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(June 2009) posted on Mon Jun 22, 2009

High-speed presses for 4-color, vaiable-date output.

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Punch Graphix
New from Punch Graphix under its Xeikon brand name is the Xeikon 8000, an addition to the company’s family of high-speed, variable-data color presses. The 8000 boasts 1200-dpi image quality and printing speeds of up to 230 A4 pages/min. It can image onto media as wide as 20.15 in., including paperboard, synthetic media, coated or uncoated stock up to 350 gsm or 122-lb. cover; its One-Pass-Duplex technology allows for simultaneous double-sided printing. Standard is an X-800 digital front end; choice of roll-to-roll or roll-to-cut sheet configurations.
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.

The iGen4 from Xerox made its North American debut at Graph Expo 2008. Building on the company’s iGen3 press, the newest addition to the iGen lineup features auto density control (to detect and eliminate density variations), a carrier-dispensing system, high-definition linearization (for color stability), advanced color profiling, and an in-line spectrophotometer. It can handle sheet sizes up to 14.33 x 22.5 in., and a broad range of substrates. Featuring a top resolution of 600 dpi (x 8 bit), the iGen4 can hit a top speed of 40 impression/min (at maximum media size). User can choose among a FreeFlow Print Server, Creo XX Color Server or EX Color Server powered by EFI Fiery.
Xerox’s iGen3 110 and iGen3 90 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 impressions/min, while the Xerox iGen3 110 offers 120 impressions/min. 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 7000/8000AP press offers 2400 x 2400-dpi resolutions, top speeds of 70 pages/min (80 for the 8000), 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. An Automated Color Quality Suite with inline spectrophotometer is optional.
The 600 x 600-dpi x 8-bit DocuColor 6060 offers a top speed of 60 ppm and auto-duplexing for sheets up 12 x 18 in.. Finishing options for this press include laminators, stackers, staplers, booklet makers, punchers, binders, and more.
The DocuColor 5000AP can handle media up to 12.6 x 19.2 in. and 300 g/m2. It can print at 25 A3 pages/min and image at 2400 x 2400-dpi resolution. Choice of four print servers; finishing options include high-capacity stacker, stacker/stapler, and booklet maker.