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(June 2009) posted on Mon Jun 22, 2009

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

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The imagePress C6000VP is built on the same core architecture as the C7000VP but geared for midsized to large production environments. It can hit 60 letter-sized pages per minute (ppm), offers true 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution and 256 levels of grayscale, and can accommodate media up to 13 x 19 in. (Note: Canon also features the C6000, which does not feature variable-data capabilities.)

The company’s imagePress C1+ is a color device with clear toner designed for the “light production and proofing” markets. It offers print speeds up to 14 ppm for color jobs (up to 60 ppm for black-and-white and up to 40 ppm for clear printing jobs), and can handle a wide range of paper stock including coated and textured stocks. It offers true 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution, accommodates media up to 13 x 19 in., and integrate with all desktop color-management solutions. Its print controller options include variable-data capabilities.

The HP Indigo 7000 is targeted at volumes of more than 1 million pages/month. Accommodating paper sizes up to 13 x 19 in. and supporting a wide range of substrates—including coated, uncoated, and specialty media—the Indigo 7000 can output 120 4-color, A4-size pages/minute. It’s a standard 4-color (CMYK) system, with 5-, 6-, and 7-colors optional. It can hit a resolution of 812 and 1219 dpi at 8-bit. Three SmartStream workflow solutions are available, including Production Pro Print, Production Plus Print, and Ultra Print servers. Other features include an intuitive touchscreen interface, on-the-fly ink replacement, a paper stacker that supports 6000 sheets, and a JDF-enabled architecture.

HP announced enhancements to its Indigo press 5500 last year, allowing for greater productivity. The 5500 added: an additional feeder, an in-line connection to the HP Indigo UV Coater, a kit for enabling printing on thicker media up to 450 microns, and a range of SmartStream print servers. The press, aimed at shops with average monthly volumes in the 300,000-1 million pages/month range, can reach speeds up to 68 ppm in 4-color mode and can handle media up to 13 x 19 in. The 5500 accommodates 4-color process (CMYK), 6-color IndiChrome (CMYKOV), and 6-color photo imaging (CMYKcm); like the 7000, it can hit 812 and 1219 dpi.