Sunday, May 9, 2010

IPEX 2010: Fujifilm's Xerox Color 1000 press will be showcased...

The Xerox Color 1000 press is the big brother to the 800 and can produce 100 pages per minute and uses Xerox's low-melt, EA (emulsion aggregation) "Dry Ink." Unlike the iGen units, these new models use polymerized toner using the emulsion aggregation method so they do not use a fuser oil.

Fuser oil has been used for a long time to allow for proper fusing at speed, the newer presses that are worth considering do not use the "fuser oil" and give the user more post process options. Fuser oil can be very undesirable. From making it hard to get a print laminated to the application of coatings there are a lot of variables to take into consideration when you work with prints from a device that utilizes the fuser oil technology. Typically it is undesirable especially since there are devices that do not use an oil in the fusing process.

The Xerox 1000 is claimed to print on substrates from 55 gsm to 350 gsm without slowing down like the Canon imagePRESS (will only allow up to 300 gsm) and the Konica Minolta Bizhub PRESS C8000 which will also go all the way to 350 gsm . The press has the ability to print a clear toner as part of its fifth print unit like the Canon imagePRESS C1 plus.

Xerox will also be showing the Xerox 700 and Docucolor 7002 presses, XMF Workflow and Web2print systems in an integrated production area designed to showcase digital print systems.

The Color 1000 press is claimed to print at 2,400 x 2,400dpi, but it is not true 8 bits per pixel as the Xerox calculation just takes a pixel from a 600 dpi data stream and divides it into 4 quadrants to get to 2400dpi. The "Dry Ink" EA Toner is claimed to provide an offset-like finish like the Canon imagePRESS or Konica Minolta Bizhub PRESS C8000. There are very few manufacturers that use a true 8 bit color depth in their digital presses. Konica Minolta and Kodak both use a true 8 bit per pixel depth which is why you see their prints with a richer more well rounded gamut than the competition. Some manufacturers use as low as 2 bits per pixel which typically offers a much smaller gamut and a much lower image quality.

The press has a lot of finishing options from a GBC advanced punch, high-capacity stacker (single or dual) with removable carts, Xerox standard finisher with optional C-Z folder or booklet maker finisher and Squarefold trimmer. Xerox has just launched the Color Press 800 and 1000 so there are still options that will be available in the future but are not currently ready to deliver like the Xerox tape binder, GBC Ebinder 200 and Plockmatic Pro 30 professional booklet maker.

The Xerox Color Press 800/1000 will print onto sheet sizes up to 13 x 19.2in (33 x 48.8cm). This size format is very common among digital presses that use electrostatic toner technology. It is becoming a very common term to call toner "Dry Ink" Kodak and Xerox refer to their toner as a dry ink to further close the gap with commercial printers by using their lingo.

It will be interesting to see how consistent the color is on these new devices.

IPEX claims to be the second largest print show on the planet with an attendance of well over 100,000 visitors. The show only comes around every 4 years. This year the show will cover over 100,000 square meters and have over 1000 vendors.


  1. Hi Michael,
    As a Xerox iGen 'pirate' from Holland, i'am very curious to your explanation of the advantages of 8-bit.
    At Xerox we have used the 8-bit for years and I am glad we have stepped up to 2400Dpi. You mentioned the Canon7000 wich is in my opinion a reproduction of the Xerox6060 (Maybe different name in the US) with 2nd fuser and all the quality 'issues' of the 8 bit (We also had with the DC6060/2045/2060/5252/12, all 8 bit machines).
    The main problem you see at former Xerox machines and current 8bit printers are noisy (? can't find the right word)solids, because it is to hard for the machines to reproduce the same bit-setting for each pixel, so in solids you see very irregular pixel/bit settings, while they should be the same. It looks as if the machine is gamling each bitsetting per pixel.
    In iGen it is done better (I do not say perfect), because of the use of more powerfull processors and laser technique, but that is wat makes the machine 3x more expensive. (But i still hope for a 2400Dpi iGen)

    With 2400 Dpi 1 bit, the pixel is just 'on' or 'off'... So solids are very much more smooth as you can see in the DC7002/8002 or Xerox700. Also, the machines places so much more pixels that is gives much sharper details and text/lines. (Draw a line with 600 dots or 2400 dots, which one is sharper?)

    So I am very curious why you think 8 bit is better, I like to hear from others than our own marketing dept. to have a realistic view.

    For your info: I have tested the Color1000Press with my own samples last week and have to say; I am very impressed. The somewhat obvious raster in iGen prints has dissapeared, very smooth sky's and skin tones. Ran some 25%grey full-page solids.. very, very smooth.. BUT, I have to test the machine in a long run. Also you can see that the machine treats the paper very gently, so the output is superb! So far it delivers more than expected! (and I am Dutch, so very critic about quality..)


    By the way; Kodak and Xerox names it Dry ink, Indigo names it Electro ink, at the end ALL manufacurers (inc Indigo) uses TONER, only Indigo uses kerosine as carrier, while Kodak and Xerox uses Developper (small metal parts) Not convinced? Why they need a fuser unit? ;-)

  2. That is a great question and I will write a series on color quality and what do all the numbers mean. And just so you know Xerox is still 8 bit color depth and 600X600 dpi (each pixel is split into 4 quadrants) which is where the 2400 dpi and 1 bit (on or off) comes from.

    I will explain in great painful detail as this is one area that nonone from the sales side seems to understand.

    Keep your chin up!