Digital Flexes Its Muscles
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(Editors note: At press time, Konica and Minolta announced a pending merger. No details were released about any impact on product lines.)
Konica Business Technologies announced the Konica 7085 production printing system that it says is built to handle the high-volume demands of CRDs and print-on-demand environments. It features an output speed of 85 pages per minute and a 750,000 impressions per month duty cycle. The printer also offers enhanced image quality, scanning capabilities, network connectivity and advanced finishing capabilities. It accepts paper stocks from 16-lb. to 110-lb. index in sizes to 12x18˝.
The system uses Konica's Simitri polymerized toner, which is produced in an emulsion polymerization process. It is said to produce toner with extremely small particles that are uniform in size and shape.
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Minolta Corp. currently offers both a black-and-white and color series of printer/copier systems targeted to print-for-pay and corporate environments. The DiALTA line of monochrome machines is topped off by the Di750, which produces 75 ppm at 600 dpi and supports a 500,000 page per month duty cycle. Finishing options include eight-position stapling, saddle-stapling, folding, and post-insertion. The company's CF series of color copiers/printers outputs eight color or 32 black-and-white pages per minute at 600 dpi. The machine can print up to 11x17˝ originals on 12x18˝ paper.
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IBM Printing Systems recently expanded the capabilities of its continuous-forms printing line with the introduction of two new models to its Infoprint 4100 monochrome product family. The new HS2 and HD3/HD4 models allow printing at speeds of up to 1,220 pages or 280 feet per minute. The printing systems offer a 19˝ print width and operator switchable resolutions of 480 dpi and 600 dpi. In addition, the company has introduced its Enhanced Printing Supplies Version 3, which increases print quality and improves toner fusing and adhesion to paper.