Canon is suing at least 15 companies in the United States.
The imaging giant and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) believes the sale and distribution of Aftermarket cartridge products infringe its patents.
Many remanufacturing and new-built companies being named are well known include Ninestar, Static Control and Print-Rite North America.
Many industry players have commented to RT Media this could be as big an issue as the infamous Canon dongle gear legal battles since 2012. Many aftermarket players in China and the U.S. developed workaround solutions that did not infringe Canon’s patents, so that cartridge remanufacturing and manufacturing could continue.
Canon is claiming seven patents it filed a number of years ago, and as early as 2006, in the U.S. have now been granted in the last few months. The asserted U.S. patents are 9,746,826, 9,836,021, 9,841,727, 9,841,728, 9,857,765, 9,869,960, and 9,874,846.
Both HP and Canon laser printers use Canon’s patented technologies in theri respective laser printers and printing consumables.
Steve Weedon (pictured), the newly appointed director of strategic development at Print-Rite is in the United States. He told RT Media in an exclusive interview it is still too early to really know the detail of the lawsuits. “We need to get into the detail now of what these new patents are really saying, what their claims are and how they relate to those people who have workaround patents for the dongle gear issues to determine what the complaints from Canon are at this time.”
The great and the good from the printing world are gearing up to see what the future holds for the industry at the drupa exhibition in Germany. The event, which happens every four years, is coming to Messe Düsseldorf from 31 May to 10 June 10 – the most significant dates in the diaries of everyone in the sector.
The 2012 show attracted 314 500 experts from more than 130 countries – 79% of which were people who had a key part to play in their companies’ investment decisions. So what can we expect to see at the upcoming 2016 drupa and what will it mean for the future of the printing industry?
More from Landa?
Back in 2012, Benny Landa wowed drupa by unveiling his Nanotechnology printer. Back then, pundits expected the Nanotechnology printer to finally end the ‘digital vs. offset printing press debate’. Since then much work has gone into perfecting the technology for the commercial market. In a tantalizing sign that it’ll be taking big news over to Germany, Landa has doubled the floor space it is taking at the 2016 event.
Since the last drupa, 3D printing has been a hot topic in and out of the printing industry. Big brands like Ricoh, Xerox, HP, Mimaki, Leapfrog, TU Chemnitz and Roland – along with newcomers Stratasys and Massivit 3D Printing – will be showing off their innovations in this field. Drupa director Sabine Geldermann said she expects a revolution in the mechanical engineering, spare parts, and design and packaging solutions world.
With governments across the globe signing up to cut their emissions at Paris last year, businesses must do all they can to pick up the baton. It’ll be no surprise, therefore, if green printing would set to be high on the agenda at drupa 2016. The latest thinking on energy efficiency, sustainable production methods, eco-labelling and clean technology are all expected to be presented.
Part of the joy of a show like this is that it brings together the best minds in the industry, with thought leaders giving their insight. On May 31, bestselling author Frans Johansson (of The Medici Effect) will base his talk on ‘Intersectional Thinking’. The talk will address the question: “What happens when technological revolutions meet an industry that has been around for a millennium?”. Essentially this involves considering the practical impact of the last technological innovations and thinking, for example, what 3D, Nanotechnology and green printing could mean for individual industries and sectors. Johansson will also give further thought to this at a second keynote speech on June 2.
Other keynote speakers at this year’s drupa will be Silas Amos, on June 6, and Shane Wall, on June 8. Amos has worked as a designer and strategic partner for several firms in the FMCG industry, including AB InBev, Bacardi, Diageo, Heinz, Mars and Unilever, while Wall is Chief Technology Officer at HP and Global Head of HP Labs.
By Benjamin Campbell for www.businesscomputingworld.co.uk
Lexmark has announced the arrival in South Africa of its next generation A4 colour lasers and smart MFPs featuring seven new series.
“Many of the new colour laser devices in this series deliver one of the highest toner capacities in their class and industry-leading long life imaging components, resulting in fewer user interventions and Lexmark’s best-ever colour total cost of ownership,” says Nathan Nayagar, MD for Lexmark – South Africa & English Speaking Africa.
Lexmark’s new A4 colour smart MFPs address a continuing rise in MFP activity in both the enterprise and SME sectors – the A4 color MFP segment is the fastest growing market segment in the print and imaging industry.
“This Lexmark-created, game-changing technology brings together the best of A3 and A4 technology in a new way, designed to optimise for managed print services and business process solutions,” says Nayagar.
Driven by a powerful quad core processor, these models boast among the fastest print and copy speeds available in their respective A4 classes.
The products featured in the new line include: Lexmark CS720, CS725 and CS820 Series Printers, Lexmark CX725, CX820, CX825, CX860 Series MFPs.
Lexmark’s champion offering, the CX860, offers one of the highest toner capacity, the largest input/output capacity and the most flexible media support of any A4 color laser MFP. The CX860 is so advanced it rivals the capabilities of A3 products, enabling businesses to bring colour production in-house.
Each new device supports Kofax TotalAgility from Lexmark, enhancing the omnichannel capture strategy and helping businesses become more efficient.
Lexmark is changing the customer experience through introduction of a new tablet-like interface, providing outstanding ease of use. The new MFPs also are complete with productivity enhancing solutions such as the new unified Scan Center app. The app means users can scan a paper document once and route the digital image file to multiple destinations simultaneously such as e-mail addresses, network folders, FTP sites, fax machines, electronic document archives or other secure network locations, plus optional delivery confirmation.
Next generation innovations
- A powerful quad core processor – these models boast among the fastest print and copy speeds available in their respective A4 classes
- A completely redesigned Android user interface that brings very familiar mobile device qualities and characteristics to the smart MFP
- High-powered document scanning capabilities to increase the speed and accuracy of information capture and routing
- An enhanced mobile device printing experience
- Robust, enhanced security tools that IT professionals will find familiar and reassuring
- New generation Unison core/shell toner has lower friction and works at lower temperatures, saving energy – dropping energy consumption by a third!
- New photo conductors and drums using long-life components which means less maintenance and calls to the client
According to research by International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and multi-function (MFP) market decreased 4,9% in unit terms compared with the same period a year ago, with negative performances in both inkjet and laser segments.
This gave a 4Q15 market figure of 6,5-million units — a decline of 333 000 units, largely due to the contraction in consumer printing. Revenues increased by 1%, but lasers were largely responsible for the value increase as inkjet revenues fell by 14,3%.
The laser markets were relatively decent in 4Q15, following the negative trend seen in the previous two quarters in Western Europe. Still the, combined printer and MFP laser shipments decreased 1% in 4Q15.
For the first time in almost three years, business inkjet growth stuttered and remained flat. However, MFP products showed the highest growth rate with a 2,7% increase, but business inkjet printers suffered a massive 29% decrease in 4Q15. In fact, business inkjet MFP represented 92,1% of business inkjet shipments in 4Q15 and this trend is unlikely to be reversed.
Growth in the business market, comprising laser and business inkjet devices, slowed down, but the value decreased by 3,5%. The highest value growth was shown in 45ppm+ colour devices, a positive trend already observed last quarter and becoming stronger in 4Q15.
Epson has introduced two new multi-functional inkjet printers featuring Epson’s innovative Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) technology that can print up to 75 000 pages without interruption, targeted at medium and large business environments.
The new printing technology continues Epson’s commitment to being at the forefront of innovation in printing, a role it has played since its inception. RIPS technology has evolved from the success of Epson’s Ink Tank System (ITS) printers, which remove the need for expensive cartridges and have positioned inkjet printers ahead of highly favoured laser printers.
Epson’s Workforce Pro RIPS printers continue to lead innovation in the evolution of cartridge-less inkjet printers: the new additions to this business range are the first non- industrial printers to include its exclusive PrecisionCore printhead technology, and produce top-quality documents on media up to A3+.
“The Workforce Pro RIPS printers are designed for business environments. They make great business sense for companies of any size because they offer lower running costs, lower power consumption and a reduced environmental impact,” says Kelvin Reynolds, general manager of Epson South Africa. “The new Workforce Pro RIPS printers make it possible for businesses to focus on doing business, rather than spending time on managing their printers.”
The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590DTWF provides quick and accurate A3 printing while the WorkForce Pro WF-5690DTWF A4 printer is designed to reduce environmental impact. Both printers are designed to cut costs and are suitable for enterprises of all sizes, with up to 80 percent lower energy consumption than competitive colour lasers1. Fast print speeds and business features, including PIN release control for confidential, secure printing, and Gigabit network connectivity make the WF-R8590DTWF model ideal for boosting productivity.
Both models include features such as Ethernet, USB, wireless Wi-Fi Direct® to easily print from tablets and smart phones, and include remote printing and access to the Cloud. Additional features include IT tools such as remote setup and custom settings for multiple printers, as well as support for popular security protocols to protect confidential documents.
Business benefits are numerous: printing costs are predictable, with up to 75 000 pages being processed before ink refills are required; there is a dramatic reduction in time spent handling support calls, consumables management and printer repairs; PrecisionCore technology delivers dramatic increases in speed, quality and reliability; and employees are spared the frustration of down-time and are able to enjoy boosted productivity.
Read more about how Epson printer reduce waste and energy consumption.
With ink refills suppled in foil soft packs, businesses are able to manage recycling more efficiently, and are spared the hassle of arranging the disposal of cartridges. This means that it’s easier to meet ‘green’ supply chain requirements, and to ensure a lower carbon footprint.
Epson’s WorkForce Pro Replaceable Ink Pack System printers are available in South Africa at a recommended retail price from:
R33,400.00 – WF-R5690DTWF inclusive of VAT
R63,876.00 – WF-R8590DTWF inclusive of VAT
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SC-P20000 combines the highest printing speed with superior quality at 600 x 600 dpi and higher
Epson has introduced the SC-P20000 – a new addition to the SC-P series line-up. Combining new super-fast printing speeds with the same superior quality users expect from the range, it is ideal for creating sharp, colour-accurate large-format photos. Including a range of innovative technologies and features, the printer is both convenient and easy to operate.
Designed for photo labs, photo and copy shops and corporates looking for an in-house solution, the SC-P20000 can print a range of high-quality photos, POS items and signage. Allowing users to benefit from high productivity without compromising on quality, the printer comes with a PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead for producing outstanding results, even in lower quality modes. This is coupled with a high-precision media feed technology, including a newly developed camera-based paper feed stabiliser and media inductive roller system to ensure the printer operates smoothly.
Vernon Mellors, LFP Product Manager, Epson South Africa, said: “We understand that the market has long awaited a successor to our highly popular Epson Stylus Pro 11880 and we are excited to announce the SC-P20000 as the perfect replacement. This printer combines superior printing speeds with the same high output quality that our customers have come to expect, while delivering a range of new features and enhanced usability.”
Expanding on the usual features expected from Epson’s P-Series printers, the SC-P20000 includes a number of new features to help ensure the most accurate, precise and reliable results. For excellent colour reproduction, a new Epson UltraChrome Pro 10-colour ink-set consistently delivers fantastic looking prints. Blacks will be deep and rich thanks to new high density Photo and Matte Black inks. Better gradation with reduced graininess is achieved thanks to K4 and Multi Size Droplet Technology (MSDT), while a new printhead structure means fewer vibrations as well as more accurate ink droplets and dot placement. To ensure consistency without the need for expensive add-ons, the Epson Colour Calibration utility means users can easily manage their colour reproduction.
The SC-P20000 not only produces great results, it makes operation and maintenance clear and simple, allowing users to enjoy hassle-free printing. Getting started is easy with a clearly illustrated user guide and colour LCD Panel. When it comes to handling, changing and switching media, the process is quick and effortless. During printing, a transparent printer cover window and roll cover window allows users to check the status of printing and remaining media. After printing has finished, the position of the printhead means that it can be cleaned by the user, along with the ink cap, to help save on maintenance costs.
User efficiency and workflow can be improved further with an optional Adobe post script module; while optional HDD allows jobs to be reprinted directly from the printer panel, without the need for a PC.
The SC-P20000 will be available from March 2016.
HP CEO Dion Weisler has pointed to a number of factors behind the steep declines in the company’s print revenues in the fourth quarter.
There’s good news and bad news for printing industry workers in a new study about the likelihood of robots taking over from humans in certain jobs.
Ricoh SA has brought the Pro L4100 latex large format printer series to South Africa. The roll-to-roll format printer is available in 1 361mm or 1 610mm widths, supports up to seven colours in various configurations, and prints 18 square metres per hour.
Reflecting both the evolution of the company as well as its vision for the future, Lexmark International has introduced a new corporate brand and logo.