On January 18, Ricoh announced that it has acquired Avanti Computer Systems Limited for an undisclosed sum. Avanti is the provider of the Avanti Slingshot print management information system (MIS) for the production print market. According to Ricoh, this is “one of the most advanced JDF-certified Print MIS available in the market today.” Ricoh notes
Recently, we wrote about a fifth class action being filed against HP over a “dynamic security feature” in an HP firmware update rolled out to certain OfficeJet, OfficeJet Pro, and OfficeJet Pro X printers that suddenly caused certain third-party inkjet supplies to stop working. Currently the total number of class actions over this issue that
On January 17, Actionable Intelligence hosted a webinar looking back on 2016—the most transformative year yet in the office imaging industry—and exploring what lies ahead for the industry in 2017. In 2016, continued declining demand for certain classes of products put stress on already-stressed market segments. The industry’s overcapacity had a transformative effect on printer,
Last week, Lexmark announced that its facility in Juarez, Mexico, is making its own post-consumer recycled plastic from spent cartridges in-house and has already used more than 5 million pounds of recycled plastic in new parts for Lexmark supplies. Lexmark, of course, has manufacturing facilities for laser printer supplies in Juarez, including a recycling plant
On January 16, Samsung announced that its Android-based mobile printing app, the Samsung Print Service, has received full Mopria Print Library Certification. In a company press release, Samsung says that this means Android users now have the same ability to print to any printer brand that Apple iOS users have enjoyed for over five years.
Ontario, Canada-based PrintFleet has signed a partnership with Brother’s U.S subsidiary to provider resellers and dealers with enhanced digital automation services for the Brother Dashboard reporting tool. It is just the latest partnership PrintFleet has announced in its drive toward “the industrialization of our industry,” as the company describes its mission. The Brother Dashboard automatically
In mid-September, a “dynamic security feature” installed in a HP inkjet printer firmware update earlier in the year went live, causing certain third-party inkjet supplies to stop working in various OfficeJet, OfficeJet Pro, and OfficeJet Pro X inkjet devices. From September through November 2016, four class actions were filed against HP over the controversial move.
Saying it is the first to do so, Chinese chip manufacturer Apex Microelectronics has developed replacement chips for the first of HP’s A3 MFPs to employ Samsung engines. HP’s LaserJet MFP M436n and M43nda were released in the fourth quarter of 2016 in China and India. These A3 monochrome MFPs print and copy at up to
Canon Inc. has been a very consistent innovator in digital imaging technology and other fields over the years. On January 12, the company announced that in 2016 it was once again ranked third overall in terms of number of U.S. patents awarded in 2016 and ranked first among Japanese companies. Overall, Canon was awarded 3,665
Lest you think Canon is resting on its laurels after getting favorable resolutions in its dongle gear litigation in various countries, the OEM has announced that it was awarded in an injunction in a new case. On January 12, Canon announced that the District Court of Düsseldorf in Germany granted it an ex parte preliminary