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May 2007
Viewing On Demand

BOSTON—Changing locations continues to be part of the story from the On Demand Conference & Expo, which last month completed its 2007 run at the (nearly) new Boston Convention & Exposition Center (opened in 2004). The event first moved from its long-standing home in New York City to Philadelphia for a two-year stint and now on to Boston through 2008.

Close to 200 exhibitors had booths in the On Demand portion of the show floor, which the event continues to share with the AIIM Expo. New, or at least now commercialized, color printing systems added up to the largest category of product announcements, but new Web-to-print solutions and coating and finishing options were also prevalent.

Canon again showed its imagePRESS C7000VP digital color printing system, which is scheduled to ship later this year. Kodak introduced a variation of the same print engine as a new mid-level solution in its product line, the NexPress M700, which is slated to ship this June. The company says its version has been built to Kodak specs, including incorporation of Operator Replaceable Components (OCRs). Both products have a rated speed of 70 ppm (singled sided) and print in four-color at maximum 1,200 dpi resolution.

Presses Built for Speed

Separately, Kodak upped its ante at the high end with the new NexPress S3000, a 100 ppm version of the product line. This higher-speed model is not scheduled to be available until October, but any company purchasing a new NexPress 2500 in the interim will be offered a speed upgrade option at that time.

For the past couple of shows, Océ has made it a tradition to add another color to its webfed Vario­Stream 9000 product line at On Demand. This year it showcased the Vario­Stream 9240 model that delivers four-color printing at 172 ppm and features single-pass duplexing. The machine is also positioned as a solution for “Job Appropriate” highlight color (353 ppm or 231 ppm) and black-and-white (852 ppm) printing.

Océ also featured its recently introduced CS 620 and CS 650 Pro (65 ppm) four-color, cut sheet systems that print at 65 ppm.

Bidding for the title of “exhibitor making the most product announcements,” Xerox Corp. said it was introducing 15 new or enhanced products. On the color side, the company extended its “light production” line with the DocuColor 260 copier/printer that outputs 60 ppm at 2,400 dpi, offers new server options, and can be configured with finishing options for signature booklets and complex folds. It also introduced the enhanced Docu­Color 242 and 252 models that feature an improved user interface and expanded finishing options.


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