Jun 30, 2011
Two years ago, Xerox introduced the ColorQube 9200 series MFPs–a new class of multifunctional products with two key design elements in mind: to make color more affordable and accessible for office workgroup users.
A multi-tiered, hybrid color pricing plan allows customers to more effectively pay for the color they use. Meanwhile, the solid ink-based marking system provides a reliable platform that is easier to use, requires less maintenance, and delivers significant environmental benefits when compared with similar laser-based products. Read more »
Feb 16, 2011
On February 14, at the Hunkeler “Innovationdays” tradeshow in Switzerland, Xerox announced a high speed process color printing system based on phase change inkjet. While there is no indication that the new press will target packaging applications–stated targets are transactional printing, direct mail, books, manuals, catalogs and newsprint–the news highlights Xerox’s potential as an inkjet press supplier. We focus on that here, because of the high potential for inkjet presses in packaging generally, and because Xerox has already made packaging part of its overall strategy. In that regard, since 2009, Xerox has offered its Xerox Automated Packaging Solution (APS) the folding carton printing and converting system based on the Xerox iGen, and electrophotographic device.
With the above as a caution–Xerox has a color inkjet press, but it’s not for packaging–we recommend the news story from Xerox for study by alert clients. Xerox has a lot under the hood in terms of inkjet technology and the company could someday bring that technology to bear in the packaging world. In the long term, we think that an inkjet press from Xerox could be used in packaging converting. Read more »
Feb 14, 2011
At last, Xerox has entered the continuous feed colour inkjet fray.
At the Hunkeler InnovationDays event in Lucerne, Switzerland, it announced it will be commercialising the solid ink machine that was shown as a technology demonstration at Ipex in May 2010.
Little has changed in the specification of the machine since Ipex but the marketing message has moved on. Xerox has switched from referring to the technology used as solid ink to waterless inkjet, which does neatly sum up the biggest benefit of the process. The headline specs of the four-color continuous feed machine are a top speed of 152m (500 feet) per minute, web width of 520mm (20.5”) and a stock weight range of 50 to 160 gsm.
Key applications are transactional print and direct mail for the yet-to-be-named machine, which until the branding boffins have done their bit, will be known as the Xerox Production Inkjet System. Orders are now being taken for early installs by the end of 2011 with full commercial availability in 2012. Read more »
Sep 10, 2009
This morning I had the opportunity to participate in this year’s Executive Outlook session at Print 09. The title of the session, “Technology Harnessed: Driving the Road to Recovery,” suited the conference agenda very well. With topics ranging from economic outlook to software technologies and hardware technologies to industry segment forecasts, the message was all the same: In order to succeed and recover from this recession, printers must focus on becoming marketing service providers and continue growing relationships with their customers.
Ralph Nappi, President of Graphic Arts Show Company started the day by explaining that show attendance did indeed appear to be lower than usual for this year’s show. Yet, looking around the room and speaking to several attendees I gathered a much more positive message. I noted two interesting facts
1.) Those in attendance were here for a reason and were asking very good questions.
2.) Close to 25% of Executive Outlook attendees traveled from outside of the United States to attend.
Each year the Executive Outlook session includes speakers that focus on new and existing technologies in our industry. All of the information shared was fascinating, but what I found to be the most interesting information of the day,was delivered by Xerox’s Chief Technology Officer, Sophie Vandebroek, Ph.D.In her keynote presentation, Vandebroek shared information about future Xerox technologies and showed a short video that introduced Xerox’s Â current research and development initiatives focused on bringing solid ink into the production market.
Xerox has been working to develop an inkjet printing system that uses heat to transform Xerox solid ink into a liquid state and send it through an inkjet array consisting of 50-100 piezo inkjet heads. Utilizing the existing ACQS image quality scanners developed for the iGen product family, Xerox can monitor and correct, or compensate for, clogged inkjet heads. This technology is not publicly available today and Xerox has no immediate plans for a release, however today’s Executive Outlook session offered interesting insight into Xerox’s short-term research and development plans.
Please check back for more to come from the Print 09 show floor!