Xerox has launched the Xerox 650/1300 Continuous Feed Printing System, its fastest continuous feed printing system that helps print providers capitalise on the high-speed, high-volume monochrome printing market.

At a media briefing for drupa 2008, the world's largest printing and graphics fair to be held in Dusseldorf, Xerox took the wraps off the Xerox 650/1300 Continuous Feed Printing System that combines speed, ease-of-use and workflow productivity into a powerful device for service bureaus, data centres and commercial print providers.
"It is part of an array of offerings that Xerox will bring to drupa between May 29 and June 11 showcasing how graphic communications companies can expand their businesses and profit from growth opportunities in digital printing," says Keith Knott, divisional manager: production systems group at Bytes Document Solutions, authorised distributor of Xerox products and solutions to 24 African countries.
The Xerox 650/1300 can print up to 1 308 duplex 8,5 x 11 images a minute. The system uses dry toner, xerographic imaging and flash-fusing technology, a unique process that does not use heat or pressure or make contact with the paper, allowing the device to print on a wider array of substrates than competitive systems.
The Xerox 650/1300 is a natural fit for publishing applications such as books and manuals. New high-speed technology and a streamlined workflow yield the high productivity customers need, while sharp text and graphics ensure the professional look and feel readers expect.
Xerox's patented Print Line Management helps operators view, manage and respond to every component in the print line from any print engine's touch-screen interface.
Maximum resolution is 1200 x 600 dpi and an optional Xerox FreeFlow DocuSP print controller is also available. The system also features a wide print web that enables flexible imposition so users can print more efficiently and reduce costs and paper waste.  
"The monochrome market continues to be a solid revenue generator for our customers, and Xerox's advancements in continuous feed serve to help our customers ratchet up even more profitable growth," says Quincy Allen, president: Xerox Production Systems Group.
"Drupa is the Olympics of the graphic communications industry and we'll have a gold medal performance. Xerox stands out as the industry's leader for the most advanced technology, widest range of offerings and opportunities for print providers to profit by exceeding the needs of their customers."
At drupa, Xerox will also demonstrate the speed and flexibility of its 490/980 Colour Continuous Feed Printing System, the fastest full-colour toner-based continuous feed device.
The Xerox 490/980 prints at 600 dpi resolution and maintains top speed when printing full colour or black and white regardless of the number of colours used or the weight of the paper. It prints 69 metres per minute or 493 images per minute two-up simplex on 8,5 x 11 paper and 986 images per minute when in the duplex configuration.
As the industry adapts to clients' needs for more environmentally sustainable approaches to printing, Xerox is highlighting its heritage as an environmental leader and as the company of choice that helps print providers green their offerings.
To demonstrate its decades-long commitment to sustainability, Xerox is integrating green aspects into its 3 500 square-meter booth at drupa. The exhibit is built with environmentally friendly materials, including energy-saving lighting and re-usable components.
"We operate in an industry that puts marks on pages and therefore our business inherently impacts the environment," says Allen.  
"However, there are ways to minimise this impact through technological advancements and smarter work processes. At Xerox, we've practiced environmental stewardship long before it was popular to do so and our business has benefited as a result. At drupa and through ongoing outreach with graphic arts customers, we are helping the industry work differently so that the impact on the environment is less and the benefit to their business is more."
The company will focus on three key areas at drupa to highlight its competitive advantages in the digital printing marketplace and how customers benefit from Xerox's advanced offerings, including:  
* Accelerated innovation in technologies, workflow solutions and business development services. Xerox's advanced digital printing technology, business development services and workflow solutions enable the just-in-time production of brochures, catalogues, statements, books, packaging and other collateral that can be customised for an audience from one to thousands. Xerox will also use the event as a platform to look back at Xerox's five decades of market-making innovations and to leap forward with glimpses of future ground-breaking technologies, including environmentally friendly innovations;
* Industry-leading partnerships and profitable, productive applications such as direct marketing pieces, photo books and photo specialty, packaging and specialty imaging for secure documents; and
* The opportunities for the commercial print market to become more eco-friendly through technology, toner, inks and paper that can reduce waste, decrease energy use and preserve the world's forests