KMP launches replacement inkjet cartridges

September 22, 2016

The company has launched replacements for the Canon PGI-570 and 571 as well as the HP Inc 62 and 62XL.kmphp

KMP stated that the inks and cartridges are “developed and manufactured in-house”, and are “optimally suited” for printers to make them “the perfect alternative”. The first launch was replacements for the Canon PGI-570 and CLI-571 cartridges, which KMP stated “offer professional applications” and which includes CMYK, grey and pigmented black, in single and assorted multipack releases.

The replaced cartridges include the PGI-570PGBK XL and CLI-571BKCMY XL, with the cartridges used in the following printers: PIXMA MG 5700; 5750; 5751; 5752; 5753; 6800; 6850; 6851; 6852; 6853; 7700; 7750; 7751; 7752; 7753; TS 5050; 5051; 5053; 5055; 6050; 6051; 6052; 8050; 8051; 8052; 9050; and 9055.

The high-yield black cartridge features a chip and a yield of 500 pages; the high yield pigmented black a chip and a yield of 565 pages; the grey a chip and a yield of 715 pages; the cyan a chip and a yield of 715 pages; the magenta a chip and a yield of 645 pages; and the yellow a chip and a yield of 715 pages.

The second launch meanwhile was “inexpensive alternative inks” for the HP Inc 62 and 62XL, which are used in the following printers: the Envy 5540; 5540 e-AIO; 5542 e-AIO; 5545 e-AIO; 5547 e-AIO; 5548 e-AIO; 5600; 5640 e-AIO; 5642 e-AIO; 5643 e-AIO; 5644 e-AIO; 5646 e-AIO; 5660 e-AIO; 5665 e-AIO; 7600; 7640 e-AIO; 7645 e-AIO; OfficeJet 200; 5740; 5742; 5745; 8000; 8040; and 8045.

Among the products released include a black 62XL cartridge, with a chip and yield of 600 pages; a black 62 cartridge with a chip and yield of 200 pages; and colour three-packs for the 62XL and 62 with chips and respective yields of 415 and 165 pages.

For more information, visit www.kmp.com.

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TNCore launches inkjet chips

September 19, 2016

The company has launched chips for Epson and HP Inc cartridges, and will soon launch Samsung chips.tncorechips

In a press release, the company stated that it has “focused on toner chip development until now”, and has had “a lot of development experience”. It has now decided “this was the moment to extend” this knowledge “to [the] ink chip market”, with the first set of new chips launched for Epson cartridges.

These include CMYK launches replacing: the T1631 to 1634; 1811 to 1814; 2001XL to 2004XL; 2431XL to 2436XL; 2541XL and 2521XL to 2524XL; and 2621XL and 2631XL to 2634XL. For HP Inc, CMYK launches were released for the 932XL, 933X:, 934X:, 935XL, 950XL and 951XL. The Samsung releases in turn will come “soon”, with TNCore noting that “almost the whole [range of] Samsung printers have updated firmware recently”.

This has meant that most suppliers of chips “couldn’t sell” to customers, with new MLT-D203 and D115 chips to be launched at “competitive price[s]”.

For more information, visit www.tncore.com.

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US nanoengineers use inkjets in new technology

September 14, 2016

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Researchers at Iowa State University find new ways to use graphene.

Graphene is known as a “wonder material”, reported Printed Electronics World, and its properties are being used to conduct “electricity and heat” as it is “strong and stable”, and is likened to a “honeycomb” structure but made of carbon and “an atom thick”.

Recently, researchers at ISU in Jonathan Claussen’s lab have used inkjet printers to “print multi-layer graphene circuits and electrodes”, which then made them wonder about using the technology for “wearable […] low cost electronics” and Suprem Das, the university’s postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering, asked “Could we make graphene at scales large enough for glucose sensors?”

Problems with the “existing technology” meant that “high temperatures or chemicals could degrade flexible or disposable printing surfaces”, and that’s when Das and Claussen thought about using lasers to treat graphene. Claussen, an “Iowa State assistant professor of mechanical engineering and an Ames Laboratory associate”, worked with Gary Cheng, “an associate professor at Purdue University’s School of Industrial Engineering” to test the idea, which worked.

By treating “inkjet-printed, multi-layer graphene electric circuits and electrodes” with a “pulsed-laser process”, the electrical conductivity improved “without damaging paper, polymers or other fragile printing surfaces”.

Claussen said that “this creates a way to commercialise and scale-up the manufacturing of graphene”, and a patent for the technology has been filed for, Claussen adding: “The breakthrough of this project is transforming the inkjet-printed graphene into a conductive material capable of being used in new applications. Those applications could include sensors with biological applications, energy storage systems, electrical conducting components and even paper-based electronics.”

Das said that this is possible because “the laser works with a rapid pulse of high-energy photons that do not destroy the graphene or the substrate. They heat locally. They bombard locally. They process locally”. This means that the process of using lasers also enables it to “change the shape and structure of the printed graphene from a flat surface to one with raised, 3D nanostructures”.

This will make the circuits “useful for chemical and biological sensors” and Claussen’s nanoengineers think that this could take graphene to “commercial applications”. A quote from the research paper said: “This work paves the way for not only paper-based electronics with graphene circuits, it enables the creation of low-cost and disposable graphene-based electrochemical electrodes for myriad applications including sensors, biosensors, fuel cells and (medical) devices.”

 

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Arrayjet receives large investment

September 8, 2016

 

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The Scottish company is set to expand its life sciences business.

Arrayjet, based in Midlothian, Scotland, “uses inkjet printheads to print biological material to create microarrays” which are recognised as a “laboratory on a chip” and are used to “enhance complex drug discovery programmes and other biomedical research strategies”. Archangels Investors and Scottish Enterprises are two of the big investors showing confidence, and are said to have been instrumental in injecting “a total of £650,000 (€769,378/$868,078) into the business”.

This will be used to expand Arrayjet Advance, which is the “in-house consultancy service”, reported Herald Scotland. The investment will also help to increase the company’s “global commercial resource and bring new products to market” during its development of an “ambitious global strategy”. Arrayjet Advance was “developed to offer life science companies and research labs a dedicated microarray analytical results service” which means that they have access to Arrayjet’s laboratory and its “in-house scientific team”.

Recently Swiss firm Novartis, Philip Morris International and Beijing-based Capital Bio have signed deals with Arrayjet. CEO Iain McWilliam stated that “the original investment was pitched at £500,000 ($668,002/€592,451)”, but “the round was capped at £650,000 after investors readily pledged funds against growth plans”, adding that the “investment would help Arrayjet capitalise on the global market demand for its technology, and accelerate the company’s pace of product innovation”.

He also commented: “As demonstrated by our remarkable growth, Arrayjet is forging a strong path in the development and delivery of microarray technology for the global life sciences industry.”

 

 

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Epson reduces carbon footprint

September 8, 2016

The OEEpson logoM has looked in depth at the sustainable shipping of its printheads.

As the company has global sites and centres, it has commenced a strategy to consciously transport its printheads with the least CO2 emission. Printheads are used in inkjet printers to increase “speed and quality” of printing, and Epson produces PrecisionCore printheads at three sites in Japan, after which they are stored at Tohoku Epson ready for transportation by lorries to Narita airport, where they used to be “flown to the printer production site in Indonesia”.

Initially when the printheads went into production, employees worked on improving the “quality of components”, and because of the speed of production the company chose to use air freight to deliver the product to customers promptly. By 2014, the quality of the printheads was stable,, and this meant that even with “exposure to high temperature[s] and humidity” there was no harm to the product which meant that Epson could ship the printheads from Sakata Port, which is only eight kilometres from Tohoku Epson.

After sorting out the safest way to load the products into shipping containers, and negotiating export and customs, the company started shipping the printheads in May 2015 to Indonesia. This reduced transportation by lorry and cut out air travel, which saved money and CO2 emissions. Since Epson have used Sakata Port for their shipments, other companies have followed, and in 2015 the “port handled 22,028 containers” which was 60 percent more than in 2014.

The OEM says that it “expects to increase exports of its printerheads” to the operative sites in Indonesia and other countries as well as reducing their environmental footprint and helping to “boost local economic development”.

Osami Matsushima, Head of Epson’s Logistics Planning Department, said: “To make sure there is no disruption in the supply of products to customers, we always have to choose the optimal logistics methods. Air freight generally offers the shortest route, but puts more burden on the environment. This is especially true with international shipping, where the routes tend to be long.

“In this case, we were able to take advantage of the proximity of a port to our plant. As a result, we could develop a route with little environmental burden. We also received some words of appreciation from people at Yamagata Prefecture and Sakata Port for helping to revitalise the prefecture. The development of stronger ties to the regional community was another great outcome from this initiative.”

 

 

 

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Tips on fixing dried-up cartridges

September 6, 2016

Printing problems can be infuriating, but an article suggests some solutions.ink cartridges

There are many reasons for an inkjet printer to fail to print, reported Expert Reviews, but the most common one is that the cartridges have dried out and “become clogged and unusable”, which often occurs if the printer is not used for some time and the ink dries out in the nozzle. This can be rectified by regularly printing off a page, and the article also stated that cartridges have expiration dates, and that this can cause them to stop working; while refilling cartridges needs careful attention, as if air gets into the cartridge, it can speed up the “drying process”.

There are some simple fixes and maintenance tasks that can be done to restore the cartridge’s function, and the article noted that the “first port of call” is to go to the printer menu and use the printer head cleaning tool, which will test print a page: although if the nozzles are completely blocked, this will “result in a blank page”.

If this does not work, the article advocates opening the printer and taking out the ink cartridges, placing them in a bowl of warm water so that the nozzles are immersed, and then using a cloth or cotton bud to clean the nozzles, only stopping when ink starts to flow into the water. Once this happens, the cartridges can be dried and left for 10 minutes, before being put back in the printer and retrying the print function. If this doesn’t work then, it is likely that a new cartridge is required.

If the printer is used infrequently, then it is advisable to remove the cartridges from the printer and use the protective cover they came with to protect the nozzles; or they can be “wrapped in clingfilm” and stored in a “sealed bag” or container until they are required. By regularly printing a page or removing the cartridges, “drying out” can be prevented and will give the cartridges a longer life.

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Xerox launches ‘direct to object’ inkjet printer

September 1, 2016

The Direct to Object device offers “label-less, on-demand” printing for 3D objects.

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Xerox’ Direct to Object printer

The OEM revealed the device in an announcement, calling it an “innovation that “delivers label-less, on-demand digital personalisation and packaging […] directly onto 3D objects in minutes”, with photos, images or text printed by nozzles “half [the] width of human hair”. Xerox noted that the printer’s “innovative architecture” includes “tiny, stainless steel nozzles” within printheads “about the size of a deck of cards”, and “accurately spray ink on objects”.

The device can print on “plastic, metals, ceramics and glass”, and on objects “as small as bottle caps and as large as football helmets”, with Xerox claiming that the printer “eliminat[es] the need for costly labels”. It also utilises “enhanced image-quality algorithms to direct the microscopic nozzles half the width of a human hair”, and sprays ink “at distances of one-quarter inch” for resolutions ranging from 300 to 1,200dpi. You can view a video of the device at the bottom of this story.

The Direct to Object printer can also “handle up to 30 objects per hour” and can be scaled up for production, while other features include inkjet compatibility with “virtually any type of ink chemistry”, including solvent, aqueous and UV up to temperatures of 140 degrees Celcius. The printer’s design is also flexible in terms of holders, so objects “can be changed out easily”, while software ensures “precise head-to-head registration and best-in-class colour calibration”.

Markets that Xerox is aiming the machine at “to create new revenue opportunities” include retail, printing and packaging and manufacturing, with the device “easy-to-use, fun-to-watch” and “highly customisable”, and the OEM stated that the printer is a “customised solution built to order”, so it will “work directly with customers to optimise a custom configuration specifically suited for their application”. Prices start at $145,000 (€130,108), and the machine will be displayed at Graph Expo.

Brendan Casey, Vice President of Xerox Engineering Services, commented: “This innovation opens up a path for creating customised products instantly at a time when the consumer’s appetite is all about personalisation. Imagine a sports fan coming home from a game with a helmet or ball that was personalised right at the stadium, or a retailer offering on-demand personalisation on hundreds of different store items.”

Wayne Buchar, Chief Engineer for Xerox Engineering Services, added: “The real innovation here is that we can now print on items, such as steel water bottles with multiple curves, without the setup time and costs that analogue printing such as flexography or screen printing require.”

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Printer ink in tattoos?

August 31, 2016

tattooThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into the tattoo trade in the US, and believes many “might” have pigments for “printer ink or car paint” in them.

Bloomberg reported on the FDA’s investigation, with the agency unsure “of the long-term effects on the human body”, with concern centring on “the explosion in the body art’s popularity and the availability of tools and inks online”. The US tattoo industry is growing by nine percent a year, and will be worth around $1.1 billion (€986.4 million) by 2020 according to IBISWorld, with dermatologist and professor Arisa Ortiz stating that “even the most reputable places can’t guarantee the safety of ink”.

Ortiz co-wrote a 2011 article citing reports that researchers around the world had “discovered substances including mercury and charcoal in tattoo dyes”, while “industrial-grade colours” have also been found. The FDA can screen tattoo inks “as cosmetic products” before they enter the market, but “has rarely done so” due to “competing public-health priorities and a previous lack of evidence of safety problems specifically associated with these pigments”.

When it receives complaints, it investigates, and “these have been on the rise”, with hundreds filed since 2004 concerning “reactions including itching or scarring or inflamed skin even years after”. Some believe that this could be due to the “proliferation of do-it-yourself equipment and inexpensive dyes”, though the FDA’s investigation found that “many pigments used in tattoo inks are industrial-grade colours suitable for printers’ ink or automobile paint”.

The FDA’s National Centre for Toxicological Research has also been looking at how the “chemicals metabolise in the body”, with further findings that “some yellows break down when exposed to sunlight or certain enzymes, though it hasn’t been determined whether this is toxic”. The agency also refused to state “when its ink study will be done”, though 30 percent of the US population and one in four millennials have at least one tattoo.

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Latest on pollution-into-ink technology

August 23, 2016

A screenshot of the technology in action

A screenshot of the technology in action

Anirudh Sharma’s technology recycles pollution for “printing, painting and art needs”.

Sharma’s “Kaala” device, reported on by The Recycler last October, takes in harmful pollutants and instantly repurposes them into black printer ink, by means of alcohol and oil. He hoped at the time to commercialise the device eventually, so every home around the world can benefit from it. Inspired by smog-filled trips to his home country of India, Sharma created the device, which works by a suction pump pulling in the surrounding air into a mechanism that separates the carbon black from the rest of the air.

The soot is then trapped in a small chamber and mixed with alcohol, such as vodka, and a drop of olive oil. The liquid can then be injected into a cartridge for printing. The scientist says the ink could be blacker and needs to be held up against formal toxicity standards before it hits the market. He estimates a chimney would take only 10 minutes to fill a HP Inc cartridge.

Now, The Creators Project has checked in with Sharma’s Graviky Labs company, which has begun repurposing the collected carbon into Air-Ink, with the company said to have been “fusing technology and design to aid in tackling environmental issues”. The company has been collaborating with designers, artists, scientists and automotive experts, Sharma stating that “the thought behind this is to have air pollution end up as art/illustrations/murals, than in our lungs.

“It’s like an art movement where people want to express more about the environment safety with these inks”. Pens using Air-Ink capture 40 to 50 minutes of air pollution from cars, and the company partnered with Tiger Beer to launch the product in Hong Kong. Sharma added that the company’s goal is to take our inks anywhere people want to use it and do our bit towards reducing pollution. By using our inks for day-to-day needs, he/she has the power to reduce our carbon-footprint”.

The previously-developed Kaala technology is now used in the KAALINK contraption, fitted to exhaust pipes to “capture the outgoing pollutants”, with the unit turning on when the car starts and catching pollutants. The soot collected “undergoes various proprietary processes to remove heavy metals and carcinogens”, before the end product – “purified carbon pigment” – is used to “make different types of inks and paints”.

The inks are aimed at being permanent, with “seven different grades” of Air-Ink developed for different applications, and Sharma noted that the company aims to “add printer cartridge refills to our portfolio”, with that development allowing it to “reduce the carbon footprint in business/offices too”.

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Global printing inks market growing

August 23, 2016

inkjetTransparency Market Research analysis shows large growth forecast, with the market to be worth $20.17 billion (€17.7 billion) by 2020.

Digital Journal reported that the volume of printing inks being made is expected to rise to a “total of 4,180.2 kilotonnes by the end of 2016” according to the analysis, and rise to “4,989.7 kilotonnes by 2020” said the market research report, Printing Inks Market-Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014-2020.

Lithographic printing “dominates the printing ink markets” and the volume of ink used by the end of 2016 is expected to be 1,690.8 kilotonnes, expected to retain its “lead in the coming years”. Water-based inks are “expected to exhibit the highest growth rate [of] 5.5 percent from 2014 to 2016” and the total “volume” of this segment is expected to be “684.4 kilotonnes by the end of 2016 and rise further to 817 kilotonnes by 2020”.

The leading contributor to the global printing inks market is North America, with the “market’s total volume expected to reach 1,659.1 kilotonnes” by the end of 2020. However, the “online retail industry” in countries like China and India is “expected to drive the Asia Pacific printing ink markets”, in the next few years becoming a contender with North America.

The report noted that the printing inks market is “driven primarily by the booming global packaging industry”, and has been boosted by “booming online retail industry”. It was also reported that the “steady growth of the online retail sector and its ongoing transition from desktops to smartphones is likely to ensure steady demand for printing inks in the coming years”.

Digital printing and the increase of household printers is “another key driver” for the market, although the “popularity of e-books could restrict the printing inks market”. The reason for this was cited as “awareness about the hazards of deforestation” and the ease of using online content with smartphones and tablets.

“Environmental regulations to minimise the impact of the manufacture and use of printing inks on the environment” are a key factor of the effect on the printing inks market. Many companies are diversifying into the “field of bio-based printing inks” because of the legal issues in the industry, and “implementation of environmental standards is thus crucial for the sustainability of the industry”.

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