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New Océ VarioStream 8000 Family Extends Continuous Feed Leadership

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December 4, 2007 - Trumbull, CT and Boca Raton, FL - Océ, a global leader in digital document management and delivery, achieves a new level of flexibility and speed with the launch of its Océ VarioStream 8000 continuous feed family. This new family of printers delivers the fastest "Twin-able" simplex technology Océ has ever offered, extending Océ leadership in the continuous feed market. The new series offers an unmatched combination of print width, Océ CustomTone color, Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) printing, new controller power, upgradeability and output choices, such as duplex twin configurations.
The Océ VarioStream 8000 family is available in a number of variations, providing customers with the capabilities they need now and an upgrade path for future requirements. The new series consists of three base models: the Océ VarioStream 8550 at 530 two-up letter size simplex ipm, the Océ VarioStream 8650 at 636 simplex ipm, and the Océ VarioStream 8750 at 750 simplex ipm. The printers operate in simplex, twin and triplex configurations. Among the variations are twin systems with speeds from 1,060 to 1,500 duplex ipm. The triplex version prints two colors on one side, and one on the other at 1060 ipm.
Achieving 24 /7 productivity
As the digital print market matures, high-volume printing has become a lucrative opportunity. Now printers have a production system that puts them in a competitive position to capture more of this business. With the expanded capacity, faster turnover, quality efficiencies, output choices, and absolute reliability, printers can pursue and deliver new opportunities.
"Year after year, Océ leads the continuous feed market, according to InfoTrends research, and over the last two years, we have completely refreshed our product offerings. Now the Océ VarioStream 8000 extends the breadth of Océ continuous feed solutions and gives customers a solid foundation for upgrading as needs change. As a result, with new options and capabilities within easy reach, customers can quickly react to market opportunities," said Guy Broadhurst, Vice President of Product Marketing, Océ North America, Production Printing Systems.
Convergence-Ready through Versatile, Multi-Purpose Printing
With the versatile Océ VarioStream 8000 system, Océ again responds to the market's continuing demand for convergence solutions for TransPromo and other applications. In just minutes, the system can switch from low-cost, high-speed printing to high-quality, on-demand production. With one solution, the Océ VarioStream 8000 family meets the needs of commercial, corporate and graphic arts customers that want to offer both low-cost, high-speed printing services and high-quality, on-demand printing. As a result, commercial operations can drive more revenue from one system, while corporate print operations can enhance their value to their enterprise.
Key applications for the Océ VarioStream 8000 family are traditional transaction statements, as well as new TransPromo documents. In addition, the new system continues the Océ expansion into the graphic arts market with its versatility and attention to quality. The Océ VarioStream 8000 family features a 19.5" paper width and 19" print width, giving customers more options for output and services, such as printing three-up 6"x9" books with bleed and trim margins.
Print Adjusts to Speed and Quality Demands
Users can choose the speed and quality best suited to their application and budget. The Production Quality mode uses the most cost-effective consumables for 240-, 300-, and 600-dpi output. Customers who need higher quality for POD output can choose the Graphics Quality setting for finer halftones and images. The unique Enhanced Print Quality (EPQ) feature offers outstanding image quality on a wide range of substrates, and the latest EPQ version is standard on all Océ VarioStream 8000 systems. With Super Cell technology, print operations can deliver output with up to 256 gray shades, giving halftones a more photo-realistic look and feel. It can be automatically applied to existing applications without changes.
Multi-purpose printing is further achieved with Multiple Resolution Mode with auto-resolution. It allows easy, automatic switching between 240-, 300-, and 600-dpi print jobs, or even mixing 240-, 300-, and 600-dpi resolution resources on the same page. No job modification or operator intervention is required. Legacy jobs can run along with new ones, and older jobs can be updated without reworking the entire workflow.
Extending the Océ Job Appropriate Color Strategy
The new printer family extends the Océ Job Appropriate Color strategy by helping customers make the most effective use of highlight color in more of their applications. Océ CustomTone toner can be used in simplex, twin and triplex configurations. The unique triplex configuration lets users print two different colors on one side of a page and a third color on the back for maximum flexibility with the highest performance. As a result, customers can use just the color they need to meet their business objectives. Even specialty colors are possible via exclusive Océ CustomTone printing. With over 400 CustomTone colors already available, users can stand out with cost-effective highlight color at up to 1,060 pages/minute. As a result, they can become competitive specialists in this exciting sector.
Complex, secure variable applications like checks, insurance Explanation of Benefits (EOBs), Image Replacement Documents (IRDs) and other applications requiring Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) toner can be printed on Océ VarioStream 8000 systems at up to 1,273 pages a minute. Unique Océ Quick Change Developer Stations make color and MICR toner changes quick and easy, in addition to offering more capabilities in one fast system.
About Océ VarioStream 8000 Systems
The Océ VarioStream 8000 system is positioned above the entry-level Océ VarioStream 7000 system as the premium twin-able simplex offering for high-speed simplex, MICR, and simple Océ CustomTone printing. It offers the best productivity for a mix of simplex and duplex printing. By comparison, the Océ VarioStream 9000 series is positioned as the premium Oce' continuous feed, duplex product offering. Its strengths include a duplex print path with a migration path to full color.
No other vendor in the industry offers the comprehensive upgradeability of Océ systems, and the new Océ VarioStream 8000 is no exception. Customers can purchase just what they need, and add features as requirements change. Upgrades for speed, print quality, color, MICR, and processor ensure investment protection and long-term value.
In addition to all the popular features of the Océ VarioStream 7000 platform, the Océ VarioStream 8000 family delivers greater productivity, wider print and paper widths, strong highlight color compatibility, and the latest controller and LED imaging technology. The Océ VarioStream 8000 family is equipped with the most powerful SRA controller ever offered on Océ systems. The SRA4 controller delivers sharp halftone images and ensures a clean upgrade path even for longtime Océ printer users.
For duplex printing, the Océ VarioStream 8550 twin system prints at 1,060 two-up letter size images/minute, the VarioStream 8650 twin at 1,273 images/minute, and the VarioStream 8750 twin at 1,500 images/minute. The printers are also offered as triplex systems for printing two colors on one side, and one on the other. Triplex systems operate at 1,060 images/minute in triplex mode, and print at rated speed in simplex and duplex modes. Duty cycles range from 32 million to over 45 million two-up letter impressions per month.
Modern Design and Remote Control
The Océ VarioStream 8000 family sports a modern industrial design that makes it easy for an operator to perform day-to-day tasks. The touch screen has been enlarged and includes extensive photo help screens, online documentation, individual operator accounts, multi-lingual support and other popular features. A single point of operation lets users interact with the operator panel without having to be in front of the printer. From a single location, the operator can view multiple consoles for Océ VarioStream, Océ VarioPrint systems, and Océ PRISMAproduction software.
The Océ VarioStream 8000 family is now available in the US and Europe. It will be available worldwide beginning in the first quarter of 2008.