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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November 28, 2013
IT Web reported on the product launch, which the OEM states aims for “greater colour density [and] media flexibility”, with the inks coming under the Premium Pigment range and designed for use in Océ’s ColorStream 3000 series of continuous feed inkjet printers.
The inks are specifically designed for “commercial print and direct mail applications”, and feature “vibrant, vivid colours with excellent richness and contrast” as well as being “fast immobilising”, which Océ states means that more ink is “kept on the surface” of paper or other media being printed on. This also means that optical density, the “darkness of images”, is enhanced.
In turn, the new inks are said to enhance colour images by “extending shadow detail and increasing contrast levels”, with immobilisation also “extend[ing] the range of the media the ink can be used to print on”, meaning that quality and density on standard paper “is comparable” to treated paper. The ink also expands the colour gamut range for the printers as well.
Hennie Kruger, Digital Document Solutions (DDS) Product and Marketing Manager at Océ South Africa, stated: “The new Premium Pigment Ink for the Océ ColorStream 3000 series increases the overall colour gamut and gives print providers much more flexibility on media. It allows for high density colours even on uncoated media and increases the colour density across a broad spectrum of papers.”
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November 25, 2013
The Inquirer reported on the introduction of the “world’s first” mass-produced inkjet printer for the production of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens used for smartphones, tablets and TV displays.
California-based Kateeva unveiled the Yieldjet OLED printer, said to have been “engineered from the ground up” with the aim of producing high volumes of OLED screens at a low cost; with the firm explaining that its printer features three “innovations” that deem it the first of its kind – a pure nitrogen process chamber, due to nitrogen being the optimal environment for producing OLEDs; specialised mechanical design features allowing the printer to reduce particles “by as much as 10 times” to accelerate yield; and “film coating uniformity with a process window that’s five times wider than standard technologies” in order to improve reliability of the process.
The integration of such features, according to Kateeva, reduces the cost of mass producing OLEDs, resulting in the lowering of OLED TV prices on the market.
LG and Samsung are among technology manufacturers that have already introduced a range of OLED curved TV displays, with LG reportedly planning to start mass producing large size OLED display technology for TVs up to 50 inches in size in the second half of 2014.
The Recycler reported in July last year that inkjet technology techniques were helping to develop flexible electronics devices, with researchers from the Holst Centre, based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands developing a way of creating “tall, narrow conductive structures on flexible structures” using inkjet printing techniques that would result in the cheaper production of high-resolution touchscreen displays and OLEDs.
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November 21, 2013
The OEM’s two new launches are released in the USA and Philippines respectively.
Consumer Electronics Net reported first on the US release of the Epson Expression Premium XP-610, a “small-in-one” inkjet machine that can wirelessly connect to Google Chromebook laptops for printing, scanning and other functions. The machine, set to be exclusively available at US retailer Best Buy, also offers cloud functionality.
The printer is the “first […] to integrate” with Chromebooks in such a way, with Epson America’s Patrick Chen, Product Manager of Mobile Connectivity, stating: “Working closely with Google, we’ve made it easier than ever to setup and then print from your Chromebook no matter where you are. Chromebooks are one of the fastest growing segments of the PC industry and expanding wireless printing convenience directly enhances creativity and productivity for home, school and business users.”
Manila Standard Today meanwhile reported on the launch of two Epson wide-format sign printers in the Philippines, both of which utilise 1.5 litre high-capacity ink tanks. The SureColor SC-B6070 and SCB7070 feature sizes of 44 inches and 64 inches respectively, and are said by the OEM to be used for “high quality indoor signage printing” using its dye-based inks.
The tanks “can be refilled even while the printers are in operation”, Epson notes, and “represent a superior solution to third-party ink tanks that are not made by the original printer manufacturer”. The OEM has also noted that “there is no warranty coverage for their installation or else when non-original inks cause damage”, with both machines utilising Epson’s Micro Piezo thin film printhead.
Other features included in the two machines are a print resolution of 1440 x 1400dpi, as well as print speeds of up to 69.5 square metres per hour. The ink tanks also feature filters “to prevent contamination of the printhead”, and the machines also utilise a “low ink level warning system” to prevent misprints. The SC-B6070 and SC-B7070 are available for Php 340,900 ($7,793/€5,802) and Php 799,900 ($18,270/€13,614) respectively.
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November 19, 2013
The filter manufacturer’s Microprint range has been “optimised for both strength and flow”.
The new inkjet capsule filter range, the company notes, “has been designed to ensure excellent particle retention through the use of pleated polymer filter packs”, which together with a “porous polypropylene core” allows the filter to “provide an impermeable barrier to foreign particles”, which means the filters “provide superior results on all printer platforms they are installed on”.
The manufacturer previously released an earlier version of the Microprint capsule filter as well as a previous inkjet filter offering high capacity, with the new one said to have been “optimised” for strength and flow by combining Inprinta’s Microcap capsules with a “newly-engineered dual stage filter system” that enables fluid to “flow with minimum resistance”.
The combination of the “strongest capsules on the market” with the new filters “gives the benefit of a low pressure drop across the filter path”, Inprinta noted, which in turn “ensur[es] the smooth running of your inkjet printer at all times”. The filter is reportedly able to retain particles ranging in size from 0.5 microns to 100 microns, and is designed for use in “all areas” of the inkjet market, including coding, textile, UV and graphics.
Inprinta added: “This addition to the Inprinta range of inkjet filters expands the company’s portfolio of products for the inkjet market sector. With a range of filters designed specifically for the inkjet market, it makes changing to Inprinta as simple as possible, whilst maintaining maximum printer performance.”
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November 4, 2013
Celeste Watson redesigned the packaging as a response to the environmental, ethical and financial issues she has with HP’s inkjet ink.
Complex reported on the redesigns by communications designer Celeste Watson, who has produced packaging for HP inkjet cartridges as if they were Chanel perfume. The boxes feature criticisms of the manufacturing methods, testing and composition of the inks on the back, with the remainder of the design a spin on Chanel’s No 5 perfume.
Watson stated that she came up with the idea as “a response to how absurdly priced household printer cartridges are”, adding that “this project aims to resolve the current discrepancy between the price of the product and its packaging”. The website notes that the packaging depicts how it would look if HP told consumers “what was in the printer ink”, as well as how “it had been tested on animals and the effects the ink had on the environment”.
Complex adds that Watson’s design “forces the consumer to consider the cost of such supplies” in terms of “environmental, ethical and financial” impact, and notes that by “refocusing the packaging to keep up with the cost of the liquid inside, the discrepancies are made bare in an ironically ornate fashion”.
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October 30, 2013
The HL-S7000DN is said to be an alternative to laser printers for medium and large workgroups.
The OEM’s new machine, which features print speeds of up to 100ppm in monochrome, also features Brother’s page-wide SmartArray print technology, a 600-sheet input count that can be expanded to 2,100 sheets with three optional 500-sheet trays, and a “super high-yield” inkjet cartridge that can print up to 30,000 pages in one lifecycle.
Brother refers to the machine as one that “changes the face of professional printing” due to its high print speed, noting in turn that it costs “less than a penny per page” as well as “using significantly less energy than conventional office printers”. This is due to its utilisation of the OEM’s Cold Process Print System, which uses 66 percent less energy than laser printers, according to Brother.
Other features of the machine include automatic duplexing, wireless and Ethernet networking, and a print resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. Brother notes in turn that it has a recommended monthly volume of 5,000 to 20,000 pages, and is “an ideal alternative to or replacement for either single or multiple office devices”, with networking features and web management tools allowing companies to “increase productivity while simultaneously decreasing their print fleet size and expenditures”.
Jeff Sandler, Director of Inkjet Product Planning at Brother, stated: “With the introduction of the HL-S7000DN, Brother has created a unique and innovative output solution for workgroups and offices.
“For organisations that demand a reliable method of producing short bursts of high-speed printing, there’s simply nothing on the market that compares. When you factor in its low operating costs and low power consumption, as well as its flexible and expandable design, the HL-S7000DN stands in a class of its own.”
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October 22, 2013
The company noted that last year’s show had seen “the best response to a North American trade show” it had seen in five years, with three new products in the TRIANGLE range to be demonstrated this week, with the event taking place from 23 until 25 October. The three new products, MED, ESC and HLX, are UV LED, eco-solvent and latex inks respectively, with HLX being previewed for visitors to the company’s booth on an HP DesignJet L2550 every day of the show.
The MED UV LED ink is designed for use in Mimaki’s 3042 UV LED flatbed desktop printer, with six colours plus white available. INX notes that the ink boasts “significant benefits” and “offers better adhesion to a wider variety of plastics”, with the ability to “print on difficult surfaces” including golf balls and phone cases – which INX will demonstrate at the event.
The ESC eco-solvent ink is designed for Epson’s SureColor and Stylus GS6000 outdoor printers, providing “sensational colours”, whilst the HXL latex inks are “colour and chemically” compatible with HP’s 789 and 792 wide-format ink series, and offer “sizeable cost savings”, according to INX.
Craig Reid, Vice President of Digital Division at INX International, whose appointment was reported earlier this year, stated: “We listen to our customers and distributors, and they mostly want new alternative ink sets. Our global R&D group has done a fantastic job this past year developing the three new ink sets we are introducing at the SGIA Expo.
“Our TRIANGLE MED ink fits the needs for the growing specialty print market and the growing installed base of the small Mimaki UV flatbed printers. MED enables a much greater compatibility of unique substrates. [In turn] our new TRIANGLE ESC ink is truly an alternative ink that provides not only chemical and colour compatibility, but dramatic improvement in outdoor durability when compared to the Epson ink and especially for the GS6000 model.
“HXL is a highly cost effective latex replacement ink for the huge instalment base of HP units in the marketplace. We plan to begin shipment of this ink late in the first quarter of 2014.”
The company reported earlier this year that it had begun a cartridge recycling programme, and earlier this month promoted Susie Mendelssohn to International Marketing Manager.
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October 3, 2013
SYS-Con reports that Accubrite (the manufacturing arm of Greene Concepts), is offering discounted, “quality” ink solutions through social marketing company Koopedia, offering the opportunity to reach customers via a giving first posture (offering a discount).
The product offered is the new INK-Telligence line, which is the first “no mess” inkjet refilling system invented to “fill a niche” in an effort to combat the “ever-soaring” prices of the ink cartridge market. The focus is to target the retail sales market using smaller refill units; INK-Telligence offers “convenience” and “cost savings” in terms of ink refill solutions for private home users and businesses of all sizes.
CEO Lenny Greene stated: “We are very happy to partner with Koopedia to offer our INK-Telligence brand as a long-term, cost-saving ink solution for the marketplace. Koopedia values quality products and selects only approved merchants within its lineup. They understand why people buy things and what the needs of small businesses are.
“We plan to maximize this relationship for the benefit of our consumers and to help better establish a marketplace presence for our INK-Telligence product brand. Koopedia’s core values include: preparedness, employee notification, discount planning, superior product and customer service, and effective follow-up strategies. Greene Concepts holds these same values for maximizing the customer experience.”
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September 30, 2013
Voxy reported on the launch of the three PIXMA devices from Canon, with all three machines photo printers. The PIXMA MG5560, MG6460 and MG7160 are all said by the OEM to “bring a new level of connectivity to home printing, providing direct access to cloud services and social networking sites, and making printing photos and documents easier than ever”.
The printers are all WiFi-enabled and have links to Canon’s PIXMA Cloud Link programme as well as its PIXMA Printing Solutions app for mobile devices. Cloud Link allows users to access social networks and photos online in the cloud directly from the TFT display on the device, whilst the Printing Solutions app allows users to control the machines from a tablet or smartphone. Each of the machines is also compatible with Apple’s AirPrint and Google’s Cloud Print mobile applications.
The TFT screens on each machine scale up depending on the device, with the MG5560 featuring a 6.2 centimetre screen, the MG6460 7.5 centimetres and the MG7160 8.8 centimetres. The latter two printers also feature PictBridge capabilities – photo printing directly from compatible cameras - as well as printing from memory cards. All three devices in turn have energy-saving features such as automatic duplexing and an automatic power-up setting.
In terms of consumables, the MG5560 and MG6460 use five individual ink tanks, with the MG5560 featuring print speeds of 12.2ipm (images per minute) in monochrome and 8.7ipm for colour. The MG6460 meanwhile reaches 15ipm in monochrome and 9.7ipm in colour, whilst the MG7160 reaches 15ipm in monochrome and 10ipm in colour, and also features a grey ink tank as well as the ability to print “directly onto inkjet-printable discs”.
Optional XL cartridges are available for users that want to “print more for less”, and the MG5560 and MG6460 are available from October, whilst the MG7160 is already available.
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