COLOR COPIERS & DIGITAL PRESSES -- Coloring Between The Lines
In fact, the company launched the Minolta DiALTA Color CF5001 copier/printer as a separately branded version of the Konica ColorFORCE 8050. It features an output speed of 50 ppm (color and black-and-white) for paper sizes up to 13x19.2˝. The device handles paper weights ranging from 24-lb. bond up to 110-lb. index through the main paper trays and up to 140-lb. index through a bypass tray. Finishing capabilities include stapling, saddle-stitch bookletmaking, two- and three-hole punching, trimming and post-sheet insertion.
The EFI Fiery S300 50C-K controller is offered as an option to drive the device.
Similarly, A.B.Dick introduced the Color X-Press (CXP) 3000 digital printing system at Graph Expo. It, too, is based on a 50-ppm Konica print engine, and uses patented polymer dry ink technology for improved image quality by eliminating the need for fuser oil. The machine offers 600x600 dpi resolution (600x1,800 enhanced resolution) and supports paper sizes up to 13x19.2˝ in weights ranging from 24-lb. bond up to 110-lb. index.
Take Your Pick
A.B.Dick is offering a choice of front ends, including its own Momentum Workflow or a Fiery S300 print server. Included as standard equipment with its configuration are a stackless duplex unit and two-sided color reproduction/printing capabilities.
Ricoh Corp. introduced the Aficio 2232C (24 ppm) and Aficio 2238C (28 ppm), the newest additions to its "Black to Color" product line. These multifunction systems enable users to print, copy or scan in either color or black-and-white in sizes up to 12x18˝. They handle paper weights from 16-lb. bond to 90-lb. index, and feature an 80-sheet automatic reversing document feeder, duplex unit and 1,100-sheet paper capacity.
Development work has continued on the digital offset press front, as well.
Following its debut at Drupa 2004, Screen (USA) expects to bring the TruePress 344 digital offset press to Graph Expo 2004 for its U.S. introduction, with commercial deliveries set to commence in November. The press has a maximum sheet size of 13x18˝ and printing speed of 7,000 sph. It utilizes a thermal (830nm) multi-array laser diode (MALD) imaging system to expose a new processless plate technology from a "leading manufacturer" that Screen was not ready to identify.