Inkjet printer used to diagnose diabetes

September 16, 2014

inkjetdiabetesA team of researchers created a diabetes testing system using an inkjet printer.

The Conversation reported on Tsinghua University’s Yifei Zhang and colleagues, who published results from an experiment in the Chemical Communications journal regarding their work on turning an inkjet printer “into a chemistry lab and us[ing] it to diagnose diabetes”.

The site notes that inkjet printers are “an astonishing feat of precision engineering”, due to their ability to “achieve more than a million different hues and shades” from “mere nanolitres” of ink with “pinpoint accuracy”, and Yifei and his team have “exploit[ed] that precision engineering” to “screen millions of different chemical reactions”.

The team had been “trying to understand reaction pathways in living things”, with chemical processes in living organisms “controlled by a cascade of reactions” that are “mediated by […] enzymes” in a procedure similar to “workers on a production line”, in this case creating molecules. Reconstructing the process is “difficult” outside of a living cell, with a “vast number of reactions” monitored at once using 96-well plates – small containers of a “unique combination of chemicals”.

Whilst these reactions “might be set up manually” or by an “expensive robot”, the process is often slow, and so the team used a printer for its cheaper operation, replacing the inks with “solutions of enzymes” to create a device “that has the potential to dispense more than a million different reaction mixtures”. The coloured reaction products were printed directly onto paper, with higher-intensity colours showing “which reaction mixtures worked best”.

As potential applications “extend beyond curiosity-driven research”, the team loaded the printer’s cartridges with enzymes that could “indicate the presence of glucose in a sample”, with glucose in urine “an indication of diabetes”, with the site predicting a future “where a trip to the doctors results in a printout of, quite literally, your urine and some enzymes alongside, after 30 seconds or so, a diagnosis and the prescription”.

Researchers have previously used inkjet printers to print living cells, as well as eye cells, and recently computer memory was printed onto paper through an inkjet printer.

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American Inkjet releases HP Pro X inks

September 8, 2014

americaninkjetThe manufacturer has produced pigment inks for HP’s Pro X series of printers.

The inks are 100-percent pigment-based, and are designed for refilling of the 970 and 971 inkjet cartridges used in HP’s Pro X series of business inkjet machines. The company added that it uses the “purest water and highest quality pigment dispersions” to make the inks, whilst a “proprietary sub-micron filtration and purification process” helps produce the “OEM-quality” inks.

American Inkjet also noted that the inks are designed to meet OEM standards in “colour accuracy and balance, optical density, edge acuity, inter-colour bleed and dry time”, with “extensive compatibility” established alongside “throughput and latency testing”, with all of the work done to “be sure the new inks are reliable and problem-free”.

The four inks include black, cyan, magenta and yellow inks, with the 971 cartridges also higher-yield, and the cartridges are used in HP’s Officejet Pro X451dn, X476dn, X551dw and X576dw printers. American Inkjet stated that the inks “have been developed specifically for use in these printers” and their highest print speeds of up to 70ppm.

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Epson adds three new machines to WorkForce range

September 5, 2014

The WF-2660, 2650 and 2630 are printing solutions aimed at small and home offices (SOHOs).Epsonnew

ITBusiness reported on the launch of Epson’s WF-2660, WF-2650 and WF-2630 AIO machines, which utilise the OEM’s PrecisionCore printhead technology to offer a “unique combination of performance and value in a compact design”.

The devices are said to be able to print “laser-sharp black and colour”, and feature “enhanced” connectivity options, with the WF-2660 supporting near-field communication (NFC) technology, whilst both have wireless connectivity allowing for mobile printing and scanning through Epson’s Connect mobile printing application for smartphones and tablets.

The machines also have 30-page automatic document feeders, 150-sheet paper capacity, automatic duplexing, DURABrite Ultra inks delivering “smudge, fade and water-resistant prints in affordable individual ink cartridges”, and print speeds of 13 ISO ppm in black and 7.3 ISO ppm in colour. The WF-2630 additionally features an “unprecedented compact design” with print speeds of nine ISO ppm in black and 4.5 ISO ppm in colour.

Nils Madden, Marketing Director for Desktop Imaging and Printing at Epson America, stated: “Epson underscores its commitment to SOHO users with our new line up of impressive, high-value WorkForce models. The WorkForce 2600-Series is a cost-effective solution for business users, without sacrificing the high-quality and ease-of-printing features our customers expect.”

The WF-2660 and WF-2630 will be available in late September in the US market for $149.99 (€115) and $99.99 (€77) each, whilst the WF-2650 will be available in late October for $129.99 (€100).

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HP to expand ink plant in Singapore

September 4, 2014

BT_20140904_CYHP4_1251502The ink manufacturing plant in Tuas will quadruple production capacity when opened in 2015.

Business Times reported on the announcement, which is said to be “a boost for [the] printing industry” in Singapore. The expansion will increase the plant in Tuas by 10,000 square metres when it opens next year, which will quadruple HP’s production capacity in Singapore.

The ink manufacturing plant produces specialised ink, which is “currently manufactured only in Singapore and Israel”, and which is used in the OEM’s Indigo series of digital printers. In turn, the news outlet noted that the expansion of the site will “help HP meet growing demand in the region” for the ink and the machines.

Business Times added that digital printing “as a relatively new technology” accounted for less than five percent of the pages printed last year across the world – a total of 47.2 trillion – but targets “high value pages” and so accounted for 41 percent of the global graphics industry last year “in terms of hardware and ink value”, with the graphics industry worth $52.5 billion (€39.9 billion) in 2013.

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Wide-format ink supplier aids print company

August 29, 2014

Nazdar_Red_MonsterNazdar’s inks helped Red Monster offer “print prices that aren’t too scary”.

The print company, which has been in business since November 2012 in Cambridgeshire, UK, has aimed to save customers money on wide-format prints, and switched to Nazdar’s third-party inks after using OEM wide-format inks and “forking out full list price for every cartridge” on its second-hand Mimaki wide-format printers, which it uses to produce “outdoor and roller banners”.

After trialling the Nazdar inks, the company switched permanently to its third-party ink five months ago, and “hasn’t looked back”, establishing a partnership with Nazdar’s supplier APS as well. Red Monster noted that the switch has helped it “produce jobs that wouldn’t have been achievable before”, with savings of around 30 percent on wide-format inkjet cartridges as well.

Lewis Cromwell, Red Monster’s Business Development Manager, commented: “[W]e heard about a free trial of Nazdar inks and thought, ‘Why not?’. We did consider another third-party ink supplier, but they wouldn’t give us the opportunity to trial their product. When we tried the Nazdar inks, we saw no difference in colour or quality between them and the Mimaki inks.”

“We’ve had a relationship with APS for about a year. We first came across them when we heard about the Nazdar inks, and we’re now working with APS on a new solvent fabric which we’re hoping to use in the future for flags.”

Nathan Burnett, Head of APS’ Specialist Inks Division, added: “Red Monster Print is a textbook example of a business that has really benefitted from switching to Nazdar. It’s a young company that is making its mark in the local area, and every penny counts. By making savings on their consumables, they can ensure they’re offering the best prices to their customers.

But it’s about more than saving money – it’s also about maintaining a reputation for quality. We’ve helped them get the most out of their printer with full technical support, which can obviously be hard to come by when you’re working with a second-user printer.”

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Armor releases two new inkjet cartridges

August 27, 2014

armor1The manufacturer has produced two new alternative inkjets for HP printers.

The first of the company’s two new releases, both made available in July, are alternatives for HP’s 932XL (black) and 933XL (colour) inkjet cartridges, with four cartridges available including new integrated chips to “enable the user to manage ink levels easily”.

Armor noted that the XL capacity of the cartridges can save customers “up to 28 percent on the print per page cost”, with the cartridges available both individually and in a four-cartridge multipack, with the latter available in September. The cartridges are produced in a “tried and tested industrial process” that allows Armor to “offer a larger range of cartridges year in, year out”.

The second release is alternatives for HP’s 950XL (black) and 951XL (colour) cartridges, which are compatible with the OfficeJet Pro family, and Armor notes that as remanufactured alternatives, the four cartridges are “primarily aimed at the corporate sector”. These cartridges also feature integrated chips, are available in XL and can save customers “up to 57 percent” on print per page costs, and can be purchased individually or in multipacks.

Finally, the company reminded customers that it had recently launched alternative inkjets for Epson’s 16XL cartridges, with the “design, ink and specific chip” developed in-house as the “result of high level research and development”, allowing customers to save up to 55 percent on print per page costs.

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Canon India aims to grow inkjet printer revenue

August 21, 2014

dialoose_1359206747_CanonOEM plans to target students as it aims for to grow its market share to 25 percent.

Economic Times reported on Canon India’s plan to “woo” students in its bid to increase its annual inkjet printer revenue to $33 million (€25 million) by bringing out a new campaign and introducing new products to the market in order to grow its market share from 23 to 25 percent.

The OEM, which currently has 20 Pixma-branded products in the inkjet category, intends to invest $3 million (€2.3 million) in advertising and promotions for its new campaign, which is aimed at students aged between nine and 19 years-old.

Alok Bharadwaj, Executive Vice President of Canon India, explained: “We wanted to connect with school-going kids and engage with them. Students of today are comfortable using smart devices including cloud and Wi-Fi printing. Our new PIXMA Ink Efficient range is designed to combine creative printing with incredible cost-per-print savings.”

Bharadwaj added: “While students can be great influencers for purchasing decision today, they are also customers of tomorrow. With 300 million students in India, building our brand in their mind is a big business of tomorrow for us.”

The Indian inkjet market is reportedly growing at around eight percent annually, with students being responsible for a lot of the growth. However, Bharadwaj said that “while the segment is growing in single digits, we [Canon India] are growing at over 10 percent. To continue the growth trajectory, we will introduce newer models as well as double our retail presence by [the] end of 2016 from 1,000 retail outlets now”.

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Canon USA releases three new PIXMA machines

August 20, 2014

Canon's MG7520

Canon’s MG7520

The devices are said to “simplify” photograph printing.

TechRadar reported on the launch of three new cloud-connected PIXMA inkjet printers aimed at “image-focused” businesses and consumers, with Canon noting that the devices “simplify” printing as well as scanning and editing photographs.

The new machines – the MG7520, MG6620 and MG5620 – are all connected to the PIXMA Printing Solutions application, which in turn links to Canon’s Easy-PhotoPrint application to allow users to “print documents directly from websites and applications”. TechRadar gave the example of users “tap[ping] on a Facebook photo”, scanning it onto the printer, editing it and printing it “without connecting any cords”.

Two other applications included are Canon’s Cloud Link and PictBridge programmes, which can be used to “share scanned documents via email” and “connect Canon digital cameras directly to the printers without the need for a computer” respectively. The MG7520 is said to be “top-of-the-line” from the new range, and features a dual front tray, direct disc printing and six ink tanks capable of printing 9600 x 2400 dpi colour photos.

The MG7520 also includes a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen and a range of different colour choices for its exterior, including burnt orange, black, and white “with a mirror finish”, and costs $199.99 (€150), whilst the MG6620 is available for $149.99 (€112) and the MG5620 for $99.99 (€75).

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InkTec launches new HP inks

August 11, 2014

The company has produced inks for use in the OEM’s OfficeJet Pro X series.Bulk_Ink_100ml_1L_20L

The inks are black (H5970) and CMY (H5971), and are pigment-based, with the ability to be used in a range of the OEM’s OfficeJet Pro X machines, including the X451dn, X451dw, X476dn, X476dw, X551dw and X576dw printers.

InkTec stated that the inks have been “specially designed” for the machines, and are “optimized for high-speed printing” with “high black density, vivid colour and long-lasting head durability”. It added that the inks have a “wide colour gamut”, ensuring that colour presentation is “equivalent to that of [the] OEM”, and that the inks are “specially formulated” to work well in a CISS system.

Among other features of the inks are “excellent continuous printing – no clogging”; “strong lightfastness”; “cost effectiveness”; and “no bleeding on original media”. InkTec mentioned that the inks are available in bottle sizes of 100ml, one litre and 20 litres, and noted that the inks are “the best solution in terms of performance in high-speed printing and cost-effectiveness”.

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Canadian company releases Epson printhead-cleaning cartridges

July 31, 2014

inkjetcleanDigital Sign Technologies’ cartridges will also clean Mimaki, Roland and Mutoh machines.

The company reported in a press release that the cartridges are designed for “on-the-printer printhead cleaning, maintenance and recovery” under the brand-name InkJetClean, with the cartridges fitting Mimaki, Roland and Mutoch eco-solvent wide-format printers as well.

The cartridges work by printing fluid “like ink, cleaning your printhead right on a printer”, with the solvent, “as it prints through”, recovering “missing or deflected nozzles”, as well as flushing and cleaning the printer’s “tubing, dampers, capping station, and everything that touches it”. The company adds that “in a matter of minutes” the cartridges can supposedly “dramatically improve[e] the condition of the printheads, saving time and eliminating risks” of dismantling printheads.

Digital Sign Technologies added that the cartridges are also “perfectly suited” for regular printhead maintenance, recommending that users install the cartridges “if you started noticing slightest deflections of nozzles in your nozzle test prints”. This will apparently “ensure a consistent, high-quality output, while extending the service life of your printheads”.

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