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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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Last year, the company announced that the 1200-printhead developed for the 8000 would now be available for the Xeikon 6000 and 5000plus digital color presses (until now, these two engines were standard-equipped with a 600 dpi variable-dot-density resolution). New Xeikon 6000s now come standard with the 1200-dpi head; the new head is an option on new Xeikon 5000plus machines (the 600 dpi head will remain standard). Xeikon reports that adding the 1200-dpi unit not only impacts the print quality, but also increases the maximum image width from 19 in. to 19.7 in.

The 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 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. The printer is able to print on media such as coated or uncoated paper, paperboard, synthetic materials, and label stock, from 40 gsm to 350 gsm or 27-lb text to 122-lb cover stock. Printing speed will vary with the selected media.

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 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).

Screen USA
Screen USA’s Truepress Jet520 is a 4-color, variable-data, continuous-feed, single-pass printer that produces images up to 20-in. wide and a maximum print speed of 420 feet per minute; it can hit a resolution of 720 x 720 dpi. The Jet520 can accommodate inkjet paper, standard paper, and uncoated paper, and its applications include direct mail, product manuals, publications, invoices, and much more. It can switch between printing full-web, single-sided to half-web duplex. This press comes with a rewinder/unwinder, and users can connect the Truepress to a variety of inline post-processing equipment.