Toner Ink News coronavirus new devices and the environment
The Coronavirus Effect
The coronavirus is taking a tremendous toll on worldwide economies and the toner/inkjet industry is not immune. It quickly put an end to the controversial Xerox/HP venture as Xerox withdrew its tender offer for HP. Now a new report from IDC forecasts a 2.7% decline in IT spending for this year. We would expect a significant decline in toner/inkjet spending as a large portion of employees will be working from home where they will not have access to large multifunction color and monochrome printing devices and will either use electronic transaction devices, smaller home office printers – or just not print. Certain large print volume industries such as real estate, legal, and advertising will obviously do much less printing.
Another effect of the coronavirus (and international tariffs) has been a disruption of supply chains for those relying upon a China base. Japan has announced a stimulus package worth US$993 billion to shift portions of their production from China back to Japan or other countries.
Xeikon has announced the novel CX3300 digital label press (CMYK, opaque white) that is based on their proven Cheetah 2.0 technology. The press uses 5-station dry toner development and LED exposure. Capabilities include of up to 30 m/min at up to 1200 x 3600 equivalent dpi. Process width can be between 220 and 512 mm. The company claims its QB dry toner technology surpasses any other digital technology for food safety,
Kyocera Document Solutions has expanded into production inkjet with the introduction of the TASKalfa Pro 1500C. The capabilities of this unit include up to 146 ppm (letter) or up to 74 ppm at 12”x18” at 600×600 or 600×1200 dpi. Duty cycle is up to 1 million pages/month
Ricoh Pro C5300s and C5310s sheetfed press introductions. 4-color electrophotographic system with 65 or 80 ppm (letter) at 600 dpi. Auto duplex. 150K monthly volume
Epson has expanded its EcoTank lineup with five new cartridge-free units. The ET-5800 printers provide up to 12 color/25 black ppm (ISO pages) and long life ink tanks with 6000 color/7500 black pages. Also introduced was the Eco Tank ET-15000 all-in-one devise that can print up to 13”x19”.
Konica Minolta has introduced the Bizhub 225i A3 compact multifunction printer for small offices. Print or copy output is up to 22 ppm in A4 mode.
Canon has announced the launching of a new varioPrint iX Series of high-speed sheet-fed inkjet presses for commercial printers. Output can be up to 312 letter ppm or 4500 12”x18” sheets/hr at 1200 dpi. As a result of the new polymer/pigment inks and heat drying system with dehumidification/cooling. An online scanner can detect and correct for any nozzle issues
The European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association (ETIRA) has reported the results of emission tests from eight non-OEM new-build toner cartridges. Tests were run by Germany’s LGA test center and were not good for many of the randomly purchased cartridges with unacceptable levels of benzene, cobalt, naphthalene, and Bis (2-methoxyethyl) ether. Info@etira.org
A Taiwanese company Printer Aide has developed and patented (8,798,494 a dust filter for attachment to laser printers, allowing the collection of toner emitted nanoparticles. Contact Roger Teng.
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