MILPITAS, Calif., March 17, 2011--ABBYY, a leading provider of document recognition, document capture, and linguistic technologies and services, will present at the data and document management's premier industry events, AIIM info360 Conference and Expo and ITEX 2011 National Expo and Conference. Dean Tang, ABBYY USA's CEO, will discuss some of the industry's most critical topics, including mobile OCR, mobile data capture and cloud computing. He will specifically examine the evolving landscape of mobile devices, and how OCR and capture technologies can be integrated into mobile applications to fuel new functionality and offer new services. He will also speak about the range of opportunities that cloud computing and on demand capture offer to enterprise managers, IT directors, ECM vendors and BPO integrators.
Tang will be speaking during three sessions at the AIIM info360 and ITEX 2011 events, including:
- Tuesday, March 22, at 11 a.m. EDT during the ITEX 2011 session entitled "Integrate OCR & Capture Technology with Mobile Devices." This session will provide resellers, OEMs and other channel organizations with insight into how they can expand their offerings through mobile data capture technology.
TOKYO, March 17, 2011 -- OKI (TSE:6703) today announces the situation of the OKI Group following the earthquake off the Pacific Cost of Tohoku in Japan.
On March 11, a major earthquake hit the north-east of Japan triggering a tsunami that has caused extensive damage and loss of life in the area. OKI extends its heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this disaster and our thoughts go out to those suffering in its aftermath.
No significant injuries have been reported to OKI's employees. Most of its operations have been relatively unaffected. However, the production site in Fukushima, which manufactures certain printers and consumables for the Japanese market, has unfortunately experienced some damage. Although manufacturing operations at Fukushima site had been suspended after the quake, they have partially resumed as of March 16.
TRUMBULL, CT – March 17, 2011 – Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, today announced the Océ VarioPrint® 6000 MICR Line for printing both standard and magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) documents on one hybrid cut-sheet platform.
"For years, print professionals relied on dedicated MICR devices to produce checks and other negotiable documents. Today, our focus is on flexible solutions that balance fast, secure MICR printing with the versatility to do more with one machine. The Océ VarioPrint 6000 MICR Line of hybrid digital perfecting systems meets all those requirements and will provide customers flexibility and cost optimization. We are pleased to announce three models: the Océ VarioPrint 6160 MICR, 6200 MICR and the 6250 MICR systems," said Eric DeGoeijen, Vice President, Product Marketing, Océ Production Printing Systems.
Tokyo (March 17, 2011) – The following is a summary report issued by Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today regarding its status after the recent major earthquake and effects thereof:
Konica Minolta extends sincere condolences to the people who have been affected by the Tohoku Pacific Ocean Earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people and communities in the regions in the hope of swift recovery.
The status of damages by and effects of the earthquake to the Konica Minolta Group, as assessed at the time of the disclosure, are as follows:
1.Safety of employees
Across the country, people are taking various steps to go eco-friendly. Green printing is one of the many ways to save our environment. By adopting this method, we can reduce pollution, decrease the sizes of landfills, and increase efficiency.
In eco-friendly printing, artificial and harmful chemicals are not used as it can pollute the soil. Another way of printing less is by printing only important documents. As much as possible, use email to send documents or files. Other green printing practices include:
There are numerous expenses that are needed to run an office, and one of the most overlooked of these expenses are office supplies. It is also a cost that can be easily managed, saving your company important money.
One way to manage office supply costs is to use an economical printer. There is a vast variety of printers to choose from, and doing your research on the cost efficiency of each printer is vital.
Another important factor in managing these costs is controlling your printing usage. Up to ninety percent of printing is wasted. Setting printers to draft modes will help control cartridge and toner costs.
DANVERS, MA, March 16, 2011 — RISO, Inc. will demonstrate a new dynamic tray-pull capability, single-pass transpromo MICRprinting, and full-color envelope printing on RISO ComColor® high-speed inkjet printers at Booth 2643 during the 2011 On Demand Exposition and Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, March 22-24.
“We recognize that commercial and corporate production print shops often use a mixture of pre-printed, specialty, and plain paper stocks to produce transaction, transpromo, direct mail, and more,” said Kevin Hunter, executive director of strategic marketing for RISO, Inc. “For customers with demanding brand management and complex document assembly requirements, our new dynamic tray capability gives RISO ComColor customers what only RISO can deliver: the ability to print full-color data, images, and more on multiple paper stocks at speeds up to 150 PPM. With full-color running costs as low as two cents perpage and a realistic duty cycle of 500,000 images per month, RISO ComColor high-speed, full-color inkjet printers are fast, affordable, and dependable.”
Phoenix, AZ. (March, 2011) – Rolling Meadows, IL - Mutoh America Inc. will be holding an open house on April 14th, 2011 at its new central regional showroom location in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. Free to attend, the open house will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The open house will exhibit printing demonstrations on Mutoh’s ValueJet printers including the 1608HS-Hybrid 64”, 1628TD Textile printer, 1614-64” and Kona 1400-55” Cutter.
Mutoh will be showcasing its new MP Ink on the ValueJet 1608HS-Hyrbid printer. The Hybrid is one of Mutoh’s most versatile printers, which prints on both rigid and roll to roll substrates. Composed of 60 percent bio-based materials, Mutoh’s eco-friendly MP Ink offers a wide color gamut with increased adhesion and abrasive characteristics.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 16, 2011 - Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) today announced it is expanding its line of IntelliJet™ Printing Systems to provide the high volume transactional output industry with the fastest combination of speed and throughput. Designed to help print and mail manufacturing environments achieve a breakthrough level of operational productivity and cost savings, the Pitney Bowes® IntelliJet 42™ Printing System features a new 42-inch wide web format that can process 4-up transactional statements in full digital color and at speeds up to 600-feet per minute. This represents an important industry breakthrough in efficiency and throughput for high-integrity transactional print and mail operations.
“Employing a customer communications management strategy that focuses on multi-channel opportunities is critical to an organization’s success for generating new revenue streams and building stronger connections,” said Ramesh Ratan, president of Pitney Bowes Document Messaging Technologies. “Our new IntelliJet 42 Printing System can help our customers produce high volumes of data-driven, relevant, four-color communications in a highly efficient, lean print manufacturing environment. This unique combination of print speed, format size and consistent print quality can help organizations effectively produce highly personalized, data-rich customer communications that can drive both bottom line and top line results for their business.”
Secaucus, NJ (March 16, 2011) – For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Panasonic Home & Environment Company as a 2011 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate consumers about those products. Panasonic’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2011.
Panasonic Home & Environment Company, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2001, will be honored for its leadership in manufacturing products that earn the ENERGY STAR rating, the government-backed symbol of energy efficiency. With the highest efficacy (up to 14.4 cubic feet per minute/Watt) of any of the ventilation fan ENERGY STAR partners, Panasonic continues to exceed standards with its entire product line where guidelines exist.
“Panasonic is honored to be named an ENERGY STAR partner for 2011 because it validates our continued commitment to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses,” said Anita So, Marketing Manager, Panasonic Home & Environment Company. “The award not only acknowledges our high-performing energy-efficient ventilation fans and their role in preserving indoor air quality, but it also recognizes our commitment to educating both industry professionals and consumers on the importance of sustainability.”
Ricoh Manufacturing Sites in Japan Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Status Update
The following is a damage and operations status update of Ricoh manufacturing locations in Tohoku, Kanto and Shizuoka Prefecture.
Due to the severe damage as a result of the earthquake, the facilities in the Tohoku regions; Tohoku Ricoh, Hazama Ricoh, and Ricoh Optical Industries, will take time to return to full operation. The length of these shut-downs is yet-to-be determined.
HP today introduced the graphic arts industry’s largest, most productive commercial digital color press, bringing the concept of mass customization to printing by combining the personalization features of digital printing with the efficiencies of high-volume production.
With its unmatched width and its 600-foot/minute (183-meter/minute) speed, the HP T400 Color Inkjet Web Press prints up to 5,200 full-color, letter-size pages per minute – 44 percent more than the closest solution from competing vendors.
HP unveiled the press at the offices of O’Neil Data Systems, a Los Angeles-based data-driven marketing communication firm that now uses all four systems in the HP inkjet web press portfolio – the HP T200, T300, T350 and the new T400.
HP also introduced several additional solutions, including an HP magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) system and third-party coated media, as well as workflow and finishing solutions from members of the HP Graphic Solutions Partner program. HP additionally is offering customers an option to upgrade HP T300 presses to the faster T350 platform.
“With more than 25 installations worldwide, our inkjet web press systems are changing the business dynamics of applications such as publishing, transpromo and direct mail,” said Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “With the significant throughput capacity the new HP T400 offers, customers can now break into a world of true mass personalization and customization and take advantage of substantial new growth opportunities.”
High-quality imaging with new inks and printheads
The HP T400 offers high-quality imaging by reproducing sharp text and images, as well as uniform area fills. New HP A50 process-color inks work with new HP A10 printheads, which use HP Scalable Printing Technology in a compact, 1,200-nozzles-per-inch printhead design. New, advanced web tension controls and dryer systems provide reliable, fast and consistent productivity.
Users of standard-size (20.5-inch) digital web press finishing equipment can produce two jobs simultaneously on the HP T400, using an optional slitter at the end of the press to convert the roll into side-by-side webs. Scalable job impositioning tools for high-level prepress efficiency from Ultimate Technographics – a member of the HP Graphics Solutions Partner program – allow operators to impose separate variable-data jobs side by side on the web.
Other HP Graphics Solutions Partners, including finishing and paper transport system suppliers EMT, Magnum Digital Solutions, MBO and Muller Martini, are presenting solutions they offer to support the HP T400 platform. Additional industry suppliers, including CMC, Compart, GMC Software Technology, Hunkeler, Lasermax Roll Systems, Tecnau, Videk and WEKO, also are showcasing solutions for use with HP Inkjet Web Presses.
Pitney Bowes is highlighting high-volume transactional/transpromotional uses for a new HP Inkjet Web Press technology. The HP T400 will become part of a new IntelliJet 42 solution for transactional/transpromotional markets, extending the range of IntelliJet size and speed configurations.
“Pitney Bowes is delighted to be collaborating with HP to introduce this new solution to high-volume transactional mailers,” said Ramesh Ratan, president, Document Messaging Technologies, Pitney Bowes. “This is another example of how we are working together to create solutions that can help our customers deliver increased efficiency and productivity to generate more powerful and valuable customer communications.”
Scheduled to be available later this year, the HP T400 is part of a broader production printing portfolio that includes HP Indigo liquid electrophotographic imaging presses. With a global install base in excess of 5,000 presses, HP Indigo is a market leader in high-value, offset- and photo-quality digital printing.
Since introducing the first HP Inkjet Web Press in 2008, HP has continued to gain momentum in publishing, direct mail and transactional and transpromotional markets, with more than 1.46 billion pages produced on HP Inkjet Web Presses in 2010. HP is presently installing its first HP inkjet web press in Asia at book exporter CTPS’ plant in Dongguan, China.
“HP’s T400 is a powerful addition to the Inkjet Web Press family and extends it into unheard of ranges of digital print productivity,” said Jim Hamilton, group director of industry analyst firm InfoTrends. “These are revolutionary devices that compel marketers and content providers to re-imagine what can be accomplished with production digital print.”
World premiere at O’Neil Data Systems
O’Neil Data Systems is home to the first HP T400 press installation, making it the only customer facility to have all four HP Inkjet Web Press models. The company also uses HP Indigo Digital Presses to produce a variety of high-end jobs, including covers for Inkjet Web Press-printed publications. O’Neil Data Systems also uses HP Exstream customer communications management software to compose complex, variable-data document streams at full press speeds.
The company is using HP Exstream and the HP T400 press to produce MarketSmith, a personalized financial research publication delivered weekly.
”The HP T400 Color Inkjet Web Press truly is converging on offset speeds while providing the benefits of a digital printing environment,” said James Lucanish, president, O’Neil Data Systems.
As with all HP Inkjet Web Press models, the HP T400 prints on virtually any standard uncoated or newsprint paper, as well as on a range of coated papers. HP announced the immediate availability of new 115 and 130 gsm Jaz coated papers from Sappi for use with HP Inkjet Web Presses. The papers are now available in Europe and the Asia Pacific region, with additional weights scheduled to be available there soon.
Katun® Corporation Introducts Katun® Peformance Color Toner For Use in Konica Minolta bizhub C203/C253-series Digital Copier/Printers
MINNEAPOLIS -- (January 2011) -- Katun Corporation, the world’s leading alternative supplier to the office equipment industry, is proud to introduce Katun® PerformanceTM color toner for use in Konica Minolta Bizhub C203/C253-series digital copier/printers. Customers who purchase this toner, the latest in a series of well-received color toners for use in Konica Minolta applications, will be impressed by the OEM-equivalent print performance, image density, print quality, yield and color reproduction plus significant cost savings versus the OEM toner.
“This color toner set meets Katun® Performance™ standards, so end-users will experience true, vivid color reproduction throughout the life of the toner cartridge. The exceptional color quality meets performance requirements in graphics applications, and therefore easily meets or exceeds the expectations of end-users in business color environments, where most of these machines are placed,” says Robert Moore, vice president of product development. “The proven performance of our color toners for use in Konica Minolta applications confirms our dedication to quality.”
Phoenix, AZ. (March, 2011) – Mutoh America Inc. proudly announces its newly renovated www.mutoh.com website. The new website launched on March 10th, 2011 and will offer simpler navigation to users.
Mutoh’s new website provides updated product information, including features and downloadable spec sheets, allowing users to find the right printer for their needs.
“Our goal was to not just create a great site, but build a tool that can help empower large format print professionals in a positive way,” shares Kimber Johnson, Marketing Manager of Mutoh America. “I believe visitors will benefit from the enhanced usability and the great informational resources of the Mutoh Business Builder.”
Sharp Focuses on "U", Unveils Revolutionary New MFP User Interface at its 2011 National Dealer Meeting
LAS VEGAS, NV, March 15, 2011 -- Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, introduces a revolutionary intuitive MFP user interface (UI) that brings unprecedented interactivity, ease-of-use and customization to the document management experience. Debuting on Sharp’s new A3 workgroup MFPs, and soon to be available throughout the company’s line, the new interface is displayed on a large, bright 10.1-inch color LCD touchscreen and will change the way MFPs are used.
“Sharp is known for leading the MFP industry with cutting-edge products and technologies, but our new user interface is perhaps the most significant leap we have made as a company in more than a decade,” said Ed McLaughlin, president, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “Our ‘smart’ MFP user interface is an absolute game changer. The icon-driven operation, combined with the Sharp OSA® platform version 4.0, makes the MFP significantly more convenient to use, more adaptable to specific jobs and more productive than ever before.”
PLANTATION, FL March 15, 2011 – Equitrac Corporation, a global provider of intelligent print management and cost recovery solutions, today announced that it passed its 25,000th customer installation during its fiscal year ending February 28, 2011. During the past year, Equitrac added more than 2,900 customers and increased revenue by 19%, continuing its trend of double-digit revenue growth.
“We’ve invested in expanding the vertical markets, geographies and distribution channels we serve while maintaining a focus on our core business areas,” said Michael Rich, President and CEO, Equitrac Corporation. “This, combined with the increased market awareness of the benefits of managing printing, has led to the rapid adoption of our software solutions and propelled us to this significant milestone of more than 25,000 installations.”
Canon Australia today announced the launch of its latest imageRUNNER ADVANCE multifunction printers (MFP). The A3 range expands the imageRUNNER ADVANCE colour portfolio, spanning entry level through to light production capability. The introduction of this product is part of Canon’s aggressive growth strategy to ensure it becomes a leader in the print and document management market.
The latest imageRUNNER ADVANCE C2030 and C2020 series are equipped with the latest colour control technology to suit small and medium-sized businesses and workgroups in large office environments. Running at 20 and 30ppm, they provide a range of options and functionality to enhance networked security, worker productivity, cost efficiency and environmental benefits.
"By providing a simplified and hassle free approach to print and document workflow management, small and medium sized businesses are able to drive efficiency and reduce the cost of print..."
West Caldwell, NJ, March 15, 2011 - Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment and advanced document management solutions and services, today announced the availability of the Aficio SP C320DN color laser printer. Faster and more efficient than its predecessors – the Aficio SP C311N and SP C312DN – the SP C320DN offers enhancements such as a new Economy Color Mode and ECO Night Sensor that help to deliver sustainable cost savings to any organization.
With the Aficio SP C320DN, businesses can achieve measurable savings while running on schedule with remarkable speed and versatility. The new Economy Color Mode complements a managed print strategy to help monitor, control and improve output by allowing users to choose when to print, draft or review quality documents, or when to print presentation-quality color documents with resolutions up to 1,200 dpi. With a 26 pages-per-minute output speed, workflow moves quickly, whether printing in full color or black and white. Time spent replenishing paper is reduced with a standard 500-sheet paper tray accommodating up to 8.5” x 14” size paper, as well as a Bypass Tray that handles 100 sheets up to 120 lbs. It can also print banners up to 8.5” x 49.6” in size. With an optional Paper Feed Unit, paper capacity can be expanded up to 1,100 sheets.
According to Kenji Kobayashi, managing director of Canon Oceania, please see a summary overview of damage reported at Canon Inc. operating sites and Canon Group companies in Japan as of 15:00 JST on Sunday, March 13, 2011:
- Canon continues working to ascertain damages and determine when operations can resume.
- With regard to Canon offices, plants and Canon Group companies in Japan, there have been reports from several sites of power outages, damage to buildings and stoppages in production equipment.
- At Canon Inc.’s Utsunomiya Office in northern Honshu, there have been 15 injuries confirmed. None of these, however, were life-threatening injuries.
- While the earthquake had a slight impact on Canon offices, plants and Group companies in the western half of Honshu, there have been no injuries and no significant damage to buildings or equipment.
- In the event that production operations may be suspended for a month or more, the Company will consider making use of alternate sites that were not damaged by the earthquake as a means of continuing production.
- To aid in the relief efforts for the earthquake victims, the Canon Group is making a donation of 300 million yen ($AU 3.7 million / $NZ 4.9 million) to the Japanese Red Cross Society and other humanitarian aid organizations, and will provide supplies as needed.
Tokyo (March 14, 2011)
Masatoshi Matsuzaki, President and CEO of Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced the following statement:
We, the entire Group companies, extend our deepest condolences to the people affected by the devastating major earthquake and tsunamis that struck along the northern coast of Japan’s Honshu Island on March 11.
Konica Minolta and its Group companies will donate 50 million Japanese yen through the Japanese Red Cross Society to support relief efforts for the communities and people affected by the disaster.
The Group companies are acutely aware of the current shortage in the electric power supply across the eastern part of Japan, due to damages by the earthquake to the power plants in the affected regions. To assist initiatives to curb power consumption, the Konica Minolta Group has turned off electric signage and will continue various measures to conserve electric power usage.