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Xerox DocuColor iGen3 Customers Print 400 Million Pages to Date

Friday, May 07, 2004

Press release from the issuing company

DUSSELDORF, Germany--May 6, 2004-- With its flagship DocuColor iGen3 Digital Production Press printing in excess of 400 million pages to date at customer locations, Xerox Corporation today announced several enhancements that further improve productivity and expand the press' groundbreaking capabilities. The DocuColor iGen3 is now widely available in North America and Western Europe, with installations ramping up in developing markets. Many of the installed systems average more than 500,000 prints per month, exceeding expectations for print volume and reliability. "Four years ago at drupa 2000, we told the industry about a revolutionary set of technologies that ultimately came to market as the DocuColor iGen3 Digital Production Press," said Fred DeBolt, vice president of color product systems, Xerox Production Systems Group. "At drupa 2004, our customers aren't talking about the technology - they're talking about the business growth, profitability and success they've seen because of it." Xerox has continued to enhance and improve the DocuColor iGen3 since its launch in 2002 with new paper-handling capabilities and additional finishing options. New at drupa 2004, the DocuColor iGen3 can now print on paper stocks up to 14.33" x 22.5". The oversize stock option was specifically requested by customers who print retail signs and posters as well as those customers looking for greater capacity per sheet for postcards, business cards and smaller-sized applications. Xerox also is showcasing the capability to run a UV (ultraviolet) coating system in-line with the DocuColor iGen3. The system, under development in response to customer requirements, enables documents to be produced with a more glossy or matte finish, enhancing image quality, application durability and overall look-and-feel. Among the many current and prospective customers providing input on engineering of the system are The Field Group PLC, the largest packaging printer in Europe, and Consolidated Graphics Inc., the largest sheet-fed and half-web commercial printing company in the United States. "Many of the jobs that are best suited for digital printing -- brochures, direct-mail marketing materials, covers, and others -- are the same ones where print providers demand UV coating," said John Green, president, Automated Graphic Systems of White Plains, Md., a Consolidated Graphics company. "Knowing that Xerox will be offering UV coating on DocuColor iGen3 tells me that they are responding to our requirements, helping drive volume to our digital presses, and ensuring we get the most out of our investment." In addition, the DocuColor iGen3 used with the Xerox DocuSP Color Server -- a workstation that processes and delivers print files to the press -- has been Pantone licensed, providing more accurate, consistent color control to users. The Xerox DocuColor 6060 with a DocuSP Color Server was one of the first digital production systems approved and licensed by Pantone. The DocuColor 6060 and iGen3, used in conjunction with the PANTONE digital chips book, will allow graphic designers and printers to get more consistent, accurate visualization and selection of PANTONE Colors before going to press on digital print jobs. Until now, Pantone only produced such books for offset printing presses. PANTONE digital chips books are specially created by Pantone and Xerox color scientists based on color engine, paper stock capabilities and other specifications. The PANTONE digital chips book for the Xerox DocuColor 6060 is on display at drupa, the quadrennial international printing trade show. The PANTONE digital chips book for the Xerox DocuColor iGen3 will be produced and available in the near future. Both books will be offered as part of the Xerox Profit Accelerator(TM) portfolio, a customer resource program that provides tools to help customers grow their business and succeed at digital printing. Additional DocuColor iGen3 Enhancements These new enhancements come on the heels of the expanded media range and additional feeding and finishing options announced in March: Based upon extensive testing, the DocuColor iGen3's recommended media range was expanded to stocks as heavy as 130-lb. cover stock, from the previous maximum of 110-lb. cover stock. The capability to print on heavier stocks enables the DocuColor iGen3 to print more applications such as packaging materials, point-of-purchase signs and report covers. Software enhancements permit the DocuColor iGen3 to run as many as four in-line feeding modules, four in-line stacker modules, a new post-processing inserter -- the industry's first in digital color production -- and in-line finishing. The DocuColor iGen3 now leads the industry with paper capacities up to 20,000 sheets and stackers accepting as many as 12,000 sheets for an unsurpassed level of uninterrupted operation. Three in-line finishing options are available: the Xerox SquareFold BookletMaker, Xerox Manual + Book Factory, and the GBC In-line Fusion Punch II with an optional Off-line DigiCoil Binder. The Xerox SquareFold BookletMaker enables printers to produce creased signature booklets with full automation in-line on the iGen3. An inserter provides the capability to insert preprints and media into a job after the imaging and fusing process. The job is then automatically collated and delivered to the output tray. Media can include stocks such as cardboard separators and plastic tabs. The new capabilities increase the variety and complexity of documents that can be produced in-line, such as manuals and materials for binders. A software upgrade for the DocuColor iGen3 provides an enhanced stock library, which automates the process of selecting key specifications of papers and substrates -- such as color, weight and size -- to maximize system performance and image quality. Other enhancements include productivity, reliability and image quality adjustments. Pricing and Availability The oversize paper upgrade will be available in the fourth quarter 2004 at a U.S. suggested list price of $60,000. The UV coating system will be available in 2005. The DocuColor iGen3 feeders, stackers and inserter are available immediately at a U.S. suggested list price of $35,000 each. All products are available through the Xerox direct sales force. The software upgrade with the enhanced stock library will be installed free of charge by Xerox service representatives on regular maintenance calls.




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