Posts tagged: Print 09

Kodak’s Pipeline of Innovation (Part 2) and Other Post-Print 09 Thoughts

Jim Hamilton
 Sep 21, 2009

I wrote about Kodak’s Pipeline of Innovation in an earlier blog before the show, but the fact of the matter is that you really had to see it to appreciate it. Once I saw it, I liked it even though I arrived as a skeptic. It’s true that the user interface needs some work and the supporting detail could be improved and expanded upon, but I thought it worked well and I believe that many who saw it there would agree. Kodak also did a good job of promoting the Pipeline of Innovation within its booth, encouraging show attendees via frequent promotions to try it out. It was important too that the Kodak employees in the booth were on board with this innovative approach, and I saw every indication that they were.

Kodak Pipeline of Innovation at Print 09

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Print 09 Executive Outlook: Solid Ink to Enter Production Space?

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 Sep 10, 2009

This morning I had the opportunity to participate in this year’s Executive Outlook session at Print 09. The title of the session, “Technology Harnessed: Driving the Road to Recovery,” suited the conference agenda very well. With topics ranging from economic outlook to software technologies and hardware technologies to industry segment forecasts, the message was all the same: In order to succeed and recover from this recession, printers must focus on becoming marketing service providers and continue growing relationships with their customers.

Ralph Nappi, President of Graphic Arts Show Company started the day by explaining that show attendance did indeed appear to be lower than usual for this year’s show. Yet, looking around the room and speaking to several attendees I gathered a much more positive message. I noted two interesting facts
1.) Those in attendance were here for a reason and were asking very good questions.
2.) Close to 25% of Executive Outlook attendees traveled from outside of the United States to attend.

Each year the Executive Outlook session includes speakers that focus on new and existing technologies in our industry. All of the information shared was fascinating, but what I found to be the most interesting information of the day,was delivered by Xerox’s Chief Technology Officer, Sophie Vandebroek, Ph.D.In her keynote presentation, Vandebroek shared information about future Xerox technologies and showed a short video that introduced Xerox’s  current research and development initiatives focused on bringing solid ink into the production market.

Xerox has been working to develop an inkjet printing system that uses heat to transform Xerox solid ink into a liquid state and send it through an inkjet array consisting of 50-100 piezo inkjet heads. Utilizing the existing ACQS image quality scanners developed for the iGen product family, Xerox can monitor and correct, or compensate for, clogged inkjet heads. This technology is not publicly available today and Xerox has no immediate plans for a release, however today’s Executive Outlook session offered interesting insight into Xerox’s short-term research and development plans.

Please check back for more to come from the Print 09 show floor!

What’s Océ’s Ultra?

Jim Hamilton
 Sep 9, 2009

In advance of Print 09 Océ began briefing industry analysts under non-disclosure about a new product. At the same time, Océ worked to develop market interest in the new product through a web campaign showing a downhill skier in a flashy red suit speeding down the slopes. No indication was given of the type of product. The only hints were of speed, the branding (“Ultra”), and a link to a web site ( InfoTrends will be publishing an analysis timed to the product’s announcement, which will happen at Print 09. Stay tuned.

Kodak’s Print 09 Gamble: The Pipeline of Innovation

Jim Hamilton
 Aug 28, 2009

You may have heard that Kodak will not be exhibiting any print hardware in its Print 09 booth. This isn’t all that surprising given that many vendors have been cutting back on the larger scale print devices that they are bringing to trade shows. The reason is simple. The cost of bringing these large devices is higher than the marketing return on investment. These devices have a relatively small pool of potential prospects. It’s nice for the masses to see them, but “nice” isn’t a compelling reason for printing system vendors to go to the expense of transporting the devices, setting them up on the show floor, and bringing the right levels of support staff to be sure they are operating at their highest level. Read more »

Print 09 Media Days: Day 2

Jim Hamilton
 Jun 17, 2009

Day 2 of Media Days (see my Day 1 write-up of Media Days) included presentations from Xerox, Henkel, RISO, Lake Image Systems, Konica Minolta, and manroland (displayed below in the order in which they were presented): Read more »

Print 09 Media Days: Day 1

Jim Hamilton

If you are wondering why there has been a flurry of Print 09 announcements over the past day or so, there’s a reason. Today was the first day of a two-day Print 09 pre-briefing event called Media Days. Forty-nine press and journalists from all over the world are gathered in downtown Chicago to listen to fourteen organizations talk about their Print 09 plans. Eight companies presented their plans today and another six will present tomorrow. The organizations that are participating are DiMS!, EFI, GASC (the Graphic Arts Show Company), Henkel, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Lake Image Systems, manroland, MGI, Presstek, the Print Council, Ricoh, RISO, and Xerox. Read more »

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