Kodak to Cease Manufacturing Consumer Inkjet Printers This Year

 In an attempt to recover from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Kodak has announced that it will discontinue the manufacturing and selling of inkjet printers in 2013. Due to a diminishing market, as well as thin profit margins, the company has long been plummeting in the industry and struggling financially since 2007.

All previously manufactured inkjet printers will remain on the market until the existing supply depletes itself. However, production has ceased on any new consumer printer models, including the much-anticipated Kodak Hero 2.2 and Hero 4.2 printers. The company expects that their consumer printer business will wind down and cease later this year, although they will continue to sell ink and paper.

Despite winding down their inkjet printing business, Kodak will continue to honor any warranties, as well as continue to offer support on their existing printers. This move, intended to get Kodak back on track financially following their recent bankruptcy, will result in the loss of up to 200 jobs. The company intends to switch gears and shift their focus over to the commercial printing side.

Clear Printing With Caldera’s PrintBoard

All of us who have used a printer have probably seen a Paper Jam message, or seen two indiscriminate lights blinking away on the device itself. It’s not always easy to see what’s wrong with a printer and can be disastrous for factory printers, which Caldera hope to stop with PrintBoard – a signage system to display a dashboard of a printers’ status. The software interacts with Caldera’s RIP to display data, such as the productivity of the printer, the current job queue and the square meters produced that day.

The display can be put on up to five screens, such as flat panel displays but also the iPad and other tablet devices. This lets the entire printer factory view the data remotely, rather than from one key point.A PrintBoard package – with hardware and software – will cost €995 and require version 9.10 RIP software

Caldera vice president Sebastien Hanssens says that “Digital signage is not the enemy for print. There are great opportunities for companying the two”. The product is not available for home printing, but could certainly get the consumer producers thinking about integration in the future.