Christine Dunne Dunne
Mar 10, 2015
Today, HP announced the global launch of a “re-engineered, sleek” new series of A4 color LaserJet printers intended to make businesses more efficient. The devices—which consist of one MFP and three single function printers—are a significant departure from previous LaserJet products. Comprising new “JetIntelligence” technology, they take up 40% less space; use up to 53% less energy; and wake up, print, and duplex “in a fraction of the time.”
The “enterprise” M552 and M553 single function printers, for instance, offer 100% duplex productivity—meaning that in addition to printing 40 one-sided pages per minute they can achieve 40 images per minute spread across two sides of the page. HP says the announcement represents its most significant laser printing re-engineering since the launch of the first LaserJet in 1984.
Footprint of New HP LaserJet Devices
Source: HP press event in New York City
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Dec 10, 2013
Though inkjet has been a hot topic since 2008 (remember the ‘inkjet’ drupa?), it is hard to underestimate the continuing impact inkjet is having across all areas of the graphic arts. I think 2013 marks an interesting turning point. Inkjet is everywhere from document printing to labels & packaging to decorative to functional and 3D printing.
Gartner Hype Cycle
3D printing had to be one of the most talked about topics of 2013 and jetting technologies are the key behind many 3D printing implementations (though in this case they are jetting materials rather than inks). That being said, in my opinion 3D printing has reached what Gartner likes to call the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’ and others have described as ‘Irrational Exuberance.’ The way some people talk about 3D printing you’d think that before long you’ll be 3D printing your beer complete with the bottle (with a label on the outside and a cap on top).
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Christine Dunne Dunne
Jan 13, 2012
The Little Printer
I recently learned about a London-based design firm that’s got some big plans to integrate cloud-connected technology and creative design. BERG has named its new effort “BERG Cloud”; its first project is a little printer called — well, the Little Printer. It’s expected to launch this year in beta form. Read more »
Nov 11, 2011
Organised by the Centre Technique du Papier in Grenoble the first Technical Conference on deinking of digital prints took place on the 8th and 9th of November in Grenoble. The attractive mountain panorama of the Alps did not detract from the importance and challenges of deinking in today’s graphic arts industry.
Deinking is not only an environmental factor in the production and use of print (as is the total carbon footprint, health and safety at the workplace, and overall usage of resources), it is also an important economic factor for the operators of deinking plants and mills for paper with recycled fibre content. If graphic arts quality paper is to be produced from recovered fibres, certain quality parameters have to be met. While users’ expectations on paper quality are increasing, data from INGEDE (the International Association of the Deinking Industry) shows that the brightness of recovered fibres has been decreasing over the last six years.
With the projected rise of inkjet volumes and potential problems in deinking inkjet prints, inkjet took the centre stage of discussions at the conference. Based on InfoTrends data for 2010, inkjet contributes about 7% of the digital print volume in document printing, with the majority of that share being produced in home and office environments. The overall inkjet share is expected to increase to 13% of all digital production print by 2015, with production printing growing to just under half of that. Large format and packaging & label printing are not included in this view as these prints usually do not enter the waste paper stream for graphic paper recycling. Read more »
Jul 1, 2011
“Going Green” took on a whole new meaning last week when Coca-Cola and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) unveiled a new billboard designed to absorb air pollution. The billboard, located in Philippines, is covered in 3,600 Fukien tea plants which are said to absorb up to 13 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. In fact, the entire billboard is environmentally friendly. The plants are housed in pots made from old coke bottles, the potting mixture is made from industrial byproducts and organic fertilizers, and a drip irrigation system saves on water and fertilizer. “This billboard helps alleviate air pollution within its proximate areas as it can absorb a total of 46,800 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, on estimate,” says botanist Anthony Gao. Read more »
Nov 18, 2010
There has been a flurry of acquisition activity this week in the aftermarket. First, Katun acquired Media Sciences’ toner business and now Clover has acquired broker, Environmental Reclamation Services (ERS). According to the press release from November 15, 2010, Clover Holdings, Inc., the largest aftermarket remanufacturer, acquired ERS but both companies will continue to operate independently servicing their customers. Founded in 1990, ERS is headquartered in Erie, PA and is a global provider of environmental solutions including recycling and the collection of printer supplies and small electronics. ERS is one of the biggest companies of its kind processing over 70 million units since inception and had been owned by Falcon Investments since March 2007. The other large broker similar to ERS would be Greentec (Ontario, Canada). Read more »
Aug 18, 2009
There is a new high school in Florida that claims to have gone “green.” While they certainly have made steps to become more environmentally-friendly, the principal leads out with the fact that they will be a “paperless school.”
Here is what the printed article quotes: “It is a green school. I’m allowing the students to bring their laptops and their iPods, so we can walk the talk, in other words, so the teachers will be downloading podcasts, the students will be making podcasts, so the teachers have a one-on-one communication, not only with the students but also with the parents,” said Principal Carrie Montano.
Here is what the quote in the printed article misses, and what is captured in her video interview: “It is a paperless school, it is a green school. I’m allowing the students to…”
It brings up an interesting (and heated) discussion about what green really means. Is green the complete removal of paper? Are you more environmentally-conscious if you use a laptop, iPod, or other mobile (electricity-consuming) device in place of paper?
Find the article here: http://www4.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/MI128842/
Apr 6, 2009
Office equipment in Delaware creates 400 times as much carbon output as it does in Vermont. In Canada, a single kilowatt creates 155 times more CO2 in Alberta than in Quebec, where power is primarily driven by nuclear plants. Calculating carbon output is clearly more complicated than Energy Star ratings.
With increasing attention being paid to the “green” office in Europe, Canada, and the U.S., businesses are paying more attention to their carbon footprints and demanding that vendors help them understand these metrics. Of course, carbon output is only one factor in environmental sustainability, albeit a prominent one in the minds of today’s politicians, businesspeople, and consumers.
Carbon dioxide emission factors (EFs) provide a localized translation from energy usage, often in kilowatt-hours (kWh), to equivalent pounds of carbon output (lbs CO2).For energy-consuming office equipment devices, the proper EF represents the indirect public electricity EF. Simple multiplication can provide an understanding of a device’s average carbon output relative to similar products:
Average energy usage (kWh) * EF (lbs CO2/kWh) = Carbon Output (lbs CO2)
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Feb 6, 2009
The following is an open letter to the industry from Charlie Corr, Chief Strategist, Mimeo.com. Charlie spent many years at InfoTrends before moving to Mimeo.com in 2007. Charlie’s message is an important one so we are posting it here in its entirety with his permission.
“Don’t Print” Isn’t “Going Green” by Charlie Corr, Mimeo.com
It is increasingly popular to bash the use of paper. The industry is an easy target as everyone uses paper and the presentation of the industry is laughable (think Dunder Mifflin on The Office).
Despite the many environmentally friendly actions taken by the paper, printing and publishing industries, little is known of these efforts due to a self-inflicted inability to publicize them. Unlike the auto or fuel industries, we don’t spend any money as an industry on effective green promotion. Read more »
Feb 5, 2009
Or is it? An InfoTrends study (ODS/PWCCS clients see results here) on green printing and sustainability conducted in the second quarter of 2008 found that more than half of print service providers claim to have implemented green policies. But what does being green really mean?
Some print service providers are publishing press releases that boast their efforts to be environmentally friendly by adopting soft proofing. I suppose soft-proofing can be considered environmentally-friendly since the consumables, energy, and transportation costs associated with hard-proofs are eliminated. Digital printing can also be considered green as on-demand printing results in printing only what is necessary, thus eliminating waste. Some digital and offset print buyers are demanding more by implementing green policies by requesting sustainable harvested forest products, post-consumer waste papers, and chlorine-free bleaching products from their service providers.
Other service providers are demonstrating environmentally-friendly practices by Read more »