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Oce showcases business-focused solutions for Graphic Arts market at Graph Expo 04

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CHICAGO, IL, 10 October 2004 - Oce, a global leader in digital document management and delivery solutions, today announced that the company will demonstrate a wide portfolio of solutions to increase business for graphic arts shops and commercial printers during Graph Expo. Océ is focused on improving business processes, efficiencies and enabling new profitable revenue streams for these growing markets. With the theme of "It's Not About Printing, It's About Your Business," Océ will unveil new cut-sheet and web-fed digital presses and showcase new workflow technologies with enhancements to the Océ PRISMA software family. As part of a total solution, these latest hardware and software offerings bring customers important business benefits like expanded growth opportunities, lower cost of ownership, more functionality from fewer resources, and the quality and speed that their own customers demand. "We understand, as do our customers, that it's not just about printing; it's really about their business and making it better," said Carl Joachim, vice president of marketing for the Océ Digital Document Systems division of Océ North America. "We at Océ recognize that what's important is delivering value, and our demonstrations at Graph Expo clearly illustrate our commitment to providing that and more for the commercial printing and graphic arts market." Seamless Workflow Automation The commercial print industry faces intense competition, changing market dynamics, and tough financial challenges. Workflow in particular continues to be both a major challenge and an opportunity for commercial printing professionals. In Booth 3000 at Graph Expo, Océ will demonstrate some of its latest solutions to help companies improve document production workflow for greater business and productivity advantages. With the total solution of Océ hardware, software and professional services, customers can improve efficiency and productivity by automating workflow from job ordering to delivery. At Graph Expo, Océ showcases a wide portfolio of workflow solutions based on the powerful Océ PRISMA adaptive family of workflow software. Visitors can walk through the workflow steps used to create over a dozen print applications and see the unique ability of Océ PRISMA to streamline each step of the production process for better turnaround and control. Océ PRISMA provides the most complete solution available today, with modules that improve every point in printing and reprographics processes, from creation to pre-press and production to archiving and reprint. All printing systems in the Océ booth including both cut sheet (sheet-fed) and continuous forms (web-fed) printers are driven by Océ PRISMA software so attendees can see the unified workflow aspects of solutions in different environments. Océ will show a technology demonstration of a new JDF interface for Océ PRISMAproduction software. This technology demonstration is the latest evidence of Océ's commitment to the JDF initiative, and it enables users to process JDF-based jobs with higher productivity and more efficient multi-vendor interoperability. With new JDF-enhanced Océ PRISMAproduction software, job ticketing and other communications are standardized, even between systems from different vendors, so customers can integrate submission, pre-press and press functionality from Océ and non-Océ sources. New Solutions for Cut-Sheet Applications Graph Expo marks the US unveiling of the versatile Océ VarioPrint 2110 multifunction printer/copier/scanner. The Océ VarioPrint 2110 has already achieved great success in Europe by giving customers greater flexibility and functionality than competing devices, and now US customers can benefit from the capabilities of this significant new technology. Designed specifically for corporate and commercial print centers, the Océ VarioPrint 2110 system offers a wide range of advanced features, including tab printing and interposing from all four paper trays, oversize printing, mixed-stock processing, and the ability to combine analog and digital documents. The Océ VarioPrint 2110 system allows a print provider to seamlessly achieve maximum productivity with enough flexibility to accommodate the wide range of applications that today's customers demand. The Océ VarioPrint 2110 also offers a variety of optional finishing solutions including booklet-making, cover binding, and high-capacity stacking. A generic, standards-based finishing interface is conveniently embedded in the device. New sheet-fed solutions from Océ give commercial printers more choices without sacrificing speed or quality. The innovative Océ VarioPrint 5000 cut-sheet digital printer family is now generally available in four distinct configurations designed to meet the specific needs of different printing environments, and Graph Expo visitors will see how these latest solutions streamline workflow across the entire document process. These new offerings package different combinations of Océ PRISMA products and finishing options to address the unique requirements of various applications, including Scan and Print, Document Production, Graphic Arts and Convergence. The Océ VarioPrint 5000 POD family of configurations gives users many choices of hardware, software and binding options, along with choices for media, MICR and highlight color. Latest Web-Fed Digital Presses Deliver Top Performance At Graph Expo, visitors will also see the latest in Océ web-fed press solutions, including significant enhancements for the Océ VarioStream 7000 digital printing system. Customers gain significant productivity and control benefits from the new enhancements, which include a more functional user interface, "single-point" centralized control for multiple printers and servers, and standards-based integration into existing workflow. The Océ VarioStream 7000 family of continuous forms printing solution provides corporate and commercial printing operations with full production speed and Enhanced Print Quality (EPQ) for 600 dpi output, along with high-end speed and image quality for OcéCustomTone color printing. The total reliability of the Océ VarioStream line combined with the workflow automation capabilities of Océ PRISMA software delivers maximum uptime and productivity so print-for-pay providers can hit their toughest performance targets and contracted commitments. At Graph Expo, visitors can observe some of the industry's fastest digital printing performance in the newest release of the Océ VarioStream 9000 family of digital web-fed printing systems. The Océ VarioStream 9220 digital printing system in conjunction with Océ PRISMA workflow software provides production-grade performance with total versatility. The Océ VarioStream 9220 continues the evolution of the Océ VarioStream 9000 product family by offering 2/2 color output. With this introduction, Océ achieves an important milestone in its strategy of providing customers with a rich migration path to add major new capabilities within one platform. Also now generally available, the Océ VarioStream 9210 delivers black and color-ready digital printing that meets the growing demand for affordable black and white output at production-level speeds of 853 ipm, while providing an upgrade path to Océ CustomTone highlight color, and ultimately color printing.