Kodak is leveraging Charlotte, NC-based ImageMark as a customer demonstration center
If you were looking to purchase a production digital printing device, a platesetter, or workflow software, where would you rather see it? I think it’s clear that if possible you’d like to see it in action at a customer site. At a customer site, you could see an actual implementation and ask real-world users all the questions you want about the product: Does it do all they say it can? What problems have you had? Is it upgradeable? Can it handle the types of jobs that I want to run on it? What are the service and consumable costs associated with this product? Of course this type of dialog is ideal, but how many sites would be willing to put up with this on a regular basis? Recently, I got a chance to see how this might work at an innovative print service provider called ImageMark Business Services in Gastonia, North Carolina (just outside Charlotte), which is embarking upon a partnership with Kodak.
One unknown regarding Lexmark’s decision to exit the inkjet printer market is the impact it will have on Primera, a producer of small specialty printers, including tabletop color label printers. Primera uses Lexmark’s inkjet cartridges in both its LX Series Read more »
Fespa Digital was held last week and the overarching theme was workflow for wide-format. While the single biggest launch at Fespa was the Mimaki JV-400 with its Latex or solvent UV ink options (see Tim Greene’s recent blog here for more information), the area where there were the most announcements and developments was in the workflow space. Wide-format has long lagged small format digital, and for that matter analogue print in the sophistication of its workflow. Recent developments show it is catching up at least and may even be overtaking those sectors.
At Fespa new products were announced by GMG, SAi, Esko, ONYX and Xanté, while other established wide-format workflow vendors such as Caldera refreshed some products for SGIA in the USA at the end of last year and plan further developments around Drupa in Germany this May. Read more »
Predicting the predominant theme of Drupa is like predicting presidential prospects. It is fraught with peril.
We know that the last Drupa in 2008 was truly an inkjet-oriented Drupa. Few of you can tell me what was new in offset litho but all can remember that HP became one of the largest exhibitors with a new high-speed, high-quality, roll-fed inkjet press that broke all the rules–inkjet, high speed, high quality, and roll fed were not terms that commonly collided in the same sentence.
The every-4 year (it was once 5 years) international show schedule was designed to provide enough time for large leaps in technology.Â That is why Drupa, Ipex, and PRINT shows have a personality. There is always something truly new.
As the 2012 edition of Drupa rapidy approaches we pundits delight in prognosticating. It is either that or actually working for a living. My original prediction was that Drupa 2012 would be “inkjet on steroids.” The steroid lobby has taken offence so I am re-thinking all inking.
Let us set the stage. Once HP set the bar for a new breed of inkjet printer/press in 2008, Read more »
One of the questions I hear frequently is about the potential impact of memjet – the inkjet print head technology – on the wide format digital print market. This question is likely to become even more common following the announcements at Graph Expo and LabelExpo that two companies have become the first to integrate the memjet print head technology into wide format digital print solutions.
At Graph Expo XanteÂ announced that it has become the first to integrate the memjet print head into a wide format printing system which the company is calling the Excelagraphix 4200. OWN-X’s WideStar 2000 is another memjet-powered wide format printer announcedÂ last week that will be shown at LabelExpo, so it is pretty clear that memjet is picking up speed, so to speak. Read more »
There’s a surprising new entrant in the color market. Today OKI Data Americas announced five toner-based LED products in a new OKI Printing Solutions series called proColor. At prices ranging from around $3,000 to $36,000 and speeds in the 30 ppm range, the proColor series includes an envelope printer and a roll-fed printer:
pro810 An entry-level cut-sheet color printer series with color speed of 30 ppm and a black & white speed of 32 ppm and a list price of $3,248. The product offers 1,200 by 600 dpi resolution and a maximum format of 11.6″ by 52″.
pro910 A cut-sheet color printer with 31 ppm color/36 ppm black & white speed and a list price of $5,960. The product offers 1,200 by 600 dpi resolution and a maximum format of 12.9″ by 47.24″.
pro930 A cut-sheet color printer with 31 ppm color/36 ppm black & white speed and an embedded Fiery controller at a list price of $10,230. The product offers 1,200 by 1,200 dpi resolution and a maximum format of 12.9″ by 47.24″.
pro900DP A cut-sheet color document and envelope printer with 36 ppm color/40 ppm black & white speed and an embedded Fiery controller at a list price of $26,500. The product offers 1,200 by 1,200 dpi resolution and a maximum format of 12.9″ by 47.24″.
pro510DW A roll-fed color label printer that can also be run in cut-sheet mode for other applications, the device has a 12.9″ web width and a list price of $36,200.
The pro810, pro910, and pro930 will be available in February. The pro900DP and pro510DW will be available in March. All of the products are expected to be on display at Graphics of the Americas (Miami Beach, Florida, February 25-27). OKI Data highlights the products’ small footprint, low acquisition cost, and low running cost, but some open questions remain.