How People Are Adapting To New Printer Technology
While new technology can often help to make matters easier for companies and personnel, it is important that people adapt to them successfully.
This is especially the case in printing, an industry where a number of new features have been added to models over recent years, with innovations focusing on elements such as ink quality, Wi-Fi compatibility and data security.
Although these new systems can prove to be highly beneficial to companies and individuals alike, it is essential that their advantages and disadvantages are properly understood in order to guarantee that they are utilised efficiently.
For example, new types of ink may add more detail to print outs, but on the flipside, they could cost a higher amount of money. With this in mind, it could be advisable for such technology to be only used when it is completely necessary.
Doing this will allow firms to save money, which can instead be spent on other areas of their business.
Furthermore, organisations should try to ensure that staff who are unfamiliar with new systems are gradually phased into using them, as this kind of approach will lessen the probability of errors occurring.
One new type of system that is facing criticism in the market are "intelligent" printers.
These models have been introduced to the market by manufacturers including HP, Lexmark and Epson, but one organisation believes that they are designed to maximise profits for companies with little regard for customers' costs.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mark Fielding of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME), said that these systems are "anti-competitive" because they are "designed specifically" to stop users from refilling ink cartridges.
"Not only is this practice anti competitive but it's also working against the environment given that refilling existing cartridges is far more eco-friendly," Mr Fielding told the news provider.
He went on to say that, if enough complaints are collected, the organisation will look to take further action against the systems.
These kind of printers have already been greeted with negativity in many areas of Britain and the US because they identify the ink that is being used, while the device's functionality is stopped if cartridges are re-filled.
Another key development in the printing industry is the introduction of deinking, which is the process of removing ink from paper. Such a procedure helps to increase recycling potential and allow businesses to re-use their resources.
After substantial work on the subject, experts have worked out that deinking can now be carried out on inks, meaning that a wider audience of consumers can now take advantage of the process.
Progress in the field was marked at the Technical Conference on Deinking of Digital Prints in France, which took place in November, when discussions took place between the International School of Paper, Print Media and Bopmaterials, the DPDA and INGEDE.
At the event, all parties in attendance agreed that co-operation and research investigations are required in order to develop a viable solution to increase the amount of digital prints in deinking mills over the next ten years.
Speaking on behalf of the DPDA, George Promis, vice president, continuous forms production solutions & technology alliances at Ricoh Production Print Solutions, said, "Since the first raising of deinking concerns in Europe in 2008, the DPDA has had high confidence that digital inkjet printed paper is not a deinking concern today."
"We are very pleased that the conclusions to date, from industry experts and our research, assures customers can use production digital inkjet systems with the confidence that their printed output can be deinked without causing an environmental issue."
The deinking of inkjet paper is a development that is still ongoing, but the progress recorded so far in the field suggests that the work could lead to new recycling possibilities for the industry.
In order for companies to gain the most benefit from these innovations, it is key that managers educate staff about how they can improve sustainability and costs.
Posted by Johnny McMaster.