Full Stream Ahead for Océ in Color
Further, Océ expects some European installations, such as in Switzerland, to be simplex because of federal regulations that require transactional documents to be single-sided. Additional features such as MICR unit and an additional color—making it a six-color press—should be available by mid-2011.
Newspapers being printed on the ColorStream 3500.
Print quality, at 600x600-dpi, with a 2-bit multi-level option, is the same as the JetStream 1000, which is to say perfectly acceptable for nearly any transactional and many publishing applications. The ColorStream 3500 can run both water-based dye and pigmented inks, although a key differentiator is that the up-charge for the pigmented inks is just 30 percent more than dye inks.
With ink being the big consumable (and revenue driver) in the inkjet game, this may give Océ a pricing advantage in the market because this up-charge is much greater with other vendors. Given the range of entries from HP, Kodak and Screen/Infoprint, things are likely to get more than a little competitive, so factor this into the deal if you're negotiating for an inkjet system.
Another potential advantage is that Océ will be building the CS3500 at its plant in Poing, Germany, just outside of Munich. Despite the cost of labor in Germany, this may afford more control over manufacturing costs which may trickle down to more aggressive pricing. List price, by the way, is expected to be about $2.5 million for a four-color duplex system, including the unwinder. Street pricing will of course be lower, and you get what you negotiate.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of this machine is that you can continue printing while the press is speeding up and while it is slowing down. These are normally times when an inkjet press is not printing because the heads are only coordinated to operate when the press is running at full speed. This is a capability you don't think about until someone mentions it, because it’s “normal” to print only at full operating speed. Yet being able to print during speed-up and slow-down periods simultaneously adds productivity and decreases waste, especially for shops where multiple shorter runs are the order of the day.