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Agfa Monotype Licenses Color Technology to Riso

Press release from the issuing company

WILMINGTON, Mass. and DÜSSELDORF, Germany (Drupa), May 14, 2004 - Agfa Monotype Corp. has licensed its embedded color profiling technology to Tokyo-based Riso Kagaku Corp. for its new Orphis HC5000, an office inkjet printer co-developed by Olympus Corp. The Orphis HC5000 is designed to print fast and economically because it uses a new inkjet technology that aligns a single line head for each of the cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks. The printer achieves 105 pages per minute using A4-sized single-sided color pages (74 pages per minute for double-sided A4 color pages). The standard print resolution is 600 dots per inch, and a high-quality mode is available for printing at 900 dpi. "The Orphis HC5000 has received a lot of attention in Japan - and not just because it's an affordable device that can print at an astonishing 105 pages per minute," said Dave McCarthy, vice president and general manager of Agfa Monotype's Printer Imaging group. "Customers are looking for impressive color in addition to speed. Our ColorTune Profile Tool Kit has allowed Riso to build a workhorse printer that can deliver high-quality color in real-world production settings when conditions are not always ideal. For example, the Orphis HC5000 is able to maintain an exceptional level of color quality even when the total ink coverage in a four-color print job is as low as 180 percent." Agfa Monotype's ColorTune Profile Tool Kit is a suite of profiling applications designed to give device manufacturers the ability to create and adjust color profiles without jeopardizing product development schedules. "Our color technologies, initially developed by Agfa-Gevaert to meet the image quality demands of the graphic arts market, have been adapted for the office market and then customized to meet specific requirements of our customers such as Riso," said McCarthy.