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More than one million solid ink machines are in use today, serving thousands of customers who produce more than six billion pages each year. It’s a technology originally created by Tektronix in 1986 and used in computer printers and multifunction devices.


After Xerox acquired the Tektronix Color Printing and Imaging Division in 2000, solid ink became part of the Xerox line of office printing and imaging products, with early offerings focused on the graphic arts industry. The company worked on lowering running costs whileimproving performance and quality.

“As the technology improved and costs were reduced, the focus shifted to office printing environments, where quality and cost-efficiency are important,” says Craig Green, Xerox National Channel Manager.

Xerox has continued to evolve its solid ink technology, and has been highly successful in the workgroup printing segment. “That is because from its inception, solid ink technology was designed as a page-printing process and has been implemented in products clearly intended for workgroups and office users,” Green adds. “Solid ink printers use page-wide print heads to produce excellent colour print quality at print speeds comparable to or faster than laser-based products.”

Solid ink technology uses solid ink sticks instead of the fluid ink or toner powder usually used in printers. After the ink stick is loaded into the printing device, it is melted and produces images on paper in a process similar to offset printing. It is known to produce more vibrant colours than other methods and can print on a wide range of media. Solid ink printers are easy to use with recycled paper, are able to print on many different types and thicknesses of media, and are much less sensitive to changes in media type than are colour laser printers.

“The sticks are non-toxic and safe to handle,” says Green. “The president of Tektronix actually ate part of a stick of solid ink, demonstrating how safe they are to handle. The technology is also more environmentally friendly due to reduced waste output.”

Compared with colour laser printing technology, solid ink generates up to 90% less printing waste because there are no cartridges to dispose of and less packaging to add to landfills.

The cartridge-free design and minimal packaging also result in:

* Less to manufacture
* Less storage space
* Better transport efficiency

Cartridge-free solid ink lowers running costs by reducing the number of parts customers must replace, and as a result, offers colour pages at a lower cost. According to a white paper by research company InfoTrends: “The solid ink writing system is much less complicated compared to Xerography, with fewer moving components and fewer replaceable supplies, which translates to the potential for lower overall operating costs.”

“If you print lots of colour pages, solid ink printers and multifunction printers can help you realise a significant savings on 70% of the colour pages you print every day. You get exceptional value, with a total cost of ownership that’s hard to beat,” Green says.



BRACKNELL, U.K. – HP announced new imaging and printing products. These include services and solutions with enhanced productivity tools, new security solutions and mobility offerings to enable businesses of all sizes to capture, connect and communicate more securely and efficiently.

The new offerings include:
• A new HP Officejet printer, four new HP LaserJet printers and a HP Scanjet. These offerings provide small and medium business (SMB) and enterprise customers professional-quality documents and fast print speeds, along with the ability to extend the office beyond its physical location.
• Ten new and enhanced workflow solutions, applications and security offerings to increase efficiency, improve business processes and help businesses control and secure information-management processes.
• HP Digital Workflow Integration Services, an extension of HP Managed Print Services, which deliver powerful solution capabilities resulting in access to information by integrating back-end systems for real-time business-process optimisation, and providing customers a single point of contact to manage the engagement. By combining the strength of an innovative product portfolio, industry-leading management tools and a broad range of solutions, HP efficiently and securely meets the unique needs of today’s enterprise customer.

Improve flexibility with new printing and scanning products
The HP Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One is the world’s first mobile all-in-one printer and an ideal companion for business professionals who need a compact, durable solution for printing, scanning and copying while on the go. It features built-in wireless Bluetooth for printing from select notebooks and smartphones and a long-lasting lithium-ion battery that provides enough power to print up to 500 pages on a full charge.

The HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401 is HP’s first web-connected mono single-function laser printer, and the HP LaserJet Pro 400 MFP M425 is HP’s first web-connected mono laser multifunction printer (MFP). Both feature advanced connectivity that meets the expanding needs of fast-paced SMB environments, including HP ePrint and HP Wireless Direct, which allow employees to more easily stay connected and productive while out of the office. In addition, the 8.89 cm touchscreen control panel allows users to manage print functions and access business applications directly from the device.

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Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced it will resume production of consumer tablets but says it will run them on Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system.

The world’s largest technology firm suspended its touchPad WebOS tablet production line last year on poor sales.

Restarting production is a strategic move aimed at capitalising on the extraordinary growth in tablet sales, chief executive Meg Whitman said yesterday at the Global Influencer Summit 2012.

The California-based firm also plans to merge its printing and PC computer businesses.

The consolidation will take place among Southeast Asian’s operating units within the next three months.

Ms Whitman said the merger, with a combined business value of US$65 billion, will improve HP’s business efficiency by centralising sales and marketing teams, unifying products and reducing logistics costs.

Todd Bradley, the executive vice-president for printing and personal systems, said HP’s Windows 8 tablets will come equipped with cloud-based technology, enabling users to share and store content online between different devices.

He also said ultrabooks will be a key product aimed at both consumers and businesses this year.

HP has introduced the Envy, a sleek-design ultrabook aimed at the mass market and priced from $700-800.

The company will also offer a premium Envy priced at $999.

HP is searching for an Asia-Pacific location to build a $100-million printer factory, with Thailand considered an option.

Mr Bradley said Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are the top three high-growth markets in Asean, as these countries still have low PC penetration rates.

Bryan Ma, an associate vice-president at the global research firm IDC, said Asean’s PC exports are expected to grow by 9% to 19 million units this year.

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Authorities in the UAE has seized more than one million counterfeit printing products and components since last year, following co-ordination with HP.

The vendor has worked with law enforcement authorities in a number of actions against suppliers of fake items in the past year.

In one action alone in February, police raided several interconnected companies in Dubai, seizing 320,000 counterfeit flat boxes, more than 35,000 finished fake print cartridges, over 24,000 empty laser print cartridges and 20,000 counterfeit laser security labels. Four people were arrested in connection with the raid.

“HP appreciates the cooperation of the Dubai Police and its continued prosecution of counterfeiters who try to defraud innocent customers,” said Amin Mortazavi, general manager, Imaging and Printing Group, HP Middle East. “We look forward to further collaborations to eliminate fake products to ensure that people receive genuine products of original quality and reliability.”

In the EMEA region in the past four years, HP’s anti-counterfeit program has conducted nearly 1,000 investigations which have resulted in over 600 enforcement actions and the seizure of nearly 8 million counterfeit products and components.




A team of German scientists have developed the world’s first printable speaker, which will be displayed at the drupa tradeshow this month.

The reports that scientists at the Institute for Print and Media Technology at Chemnitz University of Technology have developed the printable speakers through the process of “printing layers of polymers and conductive chemicals onto a single piece of paper”. The speakers were also presented to visitors at the drupa show in Dusseldorf last month.

The team had been working on the project for two and a half years before making a successful prototype, and the finished product could become a “viable, cheaper alternative” to normal speakers as “polymers are cheap to make in big batches”. The only downside so far is that the speakers lack the ability to project deep bass sounds, though this is being worked on.

The speakers are highly flexible, and each is even able to “produce a better sound when it is being bent”, according to the researchers. The concept of “intelligent packaging”, whereby the paper could be used in a commercial sense, has also been mooted as a possible venture for the technology.

Project member Dr. Georg Schmidt described how the system works: “A cable is used to run music from a computer or MP3 player, which causes the printed layers to vibrate against each other and push the sound out.

“As soon as we had them working we used them to listen to the radio all the time in our office. They can create sound up to 80 decibels, so more than loud enough to hear inside.”



Brother has unveiled the fastest printer in the world, spitting out pages at 100 per minute. Presented as a perfect middle ground between inkjet and laser printing, it’s primarily intended for corporate use.

Nobody has the slightest inkling what it’s called, how much it will cost, or when it will be released. But we did see it—and film it—at work. Yes, it really does exist.

It’s official, 100 pages per minute is now the fastest printing speed on the market. The technology is based on a single 21.5 cm-wide print head with no fewer than 5,198 nozzles.

The mysterious printer performs somewhat like a departmental printer. A multitude of trays can be added for different paper types in order to produce the quantities needed for massive printing jobs. It is capable of simultaneous double-sided printing and the print head is stationary.

Brother claims that it halves both printing costs and the machine’s carbon footprint. As we wait for further information, here’s the video we took at the presentation in Berlin.

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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A. Inc. announced that the PIXMA MG8220 and MG6220 Wireless Photo All-In-One (AIO) inkjet photo printers now support Google Cloud Print allowing users to print from Gmail and Google Docs on a mobile device and from the Google Chrome browser for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome devices. With Google Cloud Print, you can print from wherever you are, from applications you use every day. You can even share your home and work printers with anyone you choose. The PIXMA MX892 Wireless Office AIO inkjet printer is also scheduled to provide the same support in May.

“We are excited to work with Google on the addition of this connectivity feature on our PIXMA printers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “In today’s world, we understand that consumers are always interested in additional connectivity options to print their important photos and documents and we are more than happy to be able to deliver this new feature to our users today.”

“We designed the Google Cloud Print service to make it easy to print to a home or work printer directly from any app or device that you use every day,” said Mike Jazayeri, product management director at Google. “It’s exciting to see that the latest range of Canon printers are Google Cloud Print ready, offering people a seamless printing experience.”

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Toner Recycling (TRC), which operates cartridge collection services for Ricoh, Canon, Brother, Konica Minolta, and Sharp, has announced the implementation of waste toner into paint suitable for applications including buildings, fences and covering graffiti, reports Waste Management World.

The collection company aimed to find a commercially viable way of making use of the waste toner from cartridges collected, noting that despite the plastic and metal components of toner cartridges being easily recyclable, TRC generated enough waste toner to fill 1,000 litre bottles on a monthly basis.

Another New Zealand company, Enviropaints, discovered that the toner is polymer-based and therefore suitable for use in paints and, following a six-month trial, created what is believed to be the first re-created specialist outdoor commercial paint.

Wayne Grieve, General Manager, TRC, commented: “Finding a path for the waste toner was the missing piece of the jigsaw […] We don’t put ourselves up as a ‘zero to landfill’ recycler, but what goes in is less than half of one percent.

“It has been fantastic to work with Enviropaints, which has the technical expertise and vision to think outside the square and produce quality paints incorporating all kinds of materials which would otherwise go to landfill.”

Peter Reid, General Manager, Enviropaints, added: “This is an exciting innovation. It wasn’t an easy process to perfect, so it was a matter of coming up with the secret formula using our innovative technology to achieve the right results.

“We are able to use the various toner colours to their maximum advantage, and have achieved our goal of creating a new-life paint through innovation. This, of course, has definite cost savings on our raw materials, resulting in a sharper price to the end user without affecting the quality.”

Reid also remarked that Enviropaints is “well down the road” to implementing toner usage into other areas.

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72 variants of LaserJet printers are at potential risk of unauthorised access.

Hewlett-Packard on Friday issued an urgent support notification to registered HP LaserJet printer owners warning of a vulnerability that could allow hackers unauthorized access to 50 product lines.

HP said in an email viewed by PCMag that no reports have been made of the affected printers being accessed through the vulnerability, but pointed owners of LaserJet-branded printers to a list of affected products and instructions for fixing the bug on its tech support site.

The company didn’t offer a lot of details about the vulnerability, which makes it possible to remotely install unauthorized printer firmware on the affected LaserJet products “on a public Internet without a firewall, or for LaserJet devices in a private network, if a malicious effort is made by a party on the private network to modify the firmware of the device.”

Some of the affected LaserJet products require a firmware update that implements code signing to verify that firmware updates are properly signed and not malicious, while other devices on the list do not appear to require this step.

All of the devices should have their Remote Firmware Update capability disabled, though for some LaserJet products, this appears to require yet another separate firmware update HP is providing that allows the function to be turned off.

LaserJet owners should probably check out HP’s list of affected printers and security bulletin, and if the process of applying the fix proves too complicated, get HP tech support on the horn and/or email them at

Source PCMag