The so-called Minilabs
can be used to identify inferior and counterfeit medicines rapidly and reliably.
Kelbley points out that the template for success has already been established in Australia, where he says supermarkets use kiosks that produce more volume in less space with less support and overhead then the minilabs
But today, that picture is much brighter, with a range of options for new and used Agfa minilabs
as well as service and spare parts.
Photo-me International posted a fall in profits yesterday after delays in the delivery of photo processing minilabs
PHOTO-ME International posted a fall in profits today after delays in the delivery of photo processing minilabs
Noritsu offers over 17 high-performance digital minilabs
that use its Quick Service Systems (QSS) technology.
Austin, Texas, has taken over the complete service, repair and maintenance of AgfaPhoto minilabs
in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as the exclusive supply of chemicals and repair parts for the minilab
division of the former Agfa company.
Discount Drug Mart's Noritsu minilabs
have proven to be cost-effective, he notes, while its older Gretag units have had to be digitally enhanced.
According to PMA's 2002-2003 Industry Trends Report: Retail Markets, on-site minilabs
took on greater prominence in the photo-finishing market in 2002, accounting for nearly half of film rolls processed and 61 percent of total processing revenue, compared with 45 percent and 55 percent, respectively, in 2001.
The machine, which is similar in size to a large photocopier, is much smaller than a traditional minilab
and will also cost in the region of pounds 30,000 compared to the current chemical only or combined chemical and digital minilabs
costing anything from pounds 70,000 to pounds 150,000.
Kodak is also currently working with Hewlett-Packard to develop a fast inkjet system for minilabs
to use when printing from digital images.
The plant will be able to make minilabs
at lower cost because of increased local procurement and will give Noritsu a competitive edge in the Chinese market, the Wakayama-based company said.