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With Ricoh’s unofficial introduction of ICE (Integrated Cloud Environment) technology, the big news at its most recent dealer conference was that the newest generation of Web-enabled MFPs (and its new digital mobile projection device) will offer gateways to the cloud, with cloud scanning/printing uploading and downloading from any mobile device (including smart phones, tablets, iPhones, etc.). As a demonstration of its commitment to mobile applications, Ricoh also provided conference attendees at Convergence 2012, held June 10 to13 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, with a downloadable conference app for their smart phones that contained information on scheduled events.

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07/16/2012

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.

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06/04/2012

For the first time in many years, document imaging device manufacturers have increased prices. In the past two to three months, the US branches of Canon, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Toshiba and Sharp have all increased prices on the majority of their hardware by approximately 5 percent on average. The only U.S.-based branches that have not increased prices are KYOCERA Document Solutions America and Xerox, and neither plans to have an increase in prices, at least in the near-term future.

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06/01/2012

When BLI recently spoke to representatives from two major wide-format manufacturers—HP and Océ—about the state of the wide-format market, we found that, contrary to recent reports, not all news in the print industry is bad.

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05/01/2012