By Lisa">http://www.buyerslab.com/news/viewarticle.asp?article=78807">Lisa Reider, Senior Product Editor, Scanners and Environmental
For BLI’s second scanner Testing Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting, representatives from Canon, HP, Kodak, Panasonic and Plustek joined forces with one goal in mind—to weigh in on BLI’s current and upcoming test procedures. The day-long meeting covered a range of topics, including varying methods of testing scan speed, the importance of optical character recognition when evaluating image quality, scan-to-cloud functionality, environmental testing for scanners and the addition of harder document types to the media handling test. While some topics resulted in the need for additional research and discussions, others, such as the new media types to add, were immediately resolved.
Established in 2006, TAC meetings let vendors comment on BLI’s test methods, provide insight into upcoming trends and share information on how different market segments use products in unique ways. TAC meetings, both here and in Europe, touch every aspect of BLI’s work, while giving vendors a chance to interact.
By George">http://www.buyerslab.com/news/viewarticle.asp?article=79951">George Mikolay, Senior Product Editor, A3/Copier MFPs, and Marlene Orr, Senior Printer Analyst, November 21, 2011
At BLI’s 2011 A3/A4 Testing Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting, representatives from nine printer and copier vendors gathered to weigh in on BLI’s current and upcoming test procedures and evaluation criteria. This year’s participants included Canon, Dell, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark, Muratec, Ricoh, Samsung and Xerox.
Established in 2006, TAC is intended to get input from key industry participants on BLI’s test methods and reports to ensure the reports evolve to meet the industry’s changing needs. Past meetings have resulted in numerous improvements, including an increased print-to-copy ratio, higher volumes of scan testing and the inclusion of optimum monthly volumes for each device based on vendor-supplied averages for each speed range.
By Joe Tischner, wide format test specialist, June 4, 2012
BLI editors had a chance to check out the latest offerings from a number of manufacturers in the wide-format arena represented across many of the halls at drupa 2012, the quadrennial print trade show that took place in early May in Düsseldorf, Germany. Enthusiastic product managers and sales reps eagerly discussed new ink colors, improvements in printhead design and the productivity enhancements of a great many newly-unveiled devices, as well as a few prototypes. BLI’s coverage primarily includes models in the 36- to 64-inch width range employing aqueous, latex or solvent inks, as well as two toner-based wide-format solutions.
Keen focus in Océ’s section of the Canon booth was on the Velocity, Océ’s high-volume color wide-format printer currently under development. The unit is the result of collaborative efforts between Océ engineering teams and Memjet, the printhead manufacturing company. According to Eelco Schillings, Océ business development manager, the 42-inch width four-color unit, which employs five Memjet printheads, is capable of printing up to 500 A0-size color documents in one hour at 1600-x-800-dpi. The Velocity supports up to six media rolls for a maximum output capacity of nearly 4,000 feet. Schillings stated that Océ will be offering beta-version models of the Velocity to existing customers in an effort to obtain critical feedback, and the company will determine if and when Velocity will move to the production phase based on that feedback, which they hope to have compiled by the second half of 2012. The recently-released Océ ColorWave 650, which utilizes the company’s CrystalPoint technology, was also busy churning out posters, maps and renderings during the show.
By George Mikolay, Senior Product Editor, A3/Copier MFPs, November 14, 2012
At the 2012 Graph Expo held recently, the majority of vendors sharpened their focus on solutions and services, as well as new finishing options and other accessories to existing engines. Indeed, a common theme was that while hardware will always be extremely important, commercial printers must continue to migrate not only to digital printing versus offset, but also focus on becoming a true partner and full-fledged marketing providers to their customers. There were some major engine announcements, though, including Konica Minolta’s sneak-peek at an upcoming color inkjet cut-sheet press. Developed in conjunction with Komori, the KM-1 Inkjet Press offers speeds up to 3,300 sheets per hour in simplex and 1,650 sheets per hour in duplex. Xerox also unveiled the latest additions to its Nuvera product line, with the launch of the Nuvera 157 EA and Nuvera 314 EA Production Systems, the latter of which features Xerox’s dual-engine architecture to output at speeds up to 314 duplexed images per minute.
The Canon imagePRESS C7010VPS and C7010VP Series was exhibited with the OLEC Swift UV Roller Coater, which extends the life of prints and helps prevent wear and tear. According to Sandra Pereira, product marketing specialist for Canon, UV coating can enhance a variety of materials, including direct mail, tags and labels, posters and book covers and jackets. In addition to preventing scratching and fading, UV coating protects against humidity and water damage. Designed for exclusive compatibility with the imagePRESS digital press, the UV coating is applied inline and includes a bridge unit that transports the printed image after being output. The output then enters the coater, where the solution is applied and instantly dried via ultraviolet light. The system also includes an interface with the ability to program preset functions.
By Lisa Reider, BLI Senior Product Editor, Scanners and Environmental
Whether through buying ENERGY STAR-qualified electronics or more fuel-efficient vehicles, the effects of climate change have many people changing their day-to-day activities. And the trend continues to spread despite economic constraints. But in addition to checking for eco-labels and reading BLI Environmental Test Reports to identify the most energy-efficient printers and MFPs, users can also change their printing habits for the better by using eco-friendly printing solutions.
While for years we’ve reported on the many environmentally friendly features available with document imaging devices, such as toner-save mode, blank-page removal, auto color mode and N-up printing and copying, there are also several solutions available that help to optimize printing habits to reduce waste and save money—some of them for free. Eco-friendly print solutions offer various tools dedicated to three basic functions: Web printing, document printing and usage monitoring. Some solutions may do all three, while others might focus on a single task. We took a look at offerings from vendors such as Lexmark, Samsung, HP and Canon, as well as some third-party offerings. Below is a breakdown of some of the more prominent eco-friendly print solutions available.