Delphax Technologies Sells First elan 500 Color Cutsheet Inkjet Press to CompuMail
MINNEAPOLIS—October 10, 2014—Delphax Technologies, a global provider of high-speed digital printing equipment, has launched its new elan digital color print system with the inaugural sale of an elan 500 to one of the nation’s premier direct mail companies, CompuMail Inc.
Powered by Memjet, the elan 500, which combines major advances in inkjet and paper-handling technologies, is a robust production class sheet-fed system offering full color and 1600 dpi print quality at speeds of up to 500 impressions per minute. The sale follows a beta test by CompuMail that included production of more than 15 million letter-sized images, 24-hour client turnaround and two to three shifts per day during peak production.
“elan has enabled us to complete 10,000 letters in just one hour compared to our current fleet of four machines taking three hours,” said Sam Andreasen, COO of CompuMail. “The consistency and quality of elan’s output from the first sheet to last sheet is impressive. The elan is a production workhorse at an affordable price.”
CompuMail, based in Concord, CA, and Delphax worked with well-known document solutions provider Ray Morgan Co. to implement installation of the equipment.
“As the first elan customer, CompuMail has given us the highest endorsement possible in its technology of choice to support future color growth in the direct mail marketplace,” noted Dieter Schilling, president and CEO of Delphax. “We believe elan offers CompuMail not only greater competitiveness, but also the ability to reshape its market. elan’s combination of price, sheet-fed configuration and performance make versatile high-quality color printing affordable—and profitable—for this key market segment.”
The elan digital front end (DFE) uses the Adobe PDF document format for both publishing and variable workflow, driven by Delphax’s unique scalable RIP architecture. “The elan PDF workflow gave us a simple and cost-effective integration with our HP workflow without binding us to a proprietary system,” Andreasen said. “The intuitive touch-screen interface simplifies the operator experience, keeping input options clear and uncomplicated. Comprehensive reporting systems provide detailed metrics and permit real-time analysis of system performance for CompuMail operators.”
elan’s combination of speed and sheet size make it the fastest cut sheet inkjet printer in the market today. It gives CompuMail an 8-to-1 productivity advantage over its existing electrophotographic devices.
elan is Delphax’s response to a growing customer demand for more efficient, versatile and affordable color printing equipment, and it promises to be ideal for commercial print-on-demand challenges in direct mail, transpromotional, billing, statements and book or manual publishing. Its variable data, spot color and MICR capability are also expected to make elan attractive to many other printing market segments.
A pioneer in digital print production, Delphax has captured the largest worldwide market share in check-printing applications, developing a highly regarded global customer-service and support organization in the
“We are positioning elan to have a much broader market appeal than we could ask from our existing monochrome products,” Schilling added. “It represents an entirely new category of digital print technology and offers a combination of price and performance that is unmatched today and long awaited by the market.”
About Delphax Technologies
Delphax Technologies Inc. is a global leader in the design, manufacture and delivery of advanced digital print production systems. For more than 30 years, Delphax Technologies has pioneered high-speed digital imaging innovations that improve throughput and enhance efficiencies for publishers, direct marketers and other commercial print customers where cost and quality are important. The Delphax Technologies portfolio includes specialized full color inkjet or monochrome inkjet and toner technologies that are ideal for a wide range of applications over a broad spectrum of substrates from ultra-lightweight paper to heavy stock in both roll-fed and cut-sheet print environments. Delphax Technologies is headquartered in Minneapolis, with subsidiaries in Canada, the United Kingdom and France. The company’s common stock is currently quoted over the counter under the symbol DLPX.
About CompuMail Inc.
CompuMail is one of the premier direct mail companies in the United States and is headquartered in Concord, CA. Since 1992, CompuMail has been identified as “the best collection agency mail vendor” by providing superior direct mail solutions to hundreds of collection agencies and other debt collection companies throughout the United States.
About Ray Morgan Co.
Established in 1956, the Ray Morgan Co. (RMC) has grown to be one of the largest independent dealers in the western United States. Headquartered in Chico, CA, RMC has two Regional Headquarters in Roseville and Fresno, CA, and 18 branch offices strategically located in central and northern California and western Nevada. The company offers technologically advanced solutions that can dramatically increase productivity and reduce costs in the areas of document management, output and reproduction. The ownership group is actively involved in day-to-day operations: always one phone call away from any customer issue.