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Xerox Corporation are launching a new cut-sheet inkjet press to replace and fill the same space as their Brenva range, the Baltoro High Fusion Inkjet Press, known as the "Baltoro HF." Xerox have already discontinued manufacture of the Brenva, and sold out their stocks.
In late June, Xerox brought production print customers and selected analysts from all over the world into Webster, NY USA for their biggest launch in years. DataMaster's agent for North America, Andy Slawetsky of Industry Analysts Inc was invited to this very special briefing. Chris Irick, Worldwide Product Marketing Managerpresented the new machines. Xerox claim not be catching up with their competitors in production inkjet - but leapfrogging over them.
Although a direct descendant of iGen and Brenva, Baltoro HF is an all-new print engine - and the print heads are made by Xerox. The entire machine is all Xerox. "Engine to frame, that's us," said Irick with pride. Xerox has designed and manufactured the full-width High-Fusion W-series printheads. They have even OEM'd them to other manufacturers in mutiple spaces, such as textile printing. For the Baltoro HF, the W-series head are set to 4.5 picolitre drops. The resolution is true 1200x1200, not interpolated or perceived - and in addition to the sheer print detail and hence quality, this helps in fault detection. Drying is by Near Infra Red - which is a relatively cheap and above all compact process.
Key to the production process is Xerox High-Fusion ink (developed for the Trivor platform), and this provides Baltoro's versatility: the Baltoro HF prints directly onto a wide range of media, directly WITHOUT a priming crutch; no coating or intermediary transfer required.
Apart from the new heads and the ink, Xerox have made other changes over their Brenva engine, aiming at improved quality and above all reliability - maximum uptime for the customer. Among many innovations, the ink reservoirs have migrated to the bottom of the engine, removing the need for multiple pumps. The paper path is straight, and vacuum-assisted - delivering the same high degree of registration that the iGen delivers.
Xerox claim to have a "Best in class" engine, but also highlight the degree of business productivity selecting Baltoro HF can bring. Here AI stands for Automated Intelligence, and means the Xerox FreeFlow Core
ported from iGen and Brevda will deliver the very same production process as its predecessors. Onoarding is swift and easy. Print professionals can turn to this versatile inkjet from their iGen with relative ease - counting on the Xerox FreeFlow server to make the production and other business processes feel the same.
Relatively small at 6m80 / 22 feet long, 1m65 / 5ft4 deep and 6ft9 / 2m05 high, competitively priced (at least at entry level) and above all 100% Xerox, the Baltoro is intended to rejuvenate Xerox' production sales worldwide.
To sum up, some specs:
Resolution: 1200×1200 dpi – real, not perceived
Page size: max sheet size 14.33 x 20.5 inches (364 mm x 520 mm)
Media: 60 to 270 gsm (16# bond – 100# cover) uncoated plain, inkjet treated, inkjet coated and offset coated
No precoat: Direct to media printing without additional fluids
Productivity: Up to 182 images per minute simplex, 271 duplex. Productivity varies by sheet size with a maximum throughput of 302 IPM on an 11×17 sheet. This requires a software patch (nothing mechanical) - but gives the productivity of two iGens for an additional 15% on the price of the basic Baltoro HF offering.
Executive Black mode: Black-only mode that caps the CMY heads and enables mono printing with reduced ink wastage.
Signature Image Quality: Baltoro uses a full width print array to provide automated quality control of areas such as density uniformity, image registration, jet-out detection using “Xerox Automated Intelligence.”
Operator Support: Simple interface with the ability to drag and drop files to the press and queue while printing. There is no need to stop the program to add new jobs.
Color profile management: Baltoro can profile media automatically using a built in spectrophotometer and Xerox claims that profiles can be created and tailored in 5 minutes or less.
We are off to the C!Print show in Lyon, France. This is an opportunity for DataMaster Lab to check out the latest innovation, especially in the production printing world. New technical solutions, workshops, live demonstrations of innovative equipment ... lots of product launches too. C!Print 2019 will bring together, as every year, hardware manufacturers and software developers and suppliers who have all come to present their latest developments.
C!Print attracted 13,706 visitors during its sixth edition held on February 6th, 7th and 8th 2018.
C!Print also an opportunity to attend conferences and breakout groups and mix with the top specialists in the sector to learn all about the latest technologies and to meet professionals and clients.
The Gulf Print & Pack 2017 exhibition in Dubai, UAE has just closed its doors. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East introduced Accurio, its new brand image for commercial printing products, to the middle-east marketplace. The manufacturer also launched the new digital toner press, the bizhub Press C71cf, dedicated to label printing and packaging.
Organized in Dubai from 26 to 29 March, Gulf Print & Pack is the trade fair dedicated to the packaging and printing industry for the Middle East and North Africa. Koji Suzuki, head of Konica Minolta Inc.'s commercial production production division, said, “Accurio will be the new brand for all of Konica Minolta’s professional print solutions. Accurio includes a range of digital press suites, state of the art inkjet, software and cloud-based tools”.
Succeeding the bizhub PRESS series, the new Accurio series machines offer additional features and options to adapt to individual customer requirements. For Koji Suzuki, the name Accurio reflects "the cutting-edge, automated, and productive Konica Minolta technology."
Launched at Gulf Print & Pack 2017, the bizhub Press C71cf is a new machine aimed at the labeling and packaging industry. This digital press particularly targets label printers that need to move print volumes to digital due to reduced run lengths, or to take advantage of the opportunities for customization and variable data printing that digital presses present.
Printer-Benchmark.com and DataMaster Labs are proud to announce a new string to our bow - a suite of tools for benchmarking the software Solutions in use in the Production Printing world.
The Solutions section of our online benchmarking suite, DMO, now has analysis of four new types of Solution: Web to Print, Variable Data, Job Submission and Workflow. DMO Production Solutions includes the printer brands' own software, as well as many others present in the Production Printing world - and it's very easy to run side-by-side comparisons identifying differences in features and functions. All four types can be laid out, so you can show a full end-to-end Production Printing workflow. Where appropriate, compatibility is displayed - not just machines, but with accounting systems and ERP too.
Web to Print covers e-commerce and internal web-based sales and print product ordering systems. DMO identifies those which can cover other products, and those which are designed to integrate in wider, cross-platform marketing business.
Variable Data apps merge data records into templates, for example for transactional printing, or for personalised marketing output.
Job Submission is a section covering pre-press and other functions common to many different print workflows and printing environments. Here our analysts look at how print job requests are received, checked and submitted.
Last but by no means least, the features and functions of Workflow Solutions intended to optimize productivity and to provide management tools can be compared side-by-side in just a couple of clicks too.
All the products covered all have a useful text with an overview, and which identifies any special features we have decided are worth highlighting.
DMO Solutions' comparison tools lets you compare all four of these types on the same page, with features to hide and reveal sub sections - and you can ouput the reports to PDf or Excel format for use elsewhere, or to send to your customer. You can show several of the products you sell, or those which are in use, and use DMO Production Solutions to model a new, end-to-end Print workflow strategy!
Five colors in line! The iGen 5 is the new flagship of Xerox' high-end color production fleet. It is intended to meet the increasing demand for digital color. According to InfoTrends, 87 billion color pages will be printed in the world in 2018, compared to 60 billion this year.
The new models are vailable at three print speeds (90, 120 and 150 ppm), and can print onto formats up to 364mm (14.33 inches) wide and 660mm (26 inches) long.
The optional fifth color is intended to support a wider range of Pantone or direct tones without impacting on productivity. Orange, green and blue options can help adhere to corporate visual identities, helping to keep short series from having to be run on offset presses. According to Xerox, colors can be changed in half an hour.
This press is available with Freeflow or Fiery workflow.
Sharp is launching two new models which they say are perfectly adapted to business environments such as printshops and integrated reprographics departments where color Print On Demand (POD) is a requirement. These machines have only been launched in the USA so far, not in Europe nor even in Japan as yet. The MX-6500N and MX-7500N run at 65 and 75 ppm respectively, and have a variety of finishing options available, including a Plockmatic booklet finisher which can handle up to 120 pages (30 sheets).
The optional EFI print controller, based on the latest Fiery FS100 Pro, can be driven directly from the equipment's interface, which is a 15.4-inch touch-screen. Finally there is also a keyboard with a touchpad.
Sharp is also launching the ability to print from edge to edge of a sheet, so these printers are able to produce full-bleed documents without trimming. If this feature proves able to print in quality right to the edge of the sheet, it will be a considerable advantage which should help these machines to find a place in a marketplace in which Sharp remains a newcomer.
These machines are on show at Print 13 in Chicago, which closes on September 12.