Designed for printing on plastic (up to 14 mil) and paper (up to 110-lb. cover) with polymerized dry toner, MGI’s Meteor DP40 Pro digital press has an 1,800 dpi resolution and 121⁄4×18˝ maximum sheet format. The machine is rated for outputting 2,100 color sheets (81⁄2×11˝) per hour and supports variable data printing with an integrated EFI Fiery RIP.
The Screen (USA) Truepress Jet 520 color press is a continuous-feed ink-jet printer using Piezo drop-on-demand technology and water-based pigment inks. It prints at 420 ppm with 2-bit imaging for each color to create the appearance of higher resolution printing. Commercial sales are expected to begin in October.
Along with launching new toner-based office equipment, Ricoh Corp. introduced the HQ9000 Priport digital duplicator as a replacement for the JP8500. The new machine prints 135 ppm at 600 dpi using fast-drying “HQ ink” chemistry that is said to reduce roller marks, prevent set-off and eliminate the wait time between passes.
All three of the workgroup systems introduced by Sharp Document Solutions output color at 41 ppm and print in black-and-white at model-specific speeds—MX-5500N (55 ppm), MX-6200N (62 ppm) and MX-7000N (70 ppm). Options include a Fiery controller and various finishing systems, including an inserter, stapler, hole punch and saddle-stitch unit.
Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of its introduction of VaryPress magnetography technology for monochrome digital web printing, Nipson
Digital Printing Systems announced an intention to offer a 500 fpm model, the VaryPress 500, beginning in 2007.
Similarly, Delphax Technologies made public its plan to upgrade the rated speed of its CR2000 roll-fed, monochrome, electron-beam printer to 500 fpm in early 2007.
Another trend in the market is vendors defining new niches based on the level of color capability.
Two systems from Océ North America had their first showing in the United States. The Océ Vario-Stream 9230 continuous printer device supports 3/3 printing of “Job Appropriate Color” at 231 impressions per minute with a 600 dpi resolution. Using Océ CustomTone technology, users can print black and two highlight colors on each side of a page. At 250 ppm, the new Océ VarioPrint 6250 is said to be the fastest cut sheet duplex printer (see page 32 of PRINTING IMPRESSIONS’ May 2006 edition for more details).