Star product: Xerox D Series
By Melanie Defries Friday, 18 May 2012
A high-productivity digital mono machine that copies and prints
What is the D-Series and when was it launched?
The D-Series is a new range of mono digital printers that are available in five configurations: the D95, D110 and D125 models, which combine copying and print functionality; and the D110 and D125 as solely light production printers.
The machines had their worldwide launch on 2 March, before being officially launched in the UK on 2 April. Xerox demonstrated the D-Series at this year’s Drupa.
What does the D-Series do?
The machines in the D-Series offer print speeds of up to 125ppm and include an integrated controller along with a wide range of inline finishing options. They also offer multiple feeding and paper-handling options to boost productivity.
Xerox product manager Ian Mitchell says: "The D-series is replacing our 4112 and 4127 machines and is suitable for 45,000–450,000 impressions per month.
"The difference with the new machines is that the D-series has a higher productivity rate, with single-pass colour scanning functionality of up to 200 images per minute compared to 100 images per minute for the older machines.
"Another major difference is that the inline finishing options have been expanded to include trimming, booklet-making, saddle-stitching and binding."
Customers can also specify the printer with one of a range of digital front ends that include the Xerox FreeFlow print server or its EX Print server, which is powered by EFI Fiery.
How do the machines work?
The D-series printers have high-speed print engines along with a single-pass, colour dual-head scanner that scans at speeds of up to 200 images per minute and can simultaneously scan, RIP and print.
They include a 250-sheet automatic document feeder and a "Build Job" feature than enables users to create and save jobs with different and varying options. Each segment of a Build Job can have different copy settings such as colour, page size and resolution, which can be programmed into each segment of the job. The job is printed out after each segment is programmed and scanned.
What markets is it aimed at?
The series of mono digital printers is aimed at organisations such as educational establishments and commercial print businesses.
Mitchell says: "The D-series has been designed to increase productivity and reduce costs in print-intensive environments such as in education, legal, insurance and healthcare and in-house printers."
What is its USP?
Xerox promises that the D-series can "increase productivity, reduce costs and exceed customers’ demanding expectations" by enabling printers to choose their print speed, server options and media feeding and finishing capabilities.
Mitchell says: "The Xerox D95, D110 & D125 are fast, flexible and easy to use. They can produce innovative, more complex, diverse and professional output, all at a competitive price."
The D-Series uses the Xerox-exclusive Emulsion Aggregation (EA) Toner, which the manufacturer claims results in "the smallest, most uniformly shaped particles" for "razor-sharp" line work.
Xerox says EA Toner enables the highest levels of detailing with sharp text and half-tones and deep, solid blacks.
How much does it cost?
Pricing of the D Series depends on configuration, but starts at around £16,000.
What training and support is available?
Xerox says that customers will be supported by Xerox’s fleet of engineers who will fix issues on site, along with online training and a dedicated customer support centre.
Speed 95, 110 or 125ppm
Resolution Up to 2,400x2,400dpi with halftone screen
Substrate compatibility Up to SRA3 253gsm
Price From £16,000
Contact Xerox UK 0870 873 4519 www.xerox.co.uk
Ricoh Pro 1107EXP
The Ricoh Pro 1107EXP offers full-colour scanning with a wide choice of in-line finishing options. It features an entry-level, user-friendly embedded controller that does not require extensive training and is tailored to the needs of a high-volume work environment and enables the creation of print jobs in a few short steps.
The machine also includes an Adobe PostScript 3 option to ensure fast and reliable output and an external Fiery controller EB-1357 which rips PDF files at high speeds.
Ricoh imaging technology substrate compatibility Up to SRA3 300gsm–42gsm, supports coated paper, labels and NCR paper– 3,000 sheet paper capacity (expandable to 8,050 sheets from seven sources), full-speed rayless duplex, extensive range of professional in-line finishing options
Price RRP £50,655
Contact Ricoh UK 0800 90 40 90 www.ricoh.co.uk
Océ VarioPrint 110, 120 and 135
The Océ VarioPrint DP Line family of monochrome digital printers comprises three models offering a range of different output speeds from 95ppm to 135ppm and is designed for the production of books, manuals, booklets and training collateral.
The new platform combines Océ’s print engine and controller with Canon’s integrated scanning and finishing technology.
According to Océ, the VarioPrint DP is designed to address the mono print demands of commercial print businesses and in-plant facilities.
Speed 113, 123 and 138 images per minute (A4, duplex)
Resolution 600 x 2,400 dpi
Unique Océ DirectPress imaging technology substrate compatibility 50–300gsm. Plain, offset and coated stocks.
Price List price from £25,000, depending upon configuration
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