Epson releases three new wide-format machines

April 24, 2014

The printers in the SureColor range will be shown at the Sign & Digital UK 2014 show next week.epsonsurecolorwf

The OEM announced the launch of the SureColor SC-T7200, SC-T5200 and SC-T3200 machines, which it calls “versatile, high-speed” four-colour machines that include nine different iterations, and which are aimed at busy production environments in a range of markets.

The devices range in size from 24 inches (T3200), 36 inches (T5200) and 44 inches (T7200), and are set to be demonstrated for the first time at the Sign & Digital UK 2014 event at the NEC in Birmingham, UK from 29 April to 1 May. The 7200 and 5200 models feature double paper rolls and a 36-inch scanner, with scan-to-email functions available alongside scan-to-file and scan-to-share with other SureColor machines.

Each printer contains an optional 320GB hard drive and 1.6Ghz CPU, as well as UltraChrome XD water-based pigment inks utilised in a PrecisionCore TFP printhead for “precise, repeatable and long life performance”. Three different inkjet cartridge sizes are available, including 110ml, 350ml and 700ml, whilst the range also boasts ENERGY STAR certification.

Duncan Ferguson, Director of C&I Pro-Graphics for Epson Europe, stated: “The new generation of easy-to-use SureColor SC-T printers have been designed to deliver the ultimate in flexibility and production performance into busy design and print environments.

“The ability to print onto paper and board up to 1.5mm thick makes them ideal for a wide variety of graphics applications.”

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Samsung introduces new wireless printers in Nigeria

April 24, 2014

Samsung ML-2165W

Samsung ML-2165W

ML-2165W series unveiled by OEM in Lagos, Nigeria to make mobile printing easier.

Humanipo reported on the launch of the new printer series by Samsun for the Nigerian market, with the printers featuring Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communication (NFC) to allow users to print directly from smartphones and tablets.

Brovo Kim, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa, commented: “As costs in almost every sector continuously increase and managing maintenance expenses becomes more vital in emerging markets, we – as one of the leading A4 laser printer manufacturers and an integrated solution provider – listened closely to the growing needs of users.

“With an overall TCO efficient solution that offers worry-free experiences from set-up to actual printing, the ML-2165W series best represents our goal of enriching the lives of our customers.”

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Canon India expands inkjet range to build on market share

April 24, 2014

Canon pixmaOEM aims to increase inkjet printer market share in India from 24 to 30 percent by next year.

Business Standard reported on Canon’s plans for the Indian inkjet printer market, which is currently led by HP with a 59 percent share, with Canon aiming to increase its 24 percent share to 30 percent next year.

The OEM is reportedly “confident of achieving its target” after it was able to increase its market share from 14 percent in 2010 to 24 percent in 2013, and has been expanding in the inkjet segment through the launch of new PIXMA inkjet printer models, with nine new models launched in April for home, office and professional users priced at between Rs 4,000 ($65/€47) and Rs 22,000 ($360/€260).

Alok Bharadwaj, Executive Vice-President of Canon India, explained that the company is “focusing on capturing the demand created at homes from the school-going kids”, which has seen the OEM centring product campaigns on the needs of schoolchildren and launching its PIXMA Super Student inkjet range, which is Wi-Fi-enabled and comes with “applications and creative pre-loaded features”.

Bharadwaj added that the Indian inkjet printer market consists of 1.2 million units, with the ink efficient category contributing to 500,000 units. This year, Canon India reportedly intends to spend Rs 120 crore ($19.7 million/€14.2 million) on product advertising “across all media” – 25 percent more than the previous year’s spending.

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US business provider recycles three million cartridges in three years

April 24, 2014

Quill.com worked alongside Clover to recycle the cartridges in a national programme.Bucket of cartridges square crop copy

The company stated in a press release that it had recycled around 2,982,856 pounds worth of inkjet and toner cartridges since 2011 through its Ink and Toner Recycle Programme across the USA, with the announcement timed “in light of National Earth Month” which included Earth Day on 22 April.

The site, which calls itself “a provider of every product that busy professionals need to run their small and medium-sized business”, collected 1.7 million cartridges last year alone, with yearly participation said to be increasing at “an average rate” of 26 percent. The programme is said to be “one of the first of its kind”, as customers can send used cartridges back to the company “using a downloadable, pre-paid mailing label”.

The cartridges are then reused through remanufacturing by Clover, or “broken down and used in the production of other office supplies” should they not be able to be remanufactured. Quill.com also gives participants an incentive to recycle by offering a QuillCash loyalty payment of $2 (€1.44) per cartridge, with a maximum payment of $20 (€14.46) per month, into the customer’s account.

Quill.com added that it had calculated that the number of cartridges collected would have helped “omit annual greenhouse gas emissions in an amount equivalent to about 260 passenger cars”.

Sergio Pereira, Quill.com’s President, stated: “The Quill.com team is thrilled at the Ink and Toner Programme’s success over the past three years. We’ve transformed an otherwise neglected resource into sustainable product for our clients’ continued benefit, and we look forward to encouraging more green business practices for years to come.”

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Lexmark 1Q2014 earnings fall 27 percent

April 23, 2014

lexmark-logoWeaker product revenue and higher operating expenses attributed to first quarter decline.

Market Watch reported on Lexmark’s 27 percent fall in profit during the first quarter of 2014 (1Q2014), with the OEM reporting a profit of $29.3 million (€21.2 million), or 46 cents per share, compared to a profit of $40 million (€29 million), or 62 cents per share, a year earlier.

Lexmark has attributed the decline to weaker product revenue as well as higher operating expenses, with the company “wrestling with a maturing hardware market” and “facing squeezed margins and weaker growth from developed countries” over recent years. However, the article notes that, unlike some OEMs, Lexmark has “worked to stick to its core business and add software around it” rather than diversifying further afield.

Per-share earnings reportedly declined to 92 cents from 95 cents, while revenue fell by 0.8 percent to $877.7 million (€634 million). This differed to the prediction of analysts that earnings would fall to 87 cents per share on $856 million (€618.4 million) in revenue.

Looking ahead to the second quarter of the year, the company has forecasted an adjusted profit of 85 cents to 95 cents per share on a revenue decline of between two and four percent, compared with analyst estimates of 94 cents per share and a revenue decline of four percent.

Lexmark reportedly stated that it expects a “continued negative impact” following its decision to exit its consumer and business inkjet hardware and supplies business in 2012.

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Kyocera joins OEM mobile printing alliance

April 23, 2014

tabletOEM announces it has joined the Mopria Alliance as an executive member company.

Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. has confirmed that it is now an executive member of the Mopria Alliance, a non-profit organisation of OEMs with the shared goal of providing “simple wireless printing” from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

The alliance, which also has Canon, HP, Xerox, Samsung and Epson as members, aims to develop a standard interface that will allow users to connect to any brand of printer with “virtually any” mobile device. Kyocera stated that in joining the alliance, it is “confirming its stance as an active participant in the pursuit of standardised, intuitive and wireless printing environments”. It added that its membership is the “latest strategic initiative” it has undertaken “to expand the capabilities” of its MFPs and printers.

Ryuzo Morita, Director of Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. and Senior General Manager of the OEM’s Corporate Strategy Planning Division, commented: “This is a concerted effort by software designers, OS providers, mobile device designers and printer manufacturers. Our mutual goal is to achieve intuitive mobile printing in any environment, regardless of location or platform. It’s where today’s mobile users want us to devote our attention.”

The Recycler reported on the launch of the Mopria Alliance in September last year, with the intention of the OEMs involved being to introduce the Mopria brand and use it as a vehicle to educate consumers and businesses on the ease-of-use of mobile printing.

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3D printing method makes meals safer for the elderly

April 22, 2014

elderly foodTechnology developed to print soft foods “that look, feel and taste like their more solid versions”.

Care2 reported that Germany-based food innovation firm Biozoon are developing a new line of “food texturisers”, named “seneoPro”, that are designed to make 3D-printed soft food products “more appealing” to elderly people in nursing homes and other care facilities who have issues chewing and swallowing – a condition known as dysphagia.

Noting that dysphagia sufferers “are often fed unappetising meals of mushy, pureed fare” that are “challenging and time-consuming to prepare, aren’t fun for seniors to eat, and don’t offer a well-balanced nutritional mix”, the article explains that 3D printers could be used to produce “soft foods that look, feel and taste like their more solid versions”, with the technology also able to tailor meals to each individual by infusing them with “extra vitamins and minerals based on each senior’s individual needs”.

Printer cartridges will be “filled with a combination of liquefied real-food products, additional nutrients and texturisers meant to make everything ‘gel’ together” and then printed into food that “will appear solid but will literally ‘melt’ in the person’s mouth”.

The seneoPro line is reportedly undergoing testing as part of the PERFORMANCE project – an ongoing EU-funded initiative that aims to develop “healthy and holistic food sources for seniors dealing with dysphagia”, with the project aiming to have a working process for creating the soft foods using a 3D printer “sometime in 2015”.

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OKI study finds 63 percent of SMEs don’t understand printing costs

April 22, 2014

PrintingThe study found companies have “no understanding” of overall print costs.

OKI’s study was undertaken at the Elite Business show for small businesses in the UK, and found that 63 percent of SMEs have “no understanding” of the whole organisation’s overall printing costs, which OKI notes “paints a picture of ‘out of control’ printing overheads with missed opportunities to save money and increase efficiency”.

The lack of knowledge shows how many companies “don’t know how to manage, control or measure their day to day printing overheads”, the OEM added, with only 15 percent interviewed saying that their printing costs “could be accurately predicted”. Another trend noticed in the survey was that 49 percent of those interviewed said they can’t print from their mobile devices in their office event if the printer “is supposed to be enabled”.

Graham Lowes, OKI UK’s Marketing Director, commented: “These findings are highly surprising, especially at a time when many small businesses have still not fully recovered from the economic downturn over the past few years. During this time, many have had to make significant cuts in other areas, but still the costs and efficiency of printing still gets ignored.

“This is why OKI offers managed document services; taking simple measures such as exchanging traditional printers for energy-efficient multifunction devices can dramatically cut overheads. There seems to be some misconception that in a mobile world, printing is no longer needed, but this isn’t the case.

“In another recent survey by OKI, a decisive 92 percent of respondents said they carry out some kind of printing daily, showing that the concept of ‘paperless’ is still a long way off.”

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US MPS provider discusses move from refilling to managed print

April 22, 2014

Advantage Enterprises’ Walter Lemmermann was interviewed about his company’s recent successes.Printers

CRN interviewed Lemmermann about his MPS business, and about how the company “got ahead” of the MPS industry due to it being “his area of focus before [MPS] even became a term”. The San Francisco-based company has seen success “in recent years”, and CRN asked Lemmermann about his time as a refiller in the 1980s.

Lemmermann had “made the shift” to MPS in the late 1980s before MPS took off, having “looked into the idea of refilling toner cartridges” because “toner was expensive” and the refilled cartridges he bought “were just garbage”, and he bought empty toners from accounting firms near to his home to sell on, analysing the market for what is now called managed print services

Having attempted to become an HP reseller, he was told that selling used products was something HP wasn’t happy with, but later became the first authorised service centre globally “to refill toners for HP” in 1988, noting that MPS for him was “basically analysing what people currently had and what their operating costs were”.

Adding that selling all services separately is “a big mistake”, Lemmermann stated that he began to bundle warranties, repairs and services with cartridge sales due to “toner phoner” scammers, who would deliver poor quality products but try to compete with his business. His company makes a point of talking to people “about their current experience” to improve their systems, and he added that “relationships are going to generate a whole lot more revenue than a one-time transaction”.

The business has seen “steady growth”, though they are “finding it more competitive” nowadays, and Lemmermann mentioned that the company uses “business intelligence” to find out “who we’d like to have as our client”, and added that Advantage Enterprises is working with HP, Xerox and Dell, whilst 2014 will see the company expand cloud offerings as it is something Lemmermann “want[s] to do in the future”.

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Ricoh USA launches new colour laser printer range

April 22, 2014

Ricoh SP C250SF

Ricoh SP C250SF

The OEM’s four new machines are aimed at small offices and corporate workgroups. 

The new devices are colour laser printers and MFPs featuring wireless connectivity as standard, boasting print speeds of 21ppm and offering “maximum capabilities for low cost of ownership”. The four devices include the SP C250DN, C252DN, C250SF and C252SF, with the latter two machines MFPs.

Ricoh noted that the printers are “ideal for small offices and corporate workgroups” and can “significantly increase productivity and efficiency”, with mobile printing technology and energy-saving features also included. The Smart Device Print & Scan application enables smartphones and tablets on both iOS and Android platforms to print from the machines, whilst print resolution can reach up to 2,400 x 600 dpi.

In terms of energy usage, the OEM noted that the single-function machines use 1.37 kWh a week, whilst the MFPs consume 1.48 kWh a week. Suggested retail prices see the SP C520DN priced at $360 (€260), the SP C252DN at $550 (€398), the SP C250SF at $599 (€433), and the SP C252SF at $899 (€651).

Matt Sakauchi, Vice President of Technology Marketing at Ricoh USA, stated: “Adding wireless and mobile capabilities to the solid foundation of our predecessor models makes these devices ideal for a new world of work. They combine maximum flexibility for mobilising information with a very aggressive cost of ownership.”

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