With the announcement today of the Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press, Xerox is showing its first product to be jointly developed from start to finish by the combined Xerox and Impika development teams. The device is a cut-sheet color inkjet printer capable of speeds of up to 182 letter/197 A4 images per minute. At first glance, it looks like an iGen, and though it is built on an iGen frame, it will become clear that under the covers the differences are extensive.
The Xerox Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press
The initial application target is likely to be black & white to color conversion as well as applications like transaction, direct mail, and books because Read more »
Graph Expo 2015 (September 13-16, Chicago) begins on Sunday and whether you are able to be there or not, here are a few things you should know in advance.
Who Has the Biggest Booths on the Show Floor?
One good way of assessing the level of marketing spend that an exhibitor has made on a trade show is to measure the size of their booth. InfoTrends has been doing this for shows like Graph Expo, Print, IPEX, and drupa for many years. This year, the biggest exhibitors (by square foot of exhibit space as measured from the publicly available show floor map) are shown below.
Canon, as was the case at Graph Expo 2014, has the largest booth, followed by Konica Minolta. HP is in the number three spot, up from number six last year. Xerox dropped down a spot and is followed by Ricoh, EFI, Pitney Bowes, and Standard Finishing. KIP America breaks into the top ten at number nine. Last year’s number nine, Muller Martini, is not exhibiting. The top twelve is rounded out by Kodak, KBA, and Scodix. Traditional offset vendors (including some with new digital offerings) will be exhibiting, but not in the biggest booths (KBA is the only one in the top twelve). Offset system providers with booths include Goss, Komori, manroland, Presstek, Ryobi MHI, and TKS, but not Heidelberg, which hasn’t been a Graph Expo exhibitor since 2011.
Today Xerox announced the availability of a new member of the iGen family: the Xerox iGen 5 150 Press. The iGen 5 150 model is the first of multiple offerings in a family that provides a choice of speeds, a range of feeding & finishing options, and an optional fifth imaging station. It’s the imaging station that is the biggest differentiator between the new iGen 5 150 and earlier iGen models. The fifth station is an LED-based, customer-changeable unit (CCU) that sits opposite the CMYK vector imaging systems within the main print tower cabinetry. Important to note is that the device runs the same speed in five-color and four-color mode.
Xerox first implementation of the fifth station is for color gamut extension Read more »
I’ve recorded nine short videos (each is three and half minutes or less) that highlight some interesting print samples from Graph Expo 2014:
Print Sample Books from Graph Expo 2014 – This outstanding selection of print sample books collected at Graph Expo 2014 include the latest installation in NewPage’s ED series: #16 Digital Possibilities.
Last Friday Xerox announced a new 4-color, 100-ppm, production digital color printer called the Versant 2100 Press. Using a new ground-up design and offering three digital front end options (including two EFI Fiery units), the Versant 2100 replaces the DocuColor 8080 and will fit between the C75/J75 and the Color 800/1000 in the Xerox production color product line. No pricing has been announced. Order taking will begin worldwide in July.
The Versant 2100 leverages higher end features like Read more »
Last year around this time I reviewed all of the corporate greeting cards I received over the holiday season. I’m at it again this year and cover such diverse topics as colored signatures; recycled paper, FSC, and other green initiatives; text & image personalization; QR codes; printing on the envelope; metallics & pearlescents; special effects like dimensional printing; and non-card items such as calendars, menus, photo books. I also rant about electronic greeting cards that come with insincere tag lines like: “In our appreciation for the environment, we chose to send you our holiday wishes electronically.” Baloney! Face it, you’re just lazy and trying to hide your cheapness in an eco-green candy coating. If you really care, send me a physical card next year. My address is Jim Hamilton, 97 Libbey Industrial Parkway, Suite 300, Weymouth, Massachusetts 02189, USA.
Today Xerox announced the DocuColor 8080, an addition to the DocuColor family that will replace the DocuColor 7002 and 8002. The DocuColor 8080 is an 80-ppm production color printer with a stated duty cycle of 1.2 million A4/letter impressions per month. It has a maximum sheet size of 12.6” x 19.2” and a front-to-back registration tolerance of +/- 0.5 millimeters. It supports stocks from 60 to 300 gsm (16 lb. bond to 110 lb. cover). Three color server options are offered: Xerox’s FreeFlow Print Server, an EFI Fiery-based EX Print Server, and a Creo-based CX Print Server. Finishing options by GBC, Standard, and Xerox are also available. Installations of the DocuColor 8080 will begin in August at a list price of $260,000 (including the color server). The DocuColor 8080 will get its first public showing at Graph Expo in September.
Here are some thoughts leading into Graph Expo 2010:
Digital is mainstream — Look at the exhibitors across the front of the Graph Expo show floor. This is real estate that had been held for years by Heidelberg. Now it’s (from left to right): Xerox, HP, EFI, Presstek, xpedx, and Pitney Bowes. Heidelberg, the largest exhibitor for many years, does not have a booth at the show. Komori, another press manufacturer with a long history of participation at Graph Expo, is not exhibiting either. The landscape has changed and digital has become mainstream at Graph Expo.
Inkjet, inkjet, inkjet — The digital print market is represented mostly by toner-based electrophotographic devices today. They produce by far the majority of production digital print output. Yet in five or ten years that equation could be turned on its head by high-speed continuous feed color inkjet products capable of printing high volumes on a range of uncoated and coated paper types. Graph Expo 2010 will be a turning point in the use of coated paper on these devices. Economical coated paper that works on this class of products will open up new application areas and drive high volumes of print. Label & packaging applications using inkjet are also a new growth area.
Larger format cut-sheet — The B2-format inkjet products from Fujifilm and Screen grabbed a lot of attention at IPEX. So did Presstek’s announcement of its 75DI (which can handle 6-up letter). Leading into the show Kodak and Xerox made announcements about increased formats for top-of the line NexPress and iGen4 products. These announcements have important implications for productivity, of course, but perhaps more importantly for the types of print applications that will fit within the print area. Think about multi-up small document applications like business cards and post cards as well as applications where every inch counts such as folding cartons.
New cut-sheet color products — 2010 has been a strong year for new cut-sheet color products with announcements from Canon, HP Indigo, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, and Xerox. The range of choice for cut-sheet color devices faster than 70 pages per minute (ppm) has expanded. In addition, offerings in the 50 to 70 ppm range are also coming on line. Keep an eye out for how these devices are being leveraged with new workflow, front-end, and finishing tools.
Effects beyond CMYK — There are a growing number of products that have new or added features that differentiate them from their competitors. These include expanded CMYK color gamut, fifth colors, and gloss coating. Taking advantage of these features to their fullest is a challenge since they require software tools and education to be used to their fullest. Look beyond the hardware to see what these vendors are doing to make these effects easy to employ.
Looking forward to a very interesting show. Hope to see you there.
Xerox's Brian Segnit Delivers a Keynote Presentation at the 2010 PhotoPublishing Summit
InfoTrends’ 2010 PhotoPublishing Summit was held last week in Chicago. This event, now in its third year, brings together sponsors, invited VIP guests, and other representatives of print, photo, retail, and otherÂ industries to explore opportunities in the rapidly growing market for custom and short-run photo specialty products that help consumers to tell their life stories and businesses to communicate more effectively. Read more »
Fuji Xerox announced two new production color digital print models today: the 100-ppm Color 1000 Press and the 80-ppm Color 800 Press. (See the Fuji Xerox press release.) Several things stand out in this news:
The products use Xerox’s EA chemical toner — This is Xerox’s first high-end production color product using chemical toners (Nuvera EA already does so), whichÂ has important implications for lower running cost. Fuji Xerox referred to the toner as “Emulsion Aggregation-Eco Toner, or EA-Eco Toner.”
Clear toner is an option for the Color Press 1000 — Though it is not specifically stated in the release, the availability of a clear toner for a glossy finish or watermark printing implies that there is room for more than four color stations in the 1000. This would be a first for Xerox’s production color products.
The Fuji Xerox products will have a staggered launch — Fuji Xerox says that the Color 1000 Press will launch on January 29, 2010 and the Color 800 Press will launch sometime in the spring of 2010. Xerox Corporation has not yet announced these products and provided the following statement when approached by InfoTrends: “Fuji Xerox’s announcement of its launch plans for the Xerox Color 1000 Press and the Xerox Color 800 PressÂ is the first phase of a global plan to bring this new product to market. Launch plans for these new presses are being finalized for the rest of the world. We will have more information to share in the first half of 2010. Xerox’s current high-end digital color portfolio remains intact throughout North America, Europe and other geographies.”