Category: Production

HP Re-Shapes its Future with 3D Printing and Immersive Computing

Jeff Hayes and Jim Hamilton
Oct 29, 2014

Dion Weisler, EVP Printing & Personal Systems, HP

HP executive vice president Dion Weisler was on stage today for one of his biggest events: the introduction of two new products from HP’s Printing & Personal Systems group (soon to be HP, Inc.). In a live event in New York City that was webcast globally, Weisler and his team introduced two intriguing products designed to help customers unite the physical and digital worlds in a “Blended Reality” supported by HP technologies.

The first products to come out are Multi Jet Fusion, a 3D printer, and Sprout, an immersive computing platform.

Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer

Steve Nigro, senior vice president of HP’s Inkjet and Graphics businesses, unveiled publicly for the first time HP’s production 3D printer, a product that he said will “trigger the next industrial revolution” through ground-breaking speed, quality, and cost. While being limited on technical details, Nigro stated that HP has taken some of its 2D print assets and applied them in a new way to achieve speeds that are 10 times faster than any other technology on Read more »

Exciting Year for BancTec Continues with SourceHOV Merger

Paul Rizzuto

Portfolio manager HandsOn announced their intention to buy out SourceHOV’s other major shareholder and merge the company with BancTec. The combined company is the product of a years long mission by BancTec and a formidable opponent to large BPOs.

BancTec—a provider with roots in document and check imaging hardware—has been Read more »

Premier Partners Shine at Xerox Forum in Madrid

Jim Hamilton
Oct 28, 2014

I think the most interesting moments at any end-user event come when the attendees talk about their success stories. At the Xerox Premier Partner Forum in Madrid (October 20-21) three success stories stood out:

  • Collaboration across the Atlantic – Two CEOs found each other through Premier Partners in an effort to better serve a U.S. client. Mike Peterson of Gabriel Group in St. Louis, Missouri was looking for a European partner who could provide output and other services to an existing client. He started his search by reaching out to European Premier Partners. Jeroen van Druenen of Jubels in the Netherlands responded to Mike’s request and showed that his company had the capabilities that Gabriel needed, and so they formed a partnership that has turned out to be essential in serving this $1 million account.

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    Adobe Max 2014 Recap

    Arianna Valentini
    Oct 23, 2014

    As creatives and analyst alike return from their trip to Los Angeles for Adobe’s Max conference many are left to contemplate how the announcements at Max 2014 will affect how they create and distribute their work. While most of the major product announcements were covered in the first day (please see our earlier blog from the event on all the highlights) there are several key takeaways from this event that we felt deserved further discussion.

    LACC for Adobe MAX

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    Konica Minolta Establishes Digital Textile Subsidiary in Italy

    Ron Gilboa
    Oct 15, 2014

    On October 14, Konica Minolta (KM) announced the acquisition of Verga IT S.r.l. based in Bregnano, Como, Italy. This acquisition establishes a new subsidiary named Konica Minolta IJ Textile Europe S.r.l., the first of its kind outside Japan. This development is aimed at enhancing Konica Minolta’s sales and services organization in the inkjet textile printer market in Europe. The financial terms of this acquisition were not disclosed. Read more »

    Adobe Max: Creative Cloud Announcements

    Arianna Valentini
    Oct 7, 2014

    Monday October 6th marked the beginning of the Adobe Max conference in downtown Los Angeles. Monday’s keynotes focused on announcements surrounding the Creative Cloud and new and improved mobile applications. Speakers from Monday’s keynotes included Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen , Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Adobe SVP and General Manager Digital Media David Wadhwani. Sessions included live demos of new products and further announcements detailing the continued partnership between Adobe and Microsoft. Here are just a few of the highlights from Monday’s keynote:

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    Digital Packaging Printing Moving into Focus for Heidelberg and Canon

    Ralf Schlozer
    Oct 1, 2014

    Heidelberg and Canon/Ocè both reemphasized their push into the digital packaging printing market at their customer events last week. Each company gave a detailed update on the progress it has made.

    As promised back in April at a digital sneak peek event, Heidelberg showed their first digital label printer at the Gallus “Innovation Days” from the 23rd to 25 of September in St Gallen, Switzerland. The event, which is not to be confused with the Hunkeler innovationdays) served well as a platform to reemphasize the changes in the ownership structure; this summer Gallus became part of the Heidelberger group, the upshot of a share swap that increased Heidelberg’s ownership of Gallus from 30% to 100% and with the former owner of Gallus becoming the biggest individual shareholder in Heidelberg.

    Center stage, however, was the digital label press with the somewhat less catchy name of Gallus DCS 340. The press, which comes with in-line finishing, is the result of development cooperation between Gallus, Heidelberg and Fujifilm. The press base is supplied by Gallus and is derived from the well-established ECS 340 label press, hence the web width is set at 340 mm (13.4”) and a range of flexo, screen and offset modules can be added. The press has a solid granite base and is equipped with an unwind and a die cutting/stripping module. Only the speed of the DCS had be limited to 50 m/min (150 ft/min) compared to 165 m/min (492 ft/min) of the conventional press. The integrated finishing is somewhat misleadingly named “ digital converting system”, since the ECS C finishing part contains no digital components at all. Its core is a semi-rotary die cutter, which is at least format variable, but still requires a conventional die.

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    Woodworking Going Digital – IWF 2014

    Ron Gilboa and Mark DiMattei
    Sep 18, 2014

    The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) took place from August 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. This event brought together woodworking equipment manufacturers of all kinds, and a wide range of related product manufacturers. The event was split between two main halls: one for equipment producers and one for product manufacturers. This show drew attendees from North America as well as from 70 countries around the world. With almost 1,000 exhibitors (of which, 200 were international), the show catered to over 22,000 attendees looking purchase, learn, and explore new innovations in woodworking-related equipment, materials, and services. Key themes at the show were the growing desire for innovation; automation; and the need for education in new business opportunities, technologies, and applications.

    IWF Atlanta Exhibit Hall

    IWF Atlanta Exhibit Hall

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    HP and Packaging: First Placement of T-Series Inkjet for Corrugated

    Bob Leahey
    Sep 3, 2014

    HP announced on August 27 that a Czech corrugated converter, Obaly Morava, has recently installed the first HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press to print corrugated liner stock in process colors. The news has two important features: (1) Obaly Morava will be the first to use HP’s thermal inkjet T-Series presses for packaging; (2) the corrugated market gains a major new entrant in the Read more »

    Frankly Speaking: To Ink

    Frank Romano
    Sep 2, 2014
    End of summer silliness by Frank Romano

    I think that I shall never see
    Inkjet ink that is not pricey

    Ink that comes in color and black
    Ink that always sets me back

    Ink that drips but never a flood
    Costing more than human blood

    Inkjet pricing that is not humane
    On a par with vintage champagne

    Ink that comes in magenta, yellow, and cyan
    Ink that is more expensive than a trip to Cannes

    We’re paying for that unique ink storage
    But purchase requires a second mortgage

    Kodak tried to sell ink really cheaply
    Kodak may regret the episode deeply

    Ink that takes an age to unwrap
    Ink that generates a lot of scrap

    But now I recycle those colors and blacks
    And I get a peanut-sized discount at OfficeMax

    But what does the future hold?
    Inkjet ink becomes the new gold

    Poems are made by fools like me
    But ink is made by folks like HP

     

    Join Frank Romano and InfoTrends’ Jim Hamilton at Graph Expo 14 for a special keynote seminar on “The Future of the American Printer” in Chicago on Sunday, September 28.

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