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The company is not releasing pricing information yet, but characterizes the line as being “unique in its combination of performance and cost” and marrying “light production costs with high production capacity.” Commercial shipments are slated for Ricoh’s current fiscal year third quarter.
According to Ricoh, polymerized toner is pre-mixed with the developer and affixed in a single belt fusing unit to provide a wider color gamut and good fusing over a wider temperature range for stability in long-run printing. Other features include customer replaceable parts and in-line finishing options that include a bookletmaker, perfect binder, ring binder and stacker.
Kodak also participated in the pre-Drupa briefings. Now known as Kodak’s Print On-Demand Solutions (PODS) Group, the company continues to provide Creo-branded color servers and other front-end solutions to OEM partners. Any end-user product introductions will come from those companies, noted Ilana Jucha, general manager of the PODS Group.
Going forward, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group (GCG) will be standardizing on Creo color servers and the front end for all of the digital printing devices it offers, including solutions from partners, added Judi Hess, general manager of enterprise solutions, Kodak GCG.
Hess asserted that the concept of Web-to-print is too narrow and the industry should expand its focus even further upstream to what she terms “plan-to-print.” In keeping with this philosophy, PODS will now being offering its OEMs a more comprehensive workflow solution that leverages Kodak’s Unified Workflow product offerings, including Prinergy and Insite.
New at Drupa will be the Nuevo Technology for color servers that is said to offer a 10 times boost in processing performance, supporting output rates of 1,000 ppm and higher. It features an embedded solution for handling variable data and is scalable with parallel RIP capabilities.
While simultaneously retaining its leading share of the global digital platesetter market (including OEM sales), Dainippon Screen—Screen (USA), here—is entering a “new era” by looking to expand its print-on-demand (POD) business into a main product line by 2011. It plans to compete in four digital printing market sectors: paper based, signage/display, industrial printing and package printing. The company’s current product offerings for each sector, respectively, are the Truepress 344 and Jet520, Truepress Jet2500UV, Truepress Jet650 and Inca FastJet.