Xerox Donation of DocuColor 2060 Enhances GATF Workshops
Thursday, December 19, 2002
Pittsburgh, Pa., December 19, 2002 — Supporting the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation’s (GATF) commitment to education and training for the graphic arts industry, the Xerox Corporation has installed a DocuColor 2060 sheetfed digital color press to replace the DocuColor 40 currently at the Foundation. "As the demand grows for shorter runs and variable data printing or personalized marketing, it is important that the technical association for the industry has proper equipment and training to help educate the rest of the industry," said John M. Hamm, vice president of Marketing in Xerox’s Graphic Arts Business Unit. The newly installed DocuColor 2060 is Xerox’s fastest digital press of the DocuColor 2000 series, touting 3,600 impressions per hour and can run up to four hours unattended. The series uses Trickle Charge Development (the mixture of dry ink and developer) which significantly extends developer life to 100,000 impressions. Its Digital Blanket™ reduces image quality defects and extends the range of substrates that can be reliably supported. The donation includes a Creo CSX Color Server digital front end (DFE) to support "element caching" for variable data printing. This maximizes throughput by not having to re-RIP every variable image used within the document. "Because the DocuColor 2060 continuously monitors image quality to make required adjustments, it produces consistently high quality output even during long, unattended runs. This will be very helpful to GATF in producing our educational booklet and marketing material," said George Ryan, GATF’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Xerox also provided training to GATF’s on-demand printing personnel. The experience, skills, and knowledge acquired by GATF members while operating the DocuColor 2060 will be shared with the industry through publications, member support services and training. GATF will demonstrate the DocuColor 2060 in training programs such as Orientation to the Graphic Arts, Orientation to Desktop & Digital Prepress, and briefly in Sheetfed Offset Press Operating. "Xerox is not only a leader in its field but also a leading and long-time supporter of the Foundation’s commitment to the printing industry," said Ryan. "They are unfailingly generous and farsighted in their support of GATF." Xerox originally installed its DocuTech Network Publisher Model 135 and the Xerox DocuTech Signature Booklet Maker in 1993 and upgraded the system to a DocuTech 6180 and DocuColor 40 in 1999.