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News from Konica Minolta. Everything but printing.

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On October 24th I was invited to the new product presentation of  Konica Minolta in Barcelona.

At the end of the introductory session we were had a pleasant surprise: a session of African drums led by 3 Africans and followed by all the assistants. It was really fun to see a all the executives and middle-aged men dressed in suits and ties playing the drum like crazy. (In the end I attach a video)

Impresion con relieveEmbossed print starting from one unit.

The novelty is that Konica’s professional printing services can now offer embossed prints without requiring large quantities, that is, starting from one unit.

Web user interface for ordering prints within the company.

It is a web environment from which an employee of a large company or institution can order business cards, brochures, bookbinders, etc. It is an internal virtual store. It allows a flow of approval of costs by the superior and an exact control of the work done by the reproduction center. The recipient of the order can be an internal reprography center or an external company.

Camaras con procesadorSecurity cameras with multiple sensors and a processor.

Mobotix, are security cameras with dual sensors (Monochrome infrared, Color) full of sensors: thermal camera, IR movement, accelerometer, microphone and speaker. All combined with powerful software allows you to control a flow of customers in a parking lot or in the building hall. Detect fire or intruders in unauthorized areas. We saw an example where it detects fire and after 5 seconds it triggers the alarm.

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Ghost prints: when counter stands still and toner is consumed.

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ghost

Are you in the MPS cost per copy business?

Then, you may have some experience about ghooost printing. It happens specially in color laser printers, when customer decides not to print in color mode in order to save some money. What happens is that every time the printer is turned on and some times also during the working day, the printer itself runs a so called “calibrating process”. More info

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Toner life cycle:Re-use or recycle?

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After attending to the RT Imaging summit in Barcelona I found out something interesting that I like to share with you.

toner_recycling

Users have 3 main choices:

OEM.
  • Buy a new original toner from OEM supplier ( aka Canon, HP, Ricoh, Samsung…) When toner is empty send it to a recycling program back to the OEM supplier. OEM’s will recycle them, aka turn them into plastic and powder. End of story.
  • OEM try to get as much empties as they can so they don’t go into the remanufacturing business. Remember that consumables is the core business of printer manufacturers.
  • OEM also fight against manufacturers of compatible toner supplies defending their intellectual property (aka Canon and HP lawsuits)
  • OEM have a 90% of market share of color toner cartridges.
Compatibles
  • Buy compatible toner for a much lower price.
  • Quality is not an issue in BW printing, color printing is another thing, although is getting better.
  • Due to the recent patent infringement prosecution specially by Canon en HP, this is not a 100% safe path, legally talking.
  • Some compatible toner manufacturers claim to have bigger page yield although is not clear where some printers recognize it.
Re-manufactured
  • Buy a remanufactured toner cartridge and send the old one to the supplier to re use it again. Keep going on and on….
  • The green label is the nicest part of this option. Why throw away when you can reuse it?
  • Printing quality may be an issue here.
  • Price is obviously a corner stone here.
  • Some re-manufacturers will pay end user as much as 5€ for an old toner cartridge.

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Notice this is just an overview of the market. If you have any comment or want yo add anything, go head and use our social media.

 

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Why your field service techs will love AMR MPS software?

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How would your field service like to have more information about every single printer. Your field service technicians will love to have extra information before they leave the office.

Check out some of the benefits from using AMR software:

benefits for Field service

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What else can you sell to your customers? 3 real examples you can use.

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Did you know that you can give away free software and make money out of it?

What else can you sell to your customers
How to increase your turnover by selling other services and products to your customers.
Imaging business is not about hardware anymore, you need to be creative to add more value to your customers.
How you do that ?  Here come 3 real examples you can use to get started: More info

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Does your printer needs ink transfusion? what about 1/2 liter?

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Yes, there is a company called ink bags that supplies ink for your inkjet printer in bags like the ones used for blood. Yes it’s like a never ending cartridge. Instead of refilling the ink cartridge itself, they attach one bag for each color into a black box next to the printer.

blood bags printer ink refill

The system is not a as fancy (see video below) as the original ink cartridges embedded into the printer but they claim to save, around 50% if you do  the math, over the original HP cartridges. The fact is that this ink bag refilling system makes sense because they feed the new HP OfficeJet Pro-X with PageWide Technology. More info

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How to setup your push notifications

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New. A pocket size printer that you can truly take along.

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A team of entrepreneurs from Israel started up this new concept of printer. Kind of a mini “Roomba” robot that prints in any paper size. Another clever idea that is looking for funds at Kickstater. You can still back the project if you like it. (200 US$)

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Coffe shop + 3D printers = FabCafe Barcelona

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3D printing requiere long waiting times, so what do you do? Have a cup of coffee.

A new fun project is launching in Barcelona: 3D printing and CNC facilities to create anything you like in a very special and friendly atmosphere. The idea is very smart  and it’s now in a crowd funding process. Based in a old textile factory in the center of Barcelona, MOB is now a co-working office of creative people. FabCafe will be just like the topping of a creative environment.  Click the image if you like to see the video. Share it if you like it.

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