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Monday, April 14, 2014

Mini Mobile Robotic Portable Printer Launches on Kickstarter

Israeli company ZUtA Labs has launched the world’s first robotic printer, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, on Kickstarter. The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, which can be had for a pledge of $180 plus delivery, is essentially a battery-powered black-and-white portable inkjet print head set on wheels – there’s no paper input or output trays, or paper-feeding mechanism – that runs left and right across a piece of paper to print. The printer is based on an omni-wheel system that allows it to accurately turn and drive in any direction.

It measures just 4″ high and 4.5″ in diameter, and weighs about 0.6 lbs. It can print on any size media at up to 1.2 ppm (or about 40 seconds for an A4-size page), uses one black ink cartridge, and features wireless connectivity, and Bluetooth and Bluetooth BPP interfaces. It supports Android, iOS, iOX, Linux, and Microsoft Windows operating systems, and there are apps for printing from iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The printer uses a Lithium battery that can run for up to an hour, and the printer is charged via a USB port. The black ink cartridge is good for about 1,000 pages; ZUtA is planning a model with color inkjet printing for the future.

Using the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, the user places it on the top left corner of the page (selecting the paper size when they send their print job). What happens when printing several pages? The printer will stop will stop when it gets to the bottom of the first page, and will wait for the user to place it at the top of the next page. Once the printer is placed on the next page, the user taps on the app, and it will continue to print.

Source: Wirth Consulting

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Gap Between Inkjet and Laser Printers for Business is Narrowing

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PC Pro reported that a survey it conducted on 502 of its readers has indicated that inkjet printers could become more popular with businesses after respondents were able to pinpoint the advantages of using inkjet devices over laser printers.

71.50% of respondents, which included IT professionals, IT technicians and senior managers, "identified that an Epson WorkForce Pro inkjet gives lower costs per A4 mono page than an HP LaserJet"; while 68.30%, when shown a mono text sample from both a laser and an inkjet printer, "judged that the bolder print-out came from an inkjet rather than a laser".

In addition, 206 of the 502 respondents chose incorrectly when asked to guess whether two photos had been printed from a printer aimed at businesses or a consumer inkjet printer.

While Tim Danton, Editor-in-Chief of PC Pro, admitted that those undertaking the survey had had access to whitepapers on the difference between modern lasers and inkjets and on how a Burger King franchise had switched to using Epson WorkForce Pro printers; he noted that "what's clear is that people are starting to judge printers on what they can do for their business rather than resorting to the old 'laser good, inkjet bad' attitude".

Source: The Recycler

Monday, April 07, 2014

Hackers Steal Printer Cartridges from FBI and Other US Agencies

The Washington Free Beacon reported that printer cartridges worth $1.5 million were stolen from FBI, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and General Services Administration (GSA) through the placing of false contract orders; with law enforcement officials reportedly stating that such cases are "increasing".

GSA alerted vendors that the crime had been committed against itself, the FBI and EPA since July 2012, with a series of fraudulent orders placed online to GSA vendors from hackers posing as federal contracting officials. The orders were for HP toner cartridges, and were placed by individuals using official employee credentials but fake email addresses and telephone numbers as well as stolen credit cards.

Some of the orders totaled as much as $20,000 worth of printer cartridges, with Scott Orbach, President of EZGSA – a company that facilitates GSA contracts – commenting that officials should beware of "unusually large quantities or high-value orders" as well as shipments to "unusual addresses".

Source: The Recycler

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Printer Supplies in Top 10 Most Counterfeited Products in US

Counterfeit Goods
Computers and accessories were the seventh most counterfeited products last year, 3% of all seized goods in the USA.

FreeP reported on the growing costs of counterfeiting to the US and global economies, with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) noting that counterfeited products cost the global economy around $250 billion a year.

The US Customs and Border Protection Agency (USCBP) reported that the value of counterfeit goods seized has actually increased by 38.10% from 2012 to $1.7 billion, with only a "fraction" of all counterfeit products successfully seized. The computers and accessories product category was said to have seen a cumulative seizure value of $47.7 million, with over 1,000 shipments seized last year, a 37.50% higher amount than in 2012.

The top nine product groups that suffer from counterfeiting in the United States meanwhile saw computers and accessories (which includes both printers and printer cartridges) in seventh place, with a 3% share of all counterfeit products seized in the USA in 2013. In ninth place came optical media with 2% of products seized; labels and tags came eighth with 2%; footwear sixth with 3%; and pharmaceuticals and personal care product fifth with 5%.

The top four starts with clothes and accessories with 7%; third was consumer electronics and parts with 8%; second was watches and jewellery with 29% ; and first was handbags and wallets with 40%. The CBP stated that China's role in manufacturing, added to its "intellectual property rights framework", may contribute "to the country's high level of counterfeiting, with $1.2 billion of the $1.7 billion seized in the USA originating in China.

However, it added that "the process and methods of detecting these counterfeiting operations is constantly evolving", with an increased number of seizures last year "explained in part by new collaborative efforts between CBP and various partners" such as China Customs, with the CBP noting that the success has "resulted in a measurable increase in the number and value of seizures and the ability to target and intercept shipments of knock-off products".

Source: The Recycler

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Happy April Fool's Day

- I've just printed it!
- hmm... April Fools?!?!
- No seriously, I DID print it !!!!

Happy April Fool's Day

Monday, March 31, 2014

Schoolboy Calculates Print Savings for US Government by Changing Fonts

Dollar Sigh
US government could save $136 million each year by changing to a font that uses less ink.

A 14-year-old's experiment could end up saving millions of dollars for federal and state governments. But so far, government officials have said it's not the type of economy they're looking for.

Suvir Mirchandani noticed he started getting more handouts in middle school than he had in grade school. Wanting to save the school district money, he put together a science fair experiment measuring which font used in school handouts used the least amount of ink.

As anyone who has purchased a printer cartridge can attest, ink is expensive. "Ink is two times more expensive than French perfume by volume," Mirchandani told CNN.

The Pittsburgh-area student tested four fonts, Garamond, Times New Roman, Century Gothic and Comic Sans to see which used the least amount of ink in printing various letters. Garamond came up the winner. Mirchandani calculated that his district could cut its ink usage by 24% and save $21,000 annually.

He published his findings in the Journal for Emerging Investigators (JEI), a publication founded by Harvard grad students that gives secondary school students a place to publish scientific projects. Its findings are subject to similar rigor as other academic journals.

JEI then asked Mirchandani to extrapolate his findings to the federal government. Based on the General Services Administration's (GSA) estimated cost of ink, which is $467 million annually, Mirchandani found the federal government could save nearly 30% of its ink costs, or $136 million a year, if it used Garamond exclusively.

The Government Printing Office (GPO) was lukewarm to Mirhandani's findings, however. Gary Somerset, GPO’s media and public relations manager, described the findings as "remarkable." But he wouldn't say whether the GPO would change its font. The office, Somerset said, is more concerned with efforts to shift content to the Web.

Source: AllGov

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Legislation Would Force Printer Manufacturers to Acknowledge the High Cost of Ink

Printer Ink Cost
The cost of printer ink cartridges has gotten absolutely “ink”-sane.

That's what two Democratic assemblymen said earlier this year when they introduced legislation that would require printer manufacturers to disclose the cost of ink per 1,000 printed pages.

Now, one ink and toner retailer is jumping on board. Cartridge World, which operates 31 stores in New Jersey, has launched the "Stop the Ink-Sanity" public relations campaign to spread the word that printer manufacturers aren't giving consumers enough information when it comes to the high cost of ink.

"The 200,000 small businesses in New Jersey easily pay $3,000 per year in printer cartridges," Greg Carafello, who owns Cartridge World franchises in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., said in a statement. "That adds up to $1 billion in New Jersey alone."

Indeed, that was the reasoning behind Assembly bill A628, which is co-sponsored by Paul D. Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester) and Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex).

"You may pick up a printer for a reasonable price, completely unaware of how much you are really going to spend long after that purchase for the ink," Moriarty said in a statement back in February, when the bill was approved by the Assembly's Consumer Affairs Committee.

"This bill would help establish a rational mechanism for people to ascertain the lifetime costs of owning that printer."

The bill would make it illegal to sell a printer without indicating the average cost for 1,000 printed pages. It would also be illegal to sell an ink cartridge without noting how many printed pages it would provide. And it wouldn't be enough to hide that information in user manual fine print: The bill stipulates it must be on the packaging or on a "conspicuously attached label or tag."

There would be a price to pay for those manufacturers that don't abide. Fines for a first offense could cost up to $10,000. Any subsequent offense could reach $20,000.

Carafello said businesses should steer clear of cheap printers that "drink ink" and tri-color cartridges that run out quickly.

"We clearly understand the support for the bill," he said in a statement. "Buying printers and ink without consumer labeling information is the equivalent of buying a car without knowing the MPG."

Source: NJBiz

Friday, March 21, 2014

Epson Introduces New WorkForce Pro Printer Models

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New business color printer and MFP range with 75,000-page ink cartridges to be available from Epson, with release date yet to be confirmed.

Techradar reported on the new "game changing" WorkForce Pro printer and MFP range unveiled by Epson, which are equipped with a new Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) technology that means users will be able to print up to 75,000 pages before needing to replace the ink cartridges.

The range consists of four models "exclusively available through select print service partners" under MPS agreement – the WorkForce Pro WF-5690DWF and WF-5620DWF MFPs and WF5190DW and WF-5110DW color printers; all of which come with Epson's piezo-electric technology, PrecisionCore, which purportedly "doubles print quality while doubling print speeds".

The devices have a default color print speed of 30 ppm and a mono print speed of 34 ppm; with the MFPs also able to scan at 19 ppm with a 35-page duplex automatic document feeder (ADF). They also feature color touchscreen displays. All four devices have a maximum duty cycle of 35,000 pages per month, but with Epson estimating that "the bulk of the business printers will churn between 1500 and 2,500 pages per month", the ink could last for "up to four years" which is "well beyond the average printer life expectancy".

Source: Epson introduces new WorkForce Pro printer range

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

HP improves security for mobile printing

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Hewlett Packard / HP improves security in BYOD (bring your own device) work environments with new technologies introduced in its color LaserJet printers.

PCWorld reports that to eliminate the security risks that can come with BYOD environments, such as "rogue devices" using the corporate network, HP has incorporated new technologies into its color LaserJet printers, making peer-to-peer printing "easier to manage while ensuring document security on corporate networks".

With NFC and Wi-Fi Direct, any mobile devices can connect to a printer on a network and print documents due to the technologies being independent of any firewall protecting printers, which can lead to rogue devices entering the network. To improve security whilst still allowing these features, HP has introduced an "independent module with Wi-Fi Direct and NFC that physically attaches to the printer and can easily be snapped out", meaning that the use of peer-to-peer printing can be closely managed.

The OEM has also introduced new security software, the ePrint Enterprise 3.2 app for mobile devices, adding more security barriers before users are able to printer either through a peer-to-peer connection or a Wi-Fi network.

Source: HP improves security for mobile printing

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New imageRUNNER ADVANCEs by Canon

Canon Printer Cartridges
PI World reported on the product launch from the Canon in the US market, with the two machines upgrades of two previous imageRUNNER ADVANCE models – the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5240A is an upgrade on the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5240, whilst the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5235A is an upgrade on the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5235 machine.

The printers are said to improve on previous models by "offering significantly faster scan speeds through single-pass duplex scanning", as well as featuring a scan speed of 120 ipm, over double the speed that the previous machines could scan at. Canon added that the faster scan speeds "improve the productivity of these devices and create greater consistency".

The C5240A printer offers print speeds of up to 40 ppm in monochrome and 35ppm in color, whilst the C5235A machine reaches 35 ppm in monochrome and 30 ppm in color. Canon noted that these faster printing speeds also make the two machines "ideal for office environments with high scanning and printing volumes".

Sam Yoshida, Vice President and General Manager of Marketing at Canon USA's Business Imaging Solutions Group, commented: "At Canon, we're constantly looking to innovate and deliver solutions that help our customers meet the often challenging demands of their office workflows. By enhancing the scanning functionality on these imageRUNNER ADVANCE models, so many more tasks can now be completed with greater efficiency and productivity."

The two devices are now available in the US market, with the C5240A available at $13,020 and the C5235A for $11,970.

Source: Canon launches two new imageRUNNER ADVANCE machines

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Ink Technology Turns Your Printer into a Circuit Board Factory

AgIC’s technology uses silver nanoparticles to create homemade circuit boards.

Wired profiled the technology, noting that it :turns your home printer into a circuit board factory" through using ink made from silver nanoparticles, which only requires "sintering" – the process where metal particles are bonded at high temperatures to become conductive – when the ink is made before sale.

The technology thus allows inkjet printer users to print out a circuit board and utilize it without the need for heating the chemicals in the ink to a high temperature, with the development meaning "home printing circuit boards go from being a concept to actually being in everybody's home", according to Wired.

AgIC, the company behind the technology, are trying to raise funds via the crowd funding website Kickstarter to receive more investment for the product, and it won an award last year for a "paper describing the process". The company's founder Shinya Shimizu stated that "if a start up wants to develop hardware, it is generally more difficult to find a circuit designer than a programmer", and the company's technology allows for this to be circumvented.

Technical Adviser, Yoshihiro Kawahara, summarized the technology as "in short, a chemical reaction happens when the ink is dried on the surface of the paper. This small advance makes a huge difference as a practical tool. Backers can sit back and relax". The company says that infrastructure is the "main problem" in the way of the technology spreading, and for that reason its utilizing Kickstarter to help raise funds to improve that aspect.

AgIC also faces the issue of "convincing a public perhaps unfamiliar with circuitry" to buy into its technology but Shimizu stated his belief that by "enabling easier and faster prototyping of circuit design, more people will try it", and added that the company is currently targeting "mainly people who have experience", but would "like to expand the user segment to other spheres".

Source: New ink technology allows users to print circuit boards

Thursday, March 06, 2014

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Paperless office -- far from reality

IT Web reported on DCC's OKI Product Specialist Heinrich Pretorius, who spoke with the news outlet to discuss how the paperless office is "far from a reality", despite the growing global trend "towards reducing printing in order to become more environmentally friendly and work towards a lower carbon footprint".

Pretorius stated that there are still many "essential documents" as well as contracts and business cards that still need to be physically printed, adding that "the printer remains a vital piece of office equipment", and that companies wishing to be environmentally conscious can utilize eco-friendly printer features such as duplexing and high-yield printer cartridges, as well as power saving modes.

He also told the site that people "purchasing a printer based on pricing alone and not workload requirements" can experience "premature failure of the printer", with printing volumes overlooked in favor of "focusing on the cost alone", when businesses can save money instead of "far exceeding the initial savings" on a cheaper machine.

Pretorius commented: "Choosing a business printer requires careful consideration and a number of areas should be examined to ensure maximum value, productivity and efficiency. Choosing the right printer requires an understanding of business needs and requirements. The first and foremost consideration is the volume of printing."

"If high print volumes are required, it is essential to purchase a printer that can cope with this need. A good way of gauging this is to look at the duty cycle of the printer, which gives an indication of the volumes the printer can handle on a monthly basis. Workhorse printers can often handle up to 200,000 pages per month, which will ensure the printer does not fail due to overuse."

He added: "Print speeds are also important since large documents can take a long time to print at low speeds. Enterprise-class printers can offer time to first print at five seconds, as well as up to 52 ppm, ensuring that large volumes of documents can be printed quickly and efficiently. It is important to have encryption functionality as well as secure networking."

"In addition, PIN codes to release print jobs can ensure that unauthorized personnel cannot simply walk past the printer and pick up documents that are not theirs."

Pretorius concluded by noting that all these factors must be taken into account when purchasing devices, and that they are still vital: "Printers are an essential piece of office equipment in many businesses, and need to fit the business and its requirements if they are to deliver value. By taking into account print volumes, print speeds, networking, security and the features of the printer, organizations can ensure they purchase the right device for their needs, increasing value and lowering the total cost of ownership while maximizing productivity and efficiency."

Source: Paperless office "far from reality"

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New mobile and NFC-enabled multifunction printer from HP

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The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476 features mobile and NFC connectivity.

Hewlett Packard / HP stated that the newest addition to "the world"s best-selling MFP family" features mobile print capabilities aimed at small-to-medium businesses (SMBs), including NFC (near-field communications) technology, adding that the "simple, secured" technologies allow users to "print or access content, anytime, anywhere, from any device".

HP noted that by 2015 around half of smartphones and about 58% of tablets will be used by owners to print, and states that it "continues to build out a line-up of devices" that "simplify the way customers can securely print", with its ePrint and AirPrint mobile applications, along with the NFC technology, making the M476 the first "Mopria-certified" device, with the OEM one of the members of the global mobile printing alliance.

Other features of the machine include its productivity and workflow utilities, including "access to cloud business applications" and single-pass two-sided scanning, which HP notes “enable users to accelerate efficiency in a hybrid paper-and-digital world". The OEM previously released a USB NFC box that would allow older machines to utilize NFC technology.

Brian Schmitz, Director of Future Product Marketing for HP’s LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions, commented: "The expectation of today’s business customer is to print securely from any location or device. HP remains committed to delivering simple, secured mobile print solutions aimed to help customers solve the mobility challenge of working while in the office or on-the-go."

"With the addition of these new enterprise-grade mobility offerings, HP is helping small-to-medium businesses increase productivity and workflow solutions like never before."

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Source: HP launches new mobile and NFC-enabled MFP

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Funai Electric Open Facility After Buying Lexmark Inkjet Side

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The Japanese company will employ 50 people after acquiring the inkjet technology of the Lemxmark's last year.

Lane Report reported on the move by Funai Electric to the Lexmark campus in Lexington, which will see the company employ up to 50 staff with an average salary of $100,000. The company based at the site will be called Funai Lexington Technology Corporation, and will be a subsidiary of the global technology company.

The company purchased Lexmark’s inkjet technology assets in April last year, and the site will "support research and development in the inkjet and microfluidic technologies", with an investment said to be worth around $4.2 million to the state of Kentucky.

In return, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority "preliminarily" approved tax incentives for Funai worth around $1.2 million through its Kentucky Business Investment program, a performance-based incentive that allows companies to "keep a portion of their investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credit and wage assessments".

Kentucky Governer Stever Beshear stated: "This is a prime example of an innovative company teaming up with an innovative and high-tech workforce. Kentucky’s reputation for employing educated and skilled workers is gaining the attention of companies around the world. We are very excited to welcome Funai to the commonwealth, and we look forward to seeing Funai Lexington Technology Corp. grow into a global leader."

Kiyoshi Chinzei, Officer and General Manager of Funai Electrics' Office Solution Business Unit, added: "Funai Lexington Technology Corp. is a critical development resource for the Funai Electric Company Limited. This new company will continue research and development in the inkjet and microfluidic technologies."

"We expect this company will lead great success for us to be one of global leaders in the new business opportunities. We are pleased with the technology resources available in Lexington and the support of the Commonwealth of Kentucky."

In turn, Bob Quick, President and CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. noted: "Lexington is excited to welcome Funai Lexington Technology Corp. to our technology community. Lexington was recently ranked in the top 25 high-tech hotspots in America, and Funai's decision to locate in our city is a testament to our educated workforce, low cost of doing business and innovative spirit."

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Source: Funai Electric to open facility in Lexington after buying Lexmark inkjet technology

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Printer on Water Instead of Ink Invented

Ink and Water
Like any ordinary printer, this machine ingests a blank page and spits it out covered in print. But instead of ink, it uses only water, and the used paper fades back to white within a day, enabling it to be reused.

A team of chemists claims their "water-jet" technology allows each page to be reprinted dozens of times, a money-saving and tree-saving option in a digital world that still relies heavily on hard copy.

"Several international statistics indicate that about 40% of office printouts are taken to the waste paper basket after a single reading," said Sean Xiao-An Zhang, a chemistry professor at Jilin University in China, who oversaw the work.

The trick lies in the paper, which is treated with an invisible dye that colors when exposed to water, then disappears. The print fades away within about 22 hours at temperatures below 35 degrees as the water evaporates – quicker if exposed to high heat, Zhang and a team wrote in a paper describing their invention in the journal Nature Communications.

The print is clear, claim the designers, and the technology cheap.

"Based on 50 times of rewriting, the cost is only about 1% of the inkjet prints," Zhang said in a video on the Nature website. Even if each page was re-used only a dozen times, the cost would still be about one-seventeenth of the inkjet version. Sean said dye-treating the paper, of the type generally used for printing, added about 5% to its price, but this is more than compensated for by the saving on ink.

Crucially, the new method does not require a change of printer but merely replacing the ink in the cartridge with water, using a syringe. "Water is a renewable resource and obviously poses no risk to the environment," said the study.

Previous work in the quest for a disappearing ink has tended to yield a low-contrast print, often at a high cost, and sometimes using hazardous chemicals. Zhang and his team used a previously little-studied dye compound called oxazolidine, which yielded a clear, blue print in less than a second after water was applied. They have managed to create four water-printed colors so far – blue, magenta, gold and purple – but can only print in one hue at a time, for now.

The next step is to improve both the resolution and the duration of the print. They are also working on a machine that will heat pre-printed sheets of paper as they are fed into the machine, fading the pages instantaneously for re-printing.

At 70 degrees, the color disappears within about 30 seconds.

Zhang said the dyed paper was "very safe" but toxicity tests are underway to be sure.

Source: Scientists create printer that uses water instead of ink

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

OfficeMax Misused Customer’s Personal Information

NBC Chicago reported on the letter sent to Mike Seay, whose 17 year old daughter Ashley died in a car crash in April 2013 in Antioch, Illinois, and to whom the office products retailer sent marketing material addressed to Mike Seay and "Daughter Killed in Car Crash" on the address label of the envelope.

The letter was received by Seay last Thursday, and he asked friends how to handle the situation, eventually deciding to contact the company"s call center, who told him "it was impossible" and that "this can't be happening", before NBC contacted OfficeMax, who have "blamed it on a third-party mailing list provider".

Seay stated to NBC: "Why would they have that type of information? Why would they need that? What purpose does it serve anybody to know that? And how many other types of information do they have if they have that on me, or anyone else? And how do they use that, what do they use that for?"

OfficeMax later sent a statement out from its corporate affairs office, saying: "We are deeply sorry that Mr. Seay and his family received this mailing from us, and we are reaching out to Mr. Seay to convey our sincerest apologies on this unfortunate matter. This mailing is a result of a mailing list rented through a third-party provider. We have reached out to the third-party mailing list provider to research what happened. Based on a preliminary investigation today we believe this to be an inadvertent error; and we are continuing the investigation." in turn discussed how the company had "failed on the PR front … twice" by having "mishandled customer service" by meeting Seay’s queries with "incredulity rather than an apology, let alone sympathy", and by then "immediately blaming a third-party vendor"; in this site’s view, the fact is that "the letter bore OfficeMax’s brand, so the public does not care who erred".

The site went on to note that customer service is the "front line of public relations", and that "by failing to manage and assure quality" in terms of the third-party company, OfficeMax "fumbled its brand protection … blaming the vendor does nothing to absolve OfficeMax of that responsibility". It also dismissed privacy concerns by stating that the error "was more mundane", and that it was "not the existence of this data that was a problem, but rather its use" by the company.

Source: The Recycler, NBC Chicago,

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Mobile Printer Market is Expected to be Worth $11 billion

Mobile Printer
A new market report from Reportlinker, titled Global Mobile Printers Market Forecast & Opportunities 2018, discusses the mobile printing market's future growth, with expectations that it will reach a value of $11.87 billion by 2018 across the globe.

The site states that the mobile and portable printer market "came into existence in 1985", and that by 1990 the machines were "widely available and were being extensively used in retail, transportation and hospitality" industries, with "initial adoption" seen in the North American and European markets.

The industry started with dot-matrix machines, but with "various technological advancements" inkjet and thermal machines are "widely used", with the thermal-based devices using a "special type of thermal paper instead of ribbon or cartridges", which "reduces the replacement or refilling costs" of the devices.

In terms of regional markets, Reportlinker believes that the Asia-Pacific market will be the "highest revenue generator" before Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa, as with the "growth of online retailing, the need for a mobile workforce has increased exponentially", in turn resulting in a growth in demand for such devices.

Source: Mobile printer market to be worth $11 billion worldwide by 2018

Friday, January 17, 2014

“There is No Reason to Not Use” Remanufactured Printer Cartridges

Remanufactured Printer Cartridges
Wiles Greenworld’s Tony Robins noted that remanufactured cartridges are a "stand-out" opportunity for businesses to save the environment.

An interview with E2B Pulse saw Robins, Sustainable Development Director at office supplies and services company Wiles Greenworld, discuss the options businesses based in London have to cut down their environmental impact, with remanufactured cartridges among the options he believes are obvious for London-based businesses to take up, and one of the "most popular" green products that the company provides to businesses.

Robins stated that toner cartridges "are the other opportunity within offices that stands out", as "frankly, there is no reason to not use remanufactured toner cartridges. All the relevant parts, the selenium drums and springs are replaced and it's just reusing the plastic case".

He also mentioned that "sometimes there's an issue with brand awareness and confidence and a default to thinking that an HP brand or a Canon brand is a guarantee that the product will work", but in terms of cost savings "it’s very significant to move to remanufactured cartridges and quality-wise, there is no reason for there to be an impact".

Robins notes that the company's attitude has "been to promote and supply products with the least environmental impact as the preferred option”, and that many companies in office supplies "might put out a global tender" asking for the "cheapest place [they] can buy" recycled products, which is often said to be China, but in Wiles Greenworld’s case, Robins believes that "if it's for the UK and that product is then shipped 5,000 miles, a product from a sustainable source provided locally may well have a lower environmental impact".

Source: Environmental office company claims “there is no reason to not use” remanufactured cartridges

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The price of Gas versus Printer Ink

The price of Gas versus Printer Ink
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The price of Gas versus Printer Ink
All these examples do NOT imply that gasoline is cheap, it just illustrates how outrageous some prices are.

You will be really shocked by the last one!
(At least, I was...)

Compared with Gasoline...
Think a gallon of gas is expensive?
This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective.
Diet Snapple 16 oz
$1.29 - $10.32 per gallon
Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz
$1.19 - $9.52 per gallon
Gatorade 20 oz
$1.59 - $10.17 per gallon
Ocean Spray 16 oz
$1.25 - $10.00 per gallon
Brake Fluid 12 oz
$3.15 - $33.60 per gallon
Vick's Nyquil 6 oz
$8.35 - $178.13 per gallon
Pepto Bismol 4 oz
$3.85 - $123.20 per gallon
Scope 15 oz
$0.99 - $84.48 per gallon
And this is the REAL KICKER...
Evian water 9 oz
$1.49 - $21.19 per gallon
for WATER and the buyers don't even know the source!
(Evian spelled backwards is Naive.)
Ever wonder why printers are so cheap?
So they have you hooked for the ink.
Someone calculated the cost of the ink at
(you won't believe it... but it is true!!!)

$5,200 a gallon
(five thousand two hundred dollars)
So, the next time you're at the pump, be glad your car doesn't run on water, Scope, or Whiteout, Pepto Bismol, Nyquil or God forbid, Printer Ink!
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Save Money Using MPS

Save Money
Mike Stately told of how his company was over-spending on printer ink, explaining that while it prints its "fair share" of documents, it was "not nearly enough to warrant what we were spending. We had to find a new way to do business".

As a result, Stately turned to MPS provider Pacific Office Automation, which he said shared "very revealing" information, particularly that printers use up ink for maintenance purposes even when not engaged in printing. Pacific Office Automation’s Doug Pitassi explained: "There had been an investigation done by Consumer Reports that showed how inefficient most ink brands are […] so when Mike Stately called, we let him know this information and made some suggestions as to how to alleviate his concerns."

Stately decided to invest in an MFP to help save on the cost of printer ink, with the device able to provide data on who is printing and how much to further manage the costs of printing. Using an MFP also means that many documents no longer need to be printed as the device allows documents to be shared via the network database.

Commenting on the new printing strategy, Stately said: "It has been incredibly helpful. Our printing costs are down, and we are spending so much less on ink. It is much more efficient than anything else we have used in the past. Our employees save time and unnecessary effort, and we save on costs. It’s a win-win for everyone involved."

You can also save on printer supplies by purchasing Earth Friendly remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. Visit and start saving.

Source: Company saves money with MPS

Friday, January 10, 2014

Smartphone Instant Printer from Fujifilm

Fujifilm's Instax Share SP-1 device will be able to print photos from phones on the spot.

Gizmodo reported that the machine, the latest in the company's range of Instax instant printers, can "approximate that level of satisfaction" and "wonderful feel" of photos "a Polaroid used to spit out", with the machine's built-in Wi-Fi radio allowing it to become a hotspot as well as a printer.

The machine works through the Instax Share iOS and Android applications on smartphones, with a connection made to the printer and the photo produced on a two-by-three inch film sheet. Gizmodo added that the printer also has a "print again button" for those who've "taken a photo of a group and would like a souvenir", with dates and times added to photos if chosen as an option.

The site also noted that it "loves the idea that you can turn your photo into a memory" with the machine, which is also battery-powered for mobile and on-the-go use, and will be available in the US market in April for $200.

Source: Fujifilm launches mobile phone instant printer

Monday, January 06, 2014

Make Your Office Greener

Earth Friendly Printer Cartridges
It's much easier being greener at home, but what about in your work place? There are a few tips to make your office greener and help saving the environment.

Remanufactured inkjet cartridges and laser toner supplies
Each year more than 375 million empty ink and toner cartridges are thrown away, with most of them ending up in landfills or in incinerators. You can help to reduce this harmful waste by recycling your toner and ink cartridges and by purchasing re-manufactured ones. We at Priceless Ink & Toner offer Earth friendly recycled printer supplies for almost all printer brands and models.
According to recent statistics from major supplies' retailers, using a remanufactured toner cartridge can keep about two pounds of metal and plastic out of landfills and save nearly a half-gallon of oil. Many retail stores offer incentive programs if you bring in your empty inkjet cartridges and toner cartridges for recycling. Consider refilling your old ink and toner cartridges yourself to realize substantial savings.

Reduce paper usage
According to The Economist's article from 1980, the average American uses the paper equivalent of nearly six 40-foot trees each year. Despite the increased use of electronic communication, the average American office worker goes 10,000 sheets of paper every year, according to statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency.
You can reduce paper usage by using online office tools to share documents. Or if you need to print your document, make double-sided copies or print on the back of old documents. Recycle unused backs of paper that come to your office in the mail or as flyers for use as notepaper for your office.
Guide books and manuals could be e-mailed to the employees instead of printing a copy to each of them. You can also cut down on paper bills and junk mail.

Reuse products and supplies packages
Most packaging can be re-used several times. When you get a package delivery, save the box, bubble-wrap and cardboard to use in your next shipment. What can't be reused -- recycle

Save on electricity
Use laptops instead of desktop computers whenever practical. Laptops consume five times less electricity. When you set desktop computers to go into automatic sleep mode during short breaks, it can cut their energy use by about 70%.
Shut off lights when you leave a room. Shut off all lights when leaving the building. Purchase Energy Star-rated light bulbs and fixtures which use less energy and last up to 10 times longer before burning out. Consider installing motion sensors or timers on entrance ways.
Make use of natural light whenever you can by opening curtains and blinds during the day.

Get rid of the plastic cups and plates
Encourage staff members to bring their own water bottles and coffee mugs instead of the disposable ones. Provide filtered drinking water for employee use.
Place recycling bins in high-traffic areas of your office and post clear instructions about what can and cannot be recycled in them.

Save on transportation
Think about ways you can cut down on the environmental impact of transportation costs for your staff members -- encourage car-pooling.
Use teleconferencing to reduce travel expenses. Help employees to arrange carpooling or offer incentives for using public transportation to and from work.

Source: Practical Steps for a Greener Office

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wide-format Market grows in Fourth Quarter

Wide-Format Printing Cartridges
IDC’s latest overview saw the sector grow by 6.2% , with 77,000 units shipped in 3Q 2013.

The latest version of the Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker presented the market's growth, which is the first growth period "since the first quarter of 2011 where both units and shipments achieved year-over-year gains", according to the analysts.

The total market value for the third quarter of 2013 came to $802.8 million, which was an increase of 6.2% from the third quarter in 2012, with growth said to have been "fueled" by "solid demand" from both the United States and Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) (APeJ) markets, with the USA seeing a unit increase of 16.5% and value increase of 8.4%, and the APeJ region seeing a 20.9% unit increase and 8.4% value increase as well.

Breaking down the wide-format industry into technical and graphic applications, the former segment grew by 5.7% to 45,900 units shipped, with a 59.1% share of the total market, "unchanged" from the previous year. Seven of eight regions saw growth in technical printing, with the MEA (Middle East and Africa) first with 23.8%, followed by the USA with 15.4% and Japan with 12.7%.

The graphics application segment also saw a unit increase of 6.9% to 31,800 units, a 40.9% share of the total market, with the APeJ and US markets among the four regions that saw growth in comparison to 2012, with 19.8% and 18% increases respectively. In turn, both Japan and the MEA saw increases over the results from 3Q 2012.

In terms of OEM share, HP remains first, with a share of 39.1% and 30,500 units shipped, a decline of 1.4%, though it saw growth in four regions, including the APeJ and US markets with 15% and 13.4% respectively. Epson ranked second, with a growth of 13.5% to 16,600 units shipped – a 21.4% market share, with double-digit growth in the US of 51.4%, the APeJ of 34.2%, Japan with 22.4%, and the MEA with 16.8%.

Canon placed third with unit increase of 12.4% to 16,400 units and a 21.1% share, with all regions growing except Western Europe, with Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), APeJ and Canada each seeing an increase of 46.7%, 35.5 percent and 17.3% respectively. Roland held fourth place with 20.9% growth and 2,700 units shipped, with gains everywhere but Europe, including the MEA with 50 percent, APeJ with 45.7%, and Latin America with 45.1%.

Finally, Ricoh held fifth position, with two thousand units shipped for a share of 2.6%, with shipments increasing by 22.1% to make it the "best year-over-year performance", with growth in all regions except Latin America, including a growth of 3.8% in Japan, 45.1% in the US and 20.4% in the APeJ.

Phuong Hang, Programe Director for Worldwide Large Format Printer Tracker at IDC, stated: "Epson was one of the main growth engines in the APeJ market. The password encryption on Epson print heads benefited Epson itself, as well as Roland, Mimaki and Mutoh who OEM from Epson. The encryption was established in December 2012 and helped to prevent other Chinese brands from using Epson print heads to develop their own machines."

The Recycler previously reported that the global wide-format market is set to be worth $12.5 billion by 2016.

Source: Global wide-format market sees growth in final quarter

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