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O'Neil Data Systems is Beta site for new HP T200 inkjet web

May 21, 2010 12:00 AM

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Los Angeles-based O'Neil Data Systems, the company that in 2008 became first print service provider in the world to install HP's groundbreaking Color Inkjet Web Press technology, will install the new HP T200 Color Inkjet Web Press this summer.

Unveiled May 18 at Ipex 2010, the HP T200 Color Inkjet Web Press is a 521-mm (20.5-inch) wide, full-duplex, 4-color press in a single engine for high-speed, high-volume production printing. The press prints 821 four-color duplex A4 pages per minute and has a 23 million page monthly duty cycle. Its innovative new paper path makes the press small enough to fit in nearly the same space as a monochrome digital web press, enabling experienced digital PSPs to upgrade to full-color high-volume digital printing while eliminating less-efficient offset printing.

O'Neil Data Systems' beta test of the press will provide HP with data on performance metrics related to high-productivity, high-quality direct mail and transactional/transpromo production. During the trial period, the company also will install and test 2-up format finishing solutions from HP Graphics Solutions Partners.

One of the first applications O'Neil Data Systems will run on the T200 is a new product called MarketSmith from William O'Neil + Co. Inc. MarketSmith is a tool that helps investors find, analyze, research and select stocks using a blend of fundamental and technical data. The MarketSmith print product will contain more than 2,800 data intensive charts with intricate use of color, all produced in a time-sensitive environment where charts of specific stocks will be identified, collated and printed within hours after the market closes for the week. The books will be prepared for overnight delivery to MarketSmith clients' homes or offices over the weekend, well before the opening bell.

"Augmenting our existing T300 system, the T200 will give us market-leading flexibility to achieve short-run variable color with the throughput necessary to meet incredibly fast turnaround times for products such as MarketSmith," says James T. Lucanish, president, O'Neil Data Systems. "Even better, we will be able to maximize our investments in existing workflow solutions that can be used with the T200."

Like the HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press before it, the new press offers 1,200 x 600 addressable dots per inch (dpi) imaging with HP Bonding Agent to improve image quality on standard uncoated media. Both the HP T200 and T300 support the new Utopia Inkjet coated media from Appleton Coated and media featuring ColorPRO Technology – a quality standard for color excellence in digital printing.

The new beta agreement with O'Neil Data Systems follows the company's beta test and subsequent purchase of the very first 762-mm (30-inch) HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press in December 2008. The T300 has proven to be a significant part of the O'Neil Data Systems production operation, exceeding expectations in terms of economics, productivity and reliability. (See “The jet set,” March 2010.)