a host of third parties Memjet OEMs to – primarily third-party makers of envelope and commercial printers. But conspicuous by their absence are Canon and Xerox, both of which OEM Memjet technology. We can see leaving Canon off the list, as HP OEMs laser-beam print engines from Canon, but why leave out Xerox? Our own opinion is that Memjet – unless it gets a very favorable court ruling, which probably won’t be likely, since both technologies appear to have been developed roughly at about the same time – would probably have been better served by letting sleeping dogs lie, as legal expenses are likely to be quite large for both companies at this point. (And, by the way, RISO also uses inkjet printing technology similar to Memjet inkjet printing technology, as RISO’s Forcejet inkjet printing is described as using: “24 in-line Piezo drop-on-demand print heads. Each of the four colors [cyan, magenta, yellow, and black] has six print heads in a row imaging the page….The print heads are stationary and the paper passes underneath them….The fixed position of the print head makes possible the high printing speeds found in ComColor inkjet printers…”).

We’ve said it before, but Konica Minolta sees the writing on the wall. Once again, news this week is that it’s investing in non-printing technology, and instead in surveillance and medical-technology companies that are sure to provide steady revenue and growth, along with the company’s existing 3D-printer and robotics businesses… and of course its 2D printing business for the office and production printing and imaging.

Office-Imaging News

nQueue Cost-Recovery and Document-Routing Solutions Now Available for Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs – Read more here.

New Entry-Level Color MFPs from Kyocera Said to Provide Advanced Feature Set – Read more here.

Walmart’s Sam’s Club Set to Launch Office-Supplies Delivery Pilot Program – Read more here.

New ScanSnap Cloud for Fujitsu Scanners for One-Touch Routing to Cloud Sites –  Read more here.

RISO to Enter Business Inkjet Market with New 120-PPM ComColor FW MFPs – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

HP Names Memjet, Distributors, and OEMs in Complaint with U.S. International Trade Commission – Read more here.

Market-Research News

Solid Growth’ for Global Production-Printer Market, Reports IDC – Read more here.

Copier Careers: Average Copier Service Tech Salary is $45,121 – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

Shutterfly Leasing 25 HP Indigo 12000 Digital Presses – Read more here.

Memjet Adds New OEM Partners New Solution and Digikett – Read more here.

Two New Epson Screen Printers, SureColor P800 and SureColor T3270 – Read more here.

Acquisitions

Konica Minolta Set to Spend up to $460 Million on New Acquisitions – Read more here.

Marco Takes Over North Country’s Copier/MFP and Wide-Format Printer Business – Read more here.

Other News

Xerox’s New Analytics Hub Said to Ease Legal-Review Workloads – Read more here.

Ricoh India Suspends Top Officers in Wake of Financial Irregularities – Read more here.

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