This Week in Imaging: Ink-Cartridge Dispute Settled; A Russian-Made MFP

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While the issue appears to have been resolved, with HP Inc. apologizing and promising to issue a remedying firmware update, before the dust settled, HP was facing the threat of two class-action lawsuits, as well as thousands of user complaints over a firmware upgrade earlier this month that disabled use of third-party, non-HP ink cartridges. The blocking of non-HP ink cartridges occurred because the non-HP ink cartridges in question didn’t have the latest IC chips that are readily available from China.
It’s interesting though, that nobody seems to mind when copier/MFP vendors rebadge an OEM system, and then tweak them so that toner cartridges aren’t interchangeable between models, and  toner is only available from an office-imaging dealer. We suspect that this is because the boss pays for the toner at work, but the small-office and home users have to pay for their own ink.

It’s a big week of news for big iron, as major vendors Canon, Konica Minolta, HP Inc., and Ricoh trot out new production-oriented printers. We’ve said it before – production printing is the key to longevity in the industry as it stands today, and this is good news. By the way, the new HP PageWide printers are definitely “big iron.” You should check out the news article just for the picture.

Fascinating news from Russia this week is that a conglomerate of companies have co-developed a business-class inkjet copier/MFP that is code-named “Katyusha” – a name that also refers to a World War II Russian rocket launcher. The MFP is said to feature an intriguing dual-cartridge ink-cartridge system, so that when one ink cartridge runs out of ink, the MFP automatically switches to another ink cartridge for uninterrupted operation, and ink cartridges may be changed on the fly.

Office-Imaging News 

  • HP Firmware Update Will Un-Block Use of Third-Party Ink Cartridges – Read more here.

Legal Briefs 

  • Law Firm Files Lawsuit Against HP, Alleges Blocking of Third-Party Ink Cartridges Violates U.S. Laws –  Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News from Graph Expo 

  • Canon Announces New imagePRESS C65 –  Read more here.
  • HP Inc. Rolls Out Four New PageWide Web Presses at Graph Expo – Read more here.
  • New Ricoh Pro 8220 Production Printers Rated at up to 136 PPM – Read more here.
  • Konica Minolta Showing New Accurio PRESS C2070, EngageIT ILabel Printer, More at Graph Expo –  Read more here.

Acquisitions

  • Konica Minolta Continues Acquisition Strategy with Quality Associates and DocPoint Solutions – Read more here.

Other News

  • Russian Company Introduces First Russian Copier/MFP, the ‘Katyusha’ with Dual Ink-Cartridge System – Read more here.

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