May 30, 2014
Continuous feed colour inkjet printing has been a big success story over the past seven years especially in transaction print and with some book and direct mail printers. However the market lost a bit of momentum recently. While the move to inkjet in the transaction market is in full swing a lot more opportunities rest in short run publishing and promotional applications, especially when some degree of customisation, personalisation, and just-in-time manufacturing. Inkjet has had limited success so far in areas requiring higher print quality, particularly on coated papers. Canon’s launch of the ImageStream 3500 is intended to address that challenge.
On the 22nd of May Canon invited a small group of analysts to the Miyakoshi Akita plant in northern Japan, where all of Miyakoshi’s digital print engines are manufactured. At the manufacturing site Canon presented the latest launch in its inkjet portfolio, the ImageStream 3500. At first sight the ImageStream 3500 looks like a JetStream 3300 — part of Océ’s Wide series. In fact, both products share the same press base. Accordingly the maximum print speed is set with 160 meters per minute and the paper width is 30 inch.
The differences between a JetStream and the new ImageStream lie in the inkjet heads and the ink. The printer uses the latest Kyocera printheads with a native resolution of 1,200 dpi and three drop size levels. The printer can print with 1,200 x 600 dpi resolution at full speed, or 1,200 x 1,200 resolution at half speed, which is still an impressive 1,600 A4 pages/minute. The high resolution results in tiny droplet sizes with 1.3, 2, and 2.8 picolitre. Canon is using a new, waterbasedÂ ink as well, not only optimised for the tiny droplet size, but also engineered to stick on the surface of the paper — any paper. Read more »
May 29, 2014
At the Canon for Business 2014 event in Poing, Germany and at the FESPA trade show in Munich last week, Canon Océ showed strong signs of progress in a variety of areas related to digital color printing through a series of announcements:
- High-speed color inkjet printing on standard coated offset papers’ Announced but not shown in Poing was a new inkjet system that Canon Océ representatives say can print on a range of offset paper stocks, including coated ones, without the use of bonding agents or primers. The solution, according to Canon, can accomplish this due to its high resolution, small ink droplets, dryers, and a special aqueous pigment ink formulation. The Canon Océ ImageStream 3500 runs at up to 160 meters per minute (525 feet per minute) at 1,200 x 600 dot per inch resolution on a 750-millimeter (30-inch) web. (The device can also run at 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, though at half the speed of 1,200 x 600.) Canon expects the product to be available at the beginning of 2015. InfoTrends will learn more about this product soon (Canon hosted analysts, including InfoTrends’ Ralf SchlÅ‘zer, in Tokyo last week), but for now, it’s intriguing to consider that a vendor has come up with a solution to address standard coated offset papers without inkjet treatments of any kind. (See Ralf Schlozer’s blog on the ImageStream 3500.)
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From May 12th to 13th, Adam Software held one of their last “Adam Sync!” events in Brooklyn, New York–the event was part of a larger series of Sync events in both the United States and Europe that Adam Software held in April and May. The goal of the event was to bring current customers, prospective clients, and Adam Software integrators together to share case studies, best practices, and other insights. Sessions provided important information relating to not only digital asset management (DAM), but also important lessons for marketers looking to expand their digital marketing strategies. Here are some of the highlights from the event:
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May 27, 2014
A recent InfoTrends multi-client study, titled Social Photo and Video: The New Communication and Memory-Keeping Paradigm, used a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to learn about the motivations for U.S. consumers’ photo and video behaviors, the reasons for the choices that they make along the way, and factors that influence their daily photo and video activities. Read more »
Christine Dunne Dunne
After providing an overview of HP’s new enterprise inkjet series, discussing its positioning and key features, and explaining its cost benefits, I will address the experience of using one of the models in our office. Over the last few weeks, my colleagues and I have tested the Officejet Enterprise X585z MFP, the top-of-the-line model in the series. While our office is not necessarily the size of an “enterprise” or large business (fewer than 50 people work regularly out of the Boston-based headquarters), our print volumes are likely in sync with the device’s recommended page volume of up to 6,000 pages per month.
The HP Officejet Enterprise X585z MFP in our office
We are not a testing company, but I believe our experience can be instructive as it represents a real-world trial of the device. Like most businesses, we have certain requirements and preferences for our printouts/scans/etc., and are able to evaluate how well the X585z meets our requirements. Read more »
May 26, 2014
On May 22nd, censhare AG, a software provider of business communications solutions for a variety of industries, organized its third Futureday conference (Futureday 2014) after two successful Futureday conferences in 2010 and 2012. More than 400 international experts, analysts, and entrepreneurs travelled to Munich, Germany, to discuss the role of technology on customer-centric corporate strategies and business models.
Dieter Reichert, CEO of censhare
The conference started off with several presentations showing how social networking and user generated content is changing today’s communications and is more and more influencing corporate strategies and business models. Following the presentations, a panel of experts discussed about customer engagements and marketing automation. Here is a brief summary of the observations made by Infotrends.
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May 21, 2014
On May 14th and 15th, Adobe organized the fourth edition of its European Digital Marketing Summit with the theme “Re-Inventing Marketing”. The event helps Adobe to better equip marketersÂ for the rapid transition to digital, and to better engage with the evermore empowered consumer.Â The event, staged at the ExCel Centre in London attracted over 3,800 visitors from 47 countries, and represented a 30% increase in attendance compared to 2013.
At the conference, Adobe (and key partners) showcased their technological leadership and brought in a range of interesting speakers to share best practices, insights, and entertainment. Besides the main stage, they offered almost 100 breakout sessions on several topics, ranging from the latest technology trends on mobile, social, and multi-channel, to how enterprises can overcome organizational barriers between CIOs and CMOs.
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May 20, 2014
After being in beta for several months, Document Capture Technologies (DCT), creators of SimpleScan Connect, announced on April 29th the release of their SimpleECM solution- “making information available where and when businesses want it”. This enterprise content management platform was created with a “workflow-centric view” of document/capture management and is delivered via standard application programming interfaces (APIs) and cloud-based services. Their target market includes in-house developers, system integrators, and outsourced app developers. Read more »
On May 15th/16th 2014 the second Online Print Symposium was held in Munich, Germany. The slogan of this years’ event: â€žE-Business Print: Trends, Markets,Â Practices“.Â The Online Print Symposium is jointly organized by theÂ Fogra Forschungsgesellschaft e.V.,Â zipcon consulting GmbH, and theÂ Bundesverband Druck und Medien e.V. and acts as a platform to discuss the latest industry developments in the field of e-commerce and print within the so-called D-A-CH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). InfoTrends was invited to attend the first day of this symposium, which attracted around 150 participants from within different parts of the industry. Â Here are some key impressions of that day.
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Hewlett Packard had a big stand at the May 2014 Interpack show in Germany, and used this once-every-three-years trade fair to highlight its far-ranging approach to the packaging market. HP’s exhibit had lots to offer, from production level color printing of flexible packaging, to corrugated displays and cartons, and even to monochrome inkjet package coding.
All this came in the midst of a German show where HP Indigo was something of an outlier exhibitor. Read more »