HP Inc denies firmware plans for 3D printers

September 28, 2016

The company have recently been under fire for their blocking third-party cartridges.hp-3d

The Register reported that while HP Inc is under fire over its DRM lockdown of third-party cartridges for machines including the OfficeJet Pro 6820 and 6830, in the 3D printing business the company wants to address that it won’t be excluding all third party consumables.

While he was speaking at the 50th anniversary party for HP Labs, Tim Weber, global head of 3D materials for the firm said that the company is not going to be the only manufacturer of materials for the consumables used by their 3D printers. Four other companies, including BASF, are currently developing products for their 3D Printers he stated that “these will be open suppliers”.

HP will still be able to prohibit certain suppliers from selling materials for the 3D printers if it cannot certify them (with quality and user safety in mind), and Weber then went on to say “they will set the branding and the price once they have been certified”. HP Inc’s first 3D printer will only use a single type of material – the plastic PA12 – with more materials coming online from other companies within the next two years.

By the end of 2016, HP Inc’s first commercial 3D printer, the ‘Jet Fusion 3D 3200’, will go on sale at the price of $120,000 (£92,364/€106,908), while this is considerably expensive, Weber noted that the first laser printer cost $15,000 (£11,545/€13,363). The next printer will begin to add colour, specifically cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, which instantly opens up over 65,000 possible printing colours.

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Solar cells printed on plastic

September 28, 2016

Scientists are using inkjet printers to print solar cells which can be used anywhere.


Tech Story reported that there is an increased demand for solar energy in both “developed and developing countries”, and that it is “predicted that the cost of the solar panel will fall 10 percent a year”, according to Oxford University researchers.

Solar cell technology development has now found a way of printing which “enable the production of thin, flexible solar cells” based on “printable solar ink”, and these are called “inkjet solar cells”. Using specialist ink such as Cadmium Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) to print the solar cells is cheaper than “silicone cells” and they are “lightweight [and] portable”.

Australian scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Monash University and the University of Melbourne have been working on the technology for nine years, and have discovered a way of cost-effectively printing “panels onto plastic”. The cells are made by using an “inkjet printer which prints solar ink onto a solar cell substrate”, and this is printed onto “paper thin, flexible plastic” or steel, and if it is made “semi-transparent” it can be used for “building cladding and windows”.

The benefit of these solar cell sheets is that they are light, and can be taken anywhere remote and incorporated into “windows, doors, walls [and] curtains”, in fact wherever sunlight infiltrates. The beauty of this is that the solar cells can be printed onto technology like “smartphones or laptops”, which enables them to “self charge”.

Because these inkjet cells are so flexible, it gives them the lead over the conventional solar panels, which need a flat surface for attachment; whereas printed solar cells can be printed anywhere on building frontages or in windows at a much lower cost, and this could lead to the development of buildings that require no conventional energy.



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HP Inc launches new products in Middle East

September 27, 2016

The OEM revealed its new series of products at a news conference in Dubai.hp-smallest-printer

The new range includes “new consumer and commercial PCs, printers, scanners and gaming products”, and next month HP will exhibit the new range at Gitex Shopper and Technology World, where consumers and companies can try them out and learn more about the technology, reported Khaleej Times. On show will be the Deskjet Ink Advantage 3700 MFP and the Elite Slice, the company’s “smallest desktop” and its first “modular commercial desktop”, which is wireless and allows consumers to “build a desktop of their choice”.

Mathew Thomas, Managing Director, Middle East and Saudi Arabia, HP, said: “Our vision at HP is to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. It is this vision that has ensured we remain a global leader in printing and personal systems. We have a rich history of innovation, and for more than 75 years, we have brought disruptive technologies to market that have fundamentally changed our industry and the world around us.

“This continuous innovation and engineering excellence are part of our DNA and we will continue to design products that propel our customers and partners into the future.”

Stephanie Rogier, Head of the Print Business Unit for HP Middle East, added: “With an entity solely dedicated to our printing division, we have been able to implement a greater focus on our printing products, with emphasis on agility and speed to quickly adapt to market and customer dynamic. We are excited to contribute to this era of revolutions with our latest technologies and offer a portfolio that reinvigorates home and business printing at unmatched cost of ownership.”





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Demand for MPS rising

September 27, 2016

mps fleet managementThe market for MPS is expected to triple over the last decade from £19.50 billion ($25.27 billion/€22.47 billion) in 2015 to £70.75 billion ($91.05 billion/€80.95 billion) by 2024.

Business Computing World  reported that the reasoning behind the rising demand is that unmanaged print costs take up one to three percent of a company’s revenue. Ineffectively managed printers are said to be costly and can be a liability in the office, are prone to failure, and the cost of fixing them can be rather large.

An impromptu approach to printing, the site adds, often leads to the cheapest ink, paper etcetera, and this sub-standard equipment can increase device faults and “sub-optimal” settings result in a very large amount of small costs, which drive up the overall cost substantially. Using MPS to better understand what should be done will then lead to knowing the main areas the money is going to, and how to fix the problem.

It will be tough to justify a correct fleet refresh, Business Computing World adds, as an “outright acquisition”; because buying many new printers is often a tough sell “budget-wise, even if” current provisions are clearly obsolete. In contrast, a managed resolution makes clear monetary sense.

Modern printing technology is far more efficient, and therefore the best savings are obtainable with a “full outsource” as well as a “fleet refresh” as the corrected set-up will have lower day-to-day running costs. This also frees up staff as they will no longer need to constantly deal with paper jams and can deal with their primary jobs first.

The article concludes that MPS’ “ideal solution” shows why the market value is set to more than triple over the next eight years, with benefits outweighing costs.

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ECi launches updated IT software

September 27, 2016

The company’s Naverisk remote monitoring and management solution has been relaunched for 2016.ecilogo

The new version of the software, the company stated, introduces “new features to optimise, automate, track and support IT management functions”, with the technology aimed at managed service providers (MSPs) and aiming to deliver “several key enhancements to help MSPs improve customer service for their clients”.

Among the new features include remote monitoring and management service “auto-remediation”, with a “cutting-edge, ticket-based workflow engine” offering “automation of service offerings” and more “based on both system events and user-driven tickets”. Another was “enhanced network device discovery and automation”, while “improved UI functionality” includes a new “quick find” feature.

Mike Inzerillo, Managing Director of Managed Services for ECi, commented: “Naverisk 2016 offers an exciting new approach to IT management. This all-in-one RMM and ticketing solution is bolstered with the ability to automate actions that originate from system monitoring, user requests and email.

“Essentially, MSPs can automate scripts, actions, reports, communication, tickets and more to help them drive efficiencies that improve their profits. We’ve done something unique here for our customers to help them gain and retain a competitive edge. It is truly a game-changer compared to other software that only offer system-based auto-remediation.”

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EFI and Kyocera announce software partnership

September 21, 2016

EFI’s Fiery digital front end (DFE) will help Kyocera’s TASKalfa MFPs “streamline workflow”.

The new software is “targeted to busy office workgroups” EFI said in a handshaker-580x358. Douglas Cole, Director of Product Marketing, Corporate Marketing Division for KYOCERA Document Solutions America, said “Kyocera’s TASKalfa MFPs help streamline workflow while delivering exceptional color and image quality for the office environment. We are pleased to work with EFI to offer a wider range of options to meet our customers’ expanding printing needs.

The software delivers “colour quality” and “offers tools to achieve even more advanced colour” and“Companies can use Fiery Spot-On™ for colour-critical jobs to ensure brand colours are reproduced correctly and to achieve the best match for PANTONE® colours”.

“The Fiery DFE is certified for Fiery VUE” which is “a visual, interactive desktop printing application” is used to “create professional-looking print materials such as booklets, sales guides, and manuals”, providing “an instant 3D preview of the finished product” and can be used for producing “professionally finished documents on-demand without the cost and long lead times of outsourcing”. There is a free download of the programme or customers at www.efi.com/fieryvue.

Fiery Booklet Maker is “a driver-based imposition tool that allows users to print multiple pages of a print job from any application” in a “booklet style without the need for more advanced imposition programs”.

The “optional Fiery Productivity Package” offers “a set of tools that enable last-minute image corrections, advanced queue management functionality, and automated job submission and preparation”.

John Henze, Vice President, Fiery Marketing, EFI, said, “Based on the latest FS200 system software, this new Fiery DFE gives office users improved performance capabilities with speed enhancements, easy-to-use applications to produce professional-looking print materials, and the ability to save time and money by keeping jobs in-house with tools to automate job submission and enable last-minute image corrections.”





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CIG gives more information on support software

September 21, 2016

CIG logosClover Imaging Group (CIG) spoke about the TechLink 2.0 platform’s “turnkey services”.

The company recently spoke about five ways that the software platform can help “power up” dealers, and has now stated that it “offers the complete solution for customer support and certified training services” in order to “add value to dealerships”. The platform offers customer support as well as printer repair, service dispatch and training services, with CIG adding that the latter feature includes “the industry’s most respected and comprehensive line of training programmes”.

These include “certified laser printer repair training, available both onsite and online”, while technical support and “in-field services” are also available, giving dealers “access to CIG’s highly skilled and expertly-trained customer support team”. The goal of the programme, CIG noted, is to “offer dealers the support they need to provide faster response times to product and hardware-related issues”.

CIG added that the platform adds both “customised call-in services and certified printer training programmes” alongside “on-the-go troubleshooting via live chat services”, and if these cannot help “resolve the matter”, in-field technicians “are available to provide full support”, with 14,000 technicians “on-call via a nationwide service dispatch to provide onsite printer repair and resolution”. CIG’s cartridge-support.com site also offers a “dedicated online support system” including videos.

Luke Goldberg, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for CIG, stated: “Customer service is a key differentiator for all companies, and quick response times are a major priority. By providing value-added services such as custom help desks, live chat, national service dispatch, and certified training programmes, we can help our dealers to manage national accounts outside of their service areas while also expanding their SLAs with our complete service offering.”

You can watch a video about the platform below.

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CIT launches ‘big’ OPCs

September 16, 2016

Ricoh's Aficio MP4000

Ricoh’s Aficio MP4000

The company has released three new Ricoh OPCs and a range of new Kyocera OPCs.

The company noted that the “special” OPCs are so because “most OPCs in laser printers are mainstream 24mm and 30mm diameter size”, which it also supplies, adding that “many different sizes of OPCs” exist in diameters including 40mmm, 47mm, 50mm, 60mm, 80mm and 100mm, with three new Ricoh 60mm and 100mm OPCs and a range of new Kyocera OPCs launched.

The Ricoh OPCs include: one 60mm OPC for use in the MP4000, 5000 and 5002 machines, with a yield of 160,000 pages and in A3; one 100mm OPC for use in the MP6000, 7500 and 8000, with a yield of 1.2 million pages; and one 100mm OPC for use in the MP9000 and Aficio 1100 and 1350 machines. Each of these, CIT adds, “meet all OEM specifications”, and are spplied with matching wiper blades.

In turn, the Kyocera OPCs are “fully anodized aluminium OPCs with specific UCL chemical coating”, providing what CIT says is “the best industry standard for aftermarket OPCs for Kyocera”, and meeting “80 to 1000 percent of the original stated yield”. While this “may seem less superior to [the] OEM”, for the industry “this is a big breakthrough, considering the high tech inorganic coating technology from Kyocera”.

The company adds that “with these kinds of yields, we are safe to announce these OPCs to professional Kyocera dealers, resellers and remanufacturers”. The new OPCs include: one for the FS720 and 920, with a yield of 100,000 pages; one for the FS1020MFP with a yield of 100,000 pages; two for the FS1320, 1370, 1028, 1128, 1300 and 1350; one for the KM2540, 2560, 3040 and 3060; one for the KM1505, 1510 and 1810; and one for the KM1525, 1530, 1570 and 2030.

Other new releases include: one OPC for the KM1260, and 2250; one for the TASKalfa 180, 181, 220 and 221; one for the KM2530, 3035, 3050, 3530, 4035; 4050 and 505 as well as the TASKalfa 420i and 520i; one for the FS1010 and 1020D with no gear; and one for the FS-C1020MFP.

For more information, visit www.citbv.com.

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Kyocera licenses IP for printer chips

September 15, 2016

kyocera_logo_3039-200x51-200x51The OEM has licensed Arteris’ FlexNoC intellectual property for use in “document imaging and management” product chips.

In a press release, Kyocera revealed that the “network-on-chip interconnect IP enables innovation for custom printing and imaging systems-on-chip (SoCs), with Arteris an “innovative supplier” of “silicon-proven commercial” SoC intellectual property. The IP will be used in Kyocera’s custom SoC technologies that “power its flagship enterprise document imaging and management products”.

Motohide Murao, General Manager of Kyocera’s Software R&D Division, commented: “The configurability and programmability of FlexNoC’s quality of service and scheduler features allow us to optimise on-chip communications bandwidth and guarantee latency within our complex SoCs. FlexNoC’s built-in FlexExplorer simulation has been the perfect way for us to easily implement traffic scenarios, quickly understand the results, and make changes to optimise our designs.

“These Arteris technologies are allowing us to more easily scale up the complexity of our SoCs while permitting us to configure our quality of service and system arbitration much more easily than was possible using older interconnect technologies.”

In turn, Arteris commented: “We are honored that the Kyocera team has chosen to rely on our technology to further advance their competitive advantages in innovation and technology in the enterprise document solutions market.”

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3D printing set to “save UK manufacturers”

September 14, 2016

Makerbot's Replicator Mini 3D printer

Makerbot’s Replicator Mini 3D printer

An article discusses how the technology can retrieve a growth in the market.

Electronics Weekly reported that “changes in technology can create business opportunities for companies and the precision manufacturing sector”, and that the UK electronics market is being offered “an opportunity in 3D printing” because of its speedy development which is “suited to advanced technology manufacturing”.

As an example, the article said that a “group of UK companies” had used the technology for “metal additive manufacturing to create a revolutionary mountain bike frame”, which although not electronics could be used in the same way, as the firms involved in the “Robot Bike project” are also “active in the electronics sector”, and that aerospace is also involved in 3D printing.

As this technique is still in its “development stage”, it gives manufacturers an opportunity to “expand existing businesses”, and to develop new strategies such as “precision fabrication and fast turn-around proof of concepts projects”.

The article noted that the UK would not be the only country looking to advance using 3D printing, and that there would need to be a “commitment” to the “investment of equipment and design expertise”, but that investors know that if they are successful there is “potential for growth” in this important sector of the market.


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