Also in the offing is a new Graphic Arts Alliance Program intended to help offset printers’ transitions to digital services and to help existing digital shops sell better. Current Océ customers are taking part in the development of the program, which is expected to provide members with online resources, regional seminars and a customer advisory council.
TransPromo Application Development Services (TADS) is another component of Océ’s professional services. The manufacturer is working in partnership with NEPS LLC and Art Plus Technology to assist customers with the development and execution of transpromo programs.
Wide-format printing solutions for display graphics and technical/CAD applications have their own display room within the Customer Experience Center. New to the product line is the Arizona 350 GT UV flatbed printer that features support for white ink and a top print speed of 239 square feet/hr. on rigid media (up to 49x98? and 1.89? thick) and 205 square feet/hr. using the roll-to-roll media (87? wide) option.
It features VariaDot technology, which varies dot sizes from 6 to 42 picoliters for sharp image detail and smooth solids.
Also on display was the 42? ColorWave 600 color printer introduced this past summer. It is the first device to use the company’s CrystalPoint technology, which jets dry toner contained in solid TonerPearls via a phase-change process. (For more details, see page 54 in the August 2008 edition of Printing Impressions.)
The timing of the event enabled Océ to preview several of the announcements it planned to make at Graph Expo, including:
• Launch of the VarioPrint 4000 monochrome cut-sheet printer line, which is targeted to mid-volume environments and as a backup machine for shops with a VP 6000 model. Kicking off the series is the 120 ppm VP 4120 model.
• Introduction of the CS665 cut-sheet color printer as a replacement for the CS650 Pro and CS620, starting in early 2009. It outputs 65 ppm using polymerized toner and features a controlled environment with dehumidification, air separation and double-sheet detector in the paper drawer for more reliable operation.