Mar 9, 2016
The latest offering from thINK and Canon Solutions America is “The Inkjet Edge: How to Transition Your Business to Inkjet,” a new book that will be a valuable tool for print service providers of all types. The book follows in the footsteps of “The Designer’s Guide to Inkjet,” which was published last year. While “The Designer’s Guide to Inkjet” addressed the practical application of inkjet technology with a focus on design and prepress, “The Inkjet Edge” takes a more business-oriented approach in an effort to help print service providers that are considering, or are in the midst of, an inkjet transition. The book is heavily illustrated and packed with market data and statistics from InfoTrends and I.T. Strategies. It also offers perspectives from a range of print service providers and solutions partners. A concise eleven chapters cover everything from the opportunity and the justification process to the use of color, paper, finishing, and workflow across a range of applications. Also important are two chapters dedicated to data-driven messaging.
Particularly valuable are the many quotes from experienced inkjet print service providers. Here are a few examples: Read more »
Mar 2, 2016
In the early 2000 years Heidelberg was a force in digital print to be reckoned with. The company led the market in direct imaging offset and was a major player in digital colour and BW production printing. However Heidelberg lost the appetite in digital and sold off the activities in toner printing to Kodak in 2004, while the DI business dwindled away.
From 2011 Heidelberg stepped up again and became active in several fields of digital printing. Not all were a resounding success – for example activities in label printing bought from CSAT in 2011 were sold off again in 2014. The Heidelberg-branded Ricoh reseller business fared better and according to Heidelberg about 1,000 units of the cut-sheet colour toner printers were sold so far. With the Gallus Labelfire 340 (former Gallus DCS 340 covered in an earlier blog) and the Omnifire 250 (former Jetmaster Dimension), both launched last year, the digital portfolio expanded rapidly. The latest addition is a B1 digital colour press for the industrial production of digital applications, the Primefire 106.
With so many digital activities under one roof Heidelberg decided to rebrand the portfolio of digital printing solutions under the “fire” moniker – which is a catchy name and surely going to be the source of many puns. The products in detail are:
- Heidelberg Versafire CV/CP – The Ricoh reseller products, formerly sold as Linoprint CV/CP
- Gallus Labelfire – Launched as Gallus DCS 340, as a sole product in that application area so far
- Heidelberg Omnifire – Originally Jetmaster Dimension, now to become part of a range of solutions
- Heidelberg Primefire 106 – Latest introduction, tops the portfolio as the first industrial cut-sheet inkjet product develop in cooperation with Fujifilm
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Mar 1, 2016
With the announcement today of the Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press, Xerox is showing its first product to be jointly developed from start to finish by the combined Xerox and Impika development teams. The device is a cut-sheet color inkjet printer capable of speeds of up to 182 letter/197 A4 images per minute. At first glance, it looks like an iGen, and though it is built on an iGen frame, it will become clear that under the covers the differences are extensive.
The Xerox Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press
The initial application target is likely to be black & white to color conversion as well as applications like transaction, direct mail, and books because Read more »
Feb 25, 2016
Inkjet is having, and will continue to have, significant impact on the production digital print market. One of the most active areas for inkjet is in the “Zone of Disruption.” It’s a busy segment, and it will only get busier as drupa 2016 approaches, so now is a good time to revisit the product activity there.
In defining the Zone of Disruption, InfoTrends has in mind inkjet products with a capital acquisition cost of less than $1 million, very competitive running costs, and high levels of productivity. This puts them at speeds faster than current cut-sheet color toner devices, and at a capital acquisition cost lower than most 20” roll-fed color devices. To be truly disruptive there are some other important aspects. These devices must compete in quality and ease of use against the mainstream cut-sheet toner devices. This requires sound design, effective feeding & finishing, as well as workflow software that automates production. Success within niche markets is certainly good, but being disruptive in the marketplace means that these products must address the needs of mainstream cut-sheet and roll-fed color users. As this market progresses, InfoTrends is closely watching for broad levels of success by products in the Zone of Disruption. As of today, only a relatively small number of products fit there and relatively few placements have been made.
The Zone of Disruption fits below the gap between Read more »
Dec 14, 2015
For the last three years we have done a year-end round up of the cameras that were introduced. It’s always an interesting exercise to take a look back on what features and technologies vendors have chosen to feature in their products.
Although there were many, 72, cameras introduced this year, the number pales in comparison to years past. That number of models, although impressive, is over 20% lower than the 98 models introduced in 2014. Just a few years ago in 2012, there were 146 models introduced almost double the number of cameras introduced this year (Source: InfoTrends U.S. Camera Model Tracker). Just because there were fewer cameras released doesn’t mean there weren’t some great new cameras.
We have broken out some of the introductions by popular features and functions, including Wi-Fi connectivity and mirrorless. Read more »
Oct 20, 2015
Last week, Canon Europe opened its doors for EXPO 2015, its quinquennial global event, in Paris, France. The EXPO is a major event for Canon’s partners and customers within the EMEA region. This year’s EXPO covered over 15,000 square meters of exhibition space. It demonstrated innovations in business areas within consumer imaging products, office equipment, print production, broadcast and communications, medical systems, and security solutions.
Fujio Mitarai, Chairman and CEO of Canon Inc., and Rokus van Iperen, President and CEO of Canon Europe, Middle East, and Africa, opened EXPO 2015 with a keynote speech that shared Canon’s vision on the future of imaging, as well as Canon Europe’s strategy. Here are the key take-aways from this keynote speech.
Fujio Mitarai, Chairman & CEO of Canon Inc.
Rokus van Iperen, President & CEO Canon Europe
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Oct 9, 2015
We live in exciting times with a constant stream of innovations. With recent announcements from DxO and Light, the imaging world is about to experience a new revolution in photography.
The DxO One camera
DxO (headquartered in Paris and San Francisco) is best known for its advanced image processing technologies. The company is making its first foray into the camera hardware market with the new DxO One, which launched in September. We see the DxO One as the next evolution of the lens camera segment, which Sony initiated in 2013 with its QX series.
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Sep 9, 2015
Pitney Bowes has just announced a new product called the AcceleJet printing and finishing system. AcceleJet is a narrow-web, continuous-feed to cut-sheet, inkjet printing system capable of speeds up to 246 feet per minute (75 meters per minute) and throughput exceeding 500 letter-sized images per minute. Intended for a monthly volume range of four to ten million letter/A4 images per month, Pitney Bowes is targeting the AcceleJet at market segments such as service bureaus, direct mailers, and in-house operations in non-profits, financial services, insurance, healthcare, utilities, and government. Pitney Bowes estimates that an AcceleJet system including the controller, print engine, and finishing capable of dynamic perforation, sheeting, and stacking will have an average system selling price of $850,000.
AcceleJet fits well in the gap between existing cut-sheet electrophotographic and continuous feed inkjet color products. This gap, known as “the Zone of Disruption,” is an area where Read more »
Sep 8, 2015
Graph Expo 2015 (September 13-16, Chicago) begins on Sunday and whether you are able to be there or not, here are a few things you should know in advance.
Who Has the Biggest Booths on the Show Floor?
One good way of assessing the level of marketing spend that an exhibitor has made on a trade show is to measure the size of their booth. InfoTrends has been doing this for shows like Graph Expo, Print, IPEX, and drupa for many years. This year, the biggest exhibitors (by square foot of exhibit space as measured from the publicly available show floor map) are shown below.
Canon, as was the case at Graph Expo 2014, has the largest booth, followed by Konica Minolta. HP is in the number three spot, up from number six last year. Xerox dropped down a spot and is followed by Ricoh, EFI, Pitney Bowes, and Standard Finishing. KIP America breaks into the top ten at number nine. Last year’s number nine, Muller Martini, is not exhibiting. The top twelve is rounded out by Kodak, KBA, and Scodix. Traditional offset vendors (including some with new digital offerings) will be exhibiting, but not in the biggest booths (KBA is the only one in the top twelve). Offset system providers with booths include Goss, Komori, manroland, Presstek, Ryobi MHI, and TKS, but not Heidelberg, which hasn’t been a Graph Expo exhibitor since 2011.
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Jul 15, 2015
In a nutshell, here’s why I think print samples are important. As new printing systems enter the market you can assess their market readiness by the vendor’s ability to provide print samples. Early on in a product’s development, vendors are very cautious with print samples. They don’t hand them out freely, sometimes even showing them under glass or in sample books that are chained to display cases. Once a product gets close to release, the system vendors begin to hand out prepared print samples and they also offer to produce output from files provided by existing customers and sales prospects. This stage is symbolic because it signifies that the vendor believes that the product is ready for market.
To underscore my point I have recorded dozens of print sample videos for a broad range of production digital print products. A couple of my recently recorded print sample videos are Read more »