Epson releases A3 photo printer

September 2, 2015

SC-P400The SC-P400 is the “the smallest ink droplet size of any A3+ photo printer on the market”, while also being the smallest and lightest of its kind.

The device has a seven-colour UltraChrome HiGloss 2 ink-set with gloss optimiser and is “ideal for amateur photographers”. A “fine art paper path” is included for “museum-quality” prints, which can be easily inserted via the rear-loading tray.

Also featured are two roll paper holders, ensuring “accurate” printing on two-inch core media, while media of up to 1.3mm is also supported, with CD and DVD printing also possible. Users can print wirelessly via the iPrint app and the SC-P400 can be connected to a local network in a photo lab or office via its Ethernet function.

It will be available to buy from 1 November 2015.

Martin Johns, Product Manager for Pro Photo at Epson UK, said: “Completing our new SC-P line-up of pro-photo desktop printers, the SC-P400 is ideal for users who want to create professional results on a range of media.”


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OCP goes direct in India

August 27, 2015

ocp - inks made in germanyOCP are providing a direct service to ink remanufacturers in India.

Following an extensive visit and review of the Indian market, OCP is introducing an OCP direct service for customers in India. The company’s direct service will enable customers to order inks and supplies direct from the factory.

After visiting Mumbai and the Indian market in June earlier this year, OCP’s sales department have made the decision not to go with a distribution partner, noting that it “will instead be working more closely with existing and future Indian customers direct from Germany”.

Carsten Edelmeier, Sales Manager at OCP, commented: “We have been reviewing the needs of the Indian market for some time and I recently visited India to talk with customers and ink remanufacturers. The feedback was very positive and there is a clear need for OCP quality inks, delivered quickly and efficiently direct from our German warehouse.

“Our new OCP direct service will speed up delivery and provide better pricing for customers, enabling them to buy direct and sell remanufactured ink products with a good margin. As the OCP direct service grows and expands, it will enable us to develop and strengthen the relationship we have with our Indian customers.”

To find out more, you can contact Carsten at [email protected] or by phone at +49 2327 6020215.

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Epson Australia recycles three million inkjet cartridges

August 20, 2015

cartridgesThe OEM division has recycled the cartridges through its Cartridges for Planet Ark (C4PA) programme.

Epson recycles roughly 23,000 cartridges per month through C4PA, and has subscribed to the scheme since its inception in 2003. Canon announced in September 2014 that it had recycled six million cartridges through the project.

Ryan Collins, Recycling Programmes Manager at Planet Ark, said: “We’d like to congratulate Epson on this fantastic achievement. Their commitment to product stewardship helps provide consumers a free and easy way to recycle their cartridges and keeps the materials in use rather than in landfill.”

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Xaar celebrates 25 years in the inkjet printhead industry

August 17, 2015

XaarThe company is sending a team on a 60-mile charity bike ride in October to mark the anniversary.

The ride, going from London to Cambridge, will raise over £2,000 (€1,803) for Breast Cancer Now, and Xaar is also taking part in Action for Children foundation’s Byte Night 2015 as part of its quarter-century events, PrintWeek reported.

Xaar began in 1990, with four employees in an office in Cambridge Science Park, looking to “develop and commercialise” digital inkjet technology, and it now employs 600 people worldwide. It retains three buildings in the Science Park, manufacturing facilities in Huntingdon and Jarfalla, Sweden and offices in Hong Kong, India and the US. It appointed a new CEO in January 2015.

Richard Barham, chief customer officer at Xaar said:“We are proud of what we have achieved over the past 25 years, but we couldn’t have done it without the influence that has come into being in Cambridge and not only our employees but also the high-technology support infrastructure that is available.”

“By linking our anniversary celebration with support of these charities we are giving something back to the society and the fact that we remain an energetic company with a strong motto to succeed.”


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OCP launches new Maxify inks

August 14, 2015

The ink manufacturer has produced a range of pigment inks for use in Canon’s printers.

The Maxify printer range was launched in September 2014, with five new printers said to be “ideal” for users in the “construction, real estate, professional services, repair and maintenance, healthcare, retail and food services industries” by Canon, and the devices feature “high-quality [prints], low cost per print, quick first print [and] cloud printing capabilities”. The printers also utilise the FINE printhead system with 1,200 nozzles in black and 1,024 in colour.

For the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, OCP has produced pigment inks for use in the MB2010, which uses the PGI-1100 range of cartridges in standard and high-yield versions, and for the MB5310 and iB4010 printers, which use the PGI-2100 cartridges in standard and high-yield. For the US, the manufacturer produced inks for the MB2020 and 2320, which use the PGI-1200 cartridges in both yield versions, and for the MB5020, MB5320 and iB4020 in both as well.

For the Japanese market, OCP’s pigment inks are designed for use in the MB2030 and 2330, which use the PGI-1300 cartridges in both yields, as well as for the MB5030, 5330 and iB4030, which use the PGI-2300 cartridges in both yields. For Russia, Ukraine and the Middle East, its pigment inks are designed for the MB2040 and 2340, using the PGI-1400 cartridges, and for the MB5040, 5340 and iB4040, using the PGI-2400 cartridges in both sizes.

In Europe, inks have been released for the MB2050 and 2350, which use the PGI-1500 cartridges in both sizes, as well as the MB5050, 5350 and iB4050, which use the PGI-2500 cartridges in both sizes. In Australasia, it has produced inks for the MB2060 and 2360, using the PGI-1600 cartridges, and also for the MB5060, 5360 and iB4060, which use the PGI-2600 cartridges.

Finally, for the Asian market, OCP has released pigment inks for the MB2070 and 2370, which use the PGI-1700 cartridges in both sizes, and for the MB5070, 5370 and iB4070, which use the PGI-2700 cartridges for both sizes.

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Epson launches F-Series SureColor range

August 11, 2015

EpsonThe new dye-sublimination transfer printers include the 44-inch F6200 and the 64-inch F7200 and F9200.

PR Newswire reported on the new devices, which combine Epson UltroChrome DS ink with newly released high-density Black ink for “improved ink efficiency” and density with “better tonal transitions and grayscale for high quality results”.

The F6200 and F7200 have a maximum print speed of 634 square feet per hour, while the F9200 has a maximum print speed of 1,044 square feet per hour. The bulk ink system for the devices are 1.5 litres in size per colour for the F6200 and F7200, and three litres per colour for the F9200.

The F9200 printer uses dual PrecisionCore TFP printheads for “high-speed, industrial-level roll-to-roll” production for repeatable performance. Each of the devices offers continuous productivity with an integral, refillable high-capacity bulk ink system and an “improved” post-platen heater, to facilitate seamless media handling and faster drying times.

Also incorporated in the printers’ design is the Wasatch SoftRIP workflow, enabling users to “start printing sellable output immediately out of the box”, including special features for textile printing. The devices are said to produce “high-quality results” in the “roll-to-roll fabric production, customised promotional production, soft signage, and cut-and-sew sports apparel, fashion, and home décor markets”.

“Since Epson launched its first true dye-sublimation printers in 2013, we have been diligently working to enhance the technology to meet the demands of industrial manufacturers,” said Tim Check, Product Manager of Professional Imaging for Epson America. “Now with the flagship SureColor F9200 providing double the speed and a high-capacity three liter per colour ink supply system, users can print much more efficiently, and with far fewer interruptions.”

The F6200 is priced at $8,495 (€7,682), the F7200 at $15,995 (€14,464) and the F9200 at $25,995 (€23,507).


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New wide-format ink supply system launched

August 4, 2015

Nubis_ink_feederThe NUbis CISS from NUtec is designed for wide-format machines.

Wide-Format Online reported on NUtec’s NUbis (bulk ink system) CISS (continuous ink supply system), which is designed to work in Durst and HP-FB wide-format printers alongside the company’s NUsolution inkjet inks. The system, launched at the FESPA show in South Africa last month, is said to provide “the performance and reliability of a cartridge with the economy of a bulk ink system”.

The demonstration at the event also allowed the company to show “the full extent of the unique system’s capability with all the additional components in place”, with expansions of up to eight 1,000ml or 2,000ml ink pouches also available. The ink pouches are “uniquely designed” and allow for high-speed wide-format printing with a “reduced risk of nozzle drop outs”, and can be replaced during printing for “uninterrupted production and maximum machine performance”.

The NUbis system is “designed as a closed ink delivery system”, and allows the tank to remain “free of debris and other foreign particles” that are “often found in a conventional bulk ink system”. It is also available in NUtec’s Emerald and Topaz ranges for Epson machines, and there are “solid plans to expand” to other ink ranges, as well as UV inks. NUtec’s components for the NUsolution series were also launched, and include “specially-designed adaptor caps and aluminium positioning plates”.

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Epson announces new EcoTank range

August 4, 2015

The range of machines has been cited as “the end of the dreaded printer cartridge”.Epson EcoTank printers

Bloomberg and TechRadar both reported on the new range of EcoTank machines from Epson, which are said to “solve the most annoying problem with inkjet printers” and bring about “the end of the dreaded printer cartridge”. EcoTank models have been launched previously in New Zealand and Singapore, but this new range will be available in the US from September.

The devices include the WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 AIO, the WorkForce ET-4550 AIO, the ET-4500, the Expression ET-2550 and the ET-2500. TechRadar stated that the machines offer the “equivalent of up to 20 previous-generation ink cartridges” in ink capacity, and that “the amount of ink loaded into the EcoTank should last consumers and small businesses for roughly two years”. One disadvantage is said to be that the “compartment specifically designed to house” the ink tanks means “each model is several inches wider and slightly heavier”, however.

The WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 AIO is said to also be the “enterprise darling” of the new printers, because it can produce around 20,000 monochrome and colour pages each from its “initial ink yield”, with a print speed of 20ppm ISO and a 580-sheet paper capacity. The WorkForce ET-4550 meanwhile is “better suited” for smaller businesses, with yields in monochrome and colour of 11,000 and 8,500 pages respectively, alongside speeds of 13ppm and 7.3ppm respectively.

Adding that “the company is smashing its business model to bits” with the new machines, Bloomberg quotes John Lang, CEO of Epson North America, as stating that the machines – which use refillable tanks instead of cartridges – are a “really big advantage to the end user”, as “that anxiety and that fear of running out of ink [has been] so prevalent”. He added that he believes a quarter of printer revenue will come from these models in “a few years”, and stated that Epson didn’t introduce the printers sooner “because it was afraid people would balk at the higher initial price”.

The WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 will be available for $1,199 (€1,093); the Workforce ET-4550 for $499 (€455); the WorkForce ET-4500 for $429 (€391); the Expression ET-2550 for $399 (€363); and the Expression ET-2500 for $379 (€345).

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Sun Chemical launches new wide-format inkjet ink

July 28, 2015

The ink manufacturer has produced a “low-odour” inkjet ink for the North American market.sun chemical streamline

PIWorld reported on the launch of the OEM-compatible solvent-based inkjet ink in Sun Chemical’s Streamline range, with the “low-odour” inkjet aimed at the North American market. The ESL HPQ inks are “the first inkjet products to benefit from Sun Chemical’s innovative new low-odour chemistry”, and are designed for the Roland Soljet Pro 2, Pro 3 and VersaCAMM printers.

The inks are also compatible with the Mutoh ValueJet and other eco-solvent machines that use Epson’s DX 4 to DX 7 piezo inkjet printheads, and Sun Chemical stated that “extensive tests throughout a six-month period with customers in Europe” have “demonstrated the long-term performance of these inks in a broad range of machine installations”. The Streamline range was launched in 2014, and are “designed specifically” for wide-format printers.

Customers already using the company’s ESL HPQ inks “can switch to the new low-odour versions” without needing to flush out machines, as the inks “are fully inter-compatible”, and the inks are available in CMYK, light cyan and magenta with flush solutions, in 440ml cartridges and one litre bottles. The company noted that the inks “offer the same level of quality, performance and colour integrity quality printing, but at a lower cost”.

In turn, it stated that the inks are “carefully matched to the original products for both colour shade and strength”, as well as “physical properties”, while print providers can “use their existing printer settings when converting from the solvent-based inkjet inks”.

Penny Holland, Vice President of Marketing for Sun Chemical’s North American Inks, stated: “The industry is seeing a boom in entrepreneurial start-up companies using wide format printers and these companies tend to occupy smaller offices. Because many of our customers now work in closer proximity to the printer, they really need low-odour inkjet ink cartridges installed in the printer.”

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New technology prints medical diagnostics with inkjet

July 24, 2015

The XylemDx system “could make it possible for a medical diagnostic test” to be printed on “a single sheet of paper”.

Nick Rollings, Principal Engineer at Cambridge Consultants, with the XylemDx

Nick Rollings, Principal Engineer at Cambridge Consultants, with the XylemDx

Cambridge News and The Engineer reported on the technology from UK company Cambridge Consultants, which could “pave the way for sophisticated low-cost tests that can be adapted at the touch of a button” and printed “in quantities ranging from one to millions”. Users can customise the technology with modules, which enable the tests to be altered “for particular strains of diseases”, and printed “easily and cheaply onto a single sheet of paper”.

The XylemDx solution configures each piece of paper with “a bespoke set of test modules”, including electronic, thermal, fluidic or optical, and then folds them “concertina-style” into a test cartridge shape”. It then prints using inkjet techniques with wax to “lay down fluidic pathways” – electronic ink that contains “silver nanoparticles” for electric connectivity.

These cartridges can take blood, urine, saliva or mucus samples and utilise readers “from complex diagnostic instruments” to smartphone readers. The technology could, in essence, allow patients to have “personalised tests carried out” at medical surgeries or pharmacies. The company said that it “opens up the possibility of low-cost prototyping and development for diagnostic testing companies”, and is “currently awaiting regulatory approval”.

John Pritchard, Head of Diagnostics at Cambridge Consultants, stated: “Diagnostic tests underpin crucial healthcare decisions so it’s vital they are as fast, accurate, flexible and cost-effective as possible. Early diagnosis and better monitoring of conditions reduce expensive complications and keep people out of hospital – as well as improving quality of life.

“Cambridge Consultants has a rich history of inkjet printing. We’ve now brought that expertise to the world of POC diagnostics. Combined with our extensive scientific and engineering knowledge – including our long track record in the low-cost, high-performance optics that many of these tests require – it’s resulted in a radical new way of providing diagnostics on demand.”

Nick Rollings, the company’s Principal Engineer, added: “The vision is that a patient would go to the pharmacy and describe their symptoms, the pharmacist would look online at the database of tests, and download the relevant one. The test could be fabricated on site, and handed to the patient to use at home or in the pharmacy. The wax in the substrate contains the spread of the liquid, and we can create any pathway you desire.

“If you take a Word document, you would think nothing of printing two or 2,000 copies of the document, whereas with the current state of the art in diagnostics you have to set up a production line. That is fine if you have a diagnostic test that will be used in really high volumes, but with the FDA pushing for what they call companion diagnostics – where a diagnostic test accompanies every single drug – you may have a niche application area that may only sell 300 tests a year.”

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