Following Xerox’s acquisition of France-based industrial inkjet manufacturer Impika, authorised Xerox distributor Bytes Document Solutions (BDS), has released the Impika iPrint Compact printer in South Africa. Impika technology will help Xerox compete in the industrial, commercial, security, label and packaging printing markets. Printing 2-up duplex from a single engine, the iPrint Compact integrates into a high speed ink-jet production system to deliver full variable data in colour or monochrome. This flexible printer is designed to produce transactional-promotional (trans-promo), transactional, direct mail and book publishing applications at the lowest printing costs. “The iPrint Compact is the industry’s most compact inkjet continuous feed production printer available on the market today and it’s been designed to easily fit into the document production centre or service bureau environment, where footprint and power consumption is a concern,” says Paul Haglich, marketing manager for production systems at Bytes Document Solutions. “It offers both performance and versatility.” Allowing users to print a broad range of applications and capture new markets, the iPrint Compact has a standard resolution of 600X600 dpi and can integrate up to three resolutions, from 360X600 to 1200X600 dpi. To meet productivity requirements, the printer can run from 40 to 127 meters per minute in full colour and monochrome. The iPrint Compact facilitates the transition from monochrome printing on pre-printed documents to full colour “white roll” concept. Users can start with monochrome configuration with later field upgrade to process colour. It also delivers 100% variable data through a high-performance IPDS controller. “It’s a cost-effective durable platform,” adds Haglich. “An inkjet printer is a long-term investment, which is why the Impika is based on the fastest growing industrial inkjet technology, drop-on-demand (DOD) piezoelectric. It’s a robust, ergonomic and easy to maintain platform. Speed, resolution, number of colours and inks are all upgradable.” Haglich adds that the Impika machine is designed to offer the lowest printing costs. “It has outstanding printing results on low-cost papers thanks to Impika’s new generation patented High Density inks. Users can also adjust ink consumption in accordance with the quality required by the job. There is minimal paper waste thanks to the iPrint ability to print up to maximum speed with consistent image quality.” He notes that high-volume production digital printing is a major growth engine in the print market. “Inkjet production print technology in particular promises much in the way of future innovation and related savings, as digital printing is more flexible than analogue printing (offset, flexographic and screen printing) and better able to incorporate variable data for customization and personalization purposes. The migration from offset printing is opening up new markets to digital print technology providers. Developed with the environment in mind, the Impika iPrint Compact offers reduced energy consumption, less wasted paper, and economic use of water-based VOC-free inks.
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