We are now back in session following a mid-morning break. Following the usual information overload from the Lyra people, it's now time to hear from two of our industry participants at the conference.
The Impact of Color and New Technologies in Remanufacturing Businesses, Steve Weedon, CEO, Static Control European Operations, and Executive Vice President, Static Control Components, Inc.
Steve commented on the changes in the industry, including importance today of polymerized toner, and the complexities of color. Notes on Static Control's CTL Replenishment System™. And "Huge Profits in Chipped Ink Jet Cartridges". He provided a background of "chipped heads", which are not factory seconds similar to scratch-and-dent products (!) but chips on print heads that lock out all but OEM supplies. Static Control has inkjet chips for all chipset tank and bag cartridges, including CLI-8/PGI-5, BCI-7e/BCI-9. The also have a new Chip Checker, launching at World Expo tomorrow (Aug 20). Challenges in the industry include a fast-changing landscape. Education is critical -- "High Quality Parts and supplies are essential to consistently build cartridges with OEM like print quality".
Ink Jet Technology Advancements, Michael Andreottolla, President & CEO, American Ink Jet
Started his presentation with some "Fun Facts" (my editorial homage to The Late Show with David Letterman). For example, he stumped the audience with "name the date" test -- the first practical experiments on inkjet printing? 1867! And 1878 for the first description of the basic physics of drop formation. Bringing us up to modern days, Michael highlighted, as industry-landmark products, the HP DeskJet 500 in 1984, the Encad wide format printer in 1990, the Iris continuous ink jet printer in 1987. Ink and Media Longevity -- back to the Wilhelm studies of 1991 (of the Iris), ongoing. Now we're up to 200, 230 years, at least using pigmented inks, on certain papers, and put behind glass. Inkjet applications today include Digital Photography, Digital Fine Art, Proofing, Graphics & Outdoor Signage, Textile Printing and many Industrial Applications.