Friday, May 15, 2009

Kodak v Fuji for control of the OPM printernet

FUJIFILM Awarded Patent for Taskero Universe
rom WhatTheyThink
: "VALHALLA, N.Y. -- FUJIFILM Graphic Systems U.S.A., Inc. has been granted a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its development of the technology used in Taskero Universe, the system and method for remotely monitoring and servicing a print system."
Taskero Universe is Fuji + XRite. It is a cloud based intelligence system to manage the print manufacturing process.

Is it Xerox/Fuji Xerox or FujiFilm/FujiXerox/Xerox?

Fuji can give Ricoh a real run for the money. Ricoh/Ikon on the ground. Ricoh/InfoPrint in production OPM vs Xerox Fuji on the ground/ Xerox in the production space and Fuji in the offset space.

From here it looks like if Xerox can make the link from MPS to commercial OPM, Fuji takes this one. On the other hand, Ricoh is a master at execution, has great engineering dna and has the deep pockets to slug it out with razor thin margins.

The Color Cube could be a great temporary advantage for the Xerox Fuji side. But Ricoh is going to keep on keeping on.

Meanwhile, I'm starting to get a bit more worried about Kodak. When the gorillas start fighting, the little guys some times get stomped. And I still can't figure out HP. Are they a computer services company or a box company or a toner company?

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