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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 company’s Indigo 3500 is designed to be “an affordable, offset quality digital printing solution.” The 4-color 3500 (6- and 7-color printing is optional) can reach 68 ppm in 4-color mode and will accommodate media up to 12.6 x 18.7 in., and both coated and uncoated stock. It features an HP Press Production Manager with an integrated Harlequin RIP. The optional SmartStream Designer (in three editions) allows for the creation and output of variable-data jobs. Paper input capacity: 3300 sheets.

InfoPrint Solutions
Earlier this year, InfoPrint enhanced its InfoPrint 5000 series presses, boosting their speeds to 420 ft/min (the former speed was 210 ft/min). Created in January 2007 via a joint venture between Ricoh and IBM’s Printing Systems Division, InfoPrint offers its 5000 in simplex or tandem duplex configurations for one-, two-, or three-up printing. The continuous-forms 5000 images variable-data documents up to 20-in. wide and it’s capable of handling rollfed papers from 17 to 34 lb. The press offers a choice of water-based and dye inks (CMYK); 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 5000 ships with an extendable printer controller that drives Adobe PostScript RIPs to expedite the processing of variable-data jobs. The company also offers the 3000, 4000, and 4100 printing systems, although all of these are black-and-white presses.

Kodak’s modular NexPress sheetfed presses use 4-color toner technology and are capable of full VDP printing. All are compatible with a variety of paper and specialty substrates. Most offer “operator replaceable components” (ORC) so print shops can replace parts themselves to optimize uptime and maintain overall performance. In addition, these presses offer a range of optional equipment (available on most units), including a fifth imaging unit (for spot colors, coating, and glossing), additional feeders, high-capacity delivery units, various front ends, and near-line Kodak NexGlosser.

The NexPress S3000 features a 5-color print engine and can hit a resolution of 600 dpi onto media as large as 14 x 20.5 in. It can accommodate a wide range of substrates—including coated and uncoated papers as well as synthetics, magnetics, foils, and much more—and has high-capacity paper input and output. It can output 3000 A3/tabloid single-sided sheets/hr.