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InfoPrint Solutions launches new inkjet platform at IPEX

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Boulder, Colo, - InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, today announced the addition of the InfoPrint 5000 MP (multi-purpose) platform to its extremely successful family of continuous forms inkjet printers, supporting three speed points for low, medium, and high volume printing systems needs.  This will be unveiled at IPEX, Birmingham, UK, May 18 – 25, 2010 where InfoPrint Solutions is exhibiting alongside Ricoh at booth 12-D130.

The InfoPrint 5000 MP, a smaller footprint member of the InfoPrint 5000 family, complements and is compatible with the existing full color models of the InfoPrint 5000. It provides customers with a new level of modularity, flexibility and investment protection. The InfoPrint 5000 MP can run a variety of inks and fluids and be utilized in various configurations, including a twin-engine, or tandem, monochrome duplex and coupling it with the InfoPrint 5000 color system to optimize the production of documents with checks or coupons using Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR).  

"For the second year in a row InfoPrint Solutions is the market share leader in continuous-feed color inkjet systems installed in the United States and Western Europe. In 2009 InfoPrint Solutions held the number one position with over 30 percent market share. Since entering the market in 2007, InfoPrint Solutions has placed 35 percent of the systems installed in the United States and Western Europe. In that same time period InfoPrint Solutions and its partner, Dainippon Screen, have installed more than half of all continuous-feed color inkjet systems," according to InfoTrends.

"With the InfoPrint 5000 MP, a customer can easily reconfigure and re-purpose capital assets, protecting investments as needs change over time.  It provides customers a new low level of power consumption and a significantly smaller footprint, with the same sustained high reliability and ease of use as all the other InfoPrint Solutions models," said George Promis, Vice President of Production Inkjet Solutions and Technology Alliances, InfoPrint Solutions. "This is the next step in fulfilling our on-going commitment to customers to deliver technology that enables them to migrate applications to inkjet, while lowering costs and increasing revenue and profit."

InfoPrint Solutions is also announcing a new ink measurement solution for the entire InfoPrint 5000 family. This includes tools that produce quick and accurate ink estimates at the job costing stage and show actual ink usage upon print completion.  These complementary tools help customers leverage the significant economic benefit of InfoPrint 5000's imaging techniques that dynamically select variable drop sizes for each pixel on the page, allowing optimization of document appearance vs. the amount of ink actually used.  "With the InfoPrint 5000's unique imaging technology, it's not the ink price per liter, but the ink price per impression, that impacts your bottom line," said Mike Herold, InfoPrint 5000 Product Manager.

The InfoPrint 5000 MP will also support PANTONE PLUS. "As a leader in on-demand solutions, InfoPrint Solutions understands the impact color can have when incorporated into personalized marketing collateral, direct mail pieces and all business documents," said Andy Hatkoff, Vice President of Technology Licensing and Business Development for Pantone. "By supporting the new color offerings in PANTONE PLUS, InfoPrint Solutions is empowering its customers to employ even more creativity into their precision marketing campaigns."

These announcements demonstrate InfoPrint Solutions' commitment to protecting customers' investments as they migrate to inkjet print technology, with a short- or long-term goal of adding color to their documents.

The InfoPrint 5000's market success, the most customer references in the industry, is due to many factors, including its exceptional print quality, high reliability, compact and simple design, ease of use, and the lowest power consumption in the industry for its class of product.  PostScript, PDF and AFP (Advanced Function Presentation) support along with a high performance controller, and a reputation for highly skilled inkjet implementation support have also been major contributors to InfoPrint 5000's success.

In addition, InfoPrint Solutions offers customers access to its skilled professional services team who work with customers to enhance their print operations to reduce costs and grow revenue and profit.      

The InfoPrint 5000 MP will be available in North America, Europe and Asia in the third quarter, 2010.




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