Memjet launches new page-wide colour inkjet print engine

April 16, 2014

A Memjet printhead

A Memjet printhead

The Aspen engine will enable commercial presses to print 225 feet per minute.

The company reported that the new print engine will “empower OEMs and commercial printers to control and customise colour printing”, whilst delivering a “cost-effective, on-demand” service for manufacturers and production lines.

The new engine is designed for both colour printing label and commercial presses, with speeds of up to 225 feet per minute in addition to “full dot control” and the ability to be retrofitted to old machines. The dot control allows for print shops to “ensure the accuracy of the data pipeline”, with users able to control more of what ends up printed on the page and in higher quality.

The Aspen printheads feature 70,400 nozzles delivering “millions of ink drops per second”, as well as a 1,600dpi “native” print resolution in full colour. The retrofitting meanwhile allows presses to be “enhanced with digital capability without the high cost or time required to rip and replace infrastructure”.

Aspen engines are available in three different configurations, including a single print engine “as a standalone printer”, two print engines “mounted side-by-side” for 17-inch media printing, and four print engines side-by-side for even larger prints. The new print speed of 225 feet per minute meanwhile is an upgrade on Memjet’s previous speed of 165 feet per minute.

Memjet’s Gus Piccin stated: “Customers value full control and real-time, precise printed material, and a guarantee that what’s on the screen is exactly what’s printed – down to shading and line values. OEMs and print shops with Memjet-powered technology can deliver value in the form of that control. Accurate, real-time printed material is a reality, and an avenue for opportunity and growth.”

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Ricoh opens European Inkjet Technical Centre in UK

April 11, 2014

Ricoh large format inkjetOEM opens centre in Telford, Shropshire as it focuses on industrial inkjet in Europe.

Print Week reported on the opening of Ricoh’s European Inkjet Technical Centre in Telford, which comes as part of a “greater local focus on industrial inkjet in Europe” along with the appointment of Graham Kennedy as Business Development Manager, Industrial Print for Ricoh Europe.

The centre, which includes a “full laboratory set-up” enabling Ricoh to “support its OEM partners in analysing jetting characteristics, waveform design and fluid compatibility”, is expected to support all inkjet applications “including wide-format, digital print embellishment, textiles, printed electronics and 3D printing”; with these functions previously carried out at the OEM’s printhead systems business’ factory in California.

Newly appointed members of staff set to work at the centre include a technical manager from the company’s R&D team in Japan; a chemist, a mechanical engineer and a technical sales manager.

Kennedy commented: “I have been meeting customers from across Europe already to assess their confidence in our competence […] the general reaction has been really positive, and I’m encouraged by the level of support.”

He added: “To grow in the European market we needed a European support centre [..] it will enable us to be on-site at our customers more frequently and to provide better remote support by being in the same time zone.”

The Recycler also reported this week on Epson UK’s plans to focus on inkjet, with the OEM aiming to become the “number one player” in production print over the next 18 months through the launch of more than 10 inkjet printers.

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OCP releases new Canon inkjet inks

April 9, 2014

ocp4The manufacturer’s wide range of Canon inkjets work in a number of different cartridges.

OCP stated that the inks have been developed for the CL-146, CL-256, CL-446, CL-546, CL-6464 and CL-746 inkjet cartridges as well as their XL versions, with the ink sets including three new colour dye-based inks to “guarantee OEM-like printing results”. The 136 inks are said by OCP to offer “long-lasting colour stability”, and can be used on a “variety of different papers”.

The manufacturer noted in turn that its BKP 44 black ink can be used in the corresponding black inkjet cartridges in these Canon sets, which include the PG-145, PG-245, PG-445, PG-545, PG-645 and PG-745, as well as their XL versions.

The cartridges for which the inks have been developed are designed for use in a wide range of Canon machines: the 145 and 146 cartridges for the PIXMA iP2810, MG2410 and MG2510; the 245 and 246 for the iP2820, MG2420 ad MG2520; the 445 and 446 for the iP2840, MG2440, and MG2540; the 545 and 546 for the iP250, MG2450 and MG2550; the 645 and 646 for the iP2860, MG2460 and MG2560; and finally, the 745 and 746 for the iP2870, MG2470 and MG2570.

Samples are available in 0.25kg packaging, and OCP added that those interested should contact them for “individual samples and quantities”.

For more information, visit www.ocp.de.

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Survey suggests inkjets are gaining favour with businesses

April 8, 2014

inkjetPC Pro online survey of 502 readers finds gap between inkjet and laser printers for business use is narrowing.

PC Pro reported that a survey it conducted on 502 of its readers has indicated that inkjet printers could become more popular with businesses after respondents were able to pinpoint the advantages of using inkjet devices over laser printers.

71.5 percent of respondents, which included IT professionals, IT technicians and senior managers, “identified that an Epson WorkForce Pro inkjet gives lower costs per A4 mono page than an HP LaserJet”; while 68.3 percent, when shown a mono text sample from both a laser and an inkjet printer, “judged that the bolder print-out came from an inkjet rather than a laser”.

In addition, 206 of the 502 respondents chose incorrectly when asked to guess whether two photos had been printed from a printer aimed at businesses or a consumer inkjet printer.

While Tim Danton, Editor-in-Chief of PC Pro, admitted that those undertaking the survey had had access to whitepapers on the difference between modern lasers and inkjets and on how a Burger King franchise had switched to using Epson WorkForce Pro printers; he noted that “what’s clear […] is that people are starting to judge printers on what they can do for their business rather than resorting to the old ‘laser good, inkjet bad’ attitude”.

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Epson UK announces inkjet strategy

April 7, 2014

Epson Stylus Pro 4900 production printer

Epson Stylus Pro 4900 production printer

OEM aims to become “number one player” in production print with launch of more than 10 new inkjet printers over next 18 months.

Print Week reported on Epson UK’s intention to become the leading player in the commercial, signage, textile and label markets through the implementation of a new inkjet strategy; which will involve the release of more than 10 new inkjet printers by 2016.

The OEM plans to expand its portfolio of professional production printers to 33 models within 18 months by “continuing to spend approximately £1.2 million ($2 million/€1.45 million) per day”, or six percent of its annual turnover, on R&D.

All of Epson UK’s new products will feature its PrecisionCore thin-film piezo ink head technology introduced last October, with more details on the product launches expected to be available at the end of April.

Phil McMullin, UK Sales Manager, Epson UK Pro Graphics Division, said: “Our long-term desire is that we are number one player in all of the markets we have now entered. Clearly that is not going to happen tomorrow; this is a long term ambition. We believe the technology we have developed puts us in a strong position to develop that over the coming decade.”

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Digitl Ink launches new ink for Mimaki cartridges

March 25, 2014

The inks are designed for use in the JV3, JV33 and JV5 printers.digitlink

The inks are said by Digitl Ink to “offer users a consistent colour match and improved alcohol, scratch and abrasion resistance”, in addition to a “convenient no-flush conversion process from original OEM brand inks”.

The manufacturer added that it can supply “in bulk or in pre-filled cartridges with full chip support”, and that the inks “offer significant long-term cost savings” due to being eco-solvent inks designed as replacements for the HS5, SS21 and ES3 original inks. There is also said to be a choice for customers between either solvent or eco-solvent replacements.

Digitl Ink concluded that the inks offer savings “without compromising on print quality, machine reliability or performance, producing consistently striking colours without the need to recalibrate your system”.

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HP launches two new Officejet inkjets

March 25, 2014

HP's Officjet X585 MFP

HP’s Officjet X585 MFP

The MFP X585 and X555 are powered by the OEM’s PageWide Technology.

HP announced the two new machines by noting that they can “handle rigorous printing demands at up to half the cost per page of lasers”, with the Officejet Enterprise Color MFP X585 and X555 utilising the OEM’s PageWide Technology, which “takes proven, advanced commercial printing technologies and scales them to a new class of enterprise printers”.

HP added that the machines are “enterprise ready” and are capable of printing at “twice the speed and at up to half the cost” of laser printers, with the same interfaces used as “12 million HP Enterprise LaserJet printers” as well as firmware that allows for enterprise software and solutions to be “easily accessed through one button” on the machines.

The PageWide Technology meanwhile, which has been used on the Officejet Pro X machines, has been scaled up to “expand choice for enterprise customers”, with the printers offering “greater cost savings with the lowest cost per page” in addition to a “spot or accent colour mode”, which includes a “small logo or line of hyperlink text”. Other features include print speeds of 70ppm in general office mode, which is “up to twice as fast as in-class competitive printers”, and 84 percent less power consumption.

Dion Weisler, Executive Vice President for HP’s Printing and Personal Systems division, stated: “Never before has an ink-based device been fully capable of meeting the performance requirements that large organisations demand. CIOs and IT decision makers can be confident that the HP Officejet Enterprise series provides employees exceptional enterprise-grade security, fleet management and mobile printing options along with the fastest speed and lowest total cost of ownership.”

The MFP X585 and X55 machines are set to be available from 1 April worldwide, with the former available from between £1,179 and £1,649 ($1,944/€1,407 and $2,718/€1,968), and the latter from between £449 and £729 ($740/€536 and $1,202/€870).

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Inprinta launches optimised UV inkjet filters

March 18, 2014

The manufacturer’s UV inkjet filters “maximise printer up-time”.pfgpr101-image

The filters, which have been “designed specifically for the superwide graphics market”, are said by the company to have incorporated “all the filters required along the ink path” of wide-format machines, with filters manufactured utilising carbon black “as a preventative barrier to UV light”, which “minimises the risk of premature curing of UV inks”.

It notes that selecting correct filters “will ensure your printer has maximum up-time inbetween services, and ink flow is not restricted”, with materials used in constructing the filters including inert substances such as polypropylene, nylon, polyethylene, stainless steel mesh and metal fibre, with “minimal extractables” so UV ink “will not be contaminated”.

The compact size allows for “fitting in the smallest of printer housing”, with a wide range of connectors, and the filters “exhibit superior flow characteristics and ensure consistent reliable printing performance with maximised printhead protection”. Filtration ratings start at sub 1µm for “the most refined liquids” and increase to 100µm, with “pleated polymeric membranes” designed as the “principal barrier to any foreign bodies or aggregates”.

Inprinta added that a second level of protection through BioVyon, a “solid-state separation material”, allows the filters to “run effectively with all UV inkjet fluids”, and barriers are constructed from “high grade materials before being wielded into the UV filter housing to give a fully integrated filter assembly”.

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New ink technology allows users to print circuit boards

March 7, 2014

AgIC’s technology uses silver nanoparticles to create homemade circuit boards.printedcircuit

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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Cartridge thieves strike in NE England

February 26, 2014

Thieves stole “hundreds of pounds” worth of inkjet cartridges from a store in South Shields.crime

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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