Océ Announces the ColorStream 3500

Jim Hamilton
Nov 15, 2010

Last week at the Canon Expo in Tokyo Océ added a new inkjet product to its production color continuous feed offerings. Called the ColorStream 3500, the new device runs at 75 meters per minute and is capable of 537 A4 images per minute in a simplex configuration and 1,010 in duplex. As with Océ’s JetStream products, the device uses Kyocera drop-on-demand inkjet heads. The ColorStream 3500 is available in simplex or duplex configurations from one to six colors, and is field upgradeable. The device uses water-based inks (either dye or pigment). An Océ technology called InkSafe uses RFID to assure that the right ink is loaded in the right place. “Type 1” finishing connectivity allows direct integration with third-party finishing systems.

ColorStream 3500 at Canon Expo Tokyo

ColorStream 3500 at Canon Expo Tokyo

The table below provides a quick product summary of the ColorStream 3500:

Print speed 75 meters per minute (246 feet per minute)
(same speed whether black, four-color, or six-color)
Simplex: 505 A4 images per minute (537 letter)
Duplex: 1010 A4 images per minute (1070 letter)
Duty cycle 12 million A4/letter per month (simplex)
24 million A4/letter per month (duplex)
Paper transport Pinless, tight web, automatic tension control, right-to-left design
Print resolution 600 x 600 dpi with optional 2-bit (multilevel) capability
Print width Up to 21.25″ (540 mm)
Paper weights supported 60-160 gsm
Configurations Simplex: 1/0-6/0, duplex: 1/1-6/6 (fully upgradeable)

One immediate question is: Why didn’t Océ use the JetStream brand with this product? Océ explains that the naming isn’t based on the imaging technology. It’s using the brand “ColorStream” because the ColorStream 3500 is a “migration-to-color” system, much like the toner-based ColorStream 10000 Flex. Océ ColorStream users in mixed monochrome and color environments can transition from monochrome to color at their own pace. This positions the ColorStream brand between Océ’s VarioStream monochrome continuous feed printers and JetStream continuous feed color inkjet printers.

The ColorStream 3500 has a list price of 1.8M Euro for a duplex four-color configuration including unwinder, winder, and an SRA MP third-generation controller with blade processors. The product will be available worldwide in July of 2011. Masato Atoda and Toru Yamauchi from InfoTrends’ Tokyo office attended Canon Expo and provided their notes for this blog write-up. InfoTrends will follow up later with a more detailed analysis for its clients.

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