Hello. My name is Michael Poulin. I’m the Product Manager for the Océ Color Stream 3000 Series Digital Inkjet Presses.
We started the series back in January, 2011, when we announced the Color Stream 3500. Here at drupa, we announced two more, the 3200 and the 3900, and a few months ago we announced the Color Stream 3700. So, all in all, we have four different model numbers. The ranges on the 3200 is about 154 feet per minute; they go all the way up to 417 feet per minute on the Color Stream 390, so, really a complete series.
All of them, some of the key features are, they’re fully monochrome capable up to four colors and then we have two additional colors where we can add; spot colors, micer, specialty inks. So all in all, up to six colors. Every system is upgradable from monochrome to six colors; every system is upgradable from the lowest speed to the highest speed. So really, a good investment protection for customers that are starting on the lower end as their volumes build or as their color volumes build, they can add and in the future go to the higher speeds.
Some of the applications for a system like this range from the transactional statement work to the direct mail. We have systems in the book printing industry. Worldwide, we have over 300 inkjet systems installed with Océ, we are the market leaders. For the Color Stream platforms, about a third of those are Color Streams and considering this system was launched only a little over a year ago, that’s a remarkable timeframe to install that many systems.
These applications today, we’re running a customer loyalty program, so it’s a French supermarket chain, every one of the applications we’re showing here at drupa are real live customer applications. So to a French supermarket chain, they have a loyalty program, in it they have a little coupon, there’s a tear-off coupon, so we’re also going into a variable perforator punch unit going into a cutter unit and from there it goes out.
Other applications we’re having at the show, we have a booklet maker at the end of this so we have a variable data booklet that’s coming in, we’re collating the sheets and creating booklets as well. We have some live direct mail applications as well and some books ranging from children’s books to traditional trade books as well.
So with the wide variety of applications that we’re showing today from the direct mail to transactional, transpromo, books, graphic arts, combine that with all the new systems we’re offering, the 3200, the 3500, the 3700, and now the 3900, we really do offer a variety of systems to really meet our customer’s needs.
Frank Mallozzi Reports on EFI Connect 2017
Published: January 24, 2017
Frank Mallozzi, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for EFI, shares his thoughts about EFI Connect 2017, the 17th year of the conference. Highlights included a fireside chat between CEO Guy Gecht and Joel Quadracci, as well as a fireside chat with Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson. The conference featured new products, a large number of eduational sessions and lots of opportunity to network among peers, with EFI executives and technical staff, as well as EFI partners.
Guy Gecht's Advice to the Industry: Keep An Eye on Artificial Intelligence Developments
Published: January 23, 2017
Guy Gecht, EFI's CEO, typically includes a thought leadership segment in his opening talk. In 2017, he put the industry on notice that artifice intelligence is almost upon us, with a convergence of technology and market demand that will bring this to mainstream in the foreseeable future. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology that will have an impact on the printing industry, and printing owners and managers should keep tabs on its progress, understanding both eh risks and the opportunities for their businesses.
What Color is Consistent?
Published: January 20, 2017
Color management works, and it has been available to designers and printers for more than 25 years. Why then do we still make mistakes in color reproduction? Shoshana Burgett of X-Rite Pantone notes that CM has to be understood as something more than calibrating a monitor. It is a set of steps, processes, and tools that must be in place across the entire production workflow, always with monitoring for continuous improvement. Designers who want color to be consistent in all the channels they are now responsible for can find the help they need in CM, Burgett says.
Frank on Pre-VDP Personalized Direct Mail
Published: January 20, 2017
Frank Romano keeps EVERYTHING. This week he shares his collection of pre-VDP personalized direct mail when everyone was a winner. Direct marketers tried every trick to get you to open the envelope.
The Challenges of Managing Color in a Global Supply Chain at Canadian Tire Retail
Published: January 19, 2017
Angela Stone, Manager of Packaging Optimization at Canadian Tire Retail, is responsible for all of the private label packaging that is used for the wide range of products it offers. It covers all types of packaging, from folding carton to flexible to sewn-in labels. She talks about how she handles color management across this disparate array of packaging applications.
What PDF 2.0 Will Mean for the Printing Industry
Published: January 17, 2017
Mark Lewiecki, Senior Product Manager at Adobe, talks about PDF 2.0, now being developed through the International Standards Organization which has responsibility for the PDF standard. A key new attribute is the ability to put page-level media-specific information directly into the PDF file. The ISO is also defining the metadata as it relates to media, especial for variable data printing, and is incorporating CxF spectral data into the PDF file.