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IBM Releases Mid-Range, Cut-sheet Production Printers

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IBM Cut-sheet Production Portfolio Enhanced With Latest Mid-Range Additions, Plus High-End Product Enhancements and Aggressive 10 Percent Price Reduction on Entry-Level Printer BOULDER, Colo., April 30, 2002 -- IBM today introduced two new mid-range additions to its family of Infoprint cut-sheet printers - the Infoprint 2085 and Infoprint 2105 - bringing data centers and distributed print shops high-speed printing solutions that are feature-rich, more robust and offer better price/performance than alternative printers in the mid-range production class, as well as next generation features. As part of an aggressive move to further enhance its cut-sheet production portfolio, IBM today also announced production-class enhancements to its heavy-duty Infoprint 2000 high-speed workhorse and lowered the price of its Infoprint 70 entry-level cut-sheet production printer by 10 percent. The new Infoprint 2085 and Infoprint 2105 operate at speeds up to 85 pages-per-minute (ppm) and up to 105 ppm respectively. Available immediately, both units are easy to install, configure and manage, and come integrated with full function convenience copying capabilities. The easy-to-use touch screen offers access to a full range of printing and copying features, complete with document finishing. With an integrated scanner and automatic document feeder holding up to 100 sheets, users benefit from the "scan once/print many" feature to increase system flexibility. An Answer for Many Printing Environments The new Infoprint 2085 and Infoprint 2105 come standard with IBM’s advanced control unit, as well as Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) support, and optional PCL (Printer Control Language) and PostScript support, making them ideal for IBM iSeries and zSeries customers without sacrificing compatibility with other systems. These new units seamlessly integrate into any data center or heterogeneous distributed print environment and are backed by IBM’s commitment to ongoing service and support to maximize the ROI achievable from each machine. "The unique mid-range, cut-sheet production printing capabilities of the Infoprint 2085 and 2105 complement IBM’s popular, heavy-duty Infoprint 2000, as well as our entry-level Infoprint 70," said Jim Tramontana, manager for cut-sheet output solutions, IBM Printing Systems. "With these latest additions, IBM now offers one of the most flexible portfolios in the industry. IBM’s Infoprint cut-sheet printer family range now addresses the requirements of our customers from both a centralized production capability and a distributed or remote perspective." Next Generation Features Expected from IBM The Infoprint 2085 and 2105 carry a number of features that help make these systems versatile, productive, reliable and cost efficient. Network Printer Manager and Notification Manager software utilities help administrators set up, install, and configure both IBM and non-IBM printers in LAN environments. Notification Manager can deliver remote, wireless e-mail or pager status alert messages, maximizing printer up-time and easing the demands on a customers’ help desk. Using IBM’s Connect and Print solution, administrators can automate the installation process for the Infoprint 2085 and Infoprint 2105 in a network environment. After being plugged into the network, the Infoprint 2085 and Infoprint 2105 broadcast their availability and then Connect and Print, the companion software, automatically installs and loads the print drivers. High-yield, two bottle toner and paper on-the-fly replacement make supplies changing quick and easy without the need to stop the printer. Three standard trays and three more optional trays deliver from 3000 up to 7550 sheet capacity. A variety of paper, card stock, tabs, labels and transparencies are supported enabling users to print and copy a variety of applications on one output device. Large output bins handle 500 and 3000 sheets and support collating, jogging, 4-position stapling with stitching support and optional 2, 3, or 4 hole punching. IBM Adds More Value to Cut-sheet Printer Portfolio In an ongoing effort to provide customers a broad range of cut-sheet options, IBM has added production-class enhancements to the Infoprint 2000 and lowered the price of the Infoprint 70 by 10 percent. The Infoprint 2000 can now be connected to a roll-feed input module and multiple high capacity output stackers. These enhancements extend the Infoprint 2000's capability as a production class printer by enabling the system to run unattended for up to 13 hours. With these new enhancements, the Infoprint 2000 has set new expectations for minimizing operator interaction during off-shift printing. Pricing and Availability The Infoprint 2085 and 2105 U.S. list price is $55,000 and $75,000, respectively. General availability begins in the U.S. on April 30, 2002. The Infoprint 2000 Roll-Feed Interface Kit U.S. list price is $19,000 and the high capacity output stacker for the Infoprint 2000 is priced from $15,000. Making it more attractive as an entry-level cut-sheet, production printer, the new U.S. list price for the Infoprint 70 is $45,000. All these new systems and options can be purchased through IBM Printing Systems’ sales representatives and remarketers, except the Roll Feed Interface Kit which can be purchased separately from Roll Systems. About IBM Printing Systems IBM Printing Systems specializes in e-business printing solutions that deliver "Power to the Printer". It focuses on information and output management solutions that enhance operations, maximize efficiencies, reduce costs and create new business opportunities. A leader in production print solutions, print-on-demand technologies, distributed print technologies, one-to-one marketing initiatives and print management software, IBM Printing Systems’ offerings include printers, software, consultation, systems integration, supplies, service and support. For more information visit http://www.ibm.com/printers.

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