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DIGITAL digest

November 2006
Putting an iGen3 in Team Spells Digital Success

CAROL STREAM, IL—Some 350 people attended the open house recently held by Team Concept to showcase the capabilities of its new Xerox iGen3 digital color press. The shop reports running the machine 24 hours a day within just four months of installing it. Pictured in front of the digital press are (from the left) Tony Rouse, Team Concept president and CEO; Paco Salcedo, its iGen3 certified specialist; Julie Higgins, customer business development manager for Xerox; Laurie Kaminski, Team Concept’s iGen3 manager; and Mike Murphy of Xerox.



Punch Graphix Rolls Out Xeikon 6000

ITASCA, IL—After an evening of cruising Lake Michigan aboard the Mystic Blue, printing industry journalists from around the world were treated to a preview of the latest digital printing solution that Punch Graphix hopes will float more than a few boats.

The September dinner cruise proved to be just the appetizer from Punch Graphix, which unveiled its new Xeikon 6000 digital color press that was shown at Graph Expo last month. The press is complementary to the Xeikon line; Punch Graphix plans to continue manufacturing the Xeikon 5000.

The 6000 press, which boasts productivity of 160 A4 pages per minute, includes the new X-800 digital front end and form adapted (FA) toner. The production speed translates into 9,600 full-color pages per hour and nearly 4 million pages per month.

The webfed Xeikon 6000 handles paper stock from 40 to 350 gsm and can run a wide array of substrates, including paperboard.

Pete Tindall, director of manufacturing for Baltimore-based Vertis Communications and an engineering veteran of 20 years, tested the Xeikon 6000 at his company’s Monroe Township, NJ, facility. Vertis services markets including automotive, pharmaceutical, gaming and retail.

Tindall noted a 25 percent increase in speed with the Xeikon 6000 and said that the FA toner provides a smoother finish, along with improved color repeatability.

“The Beta testing has been very exciting and I’m encouraged by what I see,” Tindall added.



HP, Standard Register Set Sights on the Enterprise

PALO ALTO, CA—Since acquiring the assets of Indigo, Hewlett-Packard has had to walk a line between serving the needs of the enterprise (re: corporate) market while not selling against the interests of its HP Indigo install base and prospects.

Last month, the company held a briefing in San Francisco to reveals its plan to “energize” enterprise imaging and printing growth with a revitalized sales approach and expanded product portfolio. Highlights included introduction of the new HP Edgeline printing technology, an extended marketing agreement with Standard Register and plans to add “hundreds of highly skilled sales consultants.”
 

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