Epson releases updated desktop photo printer

September 2, 2014

Epson's SureLab D700

Epson’s SureLab D700

The OEM’s SureLab D700 machine has been updated with PrecisionCore inkjet printheads.

ProPrint reported on Epson’s rerelease of its SureLab D700 photo printer, which now features its PrecisionCore inkjet printheads, and the OEM stated that the machine is “specifically designed for commercial photo and photo merchandise production”.

The D700 is capable of producing up to 360 six-by-four-inchproduction-quality photographs per hour, with durable colour and monochrome images able to be printed on gloss, lustre and matte media. The machine can also produce prints from a size of 102mm-by-89mmup to 210mm-by-1,000mm.

Craig Heckenberg, Epson’s Business General Manager, commented “[The D700] represents a fantastic opportunity for printing professionals to expand their services or shift from outdated technologies to new digital dry lab technology. The affordable price and plug and play approach to the solution means anyone who is serious about high quality photographic printing can do so quickly and easily at a fraction of the cost of more expensive labs.”

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Lexmark launches new printers in South Africa

September 2, 2014

The OEM launched the MS310 and MS410 series, aimed at SMEs.Lexmark MS310

ITWeb reported on the launch of the ranges by Lexmark, with the OEM stating that the devices “deliver superior performance, security [and] value for enterprises [and] SMEs”. The machines feature automatic duplexing, colour LCD displays, wireless printing and a host of other offerings.

Among the other features of the machines, which include the MS312dn and MS415dn, is added security – through Lexmark’s “confidential print feature” – alongside mobile printing compatibility via the OEM’s Mobile Printing App, energy-saving modes, andremote management allowing control of printers “from any browser when network-connected”.

An “aftermarket” cartridge with a yield of 5,000 pages is also available for both machines, with Lexmark stating that the cartridge is “one of the most sought-after cartridges for the segment and will continue to reinforce Lexmark’s strong position in the SME segment”. The MS312dn and MS415dn are available for R2,695 ($252/€191) and R4,045 ($378/€288) respectively.

Marty Canning, Lexmark’s Executive Vice-President and President of Imaging Solutions and Services, stated: “Small businesses need the same speed, reliability and usability found in enterprise-level printers. The Lexmark MS310 and MS410 series offer unexpected features such as confidential print, network security and remote manageability that are designed to keep small businesses on the leading edge of print technology.”

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Fuji Xerox introduces “robot printer”

September 1, 2014

Credit: BBC News

Credit: BBC News

Printer moves towards person who ordered it to print in order to deliver documents.

BBC News reported on Fuji Xerox’s development of a robotic printer that is able to move on its own after receiving a print job, in order to deliver newly printed documents to whoever ordered the printout.

Designed with public places in mind, the device has been developed “as a way to keep sensitive documents secure”, and includes sensors to “prevent it from bumping into people” as it moves across a room.

It has so far been tested by the OEM in a Tokyo business lounge, with each desk in the lounge assigned a “unique web address from which to print”. Documents to be printed are uploaded to the web address and, once the printer receives the print job, it “moves to the intended recipient who then has to display a smart card to activate printing”. The device is battery powered, with the batter lasting “for up to a day”.

Reactions to the robotic printer appear to have been mixed, with analysts arguing that the idea is “not cost effective when compared with other secure printing methods” and that there are “better methods already available”.

Maggie Tan, an analyst at IDC, reportedly commented that “the majority of these business lounges would have higher printing demand, especially from business travellers who always need to print urgently using a secure method”.

She added: “There are several mobile printing solutions available today that users can submit the print job online through their mobile devices or laptops and they are given a secured password to collect their printouts.”

Meanwhile Bryan Ma of IDC said that the printer “sounds like something very unique to Japan” but added: “One might even argue that it seems more like technology for technology’s sake.”

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Canon releases new imageCLASS MFPs

August 27, 2014

The OEM launched five new machines that “help to increase productivity and streamline workflows”.

Canon's imageCLASS MF212w

Canon’s imageCLASS MF212w

The five MFPs include the imageCLASS MF229dw, MF227dw, MF212w, MF216n and LBP6230dw, the last of which is the “first imageCLASS printer with both wireless connectivity and automatic duplex printing”. The first three machines are “designed with user-friendly features that support a variety of needs and budgets for different work environments”, particularly a six-line LCD touchscreen.

The five printers also offer a Quiet Mode that “helps reduce operation noise”; ID Card Copy functions to “quickly record” information for an ID card; Canon’s Mobile Printing app for Android and Apple devices as well as Mopria’s Print Service; and Canon’s Mobile Scanning for Business app.

The MF229dw replaces the MF4890dw, and features a 50-sheet duplex feeder with print speeds of 28ppm and resolutions of 600 x 600 dpi up to 1200 x 1200 dpi, as well as a scan resolution of up to 600 x 600 dpi (optical), 9600 x 9600 dpi. The other four machines share the same resolutions as well. The MF227dw replaces the MF4880dw and has a print speed of 28ppm; the MF216N replaces the MF4770n and features a print speed of 24ppm; and the MF212w is a new device with the same features as the previous three.

Finally, the LBP6230dw features wireless connectivity and automatic duplexing alongside a print speed of 26ppm for single prints and 16ppm for duplex prints, alongside a 250-sheet paper cassette and a compact size.

Keenan Thomson, Industry Analyst at GAP Intelligence, stated of the launch: “In an increasingly competitive market, home and small office customers have come to expect robust connectivity options and cost saving functionality at an affordable price.

“Canon’s new line-up looks to address these needs by introducing the most affordable wifi-ready imageCLASS [monochrome] MFP to-date, while adding faster output speeds, cost-saving duplex functionality, and mobile print and scan capabilities to a broader range of models in Canon’s monochrome portfolio.”

The MF229dw, MF227dw, MF216n and MF212w will be available in late September at prices of $299 (€226), $249 (€188), $199 (€150) and $189 (€143), whilst the LBP6230dw will also be available in late September at $169 (€128).

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Canon USA releases three new PIXMA machines

August 20, 2014

Canon's MG7520

Canon’s MG7520

The devices are said to “simplify” photograph printing.

TechRadar reported on the launch of three new cloud-connected PIXMA inkjet printers aimed at “image-focused” businesses and consumers, with Canon noting that the devices “simplify” printing as well as scanning and editing photographs.

The new machines – the MG7520, MG6620 and MG5620 – are all connected to the PIXMA Printing Solutions application, which in turn links to Canon’s Easy-PhotoPrint application to allow users to “print documents directly from websites and applications”. TechRadar gave the example of users “tap[ping] on a Facebook photo”, scanning it onto the printer, editing it and printing it “without connecting any cords”.

Two other applications included are Canon’s Cloud Link and PictBridge programmes, which can be used to “share scanned documents via email” and “connect Canon digital cameras directly to the printers without the need for a computer” respectively. The MG7520 is said to be “top-of-the-line” from the new range, and features a dual front tray, direct disc printing and six ink tanks capable of printing 9600 x 2400 dpi colour photos.

The MG7520 also includes a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen and a range of different colour choices for its exterior, including burnt orange, black, and white “with a mirror finish”, and costs $199.99 (€150), whilst the MG6620 is available for $149.99 (€112) and the MG5620 for $99.99 (€75).

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New monochrome machines from Brother

August 20, 2014

The OEM has introduced a SOHO (Small Office Home Office) value range of mono printers.

Brother's HL-L2360

Brother’s HL-L2360 shared the announcement by the OEM of the value SOHO monochrome laser printer range, which includes the HL-2360DW, HL-L2320D, HL-2380DW, MFC-L2740DW, MFC-L2700DW and MFC-L2720DW machines.

The new models, Brother stated, “maintain the company’s value suggested retail price points”, with the single-function machines including a one-line LCD display that “prompts users with instructions for connecting to a wireless network”, as well as automatic duplexing as standard alongside the Brother Web Connect interface for the MFPs, which allows users to “scan to and print from popular cloud services without the need of a computer”.

The devices feature print speeds ranging from 27ppm to 32ppm, and contain a high-yield toner cartridge that can print up to 2,600 pages, in addition to a 250-sheet paper tray. Recommended retail prices are as follows: $149 (€112) for the HL-L2360DW; $119 (€89) for the HL-L2320D and the HL-L2380DW; $299 (€224) for the MFC-L2740DW; $199 (€149) for the MFC-L2700DW; and $249 (€187) for the MFC-L2720DW.

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Big businesses experience issues from XP upgrades

August 19, 2014

UK retailer John Lewis stated that upgrading IT was “tricky business”.xplogo

BBC News reported on UK retailer John Lewis’ upgrades from Windows XP to newer software, and the issues that it faced with the upgrade. The operating system (OS) no longer features support from Microsoft as of April, so there are “no more bug fixes or security patches” for 40 percent of businesses still using XP as The Recycler previously reported.

The retailer, which has its own department stores, and the Waitrose chain of supermarkets, had 26,000 desktop and laptop computers to be upgraded to Windows 7 across stores and its head office, with planning for the multi-million pound operation beginning in 2011, before the upgrades began last year.

The retailer stated that “in the early days there was talk of putting it off completely and just paying Microsoft to keep offering bespoke support”, and whilst other big XP users have done so, the option is “not cheap”, with the UK government paying £5.5 million (€6.8 million) for one year’s support – and Microsoft has said that “support prices will increase”.

Paul Miles, Project Manager for John Lewis’s IT department, stated that “no-one thought that would be good value for money”, as it “put off the problem rather than solved it”, and so the first step was finding the 800 applications used on the XP machines and cataloguing them, seeing “which ones will work, and which ones will not work and will never work and need to be upgraded”.

Additionally, Nik Simpson, Research Vice President at Gartner, commented that whilst “updating an operating system is relatively painless”, updating “all the applications that run on top of it is something else entirely”, because changes made by Microsoft in Windows Vista “affect what a programme can do” through User Account Control (UAC), which “limits what your account on a machine can do to that device”, and XP did not have this feature.

Another issue was the older apps “hooked into” features of the OS that when removed caused “problems that an XP upgrade has to deal with”, and modern upgrades are easier because IT “no longer revolves around Microsoft Windows”. John Lewis’ applications had a 90 percent working rate on Windows 7, though that still meant 80 programmes needed upgrading or completely rewriting.

Miles stated that “in the end, some applications we had to keep on XP because there is no alternative. We have had to implement additional security to make sure they stay safe”, and the “scale of the task began to tell”, with “hardware audits” and software developments adding together to make it an “enormous exercise”.

However, after replacing 60 percent of the computers, training staff on new machines and “making all the printers work”, the retailer hit its deadline of upgrading before the April cut-off, with Miles stating that “it’s been difficult but we have got some good things out of it. There are all sorts of knock-on effects to this that are not apparent when we kicked this off”.

You can read about how XP’s demise has affected and will continue to affect the remanufacturing industry in issue 262 of The Recycler, which mails at the end of this month.

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Memjet releases new compact print engine

August 19, 2014

The new engine is “flexible” and aimed at “custom” OEM designs.

A Memjet printhead

A Memjet printhead

The new engine was announced by Memjet as being a “compact print engine” for “flexible, custom OEM designs” that will enable “easy integration into custom application configurations”. The Sirius-12G sub-system, the company added, was developed for OEMs who need to create a “compact, cost-effective printer” that would integrate into media handling systems.

The engine “facilitates” printhead maintenance without any need to “break the plane of the media”, which in turn enables a “wide range” of applications, including label printing, package printing, mail processing and print-and-apply labels for product manufacturing. Memjet added that the engine “empowers” OEMs to design solutions with “greater control and flexibility”, with one example being “more efficient printhead cleaning” from its “above the web” configuration.

In turn, the Sirius-powered printers are able to “move the print zone up and down to accommodate varying material thickness”, which offers a “greater range of media handling options for unique applications”. The colour print engine is available with the print mechanism assembled or separated into core components, and if the components are ordered, OEMs can “leverage” the printhead as a “development kit of components to be integrated based on specific needs”.

Additionally, the ink delivery system is said to be “highly flexible” and compatible with a “wide range” of ink supply cartridges, including any customer’s specific solutions.

Gus Piccin, Senior Vice President of Global Business Development at Memjet, commented: “Commercial print shops must balance the varying needs of individual, custom print jobs. Sirius makes this possible by enabling OEMs to develop printers that align with customers’ unique printing needs, whether it be longer runs or diverse print materials, at an attractive price point.”

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Sharp launches new A4 MFP in USA

August 15, 2014

The MX-C301W offers “outstanding colour output”.

Sharp's MX-C301W

Sharp’s MX-C301W

The machine, a desktop colour MFP, was launched by Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), and features “flexible” workflow capabilities alongside a “compact footprint” designed to fit on a small desk, with wireless connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen panel and print speeds of 30ppm.

The printer also supports Sharp’s OSA platform, which “simplifies integration with partner network applications, as well as the OEM’s Cloud Portal Office service, which offers document storage and sharing online. Its Sharpdesk Mobile free application also works with the printer, enabling “simplified” scans and prints from phones and tablets.

Security features include SSL encryption, confidential printing, secure faxing, and the ability to erase the hard drive’s temporary memory by “overwriting encrypted data up to seven times”, with the additional option to “overwrite all data” after a leasing period. The device is now available for both purchase and leasing in the US market.

Mike Marusic, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations at SIICA, stated: “More and more small businesses and workgroups are asking for high quality document capabilities that have the flexibility to connect with the latest technologies. The MX-C301W helps address this need with a desktop solution that not only provides business quality output, but is loaded with standard features, such as wireless connectivity, a touch-screen control panel and robust security protocols.”

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PrintFleet announces alliance with print management company

August 14, 2014

The MPS provider has partnered with Preton to help improve “ease of use” for users.printfleet logo2

Preton, which PrintFleet describes as a “leader in toner optimisation and user metric solutions”, and PrintFleet formed their “strategic alliance” to focus on improving “ease of use” in MPS programmes for users, and this will be achieved by “facilitating device and user information displayed in a single user interface” as an initial focus, before moving onto “subsequent stages” of collaboration.

These future ideas include a “common installer, enhanced reporting” and “in-depth toner optimisation”, which would together lead to “greater profits and more proactive consumable management” for MPS customers.

Chris McFarlane, CEO of PrintFleet, stated: “We are extremely pleased about working with Preton to offer our customers a joint solution enabling them to not only manage their devices but to also enjoy a view of their clients’ user environment. This alliance is consistent with our commitment of continual improvement of our solutions while staying true to enabling our customers and partners to choose other great businesses with whom to work.”

Ori Eizenberg, CEO of Preton, added: “By [the]combining of capabilities of Preton and PrintFleet we will be able to provide Dealers with new cost management capabilities that bring value to customers, offer differentiated services and maintain margins in the increasingly competitive managed printmarket.”

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