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Purposebuilt light production devices

Sharp’s Polaris Pro range includes the 65ppm MX-6500N colour production printing system for in-house and commercial production settings. More flxible than offie devices, with enhanced productivity, consistency, volume and colour control, it has a large 15.4in colour touchscreen; extra-large paper capacity; and intermediate toner hopper, perfect for long runs and continual use during toner replacement.

Stephen Fieldhouse, Sharp’s Business Unit Director for Production Printing Systems, said:

“The unique edge-to-edge printing system, combined with the front knife trim on the Polaris Pro range, delivers fiished full-bleed brochures from a small footprint. Extensive in-line fiishing options, powerful resolution enhancement technology (RET), superb quality across a wide range of media, low maintenance operation and an optional EFI Fiery Controller all combine to deliver greater versatility, advanced productivity, professional workflws and precise colour control.”

He added: “The MX-6500N features an optional in-line spectrophotometer powered by Pantone/XRite that performs automatic colour calibration while the machine is running, without slowing it down, which is a big time saver, and it maintains colour consistency more effiiently. The Fiery Server option delivers amazing precision, RIPs with fast speed and produces accurate colour every time. And there’s also an impressive range of high volume professional performance and fiishing options, such as the Multi-Folding unit, SmartPunch and Booklet Maker options, plus document management features and standard multi-layered data security solutions.”


Canon imagePRESS C600i
Canon imagePRESS C600i

Canon has launched the imagePRESS C600i to meet the needs of customers within the high-end offie and light production environments.

Adrian Campomanes, European & UK Product Marketing Business Developer Professional Print at Canon Europe, said:

“In terms of the light colour production market, we have seen a growing need amongst internal corporate print departments and small agile print shops for more frequent, shorter runs of premium quality output on a wide range of substrates. Our recently launched imagePRESS C600i has been designed specifially to cater for these increasing demands and this growing market sector.

“We are confient that the benefis our new imagePRESS C600i offers this sector will give PSPs the opportunity to open up new revenue streams and take their businesses to the next level. With a host of effiient management tools and its ability to fully integrate into existing document workflws, such as uniFLOW, eCopy and iWDesktop, the iP C600i can offer real benefis in terms of providing a fully automated managed print service.”

Ricoh is addressing the needs of this sector with the Ricoh Pro C5100S series.

Gareth Parker, Strategic Marketing Manager of Production Print at Ricoh, said: “This is the fist Ricoh digital production printer to feature our enhanced toner transfer technology, which delivers high quality print results on heavily textured stock – perfect for direct mail and marketing applications.

“Wide media compatibility is one of the many key benefis of these models. A new fuser assembly uses information from the media library to optimise the fuser temperature and pressure combination for each substrate, increasing compatibility and quality of output. This is ideal for challenging printing applications, such as envelopes, where the balance of pressure and heat is critical to maintain a flt and perfectly printed product.”

The solid silicon fuser roller and pressure rollers, which retain heat and minimise the fusing time, also maintain the device’s production speed advantage for heavier weight media.

Other developments include increased elasticity of the thicker fuser belt to improve the fusing of non-uniform media; a low toner melting point, which shortens warm-up time and reduces energy consumption; Operator Replaceable Units, designed to reduce downtime and improve productivity; direct printing from storage media (USB/SD card) for walk-up printing; an integrated media library that provides optimised machine settings for a wide range of branded media and media types; and a status light pole that indicates the operational status of the device.

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