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Xerox Outpaces Competition With Digital Color Performance, Variable Print Modes to Drive Greater Business Revenue


Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) today announced the Xerox DocuColor™ 8000AP Digital Press, which enables print providers to tackle a broader range of applications with excellent image quality at 80 ppm, regardless of the paper weight or media type running through the system.
Building on the success of the Xerox DocuColor 8000 Digital Press platform, the new color press handles a wide range of media - from coated and uncoated papers to transparencies. It even handles synthetic materials, such as polyester, to create high-value, unique applications including glossy books and magazines, promotional fliers and direct mail, specialty items including magnets and window decals, and durable papers that resist tearing even when wet.

The Xerox DocuColor 8000AP is designed to meet the diverse high-volume production needs of print providers in commercial and in-plant environments and has two operation modes that can be selected on a job-to-job basis to ensure the greatest level of productivity and flexibility for a range of applications and stocks.

An “All Weights” mode sets the press to run at 80 pages per minute regardless of paper stock, weight or type, up to 110 lb. cover (300 gsm). Combining this with the ability to print duplex at rated speed makes the DocuColor 8000AP one of the most productive digital color presses in its price range. An added benefit of the “All Weights” mode is a more matte appearance of the output.

A “Single Weight” mode, which varies the print speed based on the paper stock, lets print providers achieve a glossier look and feel.

“Print jobs must be done right and turned around quickly, so productivity and media flexibility are essential,” said Michael Zeis, president, Blackstone Research. “The DocuColor 8000AP shines because it can print all weights of paper at a top speed of 80 ppm without any tradeoff between productivity levels and media flexibility. The press allows print providers to extend the range and quantity of jobs they can produce.”

The DocuColor 8000AP offers greater versatility to print a wider variety of applications that can be tailored to customer preference. For example, jobs such as signage or short-run magazines and catalogs may require a glossier look and feel while others, such as photo books, marketing collateral or hybrid offset/digital applications, require a more matte appearance.

“Xerox is committed to making the best digital color presses even better and that is exactly what we are doing with the DocuColor 8000AP. It delivers unparalleled rated speed and adapts to individual job requirements, helping our customers realize additional profit while maintaining exceptional image quality and color management options on every job,” said Quincy Allen, president, Xerox Production Systems Group. “This is another example of how Xerox continues to deliver superior technology along with best-in-class solutions and services to meet the increasing demands of today’s print environment.”

The DocuColor 8000AP features 2400 x 2400 x 1 dpi print resolution for excellent sharpness and uniformity - resulting in crisp, sharp text and digital screening technology that improves color consistency. Like the DocuColor 8000, this digital press offers tight front-to-back registration of +/- 0.5mm, which nicely complements output from offset presses.

More options, more applications
Lorraine Press, a graphic communications company in Salt Lake City, installed a DocuColor 8000 - its first and only digital color press - in 2005. The company is producing a range of print-on-demand and personalized print jobs on the system, including full-color posters, customized marketing materials and loyalty program letters and coupons, as well as unique output such as provisional ballots for Salt Lake County elections and seat-specific event tickets.

“We’ve steadily grown our digital print volume with the DocuColor 8000 and expanded our traditional offset business to become a full-service graphic communications provider,” said Robert Miller, president, Lorraine Press. “With image quality equivalent to offset and fast turnaround capabilities, the DocuColor 8000 has made us a more attractive partner and generated new business for our company.”

Offered with a choice of the new Xerox FreeFlow™ Printer Server 6.0, the Xerox CX8000AP Color Server powered by Creo® or the Xerox EX8000AP Color Server powered by EFI Fiery® - the workstations that process incoming print files and drive the digital press - the DocuColor 8000AP integrates seamlessly into any existing workflow. The color servers enable easy job submission and management, advanced color management features to maximize image quality and variable-data printing. When coupled with Xerox FreeFlow software, the color servers provide automated “touchless” workflow further boosting productivity while integrating offset and digital print technologies with a single, unified workflow that enables last-minute decisions for sending the job to an offset press or the digital press.

Xerox’s FreeFlow™ Digital Workflow Collection, along with partner technologies, includes a suite of integrated and modular workflow components to help quickly manage jobs from creation through production. The FreeFlow solutions, together with the DocuColor 8000AP, deliver 24/7 printer accessibility through Web Services, cost reduction through outstanding productivity tools, and support for new applications and revenue streams such as profitable short-run and high-value variable information printing.

The DocuColor 8000AP offers a standard two-tray feeder with a paper capacity of 4,000 sheets to allow long, single-stock jobs to run without interruption. A Secondary Feeder Module is available with multiple pick points that hold up to 2,000 sheets per drawer - extending the paper capacity to 8,000 sheets and increasing the press’ flexibility for running mixed-stock jobs.

Several production-level finishing devices will be available at launch for the DocuColor 8000AP, which comes with a standard offset catch tray that holds up to 500 flat sheets in offset stacks. The market leading and comprehensive suite of optional in-line finishing options, including High Capacity Stacker, Stacker/Stapler, Booklet Maker, Document Binder for thermal binding and Fusion Punch for lay flats and coil bound documents, enables more applications to be produced in line.

Increased business revenue
To help customers make the most of their DocuColor 8000AP and get the greatest ROI possible, Xerox has developed a broad portfolio of solutions and tools to maximize business opportunities.

A comprehensive set of end-to-end digital printing applications, under the theme of “Can-Do,” help print providers produce a wide range of high-quality personalized products. More than 14 customizable applications are available to help commercial printers and service providers broaden their offerings in four key areas of the print marketplace: marketing collateral, targeted direct mail, promotional-transactional and books and manuals.

As part of Xerox’s production color portfolio, the DocuColor 8000AP is supported by Xerox’s ProfitAccelerator™ Digital Business Resources Collection, the graphic communications industry’s most comprehensive business development portfolio, which includes more than 60 tools and programs to help customers grow their business.

Pricing and availability
Worldwide order taking for the DocuColor 8000AP Digital Press with a Xerox FreeFlow Printer Server 6.0, CXP8000AP or EX8000AP color server begins in the third quarter of 2007 at a U.S. list price of $300,000. For DocuColor 8000 orders placed after May 17, 2007, a productivity kit that enables the digital press to run all stocks at rated speed will be available in the third quarter of 2007 at an additional cost of $30,000. This means print providers can take advantage of the outstanding feature set of the DocuColor 8000 today, and order the productivity kit in Q3 to boost productivity and produce even greater volumes. All products are sold through Xerox direct sales force, agents, resellers and concessionaires.

Xerox was the first document management company to receive certification from J.D. Power and Associates for delivering excellence in customer service and technical support for its portfolio of network printers, multifunction devices and digital copiers for offices and high-end production printing environments.


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