Inkjet technology helps save water

June 24, 2016

Scientists in Saudi Arabia are working on programmes to improve water problems in the Middle East.

Water is scarce in many countries in the Middle East, and it is predicted that this will become more difficult in the future, reports NanoverkNews beetle. Many projects have been trialed using sea water, such as using plants that remove the salt content, but this is expensive, and costs the environment and use of energy. At the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a team led by Peng Wang have been looking for answers to the problem.

Wang’s inspiration came from nature in the form of a Stenocara beetle which lives in the Namib Desert. The insect’s wings are dotted with “nanoscale bumps that capture water droplets from the air”, and the waxy surfaces of the beetle allow the droplets to slide “directly into its mouth”. Wang said that “it’s amazing what nature can offer us for solving some of the problems of clean water production. You have to be able to define your problem scientifically first, we then rationally decide on what functions to impart to the surfaces or materials. In some cases we mimic species to reach our goals”.

To imitate the beetle’s wings, the team used an “extra –sticky dopamine-based polymer similar to natural glues used by mussel shells” to adhere “bumpy patterns onto a super water-repellent surface through inkjet printing techniques”. Wang is developing another project involving “point of use desalination devices powered by the sun”, and his team overcame the problem of timescale by coating a “floating stainless steel membrane with an innovative polymer containing photo-sensitive rings” which absorbs light instead of heavy water.

This “increases heat generation at the water surface” and then simulates the lotus leaf’s ability to repair itself after damage, which it does by using its own “reservoir of waxy molecules” – which means that sun damage can be repaired by the membrane itself. Wang commented that “this device tripled the output of fresh water compared to a typical solar still”.

The key to research success, the article noted, is down to shared resources, cooperation and communication, be that from students or scientists – each individual is important. Wang pointed out that “you see lots of casual and regular meetings in a typical day[…] we encourage members to share their knowledge, know-how, criticisms and concerns—this is how we work as a team. With generous funding and fantastic support, one can focus and do amazing things with our colleagues at the University’s Water Desalination and Reuse Centre. This is really not possible anywhere else”.
 

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Cartridge World looks at mobile working

June 24, 2016

The global franchise noted that TRaD (telecommuting, remote and distributed working) will have an affect on business in the future.cartridge-world-162x200

Cartridge World recently discussed the impacts of the remote workforce and the advantages it will offer businesses on a green level, and has now looked at TRad as the “core focus for many businesses in the 21st century”. Advances in technology have “paved the way for innovative workforce structuring that enables collaboration, information sharing and communication in ways never seen before”, and the company noted that this will only increase.

It cited a PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey that found 53 percent of 10,000 people surveyed in the US, UK, China, India and Germany believe “technological developments will cause massive evolution in the way people work over the next five to 10 years”. This has already begun “in many ways”, including the mobile workforce, which the company says is “one of the most notable ways” the economy has changed.

Areas of business including hospitality, manufacturing and healthcare – alongside emerging companies in “high-tech or service-based sectors” – have developed new models of work, including the “gig” economy of working with freelancers. This also includes remote working, which The Recycler recently analysed, as well as making sure travelling staff have technology “that allows them to be productive” as well as secure.

The TRaD acronym, created by Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, “translates into a three-part definition of the mobile workforce”, with companies of all sizes likely to have “felt the effects of one or more of the three components”. Companies that have “implemented workplace policies that support” this include Dell, with its Connected Workplace and goal of “having 50 percent of its workforce remote by 2020”.

The company added that the idea of the “Orange World”, or “responding to fragmentation by working to minimise fixed costs and pushing for greater flexibility by empowering employees”, is playing a bigger role, with “high impact business structures that have a low impact on operating costs”. It concluded that its recently-released app is one such innovation that “bridges the gap between secure, on-demand mobile printing and the needs of the global TRaD workforce”.

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Riso launches business inkjet printers

June 22, 2016

The OEM has released the ComColor FW Series in the US for the business inkjet market.

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The printers are said to be the “latest advance in high speed colour printing”, reported Graphic Arts, and are the fifth release of these cut-sheet, colour inkjet printers, with the FW series is more sleek than previously as it has an “integrated face down tray”. There is a full colour touch panel and the output is 120ppm in colour.

The ComColor inkjet printers “utilise Riso’s exclusive Forcejet technology”, and this “heatless imaging system requires no fusing during the printing process and has a short, straight paper path, enabling extremely high printing speeds in full colour, and a cold, flat and dry output that’s ideal for transitioning to finishing equipment”.

 

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Cartfeed names website competition winners

June 20, 2016

The cartridge remanufacturing business blog was running a competition to win a free SEO and UX study.cartfeed_logo_HR-300x167

Cartfeed is a “business blog helping toner and inkjet cartridge remanufacturers”, and has been set up by Uninet Imaging Europe’s Managing Director Zoltan Matyas, with blogs on the importance of digital marketing and more for remanufacturers. The blog recently held a competition in conjunction with The Recycler’s Focus on Europe event, where attendees could “win a free SEO [search engine optimisation] and UX [user experience] study made exclusively for you”.

The competition saw three lucky winners – Armor Office Printing’s Gerwald van der Gijp, Proxl’s Carole Fournier and KMP’s Adelina Portela – win the “free tailor-made SEO and website UX report” for their respective company’s websites. Cartfeed noted that the winners would “receive immediately actionable advice to improve your website and positioning”, with an “exclusive full analysis of your website” emailed to the winners.

The winners will receive information including a “study of indexability, usability, technical SEO suggestions on HTML content and more”, with Matyas stating that “we are already working on their website and UX analytics, and within the next 10 days we will contact them with the full report free of charge”.

He added that his experience of the Focus on Europe event – you can read our reports here and here – saw him receive “amazing feedback from the audience, and they all agreed that digital marketing can be a huge opportunity to all remanufacturers to position our remanufactured products as they should be.

“We at cartfeed.com will soon be back with a new campaign in order to help the industry to capitalise on the digital marketing opportunities”. Matyas will also be giving his presentation on digital marketing, and why it offers a big opportunity to remanufacturers, at the next UKCRA meeting on June 30, having given this presentation at the REMCON seminar theatre during Paperworld 2016 earlier this year.

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PRINTek launches new website

June 20, 2016

A screenshot of PRINTek's new website

A screenshot of PRINTek’s new website

The Hungarian remanufacturer’s new website features “better access” and “useful information” about the company’s products and services.

The company stated that the new website, which went live today, can be found at the same URL as the previous version – www.printek.hu – and has come after “months of hard work and dedication”, with the goal of the new site to “provide our visitors [with] an easier way to learn about PRINTek’s products and services, and allow the visitor to browse information based on their own choice”.

In turn, the site is “interactive”, and features “better access to ‘About Us’, Products and Services’, ‘Certifications’ and ‘Media’”, with PRINTek also noting that “our current and prospective clients will find useful information about our products and services on the homepage”. The company concluded that “we hope you find the new site with a fresh look [and] easy to access information”, and that it “wish[es] to establish this portal as a source of information for those who visit.

“We would also like to thank everybody who donated their time and energy to make this site what it is”.

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BS&B Safety Systems partners with Rico

June 20, 2016

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 16.31.47The company announced it has become an International service partner with Rico.

The Recycler reported last August that BS&B had launched its latest solution for passive relief of explosive pressure caused by dust explosions. It is now partnering with isolating protection product manufacturer RICO, and will recommend the use of their explosion isolation valves. The companies will be service partners but will also incorporate technology, as by joining their respective explosion prevention expertise, they aim to deliver even more efficient explosion solutions for international clients.

BS&B’s “highly advanced control panels can accommodate RICO valves into their technology”, and “trigger their implementation after ignition of combustible substances in process equipment”, with the company adding that “RICO valves offer a superb containment function that complements BS&B’s detection, venting and suppression solutions”. The combination of technologies extends the protection possibilities for the customer.

BS&B and RICO’s joint solutions are said to be particularly useful for industries which process substances with high ignition and explosive capability that can rapidly fuel an explosion throughout interconnected equipment.

Kevin Spiess, EMEA Sales Manager for BS&B Safety Systems, stated: “Our partnership with RICO is very welcome. Between BS&B’s strong global network, and RICO’s expertly designed isolating protection products, both companies will collaborate to offer a full global service. We look forward to implementing effective and outstanding solutions for our joint clients world-wide.”

 

 

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Printer Aide completes toner catcher model

June 20, 2016

The company has invented a filter for toner printers, and is looking for distributors in Europe and the US.toner-catcher-1-200x113

The A4M1 model was unveiled in Taiwan this month after two years of testing. The filter, which fits to the printer, is capable of catching 92 percent of toner emissions, with the product patented and the company looking for distributors. Teng, who used to work for TSICtec and GreenRich, told The Recycler that “recently, people are more concerned about the toner and VOC emissions from laser printers”, citing two research reports that outlined “toner emission could be the source of indoor air pollution”.

As a result, Teng has developed the toner “catcher”, which he explains is a “filter on the top output bin of a printer”, with the product already granted a US patent. Teng said “there is more concern about air quality in work spaces and those in the laser printer manufacturing business need to take this seriously”, and according to TIME, an Australian study said that waiting at the printer is bad for your health, stating that “printers are just one of the many things we’re exposed to during the day that are potentially harmful”.

For more information, contact Roger Teng at [email protected].

 

 

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Katun releases new toners

June 16, 2016

The toners are designed for use in Canon ImageRUNNER ADVANCE C 250, 350 and 351 MFPs.
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The new toners come in several different colours including Katun Performance colour and waste toner, said Katun. Also being released in June are Katun Business colour toners for use in Sharp’s MX C250, C300 and C301-series MFPs. It claimed in turn that these toners provide “consistent fusing performance, yields and image”.

Katun also added that it promises “high-quality and cost-competitive products enable[ing] European office equipment dealers to increase profitability while maintaining customer satisfaction”.

For more information, visit www.katun.com/eu.

 

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Atrix releases new hoses

June 16, 2016

The upgraded versions are now in stock.atrix_logo_mobile-1

The company upgraded the 316 series ESD Sage stretch hoses, which come in six feet, ten feet and 16 feet lengths. The price is to remain the same as are the part numbers, and the Atrix hoses have been fully tested, examined and approved by “OEMs Canon and Ricoh” as well as end users and vendors.

The new hose upgrades include “factory-moulded hose ends with a more abrasive resistant hose jacketing material to provide an overall more durable and longer lasting hose”, and the internal spring is said to be more “flexible” and have a “softer stretch with less resistance”.

The new hoses are available with “10MM snaps for direct grounding via a ground cord” and are designed for Omega Plus, Omega Supreme Plus and high capacity vacuum systems; they also fit a “number of competitor’s vacuums throughout the industry”.

 

 

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New wireless print server released

June 15, 2016

Dynamode UK says its new product is ideal for homes and small offices.

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Home Toys reported that the Dynamode WL-PG-1P-G print server is small and makes “printer sharing” very feasible. The company is said to be a “market leader for data and networking communication products”, and there are two types of the new software available that plug “into the parallel or USB port” of the printer, which enables PCs with a wireless network card to access the printer in range without having to connect any cables.

Installation and configuring is done by the Windows Installation Wizard, and the print server “supports both wired and wireless peer-to-peer and server-based networking”. Customers on the printer’s network can carry out print jobs directly, or they can send the jobs to a server. Hoj Parmar, spokesman for Dynamode noted that “these print servers will make network printing very much easier and efficient, enabling users to print documents from wherever they are in their house or office”.

 

 

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