Three Cut-Sheet Digital Printing Announcements Spark the Opening of ON DEMAND 2010

Jim Hamilton
Apr 20, 2010

Lurking in the background as ON DEMAND 2010 opens are some very big questions about the economy, what the new combined Canon/Océ will look like, and whether any European visitors will make it to the show because of the volcano ash, but there is also some very big cut-sheet digital printing product news. Three new cut-sheet digital printing announcements are sure to be highlights of this year’s show:

  • Canon’s imageRUNNER Advance 8000 and 6000 series — At speeds ranging from 55 to 105 ppm, these monochrome products are the natural follow-on to the color imageRUNNER Advance announcements that Canon made last fall. Canon is targeting the 8000 series at the production market due to its higher speed, larger substrate size capability, and more robust finishing options. Canon-developed and third-party imageRUNNER Advance software solutions will also complement the devices’ hardware capabilities. Canon will highlight an imageRUNNER Advance 8105 and C9075 with a MicroPress front end at the show.
Canon imageRUNNER Advance 8105

Canon imageRUNNER Advance 8105

  • Konica Minolta’s bizhub press C8000 — Since a behind-the-scenes sneak preview for the lucky few at Print 09, excitement has been building for this new production color printer with optional scanning capability. The bizhub press C8000 is capable of 80-ppm throughput in black & white and in color. It builds on the success of Konica Minolta’s earlier color products, including the 65-ppm bizhub PRO C6501. The announcement of the product, which will ship in July, improves Konica Minolta’s ability to reach further into production environments.
Konica Minolta bizhub press C8000

Konica Minolta bizhub press C8000

  • Xerox’s Color 800 and 1000 — When Fuji Xerox announced these products at the end of last year everyone knew that it was only a matter of time before we would see them announced by Xerox Corporation. Two key points should be noted about these 80- and 100-ppm production color printers: (1) they both use Xerox’s low-melt EA toner (joining the 700 as the only Xerox production color products to do so) and (2) they have space for an optional fifth color station (Fuji Xerox has chosen to offer that capability only for the 1000). Xerox briefed analysts ahead of the show and also sent us print samples, which are very impressive. You need to see the clear toner.
Xerox Color 1000

Xerox Color 1000

ON DEMAND is becoming a cut-sheet show. Five years ago, there were many monochrome and color roll-fed devices on the show floor. This year, it looks like there will only be one (Océ’s ColorStream 10000 Flex). This change coincides with many vendors’ decisions to leave the bigger hardware at home. The fact that IPEX is just around the corner (May 18-25 in Birmingham, England) is also contributing to the dearth of big iron at ON DEMAND. These three cut-sheet announcements, though, will have an extended impact on the market, and will make this an ON DEMAND to remember.

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