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MCS Unveils Scalable Print Technology at Graph Expo

Press release from the issuing company

Gaithersburg, MD (October 20, 2008)  - MCS, Inc., a leader in industrial and mailing inkjet technology and camera systems, is showing several new technologies for the first time at Graph Expo 2008 in Chicago, October 26-29.

MCS' theme at Graph Expo 2008 is Profitibality! MCS is launching new products all geared to either help our customers expand revenue or reduce costs. The competitive environment of the direct mail industry demands that industry suppliers help their customers reach profitable markets with equipment that gives them capabilities that are unique - while also helping them reduce labor and operational costs. The President of MCS, David Loos commented, "This year, more than ever, our customers are focusing on investments with a high return and quick payback - but they still want to buy from a low-risk vendor". Loos added, "With a full product range of camera systems, inkjets with digital workflow, and transport systems - all manufactured and supported by MCS - these customers are embracing new systems with confidence that the industry leader is behind them".

HP Process Color Demonstration

MCS will be showing a demonstration of HP's new Scalable Print Technology which produces 4-color images at 600x600 DPI at speeds up to 400 feet per minute with a print width of 4.25 inches. The technology, under development by MCS and HP, will enable direct-mailers to put 4 color images on envelopes and mailings at 20,000 pieces per hour inline with inserters and mail transport tables. The low cost of operation will make it viable for eliminating some pre-printed envelopes as well as adding 4-color targeted messaging on the outside of envelopes at high speed.

MCS Perfect Match for Card Attachers

With the growing market for personalized plastic cards (such as gift cards) the MCS Perfect Match family has been expanded to include Read-and-Print capabilities just for this market. The MicroVision camera is now capable of reading the back of barcoded plastic cards - within the card feeder. This is possible with the MicroVision camera - the smallest in the industry.

MCS 4250 Plus

MCS is introducing a new controller from the ground-up for the high speed 4250 inkjet platform. With the new controller, the 4250+ can now operate at speeds up to 1200 feet per minute at 600x150DPI. It also allows additional intermediate resolutions of 600x200DPI and 600x400 DPI as well as 600x300DPI. The new controller provides a doubling of internal data rates and has enhanced algorithms for controlling head- wiping and capping so that idle time is minimized.

MCS Enhanced Transport Systems

MCS' is launching an upgraded family of transports with significant improvements. The 725, 925 and 1025 transport bases now have a distributed vacuum system with multiple independent vacuums for better piece hold-down. This provides increased effectiveness when piece sizes and gaps are variable and when extra hold down is needed when passing under high-powered drying systems such as the S-800. The 1025 is now configured with a solid belt for extra precision and all systems now have vacuum through the dryer section which enhances transport base cooling.

MCS MicroVIsion Output Camera System

This new system allows logging of data on mailing equipment. Mailers can now read IMB or other symbology for each mail piece produced through an inserter, inkjet printer, or other internal production process. This enables production confirmation information for 100% mailings as well as data to drive internal production measurement, sequential number verification, barcode verification and file audit.

MCS Array Inkjet Printer

The MCS Array Inkjet system incorporates the most advanced software in the industry today and its digital workflow - including remote job setup and digital proofing - separates it from all others in the industry. All software and hardware components - are designed and manufactured by MCS. This gives customers a unique single point for support.

Perfect Match

The MCS Perfect Match allows the production of match mailings or read-and-print applications with reduced labor, while operating at increased throughput speeds. With the smallest camera footprint in the industry and easiest job setup, the Perfect Match allows customers to get the highest throughput for profitable jobs.