Using what the company describes as a granulated, resin-based ink formulation, the Xerox Production Inkjet System (as it is currently called) prints a maximum 20.5˝- wide web at up to 500 fpm. The ink is said to be in the same family as the material used by the Xerox ColorCube printer line—not the cured gel ink technology demonstrated at Drupa 2008—and produces materials that are easier to de-ink compared to water-based systems because the ink doesn't soak into the paper.
Xerox is initially targeting applications that use lightweight, uncoated stock with an eye toward reducing users' paper costs and postal charges. It reportedly continues to investigate the potential to print other grades, including some coated media. Both simplex and duplex (twin-engine) configurations will be offered.
Kodak and Konica Minolta Expand Their Distribution Agreement
ROCHESTER, NY—Eastman Kodak and Konica Minolta Business Technologies have extended their distribution agreement to allow each company to offer digital production printing systems from the other's portfolio. The products of both companies will retain their branding.
Kodak will sell the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C6000, C7000 and C8000 color family and the bizhub PRO 1200/1200P monochrome line in the United States. It will also offer the full line of equipment, controllers and accessories associated with the Konica Minolta portfolio.
Konica Minolta will continue to sell the Kodak Digimaster monochrome production systems, and will now also be able to offer the Kodak NexPress production color presses to buyers in the United States. PI