"The product differentiation comes more in material handling ability. The higher end printers have larger material hoppers and more powerful feed systems. In fact, the production level equipment leaves the material feeding to our Streamfeeder-built AF-500 heavy-duty feeder."
RENA offers the XPS-90, a tabletop/console model that combines the speed of a fixed-head printer with the setup and ease of use benefits of a shuttle-head printer. It features digital robotic positioning that automatically positions the print heads based upon the software template from the user's PC. Its automatic maintenance system performs functions including purging, wiping, capping and storing.
Mailing on the Rise
With post-9/11 concerns gradually fading, there seems to be a rise in both the interest and quoting activity for mail related equipment, adds Ron Books, channel marketing manager for Videojet Technologies. This, coupled with positive fallout that may result from the Do-Not-Call list, should bolster the mailing of catalogs, he says.
Videojet's latest offering is the entry-level VIP 9100 line controller designed for messaging on magazines, catalogs and newspapers. "The purpose is to open up line control capability to printers who need inside/outside printing, usually involving a mail table," Books explains.
Whatever the system chosen, enhanced mailing and ink-jet personalization capabilities can create new, value-added revenue opportunities and allow printers to build more personal relationships with their customers. In today's price-driven business world, the value of that can be immeasurable.