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Xerox bolsters digital black-and-white production portfolio

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Xerox has revamped its entire monochrome production printing portfolio with an array of new products and image quality improvements designed to help print providers of all sizes tackle complex digital printing jobs and drive continued growth.

Xerox is distributed in 24 sub-Saharan countries by Bytes Document Solutions.
"The black-and-white market continues to be an important area of focus and innovation for Xerox, as well as a significant revenue generator for customers," says Paul Haglich, Xerox marketing and product manager: Production Systems Group at Bytes Document Solutions. "From light to mass production and every niche in between, our products and tools are aimed at meeting customer demand for high-quality output and delivering new ways to grow their business."
Highlights include a mix of new technology and enhancements to Xerox's monochrome production portfolio:
* The Xerox Nuvera 100/120/144 EA Digital Production System, a new platform using Emulsion Aggregation Toner, enables users to custom-design the configuration that best fits their printing needs. EA Toner is also a key feature of the Xerox Nuvera 288 Digital Perfecting System, giving the tandem engine architecture black-and-white printing system a true offset look and feel;
* The Xerox DocuTech Highlight Color Systems, including the 128 and 155ppm models, have new finishing options and print stream choices. In addition, the first custom-blended colours are available for these systems  
Xerox is unveiling the next generation of its Xerox Nuvera platform: the Xerox Nuvera EA Digital Production System line, which provides offset-quality images and brings Xerox Nuvera reliability beyond the industry standard set by Xerox's DocuTech systems. It also offers broad substrate flexibility, including coated stock.
The Xerox Nuvera EA platform will use EA Toner, Xerox's patented chemically grown toner. It has extremely small particles, resulting in a smooth, consistent offset matte finish and sharper details and images than traditional toner. EA Toner improves the overall reliability of the machine, requires less energy to manufacture and generates less waste.
Developed in Xerox research labs, Xerox is constructing a state-of-the-art $59 million facility in New York, to manufacture EA Toner and expand its use.
The new Xerox Nuvera EA platform brings mix-and-match capabilities to mid- and high-production environments, allowing customers to design the configuration that best fits their needs. The platform is modular and upgradeable so products can be tailored to current and future printing requirements. Customers can now build a system by selecting their print controller, scanning, feeding and finishing options, and printing speeds – 100, 120 and 144ppm.
The platform is designed to meet the US Environmental Protection Agency's rigorous new Energy Star requirements.
Xerox's sheet enhancement module, which automatically ensures the sheets of paper stack perfectly flat, has also been incorporated into this new platform.  
A fully integrated, tandem engine architecture makes the new Xerox Nuvera 288 Digital Perfecting System run two-sided prints twice as fast, with image quality equivalent to offset printing standards. Two Xerox Nuvera print engines physically connected together in one system can produce books, catalogues, bills, statements and other graphic-intensive documents at 288 duplex impressions per minute (144 two-sided pages) – the industry's fastest cut-sheet duplex system. Xerox's Pass Through Programming technology – which keeps the Xerox Nuvera 288 DPS running
even if one of the engines is stopped – provides continued productivity and uptime for commercial print operations and in-house printing facilities.
The system uses EA Toner. At a resolution of 4800 x 600 dots per inch and 156 lines per inch, the Xerox Nuvera 288 DPS is the highest resolution black-and-white digital production system on the market. The offset quality of the images coupled with the ability to run coated substrates makes the system ideal for transactional printing and book publishing, especially scientific, technical and medical manuals which include detailed drawings and images.
Other key features include: the sheet enhancement module; a Xerox FreeFlow DocuSP print controller including an optional second dual-core processor to handle extremely complex jobs with large amounts of graphics and variable images; and a parallel RIP, proprietary software that can simultaneously process multiple long jobs. It excels on jobs with many non-repeating scanned images or photographs such as textbooks, magazines, yearbooks and product manuals.
Print providers can now choose a Xerox DocuTech 128 or 155 Highlight Color System with finishing options – stacking, stitching and tape binding – to generate new revenue-producing, high-volume publishing jobs such as books, manuals and direct mail. This enhanced finishing is already available for the DocuTech 180 Highlight Color System.
 Customers who produce transactional documents including bills, statements and invoices now have more print stream choices on the DocuTech 128, 155 and 180 Highlight Color Systems. These systems already accept data in industry-standard formats such as Adobe Postscript and PDF for printing traditional publishing documents, and VIPP and PPML for personalised documents.
With the FreeFlow DocuSP print controller, they can now accept data in IPDS and LCDS formats, eliminating the need to use software to transform the data stream before it reaches the printer, which can slow down throughput on print jobs and lead to errors.
In addition, Xerox's custom-blended colour programme is expanding. In phase one, red, blue green, cyan and magenta were available for blending for the DocuTech Highlight Color Systems. One additional colour, yellow, and two additional blending primary colours, clear and black, will be added this year. Xerox's custom-blended colours allow print providers to match logo colours and other company branding requirements for their clients with a vast number of highlight colours/shades of red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, violet, magenta and brown.
Highlight colour jobs – documents in black plus one other colour – make documents more effective by drawing attention to relevant information. The economical addition of colour to black-and-white documents can increase the services that a print provider can offer their clients.