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Xerox Increases Automation, Introduces Gold and Silver Metallic Inks on New Presses

Friday, March 13, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

NORWALK, Conn. – Printers can create and produce more profitable jobs with guaranteed image accuracy and vibrant colors with Xerox’s newest digital color devices – the Versant® 80 Press and the Color 800i/1000i Presses.

For print-for-pay and in-plants, the Versant 80 combines new features and functionality to produce high-end applications faster on more media types. The Color 800i/1000i Presses now offer true Pantone® metallic gold or silver specialty dry inks – giving printers a creative, competitive advantage. With increased automation both devices keep print environments at peak performance levels. 

Versant 80 Press

The Versant 80 provides production press capabilities with walk-up simplicity, offset-quality performance and automated features that remove the guesswork out of optimizing image quality, color and registration. Printing at 80 pages-per-minute (ppm), the device delivers ultra HD, 10-bit image quality at 2400 x 2400 dpi and can handle a variety of media types with a compact Belt Fuser system and Xerox’s EA Low Melt Dry Ink. 

Printers looking for extra productivity can add an optional Performance Package, which maintains top speeds of 80 ppm on all stocks up to 350 gsm along with an in-line spectrophotometer for increased color automation.

“We were overwhelmed with how well the Versant 80 matches Pantone Matching System colors. Prior to this press, we had to manipulate the color, but with the Versant 80 we just select a spot color and it hits it right on – the first time,” said Betsy Allen, owner, Cortland Press & Carbon Copies.

The Versant 80 comes with a choice of two servers: the Xerox EX-i 80 Print Server Powered by Fiery® or the Xerox EX 80 Print Server Powered by Fiery. Printers can easily produce variable data-driven personalized communications with the addition of XMPie® uDirect® Classic Pro software.

Color 800i/1000i Presses

In the five years since its launch, the Xerox Color 800/1000 Presses have helped providers expand their digital businesses by producing full-color applications with vivid images on a wide range of paper stocks. 

The latest devices, the Xerox Color 800i/1000i Presses, include an optional Specialty Dry Ink Station that enhances documents with metallic gold or silver dry inks or applies spot or flood creative effects with clear dry ink. Xerox is the first in the industry to offer silver dry ink at rated speed.

With the presses, printers can migrate lucrative foil stamping applications, such as invitations, certificates and business cards, to short-run, high-value digital production. Multi-pass printing with clear ink adds an extra textural/dimensional feel and the “pop” of the silver and gold inks – a Must See ‘Em award winner at Graph Expo 2014 – produces attention-grabbing effects on a wide range of applications.

“The inks are very compelling – they accent pieces with a dramatic, striking impact that’s both impressive and memorable,” said Greg Wallace, president, Harvard Pinnacle Group.

Among the devices’ productivity enhancements is a full-width array to automate critical press functions, time to production operational improvements and a new Xerox EX-P 1000i Print Server Powered by Fiery.  

Pricing and availability

The Versant 80 Press and the Color 800i/1000i Presses are available for install in April. The Versant 80 optional Performance Package and the optional upgrades for current Color 800/1000 customers will be available in the second quarter. For pricing information, contact a Xerox sales representative.


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