Xerox Docucolor iGen3 Reaches More Milestones As Customers Build Volume, Success
Press release from the issuing company
NEW YORK, March 8, 2004 – The success of Xerox Corporation’s DocuColor iGen3 Digital Production Press continues to gain momentum, as more customers are printing more than 1 million pages a month and buying multiple machines.
In addition, Xerox announced several enhancements that boost paper-handling and productivity for the digital press, along with plans to dramatically expand DocuColor iGen3 availability. By mid-year, Xerox expects the DocuColor iGen3 to be available in every major North American and European market, including more than 60 North American cities, as well as new markets in Chile, Hungary, Israel, Poland, South Africa and Turkey.
“DocuColor iGen3 users are leading the way and leapfrogging their competitors in the digital color printing market,” said Mark Waxenberg, vice president and general manager, Xerox Production Systems Group. “They are having tremendous success. And by continuing to invest research and development resources in the DocuColor iGen3 platform, Xerox continues to give our customers a competitive edge.”
Recent DocuColor iGen3 successes
Seven companies have run 1 million or more pages in a month on a single DocuColor iGen3, according to production data collected by Xerox. Four are U.S. firms — DST Output, Foxfire Printing, The Personal Marketing Company, and Social and Health Services, Ltd. — and three are internationals: dsi digital, United Kingdom; TED Gigaprint, the Netherlands; and Tsvet Print, Russia.
More than 10 percent of the firms have multiple DocuColor iGen3s installed, including: Banco Popular, Spain; Direct Mail Express, dsi digital; DST Output; Foxfire Printing; Pims, United Kingdom; Progressive Impressions International; Rechenzentrum Trebur GmbH, Germany; Royal Impressions; Social and Health Services, Ltd.; Student Loan Corporation Ltd., United Kingdom; TED Gigaprint; and The Personal Marketing Company.
“Our first DocuColor iGen3 allowed us to add significant revenue for our variable data color printing business,” said John Ferretti, president and chief executive officer, Foxfire Printing. “With this digital press we are having no problem keeping the jobs and volume growing, so we purchased a second machine, giving us a distinctly unique advantage in a competitive printing market.”
Expanding applications, boosting productivity
Based upon extensive testing, the DocuColor iGen3’s recommended media range has been expanded to stocks as heavy as 130-pound cover stock (350 grams per square meter), from the previous maximum of 110-pound cover stock (300 gsm). The capability to print on heavier stocks expands the DocuColor iGen3 application set to include a wider range of short-run packaging materials, point-of-purchase signs, report covers and more.
Software enhancements now permit the DocuColor iGen3 to run as many as four in-line feeding modules, four in-line stacker modules, a new post-processing inserter — the industry’s first in this class of product — and an in-line finisher. The DocuColor iGen3 now leads the industry with online paper capacities of as many as 20,000 sheets and stackers accepting as many as 12,000 sheets for a benchmark three hours of online feeding and two hours of stacking. Previously the system ran as many as two feeding and two in-line stacker modules.
Three in-line finishing options are available that run with the new accessories: the Xerox SquareFold BookletMaker, the Xerox Manual + Book Factory, and the GBC In-line Fusion Punch II with an optional Off-line DigiCoil Binder.
The new post-fusing inserter provides the capability to insert preprints and media into a job after the imaging and fusing process. The finished job is then automatically collated and delivered to the output tray. Media can include stocks that are not recommended for printing due to their weight or other characteristics, such as cardboard separators and plastic tabs.
The DocuColor iGen3 software update also provides an enhanced stock library, which automates the process of defining key specifications of papers and substrates — such as color, weight and size — to maximize system performance and image quality. Other enhancements include productivity, reliability and image-quality adjustments.
The new DocuColor iGen3 inserter is available immediately from the Xerox direct sales force at a manufacturer’s suggested price of $35,000. The upgrades will be installed free of charge by Xerox service representatives on regularly scheduled maintenance calls.
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