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New Oce VarioPrint 5000 POD Solutions Target Key Document Environments

Press release from the issuing company

NEW YORK CITY, March 29, 2004 — Oce, a global leader in digital document management and delivery solutions, today announced that its innovative Océ VarioPrint 5000 cut-sheet digital printer family will be offered in four distinct configurations designed to meet the specific needs of different document environments. The new Océ VarioPrint 5000 Print On Demand solution sets are designed to streamline workflow across the entire document process. They combine the most appropriate hardware, software and binding capabilities to address the unique requirements of various applications including Scan and Print, Document Production, Graphic Arts and Conversion. “These new Océ VarioPrint 5000 turnkey solution sets make it easy for our customers to purchase a complete state-of-the-art -solution that exactly meets the unique requirements of their businesses, with the flexibility to add other capabilities that are available for the VarioPrint 5000 product family,” said Carl Joachim, vice president of marketing for Océ North America’s Digital Document Systems Division. “Exclusive Océ technology gives the new solution sets an edge when it comes to meeting the exacting needs of print-on-demand workflow. Customers get a production-class digital cut-sheet printer, advanced PRISMA adaptive workflow software, and everything else they need for their specific environments.” The Océ VarioPrint 5000 POD systems deliver the advantages of production-class printing and publishing to corporate and commercial work centers. In addition to the convenience of a turnkey solution that completely accommodates their business printing requirements, the Océ VarioPrint 5000 POD solution sets provide users with the long-term durability, ease of use, best-in-class service, reliability and low cost of ownership that are hallmarks of Océ printing solutions. Future-Proof Investment Protection Customers gain future-proof investment protection with the flexibility to upgrade through many options. This versatile family of digital printing solutions fits comfortably into existing work environments and is easily customized to ensure long-term investment protection. The Océ VarioPrint 5000 family gives users many choices of hardware, software and binding options, and the four POD configurations take advantage of this flexibility to create bundled market-specific solution sets. The four configurations bring together the most appropriate tools for each specific cut-sheet environment. Companies can further customize their Océ solutions to achieve the final solution most suited to their individual requirements. Already distinguished by high output speeds, flexible production tools, and Océ PRISMA adaptive workflow solutions, Océ VarioPrint 5000 POD systems now also support front and back 2/2 color via the exclusive Océ Quick Change Developer Station (QCDS) as well as integrated scanning and on or off line binding choices, including high capacity stitchers and stackers, or offline tape binding and more. These valuable capabilities are among the many options available for any Océ VarioPrint 5000 POD system. To achieve the utmost flexibility, customers can further customize the solution sets to meet their unique individual requirements. For example, any Océ VarioPrint 5000 POD system can acquire additional capabilities such as a CustomTone or MICR QCDS, additional cascading input drawers, roll-feed to cut-sheet support, high capacity stackers, scanners, third party finishing with the new advanced UP3I standard interface for binding options and upfront flexibility through support for various data streams. Customers always have the ability to pick and choose the capabilities they require now or as needs change. Each solution set is configured with different software, finishing and other capabilities, but as more of these capabilities come to market, users have even more flexible choices, no matter what POD configuration they are using. Front-End Software Enhances POD Workflow The Océ VarioPrint 5000 POD solution sets incorporate a variety of exclusive Océ PRISMA front-end software designed to enhance on demand publishing workflow. Océ Image Logic, DocSetter and the new CopyMaker give users the ability to easily transform analog documents into digital workflow. DocSetter 2.0 scan, digital design and editing software has new features to specifically support Océ VarioPrint 5000 POD workflow with features like the Tab Wizard to create Tab applications and direct printing to all Océ VarioPrint printers. The new CopyMaker 1.0 features a familiar interface for easier copier operation. This Scan to Print software addresses a range of printing and finishing needs. Four Solution Sets Target Specific Environments The family of Océ VarioPrint 5000 POD configurations is distinguished by specific hardware, software, scanning and finishing options geared to specific environments. With these new turnkey solutions, customers in each of these environments will be able to select a packaged solution that includes a high-speed Océ VarioPrint 5000 print system, server hardware, Océ PRISMA adaptive workflow software, and additional hardware and software especially keyed to their needs. The four configurations will be introduced to the market on a staggered schedule. At the On Demand Expo, Océ launches the first of the four configurations with the Océ VarioPrint 5000 SP Scan and Print system targeted to central reprographics, print-for-pay, and in-plant printing environments requiring volumes of 400,000 to 700,000 images per month. “Green button” copying and scanning functionality supports users in education, graphic arts, healthcare, government, manufacturing, and financial markets, with inline stitching to streamline on demand publishing workflow. The Océ VarioPrint 5000 DP Document Production system will be piloted in March with general availability in May. Using Océ Quick Change Developer Stations, the DP configurations help companies add impact to documents with up to 2/2 CustomTone highlight color. This color-capable version best accommodates in-house digital print centers and commercial printing operations with its capabilities for prepress with Docsetter, reformatting, and stitch-finished workflows. In the third pilot phase of the new Océ VarioPrint POD solution sets, the version targeted to graphic arts environments offers customers the more appropriate offline binding capabilities using existing in-house binding capabilities or adding the optional inline stitching, or other post-processing finishing equipment. Slated for availability in Q3 2004, the Océ VarioPrint 5000 GA comes with UP3I capability for improved coordination between print systems and finishing components and a high-capacity stacker to accommodate more work with fewer interruptions. The Océ VarioPrint 5000 CX targets mixed application environments needing a convergent solution for transaction printing and on demand document publishing. Supporting volumes from 500,000 to 3,000,000 images per month, the Océ VarioPrint 5000 CX also has high-capacity UP3I-compatible stackers and stitching capabilities. All on demand and transaction data streams will be accommodated, as PRISMAproduction modules provide the ability to accommodate AFP, LCDS and Xerox Digipath data streams. The PRISMAproduction POD 3.02 Server offers truly open system architecture suited to all production-level performance. This solution set is scheduled to be generally available in Q3 2004.