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(May 2007) posted on Sat May 12, 2007

High-speed presses for 4-color, variable-data output.

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By Peggy Middendorf

The latest and fastest iteration is the Indigo press 5000. While both the 5000 and the Indigo press 3050 feature the same speed of 4000 8.5 x 11-in. images/hr (iph), the 5000 also includes a more robust paper- handling system, a higher duty cycle, and, when printing monochrome, it will hit 8000 8.5 x 11-in. iph. The 5000 and 3050 are both compatible with paper weights up to 130 lb, and feature resolutions up to 812 x 812 dpi. The Indigo press 1050 offers a 12.1-in. image size and resolutions up to 800 x 2400 dpi; it's compatible with paper up to 100 lb, and prints up to 2000 8.5 x 11 in. iph.

The webfed Indigo press w3250 can reach 4-color speeds of 4000 duplex pages/hr, has an 11.9-in. maximum print width, is compatible with paper up to 100 lb, and offers resolutions up to 800 x 1600 dpi. Optional equipment includes additional inks, another RIP, an external digital front-end solution, and stacking modules for automated unloading during continuous printing.

HP also offers industrial Indigo presses intended for the label and packaging market: the ws4050, ws2000, and s2000. These are also capable of 4-color variable data work, but typically just run variable UPC codes or addresses.

The first product of a joint venture with Ricoh, the new continuous-forms IBM Infoprint 5000 images variable-data documents up to 20-in. wide. Capable of handling rollfed papers from 17 to 34 lb, the Infoprint 5000 uses water-based pigment CMYK inkjet inks that are resistant to fading and smearing. Resolutions up to 360 x 720 dpi and color depth are achieved through the use of multiple drop sizes and two bits per spot.

The Infoprint is available in simples or tandem duplex configurations for one-, two-, or three-up printing. Its web speeds reach 209 fpm or 916 full-color letter-size ipm in 2-up tandem duplex mode; it can produce up to 4 to 5 million impressions per month, the company reports.

The Infoprint 5000 ships with the extendable IBM multi-computer printer controller that drives Adobe PostScript RIPs to expedite the processing of variable-data jobs.