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Xerox debuts waterless ink printers

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Xerox has introduced the world’s first high-speed waterless inkjet system. The company says the technology will enable vivid image quality on low-cost paper for printers looking to produce high-volume, high-value jobs.

Xerox’s engineers began evaluating water-based ink jet technology about 10 years ago but, due to significant shortcomings and limitations at applying the technology to very-high speed printing systems, developed a patented, granulated, resin-based ink formulation to serve the high-speed production market.
The key benefit is the elimination of water so that vibrant, consistent colour can be printed on low-cost, offset paper that comes out flat with no ink soaking through.
“Xerox’s Production Inkjet System cuts through the barriers – cost, quality and reliability – that stood in the way of producing massive numbers of custom print jobs,” says Paul Haglich, marketing & product manager productions systems group Xerox division at Bytes Document Solutions. “Print providers can now confidently shift their focus from the production process to selling applications that drive business.”
Pages can be produced quickly and reliably, saving money in labour and waste – and because jobs are printed on demand, there’s no need for warehousing pre-printed materials.
In addition, the formulation of the ink enables document de-inking, which can be difficult to achieve with other inks.   
Xerox’s Production Inkjet System can produce nearly 2 200 pages or 500 feet per minute – driving the most lucrative jobs in the $100-billion global digital print market, such as personalised direct marketing, transpromo and publishing applications.