When you think of the printing industry, what comes to your mind first? Perhaps it’s making a photocopy at work, or printing out reservations for a hotel booking? Despite a myriad of exciting happenings within the industry, unfortunately, technology and innovation are not often associated with printers – but perhaps they should be.
Forward-thinking research has led to exciting new products and technological innovations within the printing world akin to tech found in science fiction novels or movies.
Examples already on the market for some time include Samsung’s polymerized toner and Smart UX Printing Center and groundbreaking research on erasable paper and touchable ink highlight an exciting future in the printing industry, and Samsung is proud to play a key role in many such developments.
If you’d like to learn more about some of the amazing innovations happening right now in the world of printing, please keep reading!
How many times a day around the world do people make a printing mistake and subsequently feel terrible about wasting said paper? Everyone has been there before and we all know how much time and resources go into these ill-fated print jobs. But, what if there was another way? Soon, thanks to some exciting new research, there might just be.
Research out of Rice University in the US led by Ned Thomas, professor of engineering, materials science, nanoengineering, chemical and bimolecular engineering and chemistry, in collaboration with his former doctoral student Cheolmin Park, now a professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, has produced some promising results towards creating erasable and thus reusable paper.
A recent article in Futurity noted that the team has successfully invented a chemical process that allows them to print color images on specially coated paper, erase those images, and then print new images on the same paper. Subsequently, the team was able to use their chemical process to print and then erase images on a piece of paper more than 50 times with a print quality that is similar to a commercial office inkjet printer.
Although still in testing, the researchers think this technology has real potential to be cost-effective for several different industries once it becomes commercially viable.
For those seeking a closer look at the process, you can find the results of their study here.
Read With Your Hands
Today, the WHO estimates that some 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide and about 90% live in low-income settings. Unfortunately, the high cost of standard braille printers means that many of the world’s visually impaired lack access to the devices they need. However, a collaboration between J. Walter Thompson Bangkok and Samsung has found a way to address this problem with a special ink, known as ‘touchable ink’.
Touchable ink is an innovative type of ink that can be loaded into most standard ink cartridges in one’s home printer, thus transforming cheaper, everyday printers into Braille printers. Once something is printed on an ordinary piece of paper, the paper simply needs to be heated up with any household item, such as a hairdryer, and the special ink grows and swells into the touchable texture of typical Braille code.
With this technology, a single piece of paper can cost as little as 3 cents per sheet, therefore offering a very affordable alternative to those in need. This technology is helping to make a difference for the visually impaired around the world and is a great example of how innovations in the printing industry are helping people today.
A More Advanced Toner
Naturally, every business seeks a high-quality laser printer that is also cost efficient to own. However, conventional laser printer toner often produces low quality images and expends a lot of energy doing so.
Researchers at Samsung have put an innovative spin on traditional laser printer toners, creating what’s known as ‘polymerized toner’. Polymerized toner uses small uniform particles that produce sharper images and lines, while its higher wax content levels improve image gloss and the durability of prints, offering greater protection against folds and smudges.
Polymerized toner can also reduce costs for companies as it produces a thin, uniform layer that increases transfer efficiency while printing, resulting in less toner waste.
Additionally, the innovative toner features a lower fusing temperature than traditional printers, meaning less power is consumed while printing and these savings are passed onto business owners.
A Smarter Way to Print
Samsung printers were the first to take advantage of the ubiquity of smartphones by embedding Android-certified operating system on tablet panels of several printer models, thus transplanting the ease of operating one’s cell-phone into the printing space.
What’s more, through strategic partnerships, 3rd-party developers, and in-house development, Samsung bolstered its exclusive Smart UX with a robust offering of 40 different apps that make printing safer, more intuitive, and more efficient.
By leveraging today’s technology, Samsung printers offer businesses a better way to print.
Contrary to what some may think, the printing industry is dynamic, and full of cutting-edge research and technological breakthroughs that continue to improve people’s lives, reduce the burden on the environment, and improve the bottom lines for business.
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