As their names indicate, the DocuTech 100 and 120 produce 100 and 120 images (8.5x11˝) per minute, respectively. Each feed module (one comes standard, a second is optional) includes four trays for a total capacity of 5,800 sheets (20 lb. bond/75 gsm). An air shuttle feed system aids the smooth handling of material sizes from 5.5x8.5˝ to 12.2x18.5˝ and weights from 16-lb. bond to 80-lb. cover (56-216 gsm).
The new platform is also the first truly integrated copier/printer, asserts Jerry Murray, vice president of product marketing. A single, integrated DocuSP controller drives both functions, which shortens the operator learning curve and reduces the need for service calls, he claims. A built-in CD-RW/ DVD-ROM enables jobs to be input from a disk and/or archived to CD-R.
At the back-end, in-line finishing options include a 2,000-sheet stacker, folder (C- or Z-type and booklet/bi-fold) and dual-staple booklet maker. Throughout the system, critical components are built into pull-out drawers for easier servicing and replacement.
Xerox is positioning the product family as suitable for enterprise (corporate) and graphic arts (print-for-pay) customers with appropriate job volume and complexity demands. The initial versions, for example, support simple variable data imaging and offer basic finishing capabilities. More complex and specialized capabilities reportedly will be offered in future versions of the product.
On another marketing front, Xerox says it is reenergizing the effort to build its Premier Partners Program. The stated goal is to re-create the network of print-for-pay providers into the true "best of the best" in digital printing. The company hopes to double the number of U.S. printers participating in the program, up from the more than 90 members currently signed up in the U.S. and Canada.
The program is also being expanded through the introduction of a "public portal" accessible from the Xerox corporate Website. The private portal for members is slated to be revised in the second quarter of 2004, bringing the capability for two-way communications and the introduction of localized content in local languages. (www.xerox.com)