Epson launches new wide-format printer

January 12, 2017

The OEM has released the SureColor P5000 17-inch, 10-colour machine in the US market.

Epson's SureColor P5000

Epson’s SureColor P5000

In a press release, the OEM revealed that the “desktop” printer offers “enhanced performance and reliability for professional photographic, fine art, graphic design and proofing applications”, and that it is “once again setting the benchmark for professional imaging excellence”. The machine is said to feature “the latest imaging technologies” as well as the PrecisionCore TFP printhead and UltraChrome HDX pigment inks.

The device is also said to offer “outstanding output with an increased colour gamut, higher-density blacks and twice the print permanence than the previous generation”, with the “refined” printer design including “improved dust and static control for reduced maintenance and increased durability and reliability”.

The 10 inkjet cartridges feature 200ml of ink each, with new orange and green inks added to black inks that are “1.5 times denser than the previous generation”, for a “wider contrast ratio and improved resin encapsulation technology for superior gloss uniformity and optically clearer, sharper images”. The printhead meanwhile has a new “ink-repellent surface coating”, and supports printless nozzle checks.

Two different ink configurations are supported, with the Standard and Designer editions of the unit featuring light light black ink, while the Commercial edition replaces this with violet ink. The device also has “auto-switching between the high-capacity front paper cassette and roll media feeder”, a “power-driven roll media spindle”, and an “internal high-speed single-pass rotary cutter”, with a capacity of 100 sheets from eight by 10 inches up to 17 by 22 inches.

The Standard and Commercial editions are available now, while the Designer edition will be available in March, and the first two are available for $1,995 (€1,876), while the latter will be available for $2,495 (€2,346).

Larry Kaufman, Product Manager of Professional Imaging at Epson America, commented: “The SureColor P5000 is a replacement to the last Epson Stylus Pro model still available the renowned Epson Stylus Pro 4900. The Epson Stylus Pro brand was iconic, and it helped Epson build a pronounced reputation within the photography industry. We have since announced the SureColor product line, which is bringing Epson’s photographic technology to the next level.

“The SureColor P5000 brings all of the SureColor printing technology into a 17-inch desktop model, providing photographers and graphic designers with the best imaging technology has to offer.”

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TROY launches new UV printer

January 11, 2017

The company has released the PageWide 556 SecureUV printer.

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A press release reported that the TROY 556 “adds personalised, layered authentication to printed documents” and the printer has been “designed for high demand security printing applications”. The 556 is based on HP Inc’s PageWide technology, producing inkjet printers with the same output and durability of laser printers, and prints 75ppm with volumes of 2,000 to 7,500 pages per month.

Locking paper trays safeguard pre-printed documents and the printer is said to meet “high volume business need” and is suitable for office teams of five to 15 users. Some of the features include: personalised on-demand document security, very low cost, fast speeds and SecureUV which is invisible or within black text and graphics.

The 556 can print in full colour using OEM magenta and cyan, and TROY has developed a “new way to add personalised layers of document authentication, copy detection, and fraud deterrence to important documents”. Security is provided by embedded elements with a visible colour graphic or invisible one within the document. The printer uses TROY’s Standard UV ink designed for “for security documents at risk for alteration or counterfeiting”.

SecureDocs software can be paired with the 556 for added security and enables businesses to print their own variable data watermarks and customised microprint lines as well as a “copy evident pantograph”. The software also works with pre-printed documents and TROY said that it can “provide organisations with the capacity to issue exclusive, secure documents at the point of issue and reduce unauthorised replication and theft”.

John Hodgson, Vice President and General Manager at TROY Group, commented: “We are seeing solid demand for the PageWide 452 throughout the world, but found that larger organisations with higher volume requirements were looking for a more powerful solution. Hence the reason for the release of the PageWide 556.

“Our goal is empowering organisations to protect each document at the point of issue, thereby managing fraud and reducing operational risks. The 556 enhances our wide breadth of hardware, firmware and software to meet the demands of regional offices to large facilities. We believe our comprehensive range of solutions clearly position TROY as a leader in the field of document security.”


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OKI launches new wide-format printer

January 11, 2017

The OEM’s European subsidiary has launched the “cost-effective” ColorPainter E-64s.

OKI's ColorPainter E-64s

OKI’s ColorPainter E-64s

Manufacturing Global reported on the launch, with the ColorPainter E-64s said to be a “precision, easy-to-use professional printer which ticks all the boxes for affordability and eco-friendliness”. The 64-inch printer is said to be “ideal for creating high-quality signs and graphics”, and uses technology “which has proven effective in the M-64s and H3-104s” machines.

The printer uses the OEM’s special high-pigment eco-solvent SX ink, which is said to allow “the best possible level of colour quality and durability”, and which can “print on a wide range of formats” including textiles, wallpaper, canvas, hard PVC, vinyl and others, which the OEM says makes it “ideally versatile for commercial use”. The machine also takes “construction and functionality” into account, and will retail for €12,990 ($13,715).

Frank Jänschke, General Manager for Marketing of Wide Format Printers for OKI Europe, commented: “The ColorPainter E-64s is a remarkable printer offering print businesses affordable entry to very profitable, high-precision, wide-format printing on a large spectrum of media which may have previously been unattainable. As an advanced and extremely versatile printer, packed with functionality, it successfully meets all the requirements in a field where commercial opportunities are expanding but must be seized quickly and effectively in order to maximise revenue.”

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Canon wins wide-format awards

December 22, 2016

Canon's imagePROGRAF PRO-2000

Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO-2000

The OEM won Buyers Laboratory (BLI) awards for its wide-format printers and solutions.

Canon stated that it has ended the year “on a high note” with the “multiple industry honours”, including the ‘2017 Wide Format Printer Line of the Year’ for the imagePROGRAF line-up. Other awards consisted of ‘Pick’ awards for its solutions including Therefore 2016 and the uniFLOW v5.4, alongside some of the imagePROGRAF PRO machines such as the PRO-4000 and PRO-2000 machines for the “fine art and photography markets”.

Two other imagePROGRAF PRO devices recognised included the PRO-6000S and PRO-4000S for the “production and signage industry”. The OEM stated that BLI’s ‘Line of the Year’ award is given to OEMs “whose product lines are determined to be the best overall in their category based on the collective test results of all models tested” during a “comprehensive two-month laboratory evaluation”.

The ‘Pick’ awards meanwhile are made by BLI’s “staff of technicians and editors after subjecting a number of devices” from every OEM to its “comprehensive lab tests in the last six months”. The Therefore 2016 solution won for ‘Outstanding Information Management Platform’, and is an “enterprise-class information management system” allowing for paper and electronic documents to be “stored, shared and processed in a user-friendly manner”.

IN turn, the uniFLOW v5.4 software won for ‘Outstanding Output Management Platform’, and is said to be “designed to provide improved scanning and mobile printing, office print and device management, and enhanced print room integration”.

Joe Tischner, Wide-format Analyst at BLI, commented: “With the expansion of the imagePROGRAF PRO Series of wide format printers, Canon has swept this year’s Annual ‘Pick’ and Line of the Year Awards in the Wide Format Printer Category. From the imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 models, designed to provide the spectacular output quality that imaging professionals require, to the affordably priced imagePROGRAF PRO-6000S and imagePROGRAF PRO-4000S models for vibrant signage and displays, Canon has once again demonstrated its commitment to providing innovative solutions for the large-format industry.”

Toyotsugu Kuwamura, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Business Imaging Solutions Group at Canon USA, added: “We are proud that BLI has recognised the imagePROGRAF line of large-format printers for its high-quality, ease of use and brilliant results. In addition, the recognition of Therefore 2016 and uniFLOW v5.4 further reinforces our commitment to providing comprehensive business solutions and productivity-enhancing platforms designed to meet the needs of today’s demanding business landscape.”

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Further wide-format growth predicted

November 22, 2016

Canon's iPF840 wide-format printer

Canon’s iPF840 wide-format printer

Another market report forecasts growth of between three and 4.4 percent through to 2022.

The report, from market analysts Marketsandmarkets, predicted that the wide-format market worldwide is expected to be worth $8.42 billion (€7.9 billion) by 2022 in terms of value, and including “both hardware and after-sales services”, with shipments by that point expected to reach 398,300 units. The market’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in turn is expected to be between three and 4.4 percent.

The analysts cited the “growing demand for advertising, décor, and textile printing applications”, which it believes will “drive the market”, with signage “expected to lead […] in terms of volume”. The analysts noted that signage is “one of the most widely-used methods of marketing”, with “many applications”, and it “acts as an influencer at the point of sale”. Despite “a considerable penetration of digital signage”, the hardcopy market is “still expected to a show a steady growth”.

This growth would be seen in the retail graphics sector “particularly in the indoor PoS signage”, while a “major factor” is growth of “organised retail in emerging economies such as India”. Another area set to “exhibit high growth” through to 2022 is UV-cured ink, with the technology helping to quickly dry ink and “durable and suitable for printing on a wide range of flexible materials”. These advantages mean that such machines “have been adopted at the fastest rate by end users”.

Finally, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market is “expected to grow at the highest rate” through to 2022, with the market including “emerging economies” such as India and China as well as “developed countries” including Japan and South Korea. This region is “expected to grow” at the “highest CAGR” between now and 2022 “because of the rapid growth of retail graphics, signage and advertising” in the region”, specifically due to the “fast-growing economies”.

The report concluded by referring to “key players in the market”, including: HP Inc; Canon; Epson; Roland; Xerox; Mimaki; Ricoh; Konica Minolta; Agfa; EFI; and Durst. The Recycler reported last week on another wide-format market forecast, which believes the market will see 2.35 percent growth through to 2020.

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Wide-format market to see growth

November 15, 2016

wide formatA new market report believes the market will see 2.35 percent growth through to 2020.

In a press release, market analysts Absolute Reports predicted that the global wide-format market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.35 percent between 2016 and 2020, noting that the report contains “analysis and in-depth research on market dynamics, trends, emerging growth factors and forecasts”. They calculated “the market size” by considering “both the direct revenue and the indirect revenue” of the OEMs involved in wide-format.

The analysts describe wide-format printers as those that “support print roll widths in the range of 18 to 100 inches”, and which are “used to print banners, posters, backdrop for theatres, constructional designs, and various other large-format artworks”, with most machines “based on the inkjet printing technology”. In turn, it looked at “several important factors” from the “basics to advanced market intelligence”, all of which “play a crucial part in strategising”.

Absolute Reports noted that “new project feasibility” is one area in which the market features opportunities”, and that it looked at “various details about the manufacturing process” including “market drivers, impact of drivers, market challenges and impact of drivers and challenges, market trends, vendor landscape analysis” and more. Among the “key players” were said to be Canon, HP Inc, Mimaki, Roland and Epson.

Additionally, “prominent” OEMs include Agfa, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark, Mutoh, Ricoh and Xerox. The report segmented the market into the America, APAC (Asia Pacific and China) and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), alongside “some important proposals” for the market as well as “an in-depth insight […] covering all important parameters”. A “market driver was said to be the “growing adoption of UV-cured ink”, while a challenge was the “emergence of digital substitutes”, and one key trend was identified as the “adoption of latex ink”.

Key questions that the report aimed to ask meanwhile included: “what will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?”; “what are the key market trends?”; what is driving this market?”; “what are the challenges to market growth?”; “who are the key vendors in this market space?; “what are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?”; and “what are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?”

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Wide-format market projected to grow

October 27, 2016

HP's Latex 370 wide-format printer

HP’s Latex 370 wide-format printer

Market analysis of the global wide-format segment has predicted it will be worth $8.2 billion (€7.5 billion) by 2022.

The report from analysts Markets and Markets found that the above figure for the market’s value will be accompanied by shipments of 398,300 units in volume terms by 2022 as well, with respective compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) predicted to be three and 4.4 percent. The market’s growth is predicted to be driven by “growing demand for advertising, décor, and textile printing applications”, with the report first looking at signage.

In this sector, the analysts believe that signage is “expected to lead” the market “in terms of volume”, with applications including “indoor signs, shop branding, indicators, large corporate emblems, promotional signage and window displays”. With signage “one of the most widely-used methods of marketing”, and despite there having been a “considerable penetration of digital signage”, the market is still expected to see “steady growth” in retail graphics.

This is particularly expected to occur in indoor point-of-sale (PoS) signage, and a “major factor” is also said to be growth of “organised retail” in emerging economies like India, where such signage is “used extensively”. Another predicted area of growth is the UV-cured ink market, which is expected to “exhibit high growth” through to 2020, because it “does not evaporate”, and “gets set and dries up quickly”, making it “durable and suitable for printing on a wide range of flexible materials” alongside “direct to rigid substrates”.

With these advantages, wide-format printers using UV ink “have been adopted at the fastest rate by the end users”, with the market in the Asia Pacific (APAC) “expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period”. India and China, alongside Japan and South Korea, are set to help the APAC market see growth “at the highest CAGR” between 2016 and 2022 “because of the rapid growth of retail graphics, signage and advertising”.

The report concluded by noting that among the “key players” in the global wide-format industry are: HP Inc; Canon; Epson; Roland; Xerox; Mimaki; Ricoh; Konica Minolta; Agfa; EFI; and Durst.

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Roland launches cartridge recycling programme

October 25, 2016

One of Roland's cartridge recycling boxes

One of Roland’s cartridge recycling boxes

The wide-format OEM has launched the programme in Australia to “reduce the company’s impact on the environment”.

Wide Format Online reported on the launch of the programme by Roland DG, which has begun the programme in Australia “in partnership with Close the Loop”, and structured it to “ensure the simple and efficient collection of empty Roland inkjet cartridges”. Close the Loop, “Australia’s largest recycling and resource recovery company for imaging consumables”, will reuse or recycle “100 percent of every inkjet cartridge that is collected”.

The programme, Roland states “makes it as easy as possible for customers to recycle their empty Roland ink cartridges, at no cost to them”, with consumers only needing to “drop them to a participating local dealer or authorised Roland service agent”, with empties collected on behalf of Close the Loop for “processing”.

Greg Stone, Product and Marketing Manager for Roland DG Australia, commented: “Unfortunately in our industry, many empty inkjet cartridges end up in landfill, where they have the potential to contaminate the environment. We want to work closely with the industry to reduce this impact and Close the Loop is an obvious choice as their ‘zero waste to landfill’ philosophy perfectly aligns with what we’re trying to achieve.”

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Carbon footprint and technology

October 21, 2016

An article discusses the environmental impact by every day office equipment.landfill environment

Understanding the effects on the environment is an important factor of office life and businesses need to understand the impact of their equipment and how to limit the carbon foot print reported Computer World. Many businesses have gone past the “original goal” of saving money on energy bills and are becoming more “Green” in their outlook.

A company’s check list should consist of efficiency, sustainability and carbon footprint, said the article and this means technology purchases should comply with this and the article noted that “it has never been easier”. There are ratings on the energy used by technology and some of companies that do this are Energy Star, EPEAT, Blue Angel and TPC- Energy as well as vendors like HP who have a Carbon Footprint Calculator for printing so that consumers can compare different products. “The Green Grid” are working to “ensure that future generations of IT products are increasingly energy efficient and environmentally friendly”.

Far from energy consumption being the only concern in business there are the materials used in manufacturing products as well as “transportation”, lifespan and “consumption of other supplies and resources” as well as its “end of life recycling potential”.

Design for Environment, (DfE), is a programme that HP release over 20 years ago which has three concerns; “energy efficiency, materials innovation and design for recyclability”.

Proof that DfE works is in the design of the HP PageWide MFPs which are high speed printers using 84percent less energy that other lasers and generating 94 percent less “supplies and packaging waste” than other machines. Companies using these MFPs can reduce their carbon footprint by 55 percent.



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HP Inc launches new wide-format printer

October 10, 2016

The OfficeJet Pro 7740 “produces high-quality printed materials at a lower cost-per-page”.

HP Inc's OfficeJet Pro 7740

HP Inc’s OfficeJet Pro 7740

IT Web reported on the machine’s launch, with the OEM stating that the new device gives companies “the features they need to push the limits of their designs”. The OfficeJet Pro 7740 can “produce a volume number of borderless, double-sided materials” in sizes up to 11 inches by 17 inches, “thanks to a large paper input capacity and high-yield ink cartridges”.

The site added that “at the same time”, the machine is also a “functioning office device” featuring “single-pass two-sided scanning, copying and faxing”, alongside a 35-page auto document feed (ADF) and the ability to print in both A4 and legal-size documents. The OfficeJet Pro 7740 also has compatibility with Apple AirPrint and devices using Android, Windows 8 and 10 or Google Chrome operating systems, “generally without any extra set-up or the installation of an app”.

Finally, the printer features the OEM’s JetAdvantage Private Print technology, which is a “cloud-based offering that allows sensitive documents to be stored in a queue and released only when the user is authenticated at the printer itself”. The feature allows for documents to be kept from “falling into the wrong hands by colleagues who share the same printer and may accidentally pick up each other’s printouts”.

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