Eastman Kodak previously revealed its intention to show a “concept press” implementation of its Stream ink-jet technology at Drupa, with commercialization set for 2010. The company’s product announcements in Boston stressed scanning solutions because of the event’s co-location with the AIIM show. It did roll out two new vertical market modules—Financial Services and Education Targeted Sales—in the MarketMover program and announced it is buying Design2Launch, a developer of collaborative workflow solutions for marketing and creative teams.
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HP had a significant presence at On Demand, even though within a week it was to hold its own pre-Drupa press event in Israel. There, it previewed the HP Ink-jet Web Press, operating at 400 fpm, which is slated for availability in summer 2009, and the HP Indigo 7000, a cut-sheet printer outputting up to 120 ppm, available this June.
When “the market is ready” continues to be Xerox Corp.’s answer about its plans to offer an ink-jet document printing solution. In the meantime, the company sees further potential for continuous-feed printing platforms that use toner and flash fusing. It had the Xerox 495 printer running on the show floor, but remains on track to introduce the higher speed (1,308 ipm) Xerox 650/1300 monochrome series later this year.
Xerox DocuColor products were also once again on display in the Fujifilm Graphic Systems U.S.A. booth under the business partnership between the two companies.
Xeikon is also pushing back against the surge of ink-jet and suggested that announcements at its solo event scheduled for later in the month might significantly raise the bar for performance of toner-based color print engines.
Under a “coming this fall” sign, Ricoh Americas previewed its Pro C900/C900s color printers that output 90 ppm at up to a maximum 1,200 dpi resolution. The line will be formally launched at Drupa.