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Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM
At Pitney Bowes' recent open house in Danbury, CT, MCS, (Gaithersburg, MD) MCS teamed with HP and Pitney Bowes to preview a next-generation four-color envelope printing system in line with a high-speed inserter. This system reportedly is the first of its kind to allow full color printing on the outside of an envelope at speeds of 400 fpm. First shown at Drupa, the system can print variable color logos and return addresses as well as four-color images. It eliminates the need for pre-printed envelopes, while producing close-faced envelopes with targeted images corresponding to the internal contents.
MCS also showcased its MicroVision input and output camera systems. Configurable as a stand-alone or in-line solution, the systems can read the new IMB code on closed or window envelopes to build an activity log for each mail piece and control divert systems for quality control. The MicroVision systems record time and date, IMB embedded information, readability as well as machine-specific information. This data can be used to send proof-of-production information directly to customers.
Additional MCS products integrated into the Pitney Bowes workflow environment include the IR-Track invisible code system for read-and-print inserter applications, array printers used for plastic card printing, and the Perfect Match Camera system on Flowmaster inserters.
Lake Image Systems (Henrietta, NY) will introduce IntegraVision IMB at Graph Expo 2008. The camera-based verification system employs a personal computer with one or more cameras attached. IntegraVision IMB reads and verifies each IMB to ensure that it complies with USPS dimensional specifications. It identifies any missing or duplicate pieces in a production run by parsing the unique identifier contained in the IMB code, and either checks the sequencing of the identifier or compares it to a data file. Finally, it generates integrity reports to prove the integrity of the production run and provide an audit trail of each piece of mail. It can operates at speeds as high as 90,000 pieces per hour, with 100 percent inspection.
Secap's (West Conshohocken, PA) SA5300 Pro inkjet addressing and imaging system offers speeds of up to 30,000 pieces per hour, and provides high quality printing with graphics and spot color capability up to 3 inches of print. Offering eight print quality options from draft light to executive, the SA5300 Pro has four light mode options to reduce ink usage and provide faster drying times. Utilizing HP inkjet technology, the SA5300 Pro offers 600 dpi print quality from (2) 1 ½ inch print heads.
Domino Amjet's (Gurnee, IL) Graph Expo highlights include the Bitjet+ binary printer for inline applications, L-Series thermal ink jet printers, K150 ink jet printer and the A-Series range.
Making its U.S. debut, the Bitjet+ v4.5 supports inline, late stage personalization of newspapers, with the latest sports or election results, Inline promotion gaming is another potential application. It is IMB compatible.
Featuring patented thermal inkjet technology for addressing onto direct mail, catalogues and magazines, the cost-effective L400 printer is easily integrated into mail bases. Applications include bindery, folders, wrapping, inserters, rewinders, plastic cards, sheet-feed and web presses, mailing lines and label presses. Its variable data capabilities facilitate addressing with the latest postal industry barcodes including linear and 2D codes, postage paid indicia, graphics and messaging.
Also making its U.S. debut is the K150 variable-data DOD printing solution. The piezo DOD technology will be demonstrated using low-VOC solvent to deliver cost efficient, high resolution print which meets the increasing demands for late stage customization, predominantly within the mailing and addressing sectors. A version using UV curable inks is also available.
Launched 10 years ago, the A-Series reportedly is the world's best-selling continuous ink jet printer, operating in a wide range of industries. It's typically used for numbering and personalizations. Domino recently sold its 100,000th A-Series continuous ink jet printer.
Videojet's (Wood Dale, IL) BX6500 and BX6600 binary array graphics printers are designed for printing addresses, bar codes, maps and promotional messaging on direct mail pieces and other applications. The printers utilize the Windows XP-based Crescendo system controller, an operator interface that provides enhanced image processing and simplified operation. The system controller supports fully configurable barcodes including POSTNET, IMB and PLANET Code. A virtually unlimited number of variable graphics are easily incorporated into print jobs as well as features such as PDF proofing and Auto Address Block to reduce set up time. The single-printhead BX6500 prints images up to 2 inches tall (51 mm), while the dual-head BX6600 prints up to 4 inches tall (102 mm).