At the recent Océ Commercial Printing Business Days, the company’s premium production printing customer event, welcomed a select clientele of customers at the Océ Poing Technology Hub. Thousands of key decision makers have attended the regular Océ Commercial Printing Business Days over the last few years.
The event reflected how fast the graphics industry is changing with solutions for shorter runs, just-in-time delivery and individualized content. The Océ Business Days demonstrated how short runs can be produced economically. The dynamically generated print products on display gave evidence of how production efficiency can be improved and turnarounds will be increased while at the same time cost and speed are kept under control.
The press that got a lot of attention was the Océ VarioPrint i300, which combines the reduced costs of inkjet with the media and application flexibility of sheet-fed production. It has some key advantages for print providers who are looking to grow their business by:
- Cost effectively running monochrome and color jobs on one engine
- Moving mono applications to higher-value/higher-margin color products
- Extending the cross over point for digital print versus offset, helping more pages migrate to digital print
The Océ VarioPrint i300 prints up to 294 letter images per minute or more than 8,500 duplex letter sheets per hour. It targets heavy production volumes of 1-10 million pages per month and supports a large variety of paper sizes up to 13.9″ x 19.7″ (B3) format. Up to 8 paper trays feed a broad range of standard offset and inkjet substrates from 16 lb. bond to 110 lb. cover. Proven Océ VarioPrint 6000+ input and output technologies help enable a white-sheet-in, finished-application-out workflow required to meet the demands of today’s shorter run, fast turnaround print market place. The high-speed sheet-fed inkjet production is powered by Océ iQuarius technologies providing a range of innovations that allow for robust, high quality prints at high speed.
- iQuarius proprietary CMYK inks provide outstanding quality and productivity with a broad color gamut, print robustness, and media compatibility at low inkjet cost.
- Sheet Entry Control via the Sentry unit provides full-speed automated detection of any paper deformations that could lead to a print head touch, purging sheets without interrupting production.
- Precision Sheet Control is provided by a seamless metal belt that holds inkjet imaged sheets flat with air suction, helping move them smoothly, precisely and at high speed through the press.
- An Instant Drying Unit uses four distinct drying principles at once: induction-heated drum; carbon infrared radiation (CIR); air impingement; and air suction producing a high-quality, robust printed product.
- An Inline Quality Control system prints a test/nozzle failure detection sheet at regular intervals (operator configurable) and scans it in-line applying compensation when needed, automatically to help maintain quality.
The instant drying unit
Precision sheet control
Print head technology from the Océ ColorStream delivers up to 80 million drops per second while providing precision imaging at 600 x 600 dpi with multilevel drop size modulation for image quality with the visual perception of 1,200 dpi.
Proven PRISMAsync controller platform offers intuitive operation and intelligent media management helping drive maximum productivity. It also handles native PDF and IPDS/AFP data input and combined with Océ PRISMA workflow software it enables workflow alignment within the print shop for maximum efficiency and productivity.
Auto-maintenance routines including automatic print head refresh modes and print head maintenance during operation help maintain optimal quality and productivity while helping reduce operator intervention. “Sense and Support” predictive maintenance helps to minimize operator intervention and maximize uptime.
The Océ VarioPrint i300 will certainly plug a gap in the market for commercial sheetfed printers looking to be more efficient and add value to their products through lower cost higher speed digital production. The ease of use and automation features will make the transition from offset or digital toner to digital inkjet a much easier prospect for the majority of print providers.
Neil Falconer – Print Tribe