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Expo Shows Demand for Digital Presses

PHILADELPHIA—By all measures, save one, the recent 2006 On Demand Exposition (co-located with AIIM) has been widely judged a success. The exception being that the sponsors apparently found the Pennsylvania Convention Center wanting and have decided a move to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is called for in 2007.

More than 20,000 registrants and 450 exhibitors were reported to have participated in the 2006 expo. There was a noticeable up-tick in the new product introductions (or U.S. debuts, at least) from the digital printer/press vendors at the show, resulting in further segmentation of the market. A surprising number of the systems highlighted, however, will not be available until later in the year.

Canon U.S.A. used the show as a platform to debut a 51 ppm color device, the imageRUNNER C5180, targeted to corporate environments. The company also again previewed its now-named new production color systems—imagePRESS C1 (color: 14 ppm; black-and-white: 60 ppm) and imagePRESS C7000VP (70 ppm for both). These machines, which feature a 13×19.2˝ format and 1,200 dpi resolution, are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Outputting 50 ppm, the Xerox DocuColor 5000 is designed for print providers that average between 30,000 and 150,000 impressions per month. It features a 2,400 dpi resolution, tight registration and can be configured with optional finishing equipment, including a high-capacity stacker and a stacker/stapler. This press can be driven by the Xerox FreeFlow DocuSP color server or front ends from Creo PODS and EFI.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. introduced the bizhub PRO C6500 color system, which outputs 65 ppm utilizing next generation Simitri-HD polymerized toner. The combination of a smaller toner particle size and oil-free fusing at a lower temperature is said to improve image quality while reducing toner and energy consumption.

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