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DNP Wireless Print Server & Status App: Mobile Support for Dye-Sub Photo Printers
DNP Imagingcomm America Corp.’s (DNP IAM) new Wireless Print Server (WPS) mobile photography solution was developed to support professional photographers whose workflows often include mobile wireless devices. The WPS-1 is an Android set-top box running DNP software that replaces a typical PC and network router. Created for DNP’s DS40, DS80, RX1 and DS620A dye-sublimation printers, it gives photographers the ability to print directly from many Wi-Fi devices.

“Mobile, wireless tools are an increasingly important part of the modern workflows of our customers,” said Katsuyuki Oshima, president of DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation. “The Wireless Print Server and companion Mobile Status app support this trend and will expand the functionality of our printers for a variety of applications, providing new opportunities for our customers to upgrade their services.”

The Wireless Print Server is geared for event photographers who need professional on-demand printing or a guest self-serving printing solution. It can also be integrated into lightweight kiosks and small retail photo printing solutions.

Using its built-in 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band Wi-Fi access point, the WPS-1 allows users to print directly from certain DSLR cameras, iOS phones, Android phones and Android-based cameras with built-in Wi-Fi, as well as printing from Windows or Mac computers. It also enables users to select and print groups of photos using iOS/Android/Windows tablets. The WPS-1 supports up to five wireless device connections simultaneously.

A single unit can connect to two identical DNP photo printer models for speed/redundancy or connect to two different models for an increased range of print size options. The device allows for multiple print sizes, including 4×6, 5×7, 6×8 and 8×10, depending on the combination of printers and media. It also supports printing with glossy and matte finishes and allows images to be combined with custom borders.

Mobile Status App. DNP’s new Mobile Status app provides simple control of the WPS and is designed to provide a convenient printer and server control interface that lets operators see near-real-time feedback on printer status, configuration control and job process status. Low-paper and thermal warnings can also be seen on mobile devices via the app. The app is available as a free download for iOS and Android devices. The DNP Wireless Print Server will be available in May.
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Canon USA’s Océ VarioPrint i300 Brings Sheetfed Workflow to High-Speed Inkjet
Canon introduced the Océ VarioPrint i300, formerly known as Project Niagara—the first high-speed, sheetfed inkjet press in the company’s portfolio of production print solutions.

Based on inkjet technology, the Océ VarioPrint i300 was created to fill the speed and capacity gap between conventional high-end toner-based, sheetfed and entry-level continuous-feed inkjet presses. By doing so, Canon hopes to help print service providers find the right print solution for their needs to address new market opportunities.

“As a worldwide leader in inkjet, Canon is leading the change and filling a need where no current products exist today,” said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions, Canon USA, Inc. “Our customers are looking for increased automation, end-to-end productivity, lower total cost of ownership, and equipment that will help them take on new profitable business opportunities.”

Featuring a patented four-color ink system, the Océ VarioPrint i300 prints on a range of media, including uncoated, coated and inkjet treated paper. It incorporates Océ ColorStream inkjet printhead technology and Océ VarioPrint media handling. It offers integrated end-to-end digital workflows with its Océ PRISMAsync digital front end and Océ PRISMA software. Print service providers also have access to finishing capabilities compatible with the Océ VarioPrint 6000 series.

Printing up to 300 A4 images per minute, the VarioPrint i300 can produce monthly volumes of 10 million letters or A4 images. By utilizing a B3 sheet size, the press is better optimized to leverage existing finishing solutions for end-to-end, automated workflows. General availability of the Océ VarioPrint i300 in the U.S. is slated for summer 2015. usa.canon.com

Fujifilm Enhances Its Inkjet Insights Website
Featuring news, technology and upcoming events, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, is providing industry relevant information on inkjet printing solutions at its FujifilmInkjet.com website.

Fujifilm created the “inkjet insights” website to provide printers with the information they need to make informed decisions on how digital inkjet printing can assist them in growing their business. Business executives and senior managers can access technical information, white papers and videos to learn how inkjet innovations can improve their capability.

“Offering an inkjet insights website allows us to communicate with customers to show what is new and exciting in the world of inkjet printing from Fujifilm,” said Jeffrey Nelson, business development manager, Inkjet Solutions, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division.

FujifilmInkjet.com is comprised of five main sections: Solutions by Industry; Explore Inkjet; Inkjet Innovations; Inklings Blog; and News & Events. Solutions by Industry showcases how Fujifilm can assist general commercial, book publishing, label printing, and sign & display graphics print shops. By providing information on how recent innovations in inkjet technologies meet the demands of print buyers, the site can help printers win more work from current and prospective customers.

Explore Inkjet is an inside look into Fujifilm’s newly renovated and expanded Chicago Technology Center, in Hanover Park, Illinois. It features upcoming webinars and the ability to download white papers. The Inkjet 101 section helps users gain a better understanding of inkjet printing and provides an overview of how inkjet inks are developed.

The Inkjet Innovations section features Fujifilm’s latest inkjet printing technologies. There are descriptions, specifications and highlights for an array of inkjet equipment, with an option to request print samples or schedule a live demo.

The Inklings Blog provides current video and blog content about industry trends, Fujifilm’s inkjet technology and print applications utilizing inkjet solutions.

Visitors can also stay up to date in the News & Events section, which highlights upcoming technology summits, trade shows, introduction of new equipment and other relevant content. fujifilmusa.com

Color-Logic Shows “Sparkling” Wide-Format Prints at Graphics of the Americas
Last month, Color-Logic—developer of the Process Metallic Color system—emphasized wide-format printing at the Graphics of the Americas exhibition in Miami Beach, Florida. Attendees were greeted by a 4×8-foot poster printed by Novachrome Digital Design and Imaging in Brentwood, Missouri, using Color-Logic’s process. At the Color-Logic stand, visitors saw a 48×24 inch Color-Logic color chart printed by Think Patented in Miamisburg, Ohio, as well as a 9×8-foot, wide-format backdrop printed by Novachrome.

Discussing the wide-format emphasis at the show, Color-Logic’s chief technical officer, Richard Ainge, said: “Printers often view Color-Logic as a process useful primarily in offset and flexographic applications. At Graphics of the Americas 2015, we showed beautifully executed wide-format prints that demonstrated the value of metallics on a much larger scale. Graphic designers visiting our booth immediately saw how Color-Logic would benefit their clients needing trade show graphics, banners and window signage.”

Color-Logic develops color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications. Color-Logic decorative effects utilize the existing workflows of printers to yielding dynamic results without the use of special equipment. color-logic.com

Mimaki USA Launches Print with Compassion at International Sign Expo 2015
Mimaki USA, manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, launched “Print with Compassion.” The educational sessions and hands-on training using Mimaki products produces real-world objects and materials for use by local communities and organizations. The initial Print with Compassion program was colocated at the International Sign Expo, April 9–11, 2015, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Participants in the Print with Compassion program at the International Sign Expo helped create a kindergarten environment while learning each step of the digital print process using solvent, latex, UV and dye-sub technologies. Hands-on sessions included Design for Large-Format Basics; Color Management for Non-Color Managers; Cut-and-Print, UV Printing and Textiles Print Production; and Finishing and Assembly. A business session on how to integrate new technologies into existing operations and an ROI overview was also presented. All objects and materials created during the program were donated to a local charity.

The Print with Compassion program is Mimaki USA’s way of giving back to local communities and charities while helping its customers learn new ways of using digital print technologies. Participants in this ongoing program may produce play mats and pencil cases for a day care center, wall graphics for a food closet, or customized stickers that are distributed by local police to calm an anxious child. At the same time, participants gain application versatility knowledge to take on new business. Print with Compassion schedules will be regularly posted at printwithcompassion.com, or visit mimakiusa.com.

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