The Key Point Blog

09/29/2015

Keypoint Intelligence

BLI attended as a session speaker to share its knowledge of the progress made by the document imaging industry thus far (based on BLI’s proprietary environmental testing), some of which was originally published in BLI’s 2014 white paper, “Environmental Trends and Projections, A Detailed Analysis of BLI Test Data.” Other sessions included discussions on e-waste, the use of hazardous materials and viable alternatives, closed-loop recycling, green product evaluation and corporate responsibility. Since electronic components can be found in just about everything from cars to kids’ toys, the speakers and topics varied greatly. Scientists discussed redesigning semiconductor packaging, chemists from leading universities shared their struggles with designing natural flame retardants, doctors decried certain chemical restrictions and economists assured us that alternative energy sources won’t be a detriment to society.

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09/24/2015

Carl Schell

Marco was one of the first organizations in Minnesota to offer an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), and it’s on a relatively short list of U.S. companies that’s owned entirely by employees. “Whether you answer a phone, drive a truck or sell hardware, or whatever else, we all have a stake in our success,” Gau said. “We return a high percentage of our profits to our employees (dispensed as a percentage of a person’s income), which creates commitment from people who can help build our future.”

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09/24/2015

Lee Davis

“See impossible” was the overarching theme of Canon Expo 2015, a product showcase put on every 5 years (making it a quinquennial event for you word lovers out there) by Canon U.S.A. to showcase its entire portfolio. The Jacob JavitzConvention Center in New York was brimming with high-tech offerings ranging from still and video cameras to medical equipment to document imaging products. Expounding on the theme, Canon’s goal at the show was to help customers solve their business challenges and achieve their business goals – no matter how impossible that may seem. Based on the products displayed, it is apparent that Canon sees the best lens through which to “see impossible” is their software solutions.

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09/24/2015

Lee Davis

Are your customers’ printers and MFPs a potential Trojan Horse to the security of their networks? According to an HP-sponsored research report conducted by the Ponemon Institute, that very well could be the case. The report revealed that 56 percent of companies ignore printers in their endpoint security strategy. It appears that the security obsession (rightfully) prevalent in IT departments has skipped over the printing and imaging space. However, with the release of three new enterprise-class LaserJet MFP and printer series and the introduction of new security features available on new and select legacy printers, as well as updates to JetAdvantage Security Manager, HP is expanding its focus to include more printer-based security solutions.

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09/23/2015

Lee Davis

We can credit the embedding of apps into smartphones, and later, MFPs, at least partially to the Internet of Things (IoT). The ability to embed everyday appliances with electronics, software, and sensors for the sake of exchanging data between manufacturers, operators, or other machines facilitates a new level of ingenuity and innovation in the technology world.

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09/22/2015

Kaitlin Shaw

Infographic: Samsung Booklet Efficiency

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09/21/2015

Lee Davis

Keeping pace with the technology industry’s exponential growth is a tough task. But Milner’s commitment to continuous training leaves Sutton without worry. “Our director of training does a great job of working with manufacturers and our internal subject matter experts to teach the new technologies to our salespeople.” Frequently, Milner’s staff is armed with up-to-date information for all the products they sell.

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09/17/2015

Priya Gohil

A prime advocate of ‘workstyle innovation’, Ricoh has broadened its focus to develop new strategies and technologies around a services-led portfolio, with an emphasis on adapting and optimizing information and collaboration processes. Recently, Ricoh Innovations Corporation, headquartered in the United States, set up a new Visual Services and Solutions business unit tasked with “understanding and interpreting the world’s visual information in order to provide an enhanced human experience”. One of its remits is developing products for B2B markets related to the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry. In Europe, Ricoh is building on the success of its Communications Services line in B2B markets. Arguably, it is well placed to do so given that its Swedish arm has already established a firm foothold in delivering B2B communication services in the Nordic region. As part of its ‘Ricoh Connect and Collaborate’ offering, Ricoh provides visual solutions, such as video conferencing, interactive white boards and digital signage, that are designed to encourage and foster better communication and collaboration in the workplace.

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09/17/2015

Keypoint Intelligence

One of the highlights in the professional print area of the expo was the company’s first cut-sheet production inkjet printer, the VarioPrint i300, for on-demand short-run printing. Introduced earlier this year, the product became available this summer. Winner of a Printing Industries of America 2015 InterTech Technology Award, the VarioPrint i300 is intended to accelerate the transition from offset to digital and addresses an opportunity in the market that falls between high-end sheet-fed toner-based products and entry-level continuous-feed inkjet devices. With a speed of 300 A4-size impressions, it is suitable for monthly volumes of between 1 million and 10 million impressions, with average monthly volume expected to be 3 million impressions, according to Canon.

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09/17/2015

Jamie Bsales

A steamy Miami Beach was the backdrop for the 2015 Samsung Printing Solutions National Dealer Meeting, where 150 dealerships from around the country had representatives in attendance to see that latest Samsung offerings in the printing, solutions and services arenas. The overarching takeaway: The industry is at an inflection point, where disruptive technology shifts will fundamentally change the business.

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