HP promotes inkjet printers in offices

July 6, 2015

hplogonewThe historical idea that inkjet is too expensive and the devices are too slow for an office environment “wasn’t true then, and it’s definitely not true now”.

The HP-sponsored article on the IT Pro website says inkjet technology has developed “radically” over recent years, giving as examples HP’s PageWide technology and (HP’s) OfficeJet X series of printers, which “are delivering up to double the speed of comparable laser printers for half the running costs”.

Businesses need to change from thinking about the costs of ink in the office to considering the costs of deciding not to use ink, as the “tried-and-tested option” may lead to companies spending more than they need to, and so “adding needlessly to their environmental impact” and spurning business opportunities.

Inkjets have also overtaken laser printers in terms of speed, because HP’s OfficeJet Enterprise X585 series can print monochrome and colour pages at speeds of up to 75ppm. This is “far in excess of any comparable laser printer” and doubles the speed of many premium business models.

Environmental impact is another motive for choosing ink, the piece says. Laser printing “requires a lot of heat and energy”, and adding to this the emissions involved in printing and imaging drums and engines that may not last for the printer’s lifespan, as well as the size of toner cartridges and packaging, and laser “can’t compare” with inkjet in terms of environmental costs.

The OfficeJet Pro X or Enterprise X series printers also use up to 84 percent less energy than some equivalent laser print devices, and run on under half the energy consumed by an 18W light bulb over a year. Inkjets generate 94 percent less supply and packaging waste in a year compared to lasers. The IT Pro article anticipates a customer could save 55 percent of their carbon footprint by using the OfficeJet X series, and cites a recent IDC/HP study showed “you could save the equivalent of 189 litres of petrol over 100,000 pages”.

The piece also notes that some people think that only laser printers can produce high-quality prints, yet inkjet can deliver sharp graphics and rich black output. The OfficeJet Pro X and Enterprise models use pigment inks, producing water and smear-resistant prints, and inkjet devices are able to produce “bright, vibrant colours even on plain paper”, and so are suitable for colour reports or proofing marketing materials, as well as proposals, reports, memos, forms and fact sheets.

Reliability and low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) are also elements where inkjet has gained an advantage, as the PageWide technology uses fewer moving parts, while an optical detection system works to check the volume, speed and trajectory of the ink drops each second to ensure each nozzle is working properly. A built-in service station cleans, wipes and protect each of them throughout the lifetime of the printer.

HP’s printers are also able to sustain a duty cycle of up to 6,000 pages per month, thanks to a “robust” paper handling mechanism working with the PageWide head and HP original inks help. Other features of the OfficeJet Pro X and Enterprise X printers include the JetAdmin tools used to manage laser printers, and high yield cartridges, which are capable of printing up to 10,000 monochrome pages and 6,600 in colour, meaning fewer trips to the printer to install new ink.

In addition, inkjet printers generally cost less than lasers, the article comments, a fact which applies to office as well as consumer inkjets. The price of the OfficeJet Pro x476dw MFP, which runs at 55ppm and can take on workloads of up to 4,200 pages a month, cannot be easily beaten by an equivalent laser device, the piece claims.

The HP devices also discredit the idea that the running costs of inkjet will overtake the initial savings. The HP OfficeJet Pro X and Enterprise X printers have been up to 50 per cent cheaper on cost-per-page in tests, as high-yield cartridges keeping black and white print to less than one pence (1.6 US cents/1.4 euro cents) and colour prints to around five pence (7.8 US cents/seven euro cents).


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OCP launches new Brother colour inks

July 1, 2015

ocpThe ink manufacturer has developed inks for use in a range of the OEM’s inkjet cartridges.

The colour inks are designed for use in the MFC-J4420, 4260, 5320, 5620 and 5720 machines, which utilise the LC223 (LC203), LC225 (LC205), LC227 (LC207) and LC229 (LC209) inkjet cartridges. The inks form part of the Inobella series of inks, which include a pigmented black ink and dye-based CMY inks.

The cartridges are single-tank cartridges without integrated printheads, and each features a chip for monitoring of ink levels and cartridge identification. OCP notes that “without this chip a cartridge would not be recognised [which] means that to successfully remanufacture them you either need to replace or reset the chips”.

The ink manufacturer added that the new Brother machines are “ideal for smaller workgroups”, with mobile and cloud connectivity alongside automatic duplexing, and OCP has already made the “necessary chip resetter” available for customers.

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Inkless printer developed

June 25, 2015

The device works by perforating paper with thousands of microscopic holes.Inkless

Gizmodo reported on the technology, which was developed by researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. The printer currently only works at microscopic level, so you would “need to peer into an electron microscope” to view the image. For example, the Missouri S&T athletic logo (pictured left) is approximately one-billionth of a metre in size.

It prints onto “thin sandwiched material” 170 nanometres thick, consisting of two layers of silver with a layer of silica in-between. The images are created by drilling microscopic holes into the top layer of silver and shining a light through them. Through varying the location, density, and size of the holes, different colours are produced as the light is absorbed and reflected in different ways.

The researchers have refined the hole sizes to reproduce gold, green, orange, magenta, cyan and navy blue colours, and they hope to apply the technique to advanced security markings invisible to the naked eye and to information storage, offering a “light-based alternative to magnetic hard drives”.

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Nano-printing market to be driven by automotives and electronics

June 19, 2015

nanoparticlesThe market is likely to be concentrated in developed regions such as North America or Europe during the next five years.

Demand for automotives and electronic products is also high in Asia Pacific, which will lead to a gradual shift to this region over time, a report from Transparency Market Research has suggested, which WhaTech reported on. Developments in the electronics industry and advanced printing techniques will drive the nanomaterials for printing market in years to come.

The market is anticipated to “expand rapidly” up to 2020 (the report’s forecast period), while emerging economies such as India, Thailand, Malaysia and Brazil, with growing printing electronics sectors, see corresponding growth in nano-size printing. Existing printing ink manufacturers are likely to face a “major challenge” in migrating from high-resolution and low-cost printing inks to nanomaterial formulations.

Inkjet printing is the best method for printing the materials, as inkjet is “direct and assures high level of accuracy” compared to traditional printing processes, and when coupled with the nano-size elements it enables modification of shape, morphology and size to improve performance in the end-user application. Nano-sized particles enable printing on various electronic components such as solar cells.

Demands for high efficiency in electronic products is expected to drive the need for nano-printing in the USA, Mexico, Canada and Europe, while printed electronics can use “any solution-based material” such as semiconductors, metallic conductors, organic semiconductors or nanoparticles for printing applications.

The report further anticipates that global conglomerates in the market will focus on the emerging nations as a consumer base. These include NanoInk, Applied Nanotech, NovaCentrix and The Gwent Group.

The Recycler reported on a similar study by Markets and Markets in March 2015, predicting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in value terms of 22.15 percent between 2014 and 2019. It also expects a global market value of $1.794 billion (€1.584 billion) by 2019, while currently printed circuit boards account for 15 percent of the market and displays and automotive products make up 35 percent.

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Silk inks created for smart gloves

June 19, 2015

Glove inksThe new material contains antibiotics and nanoparticles, and could turn inkjet printing into an “effective tool for therapeutics, regenerative medicine and biosensing”.

Researchers at Tufts University created the ink by using purified silk protein, or fibroin, to strengthen and protect the heat-sensitive biomolecules that have previously been researched as a medical application of inkjet printing, the institute’s news site Tufts News reported.

The polymer acts as a “cocoon” that can stabilise enzymes and antibodies and may be applied to many different mechanically robust formats. The published research was restricted to one inkjet cartridge, but the scientist think it could extend to multi-cartridge printing.

Researchers have created a “custom library” of applications for the inkjet-printable silk inks, including: bacterial-sensing polydiacetylenes (PDAs) printed on surgical gloves, with the word “contaminated” printed on the glove turning from blue to red when exposed to E. coli; gold nanoparticles printed on paper, that can be applied to photonics and biology; and enzymes printed on paper to test the ink’s ability to entrain small functional molecules.

Fiorenzo Omenetto, senior author on the paper and Associate Dean for research, said: “We thought that if we were able to develop an inkjet-printable silk solution, we would have a universal building block to generate multiple functional printed formats that could lead to a wide variety of applications in which inks remain active over time.”


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Funai Electric launches first Kodak-branded printer

June 16, 2015

Kodak VeriteThe Kodak Verite 55 is an MFP inkjet device designed to address customer dissatisfaction with expensive replacements for cartridges that run out of ink too fast.

Funai claims the new printer “provides an easy way for people to save up to 50 percent on their printing costs”, with options for an extra large (XL) colour and black cartridges with double print yield, able to print 360 colour and 400 black pages, equivalent to $50 (€44) in value compared to “other leading manufacturer’s ink cartridges”.

The machine also features wireless connectivity for printing, scanning and copying, and users can print for smartphone or table via the Kodak VERITE printer app, available on Apple and Android devices, via Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.

The Verite 55 Wireless Printer is available for $79.47 (€70.58) and ink cartridges will be available for $9.97 (€8.85) for a standard fill (200 page yield) black cartridge and $17.97 (€15.96) for a standard fill (180 page yield) colour cartridge.   XL (high yield) and XXL (extra high yield) cartridges that contain up to two and three times the page yield respectively will also be available.

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CompaTech named as Sensient’s European distributor

May 12, 2015

compatech logoThe company has been named as European distributor for the desktop inks portfolio.

Sensient Imaging Technologies SA, a business unit of Sensient Technologies Corporation which recently revealed its quarterly results, has extended its distribution agreement with CompaTech to name the Germany company as its European distributor for desktop inks. CompaTech has been distributing Sensient products “aimed at refilling desktop cartridges” in Germany since 2007, and is said to have “developed a strong network” there.

This network includes “refill shops, industrial refillers and other actors [in] the market”, and the products provided include “a full line of inks, materials and ancillary products” that help it to offer “a high level of service, dedication and efficiency”. The collaboration now expands out of Germany into the rest of Europe, with all customer orders handled by CompaTech since 1 March. The company’s warehouse will be relocated in total to Wuppertal in Germany by 1 June.

Mike Mordente, Sensient’s General Manager for Global Inks, stated: “We are very much looking forward to improving the service to our customers. We are certain that the complement of our products and the offer of CompaTech will be beneficial to the market and enhance the value of our desktop inks.”

Klaus Baumann, CEO of CompaTech, added: “It is a great recognition of our work in the last seven years, which honours the team of CompaTech. We thank you for the trust. CompaTech will be a reliable partner for Sensient in the future. We look forward to the new tasks and a good cooperation.”

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DCI/Jet Tec launches remanufactured Epson inkjet cartridges

May 12, 2015

The UK remanufacturer has released a range of remanufactured inkjet cartridges.dcijettecfactory

The remanufactured inkjets are replacements for the Epson T24 and T26 cartridges, and come “in quick succession” after new remanufactured Brother toner cartridges released earlier this month. The remanufacturer also previously released remanufactured Canon cartridges.

DCI/Jet Tec noted that as “one of the most recognised brands in the industry” it is “certain that [its] dedication to quality as well as on-going research and development are just some of the factors [of its] success”. It added that it is “confident that [its] investment into research and development as well as [its] passion for ensuring consistently high production standards has guaranteed not only the best quality products, but has also given the company longevity and success that surpasses many of those within the same industry”.

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Sensient parent company discloses 1Q2015 results

May 12, 2015

Sensient logoThe ink manufacturer’s parent company recorded revenue of $346.2 million, down 5.7 percent from the 2014 figure of $367.1 million.

Consolidated revenue was $346.2 million (€310.2 million) for the first quarter of 2015 and $367.1 million (€328.9 million) for the same period in 2014, with reported assets also falling from $817,221 (€732,342) to $734,182 (€657,928) this year, while operating income was recorded at $46.4 million (€41.5 million) and $8.6 million (€7.7 million) in the first quarters of 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Sensient introduced a restructuring plan in 2014 to clear out underperforming operations and consolidate its manufacturing facilities, the costs of which were included in the 1Q  2015 report. Restructuring costs brought down operating income by $7.1 million (€6.3 million), in the 2015 quarter and $46.2 million (€41.4 million), in the first quarter of 2014.

Further adjusted results, which are calculated without the restructuring costs and as such reflect the group’s “overall performance”, included adjusted operating income of $53.6 million (€48 million) in this year’s first quarter compared to $54.8 million (€49.1 million) in the first quarter of 2014, with adjusted operating margin increasing 60 basis points to 15.5 percent.

Looking at the different divisions, the Color Group had revenue of $120.5 million (€107.9 million) and $133.0 million (€119.1 million) in the first quarters of 2015 and 2014 respectively, while operating income was $26.1 million (€23.3 million) in the quarter compared to $29.8 million (€26.7 million) last year. The food and beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical businesses all reported “solid local currency profit growth” in 1Q2015. Sensient anticipates that “foreign currency will have a significant impact” on its 2015 results.

Paul Manning, President and CEO of Sensient Technologies, said: “We delivered a solid performance in the first quarter. The Flavors and Fragrances Group grew both revenue and operating income in local currency, and most of the businesses in the Color Group also reported local currency profit growth.

“I was also pleased with our cash flow results and the inventory reduction achieved in the quarter. Our strategy is working, and we remain committed to delivering sustainable long term value to our shareholders.”


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Sensient buys UK ink manufacturer

May 8, 2015

The US-based ink, flavouring and colour manufacturer has purchased Xennia, which produces textile inks.Sensient logo

JSOnline reported on the acquisition by Sensient of Xennia Technology Ltd., which manufactures digital inks for “printing on textiles and other materials”. Sensient stated that “it expects to close on the purchase in the third quarter”, with Xennia having recorded a revenue of around $11 million (€9.8 million) in 2014.

Xennia’s product lines consist of “reactive, acid and sublimation inks”, and the business is currently owned by Royal Ten Cate NV, a Dutch producer of “functional materials”. Sensient recently released a new sublimation ink range in March this year, and was reported last October to have agreed a new credit arrangement with its parent company Sensient Technologies Corporation.

Paul Manning, President and CEO of Sensient, stated: “We are very excited about the expertise and opportunities that Xennia will provide. Xennia’s strong technical capabilities will broaden our product offering and accelerate our access to important customers and markets for our inks business.”

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