Full Stream Ahead for Océ in Color
So Océ combined what it knows about moving continuous feed paper through a machine with what it had learned about inkjet, and in just 24 months put it together with the same heads and ink delivery systems used on the JetStream 1000. The result is the ColorStream 3500, a machine that targets the data-center and service bureau markets in size, weight, productivity and scalability, and is also a good fit for a variety of publishing applications.
The new simplex engine weighs in at about 5,500 lbs., complete with unwinder, and a duplex system at under 12,000 lbs.—about half the weight of a JetStream 1000. Simplex or duplex, the new system is about the same size as continuous-feed machines from the company’s own VarioStream 7000 and 8000 families, plus those from Xerox and Infoprint, including the Infoprint 5000 color inkjet system. This means the new machine can fit into the same footprint with little or no changes in floor plans or physical plant.
Printing on 21.5˝ wide rolls, the system is designed to run 4–24 million A4 impressions per month, a number that’s based on Océ’s traditional assumption of 70 percent uptime. This is a lot of pages at the high end, but not unreasonable at the lower end for many medium-sized service bureaus and data centers.
I’ve been in numerous shops over the years that had three or four duplex systems. Two or three of these devices could be replaced by one full-color duplex inkjet press, leaving the remaining toner system for mono-only and back-up use.
Adding further appeal, the CS3500 can be initially configured as a monochrome system and field upgraded to full color based on demand. And of course a four-color system can always run mono-only as needed. Real world, there will likely be numerous installs in which one engine on a duplex system is full color and the other black only.