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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

Punch Graphix now offers a family of high-speed, variable-data color presses under its Xeikon brand name-the Xeikon 4000, 5000plus, and 6000. These single-pass duplex printers all utilize 4-color Xeikon FA toner, feature a 600-dpi resolution, and print variable data onto media rolls up to 20-in. wide. All three machines are powered by the X-800 DFE digital front end that acts as RIP and processes variable-data as well. All vary slightly on the thicknesses of compatible media, speeds, and duty cycles.

The Xeikon 4000 is the company's entry-level press. Compatible with media from 40 to 250 gsm, it features two speeds up to 130 ppm, and duty cycles of up to 2.7 million pages/month (at 3 shift/day, 5 days/week). The Xeikon 5000plus offers three print speeds up to 130 ppm, media compatibility from 40 to 350 gsm, and a monthly duty cycle up to 3 million pages/month. In addition, this press has in-line density and registration control and is upgradeable to the Xeikon 6000. The top-of-the-line Xeikon 6000 offers media compatibility with substrates from 40 to 250 gsm, four print speeds up to 160 ppm, and a monthly duty cycle of up to 5 million pages/month.

Options for these presses include a jumbo reel unwinder, print protector to add a protective coating, in-line folding, envelope inserting, in-line or off-line book-binding, and an OmniVac air-treatment system.

Just released is the company's rollfed Truepress Jet520 inkjet press. This 4-color variable-data machine is a continuous-feed, single-pass printer that produces images up to 20-in. wide. It reports prints speed up to 209.9 fpm at 720 x 360-dpi resolution or 409 8.5 x 11-in. ppm; while the 720 x 720-dpi print mode produces 104.9 fpm.

The Truepress utilizes CMYK water-based pigment inks that resist degradation caused by exposure to water and light and exhibit good drying properties with uncoated stock. The Seiko Epson printheads produce multi-tone printing with a color depth of 4 tones per drop (2-bit imaging) for each color.

This printer comes with the printing unit and a rewinder/unwinder. Users can connect the Truepress to a variety of inline post-processing equipment.

Xerox offers several presses for high-speed, variable-data production: the iGen3 110 and 90, plus the DocuColor 5000, 6060, and 7000/8000.

Xerox’s iGen3 110 and iGen3 90 Digital Production Presses offer 600 x 600-dpi x 8-bit resolutions; a choice of Xerox DocuSP, Creo Spire, or EFI Fiery servers; media sizes up to 14.33 x 20.5 in.; and use SmartPress 4-color dry ink. Accommodating a wide range of coated, uncoated, and specialty substrates from 16 to 130 lb, the standard feed trays hold up to 7500 sheets; the optional High-Capacity feeder adds an addition 50,000 sheets. The Xerox iGen3 90 reaches top speeds (for 7 x 7-in. images) of 90 ipm, while the Xerox iGen3 110 offers 120 ipm. Finishing options for iGen3 presses include laminators, booklet makers, punches, binders, and more.

The company's DocuColor presses all offer media sizes up to 12.6 x 19.2-in., duplex 4-color printing, utilize Xerox toners, a maximum paper capacity of 8000 sheets, can accommodate a wide range of substrates, and users choose a Xerox, EFI, or Creo front end. The DocuColor 5000 handle media up to 110 lb and can print at full speed (50 ppm) with substrates up to 220 gsm (80 lb). Imaging at 2400 x 2400-dpi resolution, the company suggests an average monthly volume of 150,000 pages. Finishing options include high-capacity stacker, stacker/stapler, and booklet maker.

The 600 x 600-dpi x 8-bit DocuColor 6060 offers a top speed of 60 ppm with a 150,000 average ppm, auto-duplexing for sheets up 12 x 18 in., and Low Oil Fusing Technology. Finishing options for this press include laminators, stackers, staplers, booklet makers, punchers, binders, and more.

The DocuColor 7000/8000 offers 2400 x 2400-dpi resolutions, top speeds of 70/80 ppm, and an average monthly volume of 200,000 pages. Print shops can add finishing options such as laminators, stackers, staplers, booklet makers, punch, binders, and more.