Bytes Document Solutions, authorised distributor of Xerox products and solutions to 24 African countries, has expanded its line of Xerox continuous feed printers with the entry-level Xerox 495 continuous feed duplex printer.
The new printer features a small footprint design and fusing technology that results in better image quality and productivity than competitive systems.
“The new printer is a 472 image-per-minute (printing A4, 2-up portrait in duplex/perfected mode), machine that brings the continuous feed line, offered in South Africa, up to 3 products; the 495CF, DP525 and the DP1050 ipm,” says Paul Haglich, marketing manager, production systems group at Bytes Document Solutions. “It’s aimed at commercial print shops, in-plant operations and service bureaus to make them more flexible for high-volume print jobs.”
The Xerox 495 system offers users new revenue-generating opportunities since it expands their services beyond transactional jobs, such as invoices or statements, to efficiently tackle publishing applications like owners' manuals, catalogues and on-demand books that are typically reserved for cut-sheet printers.
The Xerox 495CF offers a configuration for "wide-web duplex printing." It is the only system on the market that simultaneously prints both sides of an 18"-wide web with a single, compact print engine. This design occupies about half the space of twin-duplex configurations, saving significant space for print operations. Printing duplex on a wide web is critical to maximising productivity for print-on-demand applications or two-up documents – two individual statements or invoices on one sheet of paper.
A key competitive advantage of the Xerox 495 printer is its "non-contact flash fusing" technology. It creates an image using high-intensity flash lamps and a uniquely designed toner instead of conventional heat and pressure rollers. Flash fusing only heats the toner; there is no direct heat or pressure roller contact with the paper, maintaining moisture in the paper and minimising or eliminating stock shrinkage, paper curl and static electricity.
“It improves registration, productivity and reliability,” says Haglich, “because it reduces the chances of a paper jam during printing and finishing.”
Flash fusing technology’s reliability allows document designers to use a wide range of substrates to create innovative applications that require adhesives, such as plastic identification cards and peel-off labels on statements, price tags and stickers, and RFID transponder inlays.
The printer's speed, image quality and flexibility let users quickly switch between print-on-demand jobs, such as newsletters and brochures, and transactional jobs, driving page-volume growth and profits across both segments of their business.
A number of other features include:
* Prints on pin-fed paper, either roll or box fed, at 115 feet-per-minute;
* Runs 236ipm (A4 –2up) in simplex mode, 472 ipm (A4 2-up) duplex/perfected, regardless of the substrate being used. Many competitive machines have to slow down for lightweight, heavier or specialty stocks;
* Offers tight front-to-back registration and 600 dots-per-inch resolution to enhance the graphics and photos accompanying publishing and transactional printing applications;
* Offers an easy auto-loading and auto-registration/alignment system for quick or frequent stock changes for shorter run lengths; and
* Operates simply and efficiently with a built-in Xerox print controller and colour touch-screen graphical user interface.
The product is particularly suited for print providers seeking a high-volume system with more productivity than a cut-sheet digital printer. It is also aimed at users transitioning a single-stock application, where only one type of media is being used for the job, from cut-sheet to continuous-feed.