Posts tagged: graphic arts

Konica Minolta Announces Next Generation High Resolution, High Speed MEMS Printheads

Ron Gilboa
 Jul 27, 2015

Konica Minolta, a long time innovator in inkjet technology with over 30 years of experience, has released information on a new generation of print heads aimed at the evolving graphic arts, industrial, and functional printing markets. These printheads have resolution as high as 1,200 nozzles per inch (npi), drop size as low as 3 picoliters, jetting frequency of up to 100 kHz, and a physical size that is significantly smaller than the previous generation of Konica Minolta heads. As with many print head manufacturers Konica Minolta is manufacturing these printhead using Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) fabrication. Konica Minolta’s high precision printhead is capable of jetting of a range of inks and functional materials such as resins. These new capabilities will enable innovative new products in a range of industries. Konica Minolta expects to begin mass production of these heads in the spring of 2016. Read more »

Efi Arazi, Graphic Communications luminary – Passed at 76

Ron Gilboa
 Apr 15, 2013

Efi Arazi, print industry pioneer, luminary, and philanthropist who set the digital revolution in motion in the Graphic Communications filed died this past weekend at the age of 76.

Efi Arazi 1937-2013

Efi was born in Jerusalem in 1937 and already at the young age of just over 16 won a reward for technology innovation in Israel. He earned an engineering degree in the 1960s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; while there he helped develop the TV camera that was used in the Apollo 11 mission. At the age of 23 he became a fellow at Harvard University.

Efi returned to Israel in 1967 and the following year he founded and headed Scitex Corporation an Israel-based multi-national company that specialized in developing and manufacturing hardware and software for the graphics design, printing, and publishing markets.  Efi stepped down as CEO and president of Scitex on June 1, 1988, but continued to serve as chairman of the board of directors of the company until 1989. Read more »

Placements of Western European Office Devices Continue to Suffer

Deborah Hawkins
 Apr 9, 2013

The Western European1 office equipment market continued to contract in 2012, driven by a weak economy, device consolidation through managed print services and new competition from business inkjet . Placements of single function and multifunction laser printers in office environments (1-69 ppm) declined 8.1% year over year whilst placements of business inkjet devices increased 3.3%. The majority of the decline in laser devices was in single function printers, where placements dropped 16% year over year. The market continues to shift from single function to multifunction devices, and from monochrome to colour engines.

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Sizing the European Printing Industry

Ralf Schlozer
 Jan 9, 2013

Understanding the number of establishments that produce print, at a for-cost or for-a-profit basis, is an important requirement for any print-related market sizing, planning, and forecasting exercise. There are some official statistical sources at least for Western Europe and parts of all printing establishments, however, with Europe being an aggregate of many countries, this does not make for an easy task.

Unfortunately timeliness and detail level and even statistical methodology differ from country to country. When comparing the number of enterprises, especially micro-organisations with no employees, this will distort the picture, as some countries count them, while others do not. Additionally, when statics do include the companies without employees, they artificially inflate the total number of companies without really adding to the total industry revenue. Other areas like copy services, packaging & label printing, direct mail services do not fall into the printing classification and are more difficult to size. There are other types of establishments like in-house sites, data centre printing and service bureaux, which are totally below the radar of official statistics.

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Not only an inkjet drupa – Xeikon plans a leap with Quantum toner technology

Ralf Schlozer
 Mar 9, 2012

It is no secret that inkjet will be BIG at drupa 2012 and the most likely label for the 2012 iteration of the world’s largest graphic arts trade show will be inkjet drupa (again). But it is far too early to count out tonerbased technology and apart from many important, but incremental improvements we expect to see, there is still potential for ground-breaking improvements in toner technology.

At the pre-drupa press conference on the 7th of March in Lisbon, Xeikon hinted at such improvements with what it calls Quantum technology. According to Xeikon it offers far lower running costs at significantly improved speeds compared to its current toner offerings, while maintaining the quality level of current Xeikon toner offerings. It is the latter which it believes will set Quantum apart from inkjet, while in speed and running cost it should be similar. Read more »

HP Summit 2011: A Graphic Arts Perspective

Other Posts
 Mar 22, 2011

In one of many breakout sessions during Day 2 of HP Summit (March 15-16), Vyomesh Joshi (VJ) of HP’s Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) reviewed the company’s strategy and approach to the graphic arts (print service provider) market

Here are few takeaways from the session:

1)      Show Me the Pages! VJ and his group at IPG are all about chasing “analog” pages, and graphic arts is where all these pages are. According to HP, about 90% of printed pages (47 trillion pages) were “graphic arts” pages in 2010. This represents a huge growth opportunity for HP and other digital print vendors, since less than 5% of these pages are considered “digital” (produced by digital printing devices versus offset or other “analog” output devices). Applications such as photos, signage, and direct mail are heavily penetrated, with 30%+ of total application volumes produced by digital printing. In contrast, less than 1% of packaging and publishing volumes are digitally printed. Read more »

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