Xerox to Debut Inkjet Press
While the industry has been focusing on Canon's forthcoming Niagara cut-sheet inkjet press, Xerox has been hard at work on one of its own. In a new blog, Xerox hints (very strongly) that it will debut a new inkjet press at the end of February, during Hunkeler Innovationdays, in Luzern, Switzerland.
"Xerox has made its mark in this industry with disruptive technology. We invented the first laser printer; we created the digital publishing market with the DocuTech; and we made digital color printing offset-like, reliable and productive with the iGen," writes Shelley Sweeney. "In 2013, Xerox acquired Impika, citing a desire to help shape the future of inkjet printing. Soon, you will see the initial fruits of that effort."
Though Sweeney doesn't exactly describe the new press, she offers the following characteristics that a viable inkjet press would need to have to be acceptable to small and mid-sized print operations:
- Acquisition costs need to be a lot lower than what is on the market today.
- The migration path—from digital monochrome, digital color or offset—should be an easy one.
- The press must run reliably at much higher speeds than xerographic presses and produce impressive volumes, yet operations should be simple.
- Print quality needs to be very good—in fact, improving upon the current generation of inkjet presses would bring a nice competitive advantage.
- The machine should be a good citizen of the print shop, taking up minimal space and offering an open architecture to run with all the leading workflow systems.