VALLEY FORGE, Pa.--June 30, 2003--IKON Office Solutions, Inc. and T/R Systems, Inc. today announced European availability of the IKON PowerPRESS universal server, an exclusive front-end system that streamlines document workflow through a broad array of digital pre-press and make-ready tools targeted to production print providers, large corporate workgroups and paper intensive production spaces. The IKON PowerPRESS, based on the MicroPress X Series by T/R Systems, offers a dual monitor configuration, allowing users to concurrently interact with multiple production-level software applications and print to up to 12 devices, maximizing document management and production efficiencies in high-volume environments.
"This is an excellent opportunity for the European introduction of IKON PowerPRESS," said David Mills, Vice President, IKON Office Solutions and President, IKON Europe. "It combines IKON's expertise in document production with T/R Systems' advances in the universal server market to meet the demand for greater document workflow efficiency."
Available in three scalable configurations, IKON PowerPRESS can drive up to 12 devices from IKON's lineup of copiers/printers from manufacturers such as Canon and Ricoh. The server can also connect and control virtual print clusters of up to eight engines. New and exclusive features of the IKON PowerPRESS include a dual monitor configuration - offering an expanded viewable work area - that allows operator interaction with multiple applications simultaneously via a single keyboard and mouse. In addition, the system can transform documents stored in proprietary digital production data streams - such as Xerox's VIPP (Variable Data Intelligent PostScript PrintWare) for DigiPath and DocuJob - to universal formats, thus creating a truly open architecture solution. With the addition of VIPP support, VIPP data streams can be converted to PostScript, PDF or PCL formats for output on any supported print device or for integration into other applications.
"We are very excited about the evolution of the MicroPress," said Michael Liess, Chief Operating Officer, T/R Systems. "The progression of this product into the European market via the IKON PowerPRESS is a significant step in the direction of meeting the needs of the global print-on-demand market."
Utilizing the latest in platform and operating system technology, the IKON PowerPRESS offers productivity features and options designed to optimize throughput, minimize downtime and ensure job completion, including imposition and booklet creation; forms creation and mail merging; automatic error recovery; hardcopy scanning and data conversion; job splitting; remote job management; ICC profiling; soft proofing; and press simulations.
Launched in the U.S. in April, the IKON PowerPRESS will be available in Europe through IKON's locations starting July 2003.
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