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Revolutionary Color-Capable Oce VarioStream 9000 Platform Unveiled

Monday, March 22, 2004

Press release from the issuing company

NEW YORK CITY, March 22, 2004 — Oce, a global leader in digital document management and delivery solutions, announces a revolutionary platform of digital web-fed printing systems that deliver unprecedented performance, reliability, versatility and quality to the commercial print market. The Océ VarioStream 9000 is the industry’s first black and color-capable digital printing platform that meets the growing market demand for affordable black and white output at production-level speeds, while providing an upgrade path to Océ CustomTone highlight color, and ultimately full process color. Showcased at On Demand, the Océ VarioStream 9210 is the first digital printing system within the innovative new document production platform. Océ is committed to meeting the production printing market’s evolving requirement for greater cost efficiency, reliability and versatility. The Océ VarioStream 9000 family delivers the offset-class quality, total cost of ownership, and production-class performance needed for transaction printing and production publishing in one convergent system. In particular, commercial printers will find the new Océ VarioStream 9000 design to be similar to that of a web-fed press, enhanced with sophisticated digital workflow capabilities. This unique engineering approach will provide users with familiar functionality, while allowing for greater digital flexibility and cost savings when making the transition to digital printing. “Today’s commercial printers face ever-increasing demands to do more work with fewer resources as they deal with the pressures of converging applications, shorter run lengths, migration to digital printing, tighter budgets, shrinking schedules and the costs involved in managing pre-press workflows,” said Carl Joachim, vice president of marketing for Océ North America’s Digital Document Systems division. “In response to these challenges and to help our customers achieve higher levels of success and ease the transition to digital web press production, Océ introduces the revolutionary Océ VarioStream 9000 digital press platform.” Unique Imaging Technology Delivers Unprecedented Flexibility The flexibility of the Océ VarioStream 9000 platform makes black and ultimately color printing productive, affordable and future-proof. The key is design innovation that enables unprecedented flexibility and a migration path to color printing in one system. The cornerstone of the Océ VarioStream 9000 platform is the unique Océ TriboPrint multi-stage imaging technology enabling black and white and up to five-over-five color printing, with simultaneous duplex printing and contactless infrared fusing. With Océ TriboPrint, the Océ VarioStream 9000 platform presents a migration path towards color by combining the possibilities of a black and white system with the opportunities of additional Océ CustomTone, Multi-Custom Tone, and full color printing in future steps. Continued Evolution of Océ VarioStream Line The revolutionary concepts behind the Océ VarioPrint 9000 family extend from Océ’s ongoing leadership in providing solutions that anticipate market requirements and meet challenges in totally new ways. With the new Océ VarioStream 9000 line, Océ delivers technology that continues the strategic evolution of the Océ VarioStream high-speed, continuous forms line. The Océ VarioStream 9000 joins the Océ VarioStream 7000 family as another highly versatile Océ digital solution geared to today’s converging output needs and top quality demands. The Océ VarioStream 7000 remains the choice for operations needing MICR output or very high volume speeds, while the Océ VarioStream 9000 targets the applications of the commercial print market requiring the highest output quality and the flexibility of both color and black output, along with 19” edge-to-edge printing. First of New VarioStream 9000 Family Debuts at On Demand The first member of the new platform, the Océ VarioStream 9210 is being demonstrated at the On Demand Conference in booth 2219 and will be generally available during the second calendar quarter of 2004. The Océ VarioStream 9210 printer delivers benchmark application and media versatility. Commercial print users can produce more types of applications on a wider range of substrates, with the options that count—variable data, personalization, and edge-to-edge printing on forms up to 19 inches wide. For completely controllable and customizable output, new FlexiDark technology sets toner density as high or low as needed while still producing documents with even coverage, perfect consistency, and no compromises in fill coverage—ideal for the exacting standards of commercial printers. A tight paper web ensures total media control and perfect registration on every document. Océ PRISMA workflow management software optimizes the performance of the Océ VarioStream 9000 solution. Océ PRISMA is an integrated family of adaptive workflow management software that enables work to flow faster and more efficiently across data center, office network, commercial printing, and central reprographic environments. As a result, the combination of PRISMA workflow and the new Océ VarioStream 9000 platform give commercial printers the ability to reduce pre-press set up times from days to minutes while also improving operational cost savings and enhancing productivity.




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