This month’s news celebrates an invention which changed the printing industry and the launch a new scanner which has picked up an innovation award even before going into production.

Rowe Scan 850i Picks Up a TOP 100 Innovator as it Goes into Production

The Rowe Scan 850i wide-format scanner is set to go into production this month, and has already picked up a coveted prize for innovative new product development.

The TOP 100 Innovator Award 2017 was judged by an independent jury, who were impressed by the Rowe Scan’s innovation in media transport technology, safe drive technology, and the extended lifecycle of the scanner’s glass.

The German-made machine is a step forward for users who want to digitize old or already damaged documents, even previously rolled banners, or originals with damaged or torn corners. 

In addition, it supports several file formats, including: PDF, PDF/A, multi-page PDF, multi-page TIFF, BMP, PNG, JPEG, JPEG 2000, DWF, and CALS.  It links with all common cloud providers, including: OneDrive, Dropbox, Apple iCloud, Amazon Cloud, Google Drive, MagentaCloud, etc. – enabling a seamless link between scanner, digital application, and the user’s wide format printers.

Read more here.

Everything is Possible in Print

The “Everything is Possible in Print” conference took place in London at the beginning of this month, on July 4, backed by the Independent Print Industries Association (IPIA).

The event, at the Congress Centre in London, highlighted many of the key strategic topics facing the print industry in 2017.

As well as looking at 3D printing as an opportunity for businesses to diversify, the event included a session which debated the impact of the General Data Protection Act on the printing industry when it comes into force in May 2018.

Speaker Mark Roy, Founder and Chairman of REaD Group, reassured attendees that even though print volumes are likely to decrease, relationships with customers will get better – creating a downwards pressure on the cost per response.

Tod Norman, Senior Content Planner at Royal Mail Market Reach, delivered a lively presentation about how printed communications help users by avoiding the clutter of an email inbox and how they are more widely trusted than electronic communications.

Marian Stefani, from event organizers IPIA, expressed satisfaction with the way the programme was received by guests and is already looking forward to another successful event next year – hopefully, we even greater industry support.

Xerox Celebrates 40 Years of Xerox Laser Printing

Gary Starkweather was working in a Xerox research lab in 1969 when he invented the laser printer – an invention that earned him a spot in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Starkweather played a key role in the developing Xerox’s first laser printing product, the Xerox 9700, which was announced 40 years ago this month.  It was the beginning of an industry which is now worth more than $120 billion in annual global revenues.

As well as securing Xerox’s place serving production facilities and offices for 40 years, the breakthrough technology is the main reason why Xerox was the only printer and press manufacturer to feature in the launch of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s new virtual exhibit “America’s Mailing Industry”.

Starkweather has since retired and is now living in Florida, but to mark the 40th anniversary of the machine’s launch, he gave an interview to the Xerox blog, Digital Printing Hot Spot, which you can read in full here.