March 7, 2014
Wired profiled the technology, noting that it “turns your home printer into a circuit board factory” through using ink made from silver nanoparticles, which only requires “sintering” – the process where metal particles are bonded at high temperatures to become conductive – when the ink is made before sale.
The technology thus allows inkjet printer users to print out a circuit board and utilise it without the need for heating the chemicals in the ink to a high temperature, with the development meaning “home printing circuit boards [go] from being a concept to actually being in everybody’s home”, according to Wired.
AgIC, the company behind the technology, are trying to raise funds via the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to receive more investment for the product, and it won an award last year for a “paper describing the process”. The company’s founder Shinya Shimizu stated that “if a startup wants to develop hardware, it is generally more difficult to find a circuit designer than a programmer”, and the company’s technology allows for this to be circumvented.
Technical Adviser, Yoshihiro Kawahara, summarised the technology as “in short, a chemical reaction happens when the ink is dried on the surface of the paper. This small advance makes a huge difference as a practical tool. Backers can sit back and relax”. The company says that infrastructure is the “main problem” in the way of the technology spreading, and for that reason its utilising Kickstarter to help raise funds to improve that aspect.
AgIC also faces the issue of “convincing a public perhaps unfamiliar with circuitry” to buy into its technology but Shimizu stated his belief that by “enabling easier and faster prototyping of circuit design, more people will try it”, and added that the company is currently targeting “mainly people who have experience”, but would “like to expand the user segment to other spheres”.
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February 26, 2014
Shields Gazette reported on the theft, which occurred in a branch of the Wilkinson homeware store franchise in South Shields Market Place.
Local place stated that the cartridges stolen were worth “more than” £200 ($333.60/€243.14), with the thieves, a “man and a woman”, stealing the cartridges at around 3pm on Sunday 23 February. Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton stated that “we would encourage anyone who sees anyone acting suspiciously in stores to alert a member of staff”.
People with any information on the theft were invited to call the local police on 101, extension 69191.
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February 14, 2014
John Gamble spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the company’s move away from inkjet.
The news outlet published an interview with Gamble, prefacing it with a note that the growth in popularity of smartphones and tablets “meant the decline, and eventual sale, of the consumer inkjet printing business” at Lexmark to Funai Electric in April 2013.
Gamble is said to have “played a key role in reinventing” Lexmark over the past three years through “strategic acquisitions”, and he stated that the OEM “started seeing the consumer print business declining quite some time ago” in 2007, with Lexmark focusing on MPS and enterprise sectors, which “have much better market characteristics”, and MPS in particular offering the ability to “improve effectiveness while minimising costs” for customers.
Describing Lexmark as “becoming a solutions, services and software company that helps customers manage their unstructured information and unmanaged imaging device environment”, Gamble believes that the OEM “can deliver a much more complete” printing solution for companies through MPS, with a heavy investment “internally to enhance our imaging hardware, printers and multifunction printers, and service capabilities”.
Specifically discussing MPS, Gamble stated that “growing our MPS capabilities and revenue is a key part of our strategy, and ensuring our software strategy supports MPS growth is key to our transition”. Lexmark’s acquisition strategy, he added, is now focused on companies that “can expand our content and process technology”, with the biggest lesson learned at the OEM being that its transition “takes a lot of endurance” and an ability to be “well-focused on the strategic goal”.
Gamble went on: “All of the decision you make, even the small ones, need to stay highly-focused on the transition to a solutions, services and software company. We’ve made sure every organisation within Lexmark had a strategy to transition at the same time. [The biggest obstacle] is just a lot of work and therefore maintaining focus across the organisation. It is something that takes a lot of sustained effort on a very detailed level.
“Can we go fast enough? There are tremendous opportunities and we need to move as fast as possible.”
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January 31, 2014
The Japanese company will employ 50 people after acquiring the inkjet side of the OEM’s business last year.
Lane Report reported on the move by Funai Electric to the Lexmark campus in Lexington, which will see the company employ up to 50 staff with an average salary of $100,000 (€73,751). The company based at the site will be called Funai Lexington Technology Corporation, and will be a subsidiary of the global technology company.
The company purchased Lexmark’s inkjet technology assets in April last year, and the site will “support research and development in the inkjet and microfluidic technologies”, with an investment said to be worth around $4.2 million (€3.097 million) to the state of Kentucky.
In return, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority “preliminarily” approved tax incentives for Funai worth around $1.2 million (€885,021) through its Kentucky Business Investment programme, a performance-based incentive that allows companies to “keep a portion of [their] investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credit and wage assessments”.
Kentucky Governer Stever Beshear stated: “This is a prime example of an innovative company teaming up with an innovative and high-tech workforce. Kentucky’s reputation for employing educated and skilled workers is gaining the attention of companies around the world. We are very excited to welcome Funai to the commonwealth, and we look forward to seeing Funai Lexington Technology Corp. grow into a global leader.”
Kiyoshi Chinzei, Officer and General Manager of Funai Electrics’ Office Solution Business Unit, added: “Funai Lexington Technology Corp. is a critical development resource for the Funai Electric Company Limited. This new company will continue research and development in the inkjet and microfluidic technologies.
“We expect this company will lead great success for us to be one of global leaders in the new business opportunities. We are pleased with the technology resources available in Lexington and the support of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
In turn, Bob Quick, President and CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. noted: “Lexington is excited to welcome Funai Lexington Technology Corp. to our technology community. Lexington was recently ranked in the top 25 high-tech hotspots in America, and Funai’s decision to locate in our city is a testament to our educated workforce, low cost of doing business and innovative spirit.”
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January 29, 2014
The Age reported on the announcement from Jilin University in China, where scientists created a printer that uses water instead of ink, so that used paper “fades back to white within a day”, allowing reuse, and the “water-jet” technology, according to the scientists, “allows each page to be reprinted dozens of times”, saving money and the environment.
With this device, the secret behind the science is that the paper is treated “with an invisible dye that colours when exposed to water, then disappears”, with the printed image or text fading within 22 hours, at temperatures below 35 degrees Celsius. The image will fade quicker in high heat, and the researchers noted that the print “is clear” and the technology “is cheap”.
Sean Xiao-An Zhang, a chemistry professor at the university who has overseen the work, published a paper in Nature Communications on the discovery, adding: “Several international statistics indicate that about 40 per cent of office prints [are] taken to the waste paper basket after a single reading. Based on 50 times of rewriting, the cost [of the water-jet printer] is only about one percent of the inkjet prints.”
Zhang added that even if each pages was only reused 12 times, the cost would still be “about one-seventeenth of the inkjet version”, with dye-treating paper adding five percent to the price. He noted that “this is more than compensated for by the saving on ink”, with the site stating that “the new method does not require a change of printer, but merely replacing the ink in the cartridge with water, using a syringe”.
Previous attempts at creating such a printer have “tended to yield a low-contrast print”, The Age notes, “often at a high cost, and sometimes using hazardous chemicals”, but the new machine utilises a “previously little-studied dye compound” called oxazolidine, which creates a “clear, blue print in less than a second after water was applied”.
Four colours – blue, magenta, gold and purple – have been created at this point, though the machine can “only print in one […] at a time” at the moment, with the next step said to be “improv[ing] both the resolution and the duration of the print”, with the scientists also working on a device that will “heat preprinted sheets of paper as they are fed into the machine, fading the pages instantaneously for reprinting”.
Zhang commented that “water is a renewable resource and obviously poses no risk to the environment”, with the dyed paper said to be “very safe”, though the team is testing it with mice to “be sure”.
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January 22, 2014
Click Online reported on the launch of the five PIXMA machines – the iP8750, iX6850, MX475, MX535 and iP2850 – which Canon states “bolster its range of single and multifunction printers” and “expands the options available” to users seeking to print “photolab quality prints and business documents”.
The iP8750 and iX6850 are A3 photo-quality printers, with the former featuring one picolitre ink droplets and a resolution of 9600dpi, as well as mobile, wireless and cloud connectivity to Google and Apple products and the Canon PIXMA Printing Solutions app. The latter machine meanwhile is “tailored towards printing large spread sheets, posters and photos”, and features the same connectivity options as the iP8750.
The MX475 and MX535 devices are aimed at “increasing home productivity”, as both are AIOs with copy, scan and fax functionality, with the latter device supporting duplexing and a link to the PIXMA Cloud Link cloud printing service. The last machine, the i2850, is a replacement for the iP2700, and has been “designed specifically for everyday use” with a “compact design” for “space-conscious” consumers.
The iP8750 is available from February for €429.99 ($582.35), the iP2850 from March for €49.99 ($67.70), and the iX6850, MX547 and MX535 also from March for €259.99 ($352.11), €99.99 ($135.42) and €119.99 ($162.50) respectively.
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January 13, 2014
The Dallas News reviewer notes that for him and “most” people the “trip to the store to buy ink is just depressing” due to the costs, adding that OEMs including HP “are making their profit by selling us ink, not printers”, and claiming that he knows people who “go printer shopping when it’s time for new ink”, prefacing HP’s approach to review Instant Ink by noting he was “pretty sure I wouldn’t like it”.
He calculated that the cost per month adds up to an annual cost of around $60 (€43.91) on the $4.99 (€3.65) a month plan, with this plan “just about right” for his particular domestic situation, and added that “what sounded like a bunch of hot air […] was starting to sound like it could save us money”. Noting that the page limits can roll over if pages are unused, and that charges apply for extra printing, the reviewer states that “any page that you use ink on is counted” as a full page.
His conclusions are that the printer included, the Envy 5530, was “easy to unbox and set up”, and whilst “it’s up to the individual to determine if this type of model for printing is right for them”, he can see where Instant Ink “will save money”, noting that its advantages include the “convenient” home delivery of cartridges, a “good printer” and the fact that users “should save money”.
On the negative side, the reviewer does posit the fact that “some don’t like another monthly bill or someone keeping tabs on their printing”, referring to HP’s monitoring of how many pages are printed in terms of the contract. However, the final conclusion was that “this is an interesting model”, and that he “plan[s] to use it”.
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January 8, 2014
Ricoh confirmed the availability of the new range of wide-format devices, noting that the latex machine will be available in 130 centimetre (53-inch) and 160 cm (63-inch) versions, with “up to seven colours” including CMYK, orange, green and white, and will be able to print up to 18.2 square metres an hour.
The two models in the range, the L4160 and L4130, are said to “deliver high print productivity and quality” due to Ricoh’s utilisation of piezo electric printheads, and also meet “market need for products that reduce environmental impacts [of] printing” through the use of aqueous latex ink and low power consumption. The inks are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications and can be used on a wide range of different media.
The piezo inkjet heads produce three different droplet sizes at once, as small as four picolitres, and produce “smooth, lifelike” images and “fine details”, according to Ricoh. The machines also utilise an Uninterrupted Ink Supply System (UISS), which “adds to the productivity” of the printers by “switch[ing] automatically to the second cartridge” for “unattended printing […] in a busy print production environment”, ensuring they “run […] smoothly and productively”.
Stephen Palmer, Director of Production Print at Ricoh UK and Ireland, stated: “Following the early reveal, at drupa 2012, of our intention to grow our portfolio with the system, the Ricoh Pro L4100 series has been through Ricoh’s rigorous quality assurance process, and we have been assimilating the positive customer feedback we received.
“As well as being ideally suited for the specialist signage market, we are particularly excited to be able to offer print services providers in the UK another solution to support their business growth and offer new services such as display and signage to their clients.”
He added: “Ricoh latex inks offer outdoor durability of one to two years, or two to three years with lamination. With white ink, printers’ clients benefit from brilliant colour on all substrates – including transparent and dark materials – for signage, branded materials and window displays. And the addition of orange and green extends the colour gamut to encompass a wider range of vibrant colours, ideal for both indoor and outdoor materials, and to reproduce corporate colours accurately.”
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December 19, 2013
Hindustan Times reports that the achievement could be the way forward in developing a cure for blindness by producing artificial tissue grafts from human retina using an inkjet printer; with researchers finding that an inkjet printer can be used to print two types of cells from the retina of adult rats – ganglion cells, which transmit information from the eye to parts of the brain, and glial cells, which provide support and protection to neurons.
The study was published in the Biofabrication journal, and asserts that results show printed cells remain healthy and were able to survive and grow.
Professor Keith Martin and Dr Barbara Lorber, co-authors of the study from the John van Geest Centre for Brain repair at the University of Cambridge, said: “The loss of nerve cells in the retina is a feature of many blinding eye diseases. The retina is an exquisitely organised structure where the precise arrangement of cells in relation to one another is critical for effective visual function.
“Our study has shown, for the first time, that cells derived from the mature central nervous system, the eye, can be printed using a piezoelectric inkjet printer. Although our results are preliminary and much more work is still required, the aim is to develop this technology for use in retinal repair in the future.”
The researchers used a piezoelectric inkjet printer that ejected cells through sub-millimetre diameter nozzles when a specific electrical pulse was applied, using high-speed video technology to record the printing process in high resolution to optimise their procedures. A number of tests were performed on each type of cell after they were printed to discover their ability to survive and grow.
“For a fluid to print well from an inkjet print head, its properties, such as viscosity and surface tension, need to conform to a fairly narrow range of values,” said Wen-Kai Hsiao, another member of the team based at the Inkjet Research Centre in Cambridge. “Adding cells to the fluid complicates its properties significantly.”
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December 3, 2013
Armor’s first new release is an alternative for Canon’s PGi550XL and CLi551XL inkjet cartridges, which it states “demonstrates its ingenuity and expertise” as it “complies with the OEM patents”. The cartridge features a toggle joint “that needs to be shifted down after the cartridge has been inserted”, and the “specific design” of this has enabled the company “to comply with Canon’s latest published patent”.
In turn, the manufacturer states that the “unique design” means that the product is currently the “only patent respectful” compatible on the market for its particular model. The cartridge also offers an approximate 34 percent saving on the price of the OEM original, with customers now able to purchase the product on its own or as part of a five cartridge multipack with a free black cartridge.
The second new release is an alternative for Epson’s no16XL inkjet cartridge, which will be available in early January 2014, with the company proud to boast that it has “kept entirely in house the responsibility for creating, developing and manufacturing” this particular product. The cartridge is said to be “pure Armor” in that it has come through its “high performance R&D department”, and offers a reported 38 percent saving on the OEM original, with the same purchasing options available as for the Canon consumable.
For more information, visit www.armor-group.com.
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