Posts tagged: Transaction

Activity in the Zone of Disruption: Pitney Bowes’ AcceleJet

Jim Hamilton
 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 »

Growth and New Markets: The 2014 Inkjet Summit

Jim Hamilton
 Apr 11, 2014

nGage’s Inkjet Summit is in its second year and it has grown to around 90 end-user attendees and 39 sponsor companies. The concept is relatively simple: find prospective buyers of high-speed inkjet equipment, pay their way to a resort location, and sit them down in front of the sponsors for case study presentations and one-on-one meetings. This assures that the level of knowledge and experience of the average attendee is very impressive. They have done their research and have a good idea of what they need. Not all of the attendees, though, are first-time buyers. Those looking to purchase a second (or third, or fourth) device were also in attendance. They make up a significant portion of the audience and have hands-on familiarity with inkjet technology.

Similar to the first-time buyer/experienced user split, another split was particularly noticeable Read more »

2013: A Turning Point for Inkjet in Production

Jim Hamilton
 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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Doxnet 2013: Strong Attendance with an ECM Focus

Ralf Schlozer
 Jul 1, 2013

This year’s Doxnet conference and exhibition, held from June 17th to 19th in Baden Baden, Germany, was remarkable for two reasons: strong attendance and a focus on Enterprise Content Management (ECM). Doxnet (www.doxnet.eu) is a not-for-profit association for document experts and companies active in document management – usually for mission critical documents and traditionally with a focus on print output. The geographic focus is on German speaking countries and for obvious reasons the majority of members come from Germany with smaller shares from Austria and Switzerland. The event had 613 attendees pre-registered from a total of 218 companies, setting a new record attendance. The exhibition hall had strong representation from manufacturers of inserting equipment, but less so for printing system manufacturers, with only Canon/Océ, Pitney Bowes, and Ricoh exhibiting. There was also a strong showing in the area of electronic document solutions from software to service providers for electronic alternatives to printed statements.

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Océ JetStream Goes Monochrome – Océ Is Enlarging Its Inkjet Offerings

Ralf Schlozer
 Dec 14, 2011

In anticipation of drupa 2012, the landmark graphic arts trade show that will take place next May, Océ is closing out this year with a couple of product announcements in the high-speed inkjet category. The JetStream 2300 mono, 3300 mono, and 4300 mono represent Océ’s first dedicated monochrome inkjet printers.

With a 3-up (30 inch) web width, these printers fall into Océ’s Wide series and feature printing speeds of 100, 150, and 200 m/minute respectively (328, 492, and 656 fpm respectively). At the highest speed, this translates to 4,040 A4 or 4,296 letter-sized images per minute. With a 600 dpi by 600 dpi resolution, 2-bit imaging, and pigmented black ink, these printers are primarily targeted at the book market. Océ’s newest JetStream printers are very compact with a total length of 7.9 metres from unwind to rewind, and they feature a dedicated two-tower design with very narrow monochrome towers.

On Demand book printing has become a hot market, and we have seen quite a few continuous feed devices heading into book sites lately. Nevertheless, the majority of installations were monochrome because the majority of books are printed in this format. Océ does offer single-colour versions of its range of JetStream and ColorStream inkjet printers, but even when equipped with only a monochrome printing head, they carried the load of devices that were designed for full-colour printing. While the ability to upgrade to full colour is a nice feature, not every book printer will need to do so and pricing in this market is competitive. Océ reckons that the purchase price of a pure monochrome printer is 30% less than a monochrome version of a comparable 4-C inkjet printer. Read more »

Kodak Will Show the 5000XL at Graph Expo (and Other Prosper News)

Jim Hamilton
 Sep 9, 2010

I found out this week that Kodak has decided to bring the Prosper 5000XL to Graph Expo (October 3-6, Chicago). This will mirror what Kodak did at IPEX and will represent the first showing of the device in North America. It’s good news and for those who haven’t committed to attending, it provides another reason to come to the show. There’s more about Prosper in the news as well. You should have a look at Eric Owen’s blog in Output Links for some insight on Prosper, but here’s a quick take on the recent developments:

  • There are now two Prosper system installations — Kodak customers Offset Paperback Manufacturers (Laflin, Pennsylvania) and SAGIM (a French print service provider using the system for books) represent the first two installed beta sites of Prosper standalone systems (other companies have Prosper S10 Imprinting Systems running in conjunction with traditional printing presses). Both have the Prosper 1000 (the monochrome version of Prosper). Kodak reports that Offset Paperback Manufacturers (OPM) will be the first site to get the process color Prosper 5000XL and that the device is being installed now. Kodak said that in the past month OPM has been produced salable books at a volume of up to 1.7 million book pages (approximately 3,850 books) per day on its Prosper 1000.
  • The first Prosper 1000 placement in Australasia — SOS Print and Media Group in Sydney, Australia will be installing a Prosper 1000 for book printing in November. This is the first Prosper 1000/5000XL announcement in Australasia (there have been S5/S10 Imprinting System announcements, for example, in China). SOS says that it will consider upgrading the device to the full-color 5000XL version. Read more »

Transaction Printers Are the Leading Adopters of High-Speed Continuous-Feed Process Color Digital

Jim Hamilton
 Aug 9, 2010

Who is buying high-speed continuous-feed process color printers? Early evidence indicates that it’s transaction printers. About 200 print engines in this class were placed around the world in 2009 but it hasn’t been entirely clear which environments have been most likely to buy them. It was my assumption that the quality and running cost capabilities of these devices made them attractive to transaction, direct mail, and some publication environments but I wondered whether that was really the case. I decided to look at the public announcements of companies that have placed such products to see what this said about market preferences. Read more »

Broadband Mandate: The Demise of Transaction Print in Finland?

Matt Swain
 Jul 1, 2010

An article on CNN today reported on Finland’s new law offering broadband service at an affordable price. In an interview with a CNN correspondent,  Finnish communications minister Suvi Linden explained that the move “…is not for entertainment [purposes], it’s day-to-day life, and through this kind of e-services, of course, we are looking forward [to] more efficiency and more productivity [in] public services.” She goes on to cite Internet banking as a key motivator for the law. “In the 1990’s we had the bank crisis in Finland, and after that, the banks started to offer banking [via the] Internet, and at this moment 86% of…all bank clients are using Internet banking…”

This is a drastic move that will serve as an excellent case study on consumer and provider behavior in regards to electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP). It will likely help answer a few common questions in this industry: Read more »

Pre-IPEX media briefs – continued

Ralf Schlozer
 Feb 9, 2010

After listening to several vendors so far at the pre-IPEX media briefs I have to admit this has been a slow start. With 100 days still to go before the show, it appears that some vendors felt the time not to be ripe to share too much detail on what will be on display at IPEX. It looks like they want to save the fanfare for the opening day of IPEX. Here is my response to the vendors: Rest assured, we will even come if we have heard a lot of details about the products to be launched. In fact having the press to write more about upcoming products would even help attract more visitors.

Despite this general reticence, there were some interesting product news. With the announcement by Domino Printing Sciences the array of suppliers of inkjet label printers has been enlarged again. The N600, due to be available from IPEX starting in May, is a continuous fed colour inkjet label printer. It uses Kyocera inkjet heads and has a resolution of 600 dpi at a speed of 50m/min (164 feet/min) with four grey levels per drop. Reducing the grey levels to three will allows even a faster speed of 75 m/min. The printer uses UV inks and is firmly targeted at label applications. Domino will provide unwind and rewind, with the opportunity to integrate in-line finishing steps, and also supplies its own front-end.

Pitney Bowes was one of the few vendors that spent considerable time on talking about its new product line of high speed continuous feed inkjet colour printers. Although the product was already announced in September last year and covered by an InfoTrends analysis, the interest of the press crowd was considerable. The Intellijet is the fruit of the strategic alliance with HP, in which Pitney Bowes has the exclusivity of the T300 inkjet web press for transactional and direct mail markets. In addition Pitney Bowes features its own DFE capable of processing data streams. At this opportunity Pitney Bowes announced the first sales to an U.S. based healthcare payment company, who is taking three printers at once.

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Who Helped Bernard Madoff?

Jim Hamilton
 Dec 28, 2008

The possible investor loss of up to $50 billion in Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme raises questions about how he managed to fool his investors for so long. These people (and institutions) were investing huge amounts of money and yet many sophisticated investors were totally fooled. Madoff’s main tool of deception must have been the statements, in print and/or digital form. Madoff’s senior executives appeared not to know about his fraudulent intentions but without their help, how was he able to manage multiple sets of books and produce convincing statements? Outside of accountants, who else could have been his accomplices (willing or otherwise)? Read more »

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