Do and Experience More with the VarioPrint 6000+
Competition is getting tougher and your customers are demanding shorter runs and faster turnaround times, all at lower prices. Increased productivity is needed to meet the demands of the current market and to continue to grow your business.
Enter the Océ VarioPrint 6000+ Series of digital monochrome production presses from Canon U.S.A. This Series of presses is built to handle heavy workloads and deliver consistent, reliable performance to help ensure optimal uptime. A low-maintenance design features core components built to last the life of the machine, helping to ensure low cost of ownership.
For Matt Novak, VP of technology and finance at BFC Print, his two VarioPrint 6160s were the perfect solution to meet his clients’ needs and continue to grow his business. “We were taking on a new project that required variable-page, personalized folded contracts,” says Novak. “The combination of the speed and quality of the Océ engine coupled with the BLM was a perfect fit for this high-volume job that runs multiple times per week.”
Installed March 2012, the VarioPrint 6160s allow Novak to not only meet his clients’ requirements, but also grow his business. Because of the presses, BFC runs high page counts, personalized saddle-stitched books, and other personalized communications on a daily basis.
Available in three models (Ultra+, TP+, MICR+) and with four print speeds (166/198/248/306 ipm) the robust Océ VarioPrint 6000+ Series printers offer the flexibility to match the needs of virtually any print environment. Each model can switch instantly between bills and statements, books, tabbed reports, and more. They can accommodate a wide range of substrates and sheet sizes while producing up to 10 million impressions per month.
Specific core technologies help users with the most demanding production requirements. Océ Gemini technology prints both sides of a page in a single pass at full-rated speed. Productivity soars because the system runs at the same speed for all types of media. One-pass duplex printing through a short, simple paper path virtually eliminates paper jams and helps ensure higher throughput.
Gemini technology has enabled BFC Print to “confidently meet our stringent client Service Level Agreements (SLAs) due to the increased speed,” reports Novak. “We can now deliver on our 24-hour or less SLA commitments with our compliance-driven clients.”
With active registration, a sensor-controlled system helps ensure correct sheet positioning prior to printing. Then, imaging both sides of a page at the same time, Océ Gemini technology helps ensure outstanding front-to-back registration.
According to Novak the Océ CopyPress technology produces “amazing half-tone quality and fine print legibility.” The offset-like print quality with a resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi and 180 lines per inch is achieved by pressing toner into the page and fusing the toner without waste or the use of developer. Low fuser temperatures help prevent paper curl and reduce the chance of toner cracking when folded or creased.
While most documents today are created in color, not all need to print that way. Océ ScreenPoint Technology features automatic color rendering to black and white with smooth grayscale transitions, excellent resolution, dense black fills, and precise fine lines. Plus, users can adjust contrast and control darkness and lightness without sacrificing detail for the look and feel of offset, continuous tone.
Additionally, users can choose up to three paper input modules with 12 trays and a combined capacity of up to 24,000 Letter-sized sheets (20 lb. Bond/80 gsm) for hours of unattended production. A cold paper path lets users insert pages from any tray, eliminating the need for a post insertion unit and the additional space it requires, as well as the associated service costs. For the largest jobs, an optional roll feeder can handle up to 60,000 Letter-sized sheets of input, and adding up to three high-capacity stackers provides an optional output capacity of up to 18,000 sheets.
Users can also add value to every document by offering booklet-making, binding, stapling, and punching in a single, integrated process—whether they’re in a corporate print center or a commercial print business.
According to Novak, the VarioPrint 6160 presses with the BLM 500 booklet-maker allow BFC Print to finish unbound folded sets and books in-line with ease. “This eliminates a post-imaging process in our mail room, therefore greatly increasing our efficiency,” says Novak.
The open finishing (DFD) interface on the High-Capacity Stacker allows for integration into a range of third-party finishing options for production of professionally finished, perfect-bound books as well as saddle-stitched and square-spined booklets.
“The VarioPrint 6160 has allowed us to be more profitable, especially from a labor perspective, since one operator can run multiple devices simultaneously,” comments Novak. “In-line finishing has also reduced labor costs in the bindery and mailroom.”
Additionally, the device has even helped BFC Print differentiate themselves from their competition and even save their clients money. “For the multipage contract job outlined above, we are able to consolidate and manifest their production and mailings into a single output stream, thereby decreasing their postage spend,” explains Novak.
The VarioPrint 6160s’ reliability and increased overall efficiency created the biggest impact for BFC Print, allowing the company to meet their customers’ SLAs daily and grow their business into new and profitable areas.