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Black-and-white was also in fashion at Xerox, with the addition of the 200 ppm Nuvera 200 EA (Emulsion Aggregation toner) model to its 4,800×600 dpi monochrome production printer line. It was shown running with the new GBC eBinder 200, which creates lay-flat and wrap-around books up to 8.27×11.69?.

On the color side, vendors focused on innovations shown at Drupa 2008. Océ did offer attendees a first look at its new CS Tandem cut-sheet platform, which links multiple CS665 Pro color print engines with a centralized server and color management software to provide consistent output at higher production rates. It showed a video of the recent extensions to its color ink-jet press family for high-volume page production, but Screen (USA) really carried the ball for the ink-jet product segment with its 420 fpm Truepress Jet520 press running on the show floor.

InfoPrint Solutions opted to focus on applications instead, including its ongoing efforts with the CMO Council and select enterprises to demonstrate the effectiveness of transpromo marketing by undertaking pilot programs and making the results public. There was also one announcement made on the ink-jet front just prior to the show, covering Pitney Bowes now selling the RISO HC5500 color ink-jet printer.

Among the other press-related news at the show was Xanté’s introduction of the Ilumina 502, a high-capacity version of its 12×18? device for printing on heavy stocks. Presstek added to the “increasing productivity and profitability” theme of the show by announcing the availability of a new white paper—“How to Bridge the Strategic Production Gap Between Offset and Digital Toner: Adjusting the Print Manufacturing Platform to Meet Today’s Market Requirements”—available through its Website.

There were only a few wide-format printing devices scattered around the show floor, one of which was the Acuity Advance UV flatbed printer from Fujifilm Graphic Systems USA that is said to be 40 percent faster than previous models.

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