Posts tagged: printer

Canon Advances its Production Digital Color Portfolio

Jim Hamilton
 May 29, 2014

At the Canon for Business 2014 event in Poing, Germany and at the FESPA trade show in Munich last week, Canon Océ showed strong signs of progress in a variety of areas related to digital color printing through a series of announcements:

  • High-speed color inkjet printing on standard coated offset papers’ Announced but not shown in Poing was a new inkjet system that Canon Océ representatives say can print on a range of offset paper stocks, including coated ones, without the use of bonding agents or primers. The solution, according to Canon, can accomplish this due to its high resolution, small ink droplets, dryers, and a special aqueous pigment ink formulation. The Canon Océ ImageStream 3500 runs at up to 160 meters per minute (525 feet per minute) at 1,200 x 600 dot per inch resolution on a 750-millimeter (30-inch) web. (The device can also run at 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, though at half the speed of 1,200 x 600.) Canon expects the product to be available at the beginning of 2015. InfoTrends will learn more about this product soon (Canon hosted analysts, including InfoTrends’ Ralf SchlÅ‘zer, in Tokyo last week), but for now, it’s intriguing to consider that a vendor has come up with a solution to address standard coated offset papers without inkjet treatments of any kind. (See Ralf Schlozer’s blog on the ImageStream 3500.)

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How do customers make purchase decisions?

Christine Dunne Dunne
 Jan 27, 2014

As part of InfoTrends’ research for clients, we have mapped the steps in the customer decision-making process. Typically, the customer journey includes six main steps: satisfied with current device, trigger event/need recognition, research and fact finding, evaluation of options, purchase, and usage experience.

Upon returning from my maternity leave a few weeks ago, I began wondering how I fit into this model. I received a multifunction printer (MFP) for Christmas that I had selected myself. As it turns out, my decision-making process aligns with the steps outlined above. I will discuss my experience below, followed by some questions print device vendors may like to consider. Read more »

The Inkjet Home User is Unhappy

Zac Butcher
 Mar 11, 2013

As a marketer I am constantly on the lookout for customer insight. Recently there have been two articles in the UK that resulted in inkjet printer customers willingly sharing what they believe, how they feel, and how these factors drive their behaviour. This is marketing gold dust: customer comments, people’s own words, no manufacturer influence–all without charge. For this reason I wanted to highlight and share two articles.

On February 23rd the Guardian published a piece focusing on the alleged reduction in ink volume in genuine inkjet cartridges. It appears that the Mail Online saw the Guardian article and ran with the idea, publishing its own interpretation on March 4th titled “The great printer rip off: Ink costs more than vintage champers–and devious new tricks mean you constantly have to buy refills.” The author discusses the declining volume of ink being put into cartridges in a style clearly designed to elicit a particular response from the readership. Whilst there is certainly bias resulting from the not very well hidden agenda, the comments are nevertheless instructive, and it is the responses that are my primary interest.

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Print and Zombies

Jim Hamilton
 Nov 5, 2012

Somehow, zombies have crept into the debate about the value of print. Below are three recent examples of how print and zombies have been connected in some fashion on the Internet.

  1. Why Print Books Are Like Zombies — This blog is actually about digital rights management, but the point is that printed books live on and on (in your bookshelves, your attic, your basement, etc.). They never die. Nor can they be taken away from you by the publisher after you’ve bought them.
  2. Print Zombie — Is Print Dead? — This blog examines the future of print. It’s called Print Zombie because “Everyone knows if something dies, it just comes back stronger as a Zombie!”
  3. And my favorite: Print versus Digital — Who Survives the Zombies? — This imaginative and hilarious infographic provides compelling facts to support the theory that print is much better suited to survive a zombie attack.

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Frankly Speaking: No Printing Process Dies

Frank Romano
 Oct 4, 2012

These are the three devices that replicate paper-based documents in quantity: copier, printer, and press.

The difference between a copier and a printer is that the copier requires a hard copy original and the printer requires an electronic file. My guess is that very few, if any, copiers are manufactured any more. The light lens system has been replaced with a scanning system connected to a printer. A Multi Function Printer (MFP) is called that because it can copy, scan, print, and fax. Old habits die hard so they are still called copiers; although, most are really MFPs.

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Inspiring Customer Passion: The 2012 Konica Minolta Dealer Event

Jim Hamilton
 Jan 18, 2012

More than 1,000 attendees have been in Las Vegas the past couple of days at the Bellagio hotel for Konica Minolta’s dealer event. This is the third such Konica Minolta event I’ve attended in the past few years. (See previous blogs on the one in Los Angeles in 2010 and Orlando in 2009. This year’s theme is “Inspire Customer Passion” and to bring that message home Konica Minolta presented an engaging mix of corporate presentations, an inspiring keynote by Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos and author of the book Delivering Happiness), and evening entertainment by Larry the Cable Guy.

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Canon to Acquire Showa Information Systems

Jim Hamilton
 Nov 16, 2011

Last week Canon announced its plans to acquire Showa Information Systems (SIS), a Japanese manufacturer of high-end printing systems. If the acquisition goes as Canon expects it to, the deal will involve the purchase of around 12 million shares at a price of 200 yen per share. This would make the total sale more than 2.4 billion yen or about $31 million. Canon expects the share acquisition to be completed around May of 2012. Canon has already concluded an agreement with Showa Information Systems’ largest shareholder (Mars Engineering Corporation), which owns about 26% of SIS.

SIS was established in 1973 and has been active in the development of Japanese language processing technologies for office printers, including what it describes as the world’s first kanji printer. With its SX series of printers it has also competed in high-speed continuous-feed printers for the data center printing. A key strength is its proprietary controller, whose technology may also be used for languages that use two-byte characters. Canon hopes to leverage this capability first in China.

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Independent Office Equipment Dealers Looking to Expand Business

Other Posts
 Jan 19, 2011

In a recent survey of independent office equipment dealers, we asked respondents about their plans for expanding their business beyond their core functions. We asked to what degree they agreed with the following statement — “In general, our company is looking to expand its offerings, capabilities, and services into areas beyond our traditional business.” Read more »

Konica Minolta and Océ End Development Relationship

Jim Hamilton
 Feb 12, 2010

In another indication that Canon’s planned acquisition of Océ is moving toward completion, Konica Minolta and Océ have mutually announced that they are ending their joint development efforts, which had centered around cut-sheet monochrome and color output systems for the production printing market. Konica Minolta and Océ said that they would continue to supply production printing systems to each other on an OEM basis, under the OEM sales agreement. They will also continue to supply consumables and parts and offer after-sales service for products already in the market.

The OEM relationship had started with Konica Minolta providing its 50- and 65-ppm color copier/printers to Océ. It expanded when Konica Minolta announced its bizhub PRO 2500P, an OEM version of Océ’s VarioPrint 6250. The companies announced a formal partnership for a development and marketing relationship in January of 2008.

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Benjamin Franklin and the Future of Printing

Jim Hamilton
 Jan 3, 2010

It was my great pleasure last week to visit the Minneapolis History Center in St. Paul where among other fascinating exhibits is “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World” (see the exhibit web site for more details). As I think about 2010 and the various possibilities that new technologies may bring, I was struck by something Franklin wrote in a May 1788 letter to the Reverend John Lathrop:

“…I have sometimes almost wish’d it had been my Destiny to be born two or three Centuries hence. For Inventions of Improvement are prolific, and beget more of their Kind. The present Progress is rapid. Many of great Importance, now unthought of, will before that Period be procur’d; and then I might not only enjoy their Advantages, but have my Curiosity satisfy’d in knowing what they are to be.”

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