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.

For more information, visit www.armor-print.com.

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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”.

For more information, visit www.inktec.com.

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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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Computer memory printed onto paper

July 29, 2014

Taiwanese researchers have been able to print computer memory onto paper.

Credit: CITEWorld

Credit: CITEWorld

CITEWorld reported on the research by Dr. Der-Hsien Lien and his team, who demonstrated printing “the kind of memory computers read” onto paper, with the aim that with printable transistors, this could “spawn a host of easy-to-make connected paper-based products” such as “do-it-yourself RFID tags”.

Noting that “there’s something deliciously ironic about printing memory onto paper [as] paper has held memories for thousands of years”, the site adds that this development can jump on the back of 3D printing to offer “home-printable objects” that can talk to “each other with home-printable computer components”.

With paper being “cheap, flexible and widespread”, it is a “good candidate as a substrate”, with the issue of absorption and “being porous and uneven” previously an “unwanted quality” when constructing electronics. Dr. Lien and his team coated paper in carbon to “make a type of resistive random access memory” that would apply voltage across the insulator layer with an electrode, so that each “bit” on the paper would be an insulator sandwiched between two electrodes.

The insulator in this case was “the right kind of ink”, which was titanium oxide printed with a modified inkjet printer, and a silver solution was used to print 50 µm dots as the electrodes. This meant that one A4 piece of paper would hold one megabyte of memory, with Lien adding that the memory “maintains its state for about eight minutes” after power is switched off, and holds up “if you bend and fold the paper”.

With much more research to be done, Lien adds that “in the future you [could] make a functional device in your home”, with initial uses including shopkeepers printing “labels for goods with an embedded list of all the goods in certain boxes”, and whilst read and write speeds are “not fast enough for complicated tasks yet”, the technology is “suitable enough for low level jobs”.

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Second UK inkjet workshop announced

July 22, 2014

iFormulate Ltd. to host second one-day training workshop in Runcorn, UK.ink

UK-based formulation technology consultancy, iFormulate Ltd., announced that the second of its two separate one-day training workshops covering the essential of formulation for inkjet applications will take place on 25 September 2014, and will focus on “textiles, solvents and UV” inkjets.

The workshops are designed for scientists and technologies involved in inkjet formulation as well as in the digital printing supply chain. “Intermediate Inkjet Formulation” follows the first meeting in June, which The Recycler reported on earlier this year. Expert speakers include industry consultants Dr. John Provost, Terence Kenneth, Bill Fern and Mark Holbrook.

The second workshop will see attendees learn about “the formulation of solvent inks for continuous and drop-on-demand printers, UV inkjet inks and UV curing”, as well as “textile inks and application processes for digital textile printing”. The session will also “cover the optimisation of inks for specific printheads and ink-substrate interactions” for printing on paper.

Dr Jim Bullock, Director at iFormulate, commented: “We were delighted by the positive reaction of delegates to the first workshop. In fact several delegates signed up for the September workshop because of their good experience in June. Inkjet formulation is a big topic, so in the second workshop we are able build on some of the important topics which we couldn’t cover in detail the first time around.”

Information and registration details can be found here, or by emailing info@iformulate.biz.

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Brother launches new affordable inkjet printer

July 22, 2014

The MFC-J4420DW is aimed at the SOHO (Small Office Home Office) market.

Brother's MFC-J4420DW

Brother’s MFC-J4420DW

CePro reported on the launch of the printer by the OEM, which noted that the machine features “cost-competitive features and print rates” alongside compatibility with iOS, Android, Microsoft and Kindle Fire tablets and phones for mobile printing.

The MFC-J4420DW is part of Brother’s Business Smart product line, and offers a “higher level of performance than previous generations” due to improved print speeds of 20ppm in monochrome and 18ppm in colour, alongside a 2.7-inch colour touchscreen and 11-inch by 17-inch paper printing options.

The device also features the OEM’s Super High-Yield inkjet cartridges, which can print approximately 1,200 monochrome and colour pages , which Brother notes “helps to reduce per page print costs, which can help save money in higher volume print environments”. Mobile printing applications that the machine can sync with include AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Cortado Workplace and iPrint & Scan.

Eric Dahl, Director of Marketing for SoHo Products for Brother, commented: “With the expansion and improved pricing of our award-winning Business Smart Series, it’s easier than ever for a customer to find the ideal colour inkjet all-in-one for the home office or small office.

“By committing to low-cost printing, mobile device connectivity, and versatile paper handling, we’re making owning an innovative, hard-working Brother Inkjet all-in-one accessible to SOHO customers who are keeping a careful eye on their budget.”

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Papers with “good de-inkability” demonstrated by OEMs

July 16, 2014

The Digital Print De-inking Alliance (DPDA) presented the papers at a meeting in Munich.pip1_heads

The DPDA, which comprises HP, Kodak, Océ and Ricoh, presented results from a series of studies on de-inking – removing inkjet ink from paper so that the paper can be reused – at the International De-inking Symposium in Munich, Germany.

A study involving the OEMs and nine different papers saw positive results, with “all but one” combination of ink and paper passing the INGEDE Method 11/EPRC test, as well as 90 percent of the scores for deinking of the paper ranging from 72 to 100, which the DPDA notes classifies them as having “Good De-inkability” under stationery and publishing standards. The sole failure was said to be due to “a prototype ink still in development”.

Two OEMs, Océ and HP, presented independent research from their own studies, with Océ’s Product Line Manager of Ink and Substrates, David Croll, showing results that found paper choice “is critical for successful de-inking of water-based inkjet inks”, with papers featuring “water soluble calcium salt” able to be successfully de-inked despite being either uncoated, wood-free papers with pigment-based inks printed on them.

HP’s Environmental Research Scientist, Nils Miller, also discussed the OEM’s study of 10 commercially available coated and uncoated papers that were successfully de-inked, noting that despite concerns about issues with inkjet five or six years ago, the industry has seen “significant improvement” in de-inkability.

Miller added: “In a time of change when the paper and printing industries face a number of challenges, it is important that both industries devote resources to assessing and, where necessary, improving inherent de-inkability. This study reinforces the idea that commercially viable papers can have good de-inkability with modern inkjet inks.”

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