Entry Level Press: Technology Guide

Entry Level Press: Technology Guide
Looking to get into digital printing - ProPrint checks out some of the latest entry level systems on the market
Canon Imagepress C850/c750/c650
The Canon imagePress C850/C750/C650 digital colour production press is a new range that was released late last year. Canon says the imagePress C850 Series is designed to provide offset-like image quality through Canon’s Gloss Optimisation technology, enabling to match the gloss of the toner image to that of the media used, and with a 32-beam R-VCSEL red laser to help produce crisp and clear images efficiently at 2400 x 2400 dpi. 
 
With a number of screen patterns to choose from, the press now offers a new 190 lpi dot screen for increased flexibility and optimised quality closer to offset. By using CV Toner and an Advanced Image Transfer Belt, these devices can print high-quality, consistent output on a variety of media, including textured stocks. 
 
Canon says that with these features, users have the ability to enjoy color consistency for predictable quality output, a necessity of print providers who run repetitive jobs. 
 
The imagePress C850, C750 and C650 devices operate at print speeds of up to 85, 75 and 65 A4 pages per minute, respectively, in colour and black- and-white. These digital presses provide reliable paper feeding with air separation and double sheet detection intended to reduce paper jams and production interruptions. First-time-right results with consistent colour and precise registration achieved by the Compact Registration Module help increase the amount of sellable output. 
 
A new option for this series is the Booklet Trimmer-F1, which the company says helps save valuable time with a larger trim waste bin and continuous run capability with 
on-the-fly trim waste removal. 
 
The imagePress C850 Series supports a variety of in-line finishing options to help expand the offerings of print service providers, including the ability to stack, fold, saddle-stitch, staple, perfect-bind and ring-bind. 
 
Another new option for this imagePress series will be the Multi-Function Professional Puncher-A1 for die punching on a wider range of media sizes and weights for A4 and larger, oblong bound books. Using Canon’s die set, this new finishing module can professionally crease documents in-line to produce folded applications, including saddle stitch booklets, with less paper cracking on the spine of the document. 
 
This series of printers now supports auto-duplex printing of up to 762mm long sheets, proving itself helpful in the short run production of 6-panel brochures, posters and dust jackets. 
 
Specs at a glance:
Print technology: Gloss optimisation
Laser: 32 beam red
Dot screen: 190lpi 
Max resolution: 2,400x2,400ddpi
Max print speed: 85ppm
Max print length: 762mm
 
Epson ColorWorks C7500
The ColorWorks C7500 is aimed at printers wanting to print onto matte media for durable print labels. It allows printers to reliably and cost-effectively meet their in-house labelling needs. The C7500 can also help eliminate the costs associated with pre-printing by producing short-run, customised labels on demand.
 
Epson’s ColorWorks desktop label solutions are capable of high mix label requirements with commercial inkjet printers, fast-drying, durable colour inks suitable for a range of media types and sizes. Printers can print labels needed when required for applications including packaging and manufacturing, logistics, retail, ticketing and more.
 
The printer features the new PrecisionCore printhead with Epson’s Nozzle Verification Technology (NVT) and dot substitution to help prevent misprints and dead pixels for consistent printouts.
It can produce a range of labels for food and beverage products, packaging and boxes, as well as EU energy labels and GHS labels. With print speeds up to 300mm/sec, it can print labels in full colour at the same speed as some thermal monochrome printers.
 
High-capacity individual ink cartridges mean only the colour used will need to be replaced, offering lower costs per print. The permanent printhead offers cost savings as none of its major components will need replacing for at least 500km worth of printing.
 
The LCD control panel makes set-up easy. Epson’s newest printer command set, ESC/Label, allows integration with virtually any operating system. The device also comes with a full range of software utilities to support printer deployment. NVT also helps to prevent clogged nozzles.
 
Specs at a glance:
Print technology: PrecisionCore TFP with Nozzle Verification Technology
Ink type: DURABrite pigment ink for TM-C7500, 4 individual CMYK cartridges
Max resolution: 1,200 x 600dpi
Max print speed: 300mm/s or 150mm/s (selectable)
Max print width: 108mm
Media types: Plain label, matte label, synthetic label
Media dimensions: width 50-112mm - roll feed
 
Fuji Xerox Colour C70
The Colour C70 is an affordable digital colour solution with the capability for professional image quality and is scalable to grow with the business. 
 
Purpose built for both high-value applications and everyday work, the C70 offers the productivity of a multifunction device with a higher level of quality and finishing for creative and production teams. With print, copy and scan functions, the C70 has multi-tasking abilities with PC, USB and email, to save time by sending prints from any smart phone or tablet.
 
The Colour C70 prints up to 70 colour pages per minute and 75 black-and-white pages per minute on both uncoated and coated stock up to 300gsm and 220gsm for auto duplexing. 
Fuji Xerox says the Colour C70 can create customer brochures, proposals, posters, window decals or polyester signs. It features 2,400 x 2,400dpi resolution and uses Fuji Xerox Special Polyester EA Low Melt Toner. Using variable data printing software from XMPie, high-value variable data applications can be handled to expand product offerings. 
 
The Colour C70 is modular and has several server options, as well as enterprise workflows to reduce print costs with Xerox Standard Accounting. Security enhancements include password protected PDFs, Print and Secure Print. Flexible feeding is handled by four standard paper trays, and finishing options include stapling, hole punching, folding and face trimming.
 
Fuji Xerox Finance offers finance for all equipment, as it has done for over 30 years. Over 75 per cent of all Fuji Xerox equipment is financed through Fuji Xerox Finance. 
Complete installation and training is performed over two days, with installation of the device taking up to two hours and a day and a half allocated to operator training. 
 
Specs at a glance:
Print resolution: 2,400 x 2,400dpi
Max Speed: A4 colour – 70ppm; A4 B&W – 75ppm
Standard sizes: A5 to A3
Paper weights: 64-300gsm
Max paper capacity: 7,260 sheets
 
HP Indigo 3600
HP says its Indigo 3600 Digital Press offers HP Indigo’s offset-matching print quality and versatility at a low initial investment, making it ideal launching digital production. Supplied by Currie Group in Australia the press delivers a wide application range, with enhanced colour productivity. To maximise production flexibility the HP Indigo 3600 Digital Press integrates within existing environments, complementing conventional printing and expanding service options with on-demand delivery that requires no minimum. The HP Indigo prints in colour at up to 90 pages per minute using Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM). Enabled by HP Indigo’s liquid ElectroInk technology and digital offset process, HP Indigo prints are of the highest quality.
 
The company says they match or even exceed offset, allowing them to be used interchangeably. The HP Indigo 3600 Digital Press provides vivid printing in CMYK through ElectroInk and the Indigo process, delivering a thin ink layer for uniform gloss between ink and substrate. Pantone emulation is achieved using CMYK on-press. The company says it enables a fast return on investment, and is an attractively priced solution to get started in digital printing. HP says Indigo 3600 Digital Press owners enjoy low operating costs, reliability, and flexible pricing plans. The press supports the widest in-class substrate range, including coated, uncoated, specialty media, and thick substrates up to 16pt.
 
HP describes the Indigo 3600 Digital Press as an entry-level, offset-matching press with enhanced colour, producing high-quality jobs that satisfy branding requirements, the press enables PSPs to meet the tightest deadlines and offer clients cost-effective, on-demand runs. The Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM) increases throughput by 33 per cent from 68ppm to 90ppm for most image-rich colour jobs, significantly reducing turnaround time and production costs. Load and unload takes place while printing. Two drawers enable continuous feeding, including of multiple substrates. There is adjustment-free, minimum-touch paper handling. 
 
Specs at a glance:
Print technology: Liquid toner (ElectroInk)
Media thickness: 70-400 microns
Max resolution: 2,438x2,438dpi
Max print speed: 68ppm in four colour, or 90ppm in enhanced productivity mode, 136ppm in two colour
Max print width: 330x482mm
Media types: more than 3000 certified 
 
Kodak NexPress Eco2500
The ECO2500 Press is Kodak’s entry point to digital printing, and offers Kodak image quality with the support of award-winning Kodak Service and Support.
 
The Kodak NexPress ECO2500 digital production colour press delivers 5,000 A4/letter 5/0 sheets per hour, or 83 pages per minute. The press delivers offset-like image quality, and is suitable for all applications. It is Pantone and Pantone Goe licensed for both four- and five-colour printing.
Other features include expanded applications through Kodak’s fifth imaging unit solutions, and its ability to support a wide range of substrate types, sizes, weights and thicknesses. It prints at full speed for all supported substrate weights.
 
The Nexppress ECO 2500 uses the latest version of Kodak’s NexPressS Front End. Its open architecture integrates seamlessly into Kodak Prinergy workflow systems, and is compatible with existing digital colour, black-and-white, offset and blended workflows. Its level of self-serviceability gives operators control to optimise uptime and minimise operational costs.
 
Kodak business development services provide dedicated specialists and tools to help printers develop marketing plans and programs to optimise the return on their investment.
 
Specs at a glance:
Print technology: Dry electrophotography
Max resolution: 600 dpi, multi-bit (up to 8-bit with 256 levels of exposure through
Complete data path)
Screens: Classic HD, Classic, Line, Optimum, Supra, Kodak Staccato DX
Max print speed (single sided 4/0 or 5/0): 5,000 A4 sph; 2,500 A3 sph
Max Print speed (Duplex 4/4 or 5/5: half single-sided printing speed
Max sheet size: 356 x 520mm
Min sheet size: 279 x 200mm
Max image area: 340 x 510mm
Print engine: 4 or 5 colours
Paper feeders: 4 standard feeders for max 11,000 sheets
Paper substrates: Uncoated, matte coated, glossy coated, cast coated and textured, wood free and recycled, standard offset papers
Special substrates: Uncoated, matte coated, glossy coated labels, paper-backed transparencies, magnetic, photo book paper, synthetics, pre-perforated and scored specialty stocks
Substrate weights: 60-350g/m2 uncoated; 80-350g/m2 coated.
 
Konica Minolta AccurioPrint C2060L
Konica Minolta’s just released AccurioPrint C2060L multi-role press increases media capabilities and overall functionality to meet new demands for digital print.
To encompass this expanding multi-role requirement the brand name AccurioPrint has been established. 
 
The AccurioPrint C2060L offers printers expanded media capabilities and sheet size throughput. The new large capacity unit for long sheet banners up to 750mm ensures efficient banner printing for book covers and three-fold menus. The speed of envelope print has been doubled from the previous model so envelope printing is more profitable. 
 
The new dual-side high-speed colour scanner is capable of running at scan speeds up to 240opm, and is equipped with double-feed detection to avoid scanning two sheets at once, avoiding incomplete scanned document files. This flexibility allows greater expansion of Print/Scan/Copy work that the AccurioPrint C2060L is able to handle as a multi-role digital system.
Colour reproduction is built around Konica Minolta’s 3,600 x 1,200dpi print resolution and is combined with Screen Enhancing Active Digital (SEAD V) system to deliver accurate exposure controls, precise pixel placement and advance print screening. 
 
The AccurioPrint C2060L delivers colour quality with a Delta E value of less than five.
Konica Minolta’s environmental impact reduction strategy includes lower power consumption with the development of High Definition Toner (HDE), allowing the reduction of heat required to fuse the toner to the printed medium. The outer covers of the system are created from a high percentage of reclaimed resin and bioplastic using an “open recycle method” that produces a durable product and reduces environmental impact significantly.
 
Specs at a glance:
Resolution: 1,200 x 1,200dpi x 8 bit
Media range: 62-300gsm
Paper sizes: 330 x 487 mm; 330 x 1.200 mm (optional)
Max image area: 323 x 480mm
Paper output capacity: 3,100 sheets
Max print speed: A4 – 61ppm; A3 – 33ppm; SRA3 – 31ppm
Scan resolution: 600 x 600dpi.
 
Ricoh Pro C7100X Series
Ricoh offers a complete portfolio of digital colour production cut-sheet presses, from entry-level models which cater to those producing smaller print volumes of print to high volume models designed to handle a million prints per month. Every model offers support for a broad range of substrates, banner printing, and dedicated Ricoh production service and support.
 
The most popular models in the Ricoh portfolio are the Pro C7100X series, which suits the needs of small to mid-size printers. Versatility is available in the range of stocks and sheet sizes it supports, as well as its finishing options, and the added value of a fifth colour station provides printers the opportunity to offer customers a much broader array of printed offerings.
 
Handling paper weights from 52.3gsm to 360gsm, the Pro C7100X Series will run a diverse range of paper stocks including coated and uncoated, recycled, coloured (including black), pre-printed, pre-punched, tab, envelopes, labels, letterheads, translucent, transparency, and synthetic material. Heavily textured media provide no challenge for the Pro C7100X Series with its AC-transfer system and elastic fusing belt technology transferring more toner to the media and improving image quality. 
 
It can handle a maximum sheet size of 330mm x 700mm, enabling the creation of six-page A4 brochures or A4 landscape booklets.
 
Inline finishing choices include fully finished professional saddle-stitched booklet making, punching, folding, ring binding and perfect binding. Mechanical registration ensures precise sheet-to-sheet and front-to-back image placement for easier finishing, whether inline or offline.
The Pro C7100X features a fifth print station so printers are able to use clear gloss or white toner to add value to documents and offer customers some unique special effects. 
The Pro C7100X series delivers a print resolution of 1,200 x 4,800dpi, and a self-contained liquid cooling system keeps the developer at a constant temperature to ensure colour consistency across a print run.
 
The press is available in two print speeds – 80 or 90ppm – with a scanner option for multi-function applications including copying and scanning. 
 
Dedicated Ricoh production service and support includes a customer care program and tailored operator training syllabus. It is backed by Ricoh’s TCRU (Trained Customer Replaceable Units) program, which enables operators to replace more than a dozen parts to maximise uptime.
 
Specs at a glance:
Technology: 5 drum dry electrostatic transfer system with internal transfer belt
Fusing: Oilless belt fusing method
Max print speed: Pro C7100SX – 80ppm colour & mono; Pro C7110SX – 90ppm colour & mono)
Resolution: Up to 1,200 x 4,800dpi
Duty Cycle: C7100SX – 600,000 month; C7110SX – 700,000 month
Max print area: 323 x 480mm; 323 x 692mm (banner sheet tray option)
Paper weights: 52.3 – 360gsm.
 
Xeikon 8500
Part of the 8000 range of digital colour document printing systems the Xeikon 8500 is the entry level model, but still prints at a more than decent 160 A4 pages per minute, aimed at lower volume direct mail work and short run commercial print. The company says the 8500 brings the advantages of its top-end technology to all printers.
 
The new 8000 series presses have been developed specifically for the document printing market, and says the company makes Xeikon’s highest image quality, highest productivity and lowest running costs available across its entire duplex-printing product line. This enables all users – from smaller short-run print shops to large print service providers – to take advantage of the company’s top-end technology.
 
 has high precision LED-array imaging technology combines 1200 dpi resolution and 4-bit per spot colour depth to deliver what Xeikon says is the finest commercial print quality on the market. In addition, the move up from mono-roll image development to duo-roll image development delivers much smoother solids.
 
It has the full format flexibility and is able to print on webs up to 50cm wide and, due to the full rotary imaging process, unlimited in length, enabling B2 paper size formats.
 
Applications include transactional, with one engine print capacity of up to 300,000 pages per day in native IPDS mode in five colours; textbook printing, it handles ultra-light stock (down to 40 gsm) and the 1200 dpi resolution allows for fine print of technical drawings and small characters; Short run commercial print, point of sales and wallpaper production, it prints on a B2 format and is unlimited in length; photo book printing, it runs offset print quality on a large range of substrates without the need for pretreatment. Up to 504 mm of imaging width and unlimited in length provide a lot of possibilities for special formats, covers and dust-jackets; and direct marketing.
 
Specs at a glance:
Ink type: Dry toner
Max resolution: 1,200dpi
Max print speed: 12 metres a minute 
or 160 pages per minute
Max print width: 512mm
Monthly cycle: FIve million pages
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