Proprietary solid ink technology "takes cost out of the equation" as
businesses benefit from the high impact of colour printing
TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) today launched the
world's first high-speed solid ink multifunction printer, which cuts the cost
of colour pages by up to 62 percent compared to traditional colour lasers -
without compromising print quality.
The Xerox ColorQube(TM) 9200 Series multifunction printer uses Xerox's
proprietary solid ink technology to lower the environmental impact of office
printing. The cartridge-free design generates 90 percent less supplies waste
and reduces the affects of manufacturing and transportation on the
environment. A study reviewed by the Rochester Institute of Technology
estimated that the ColorQube series uses nine percent less lifecycle energy
and produces 10 percent fewer greenhouse gases than a comparable laser device.
The multifunction system prints, scans and copies all in one device with
advanced technology that simplifies use and maintenance. The crayon-like ink
sticks are non-toxic and easy to load.
The ColorQube 9200 Series is offered with Xerox's new Hybrid Colour
pricing plans that significantly reduce colour page costs. The plans eliminate
the traditional "one-size-fits-all" pricing, where the cost of a page with
full colour, like printing a photo image, is the same as the cost of a page
with just a little bit of colour, such as a company logo on letterhead.
With the ColorQube's Hybrid Colour Plans, customers pay only for the
amount of colour they use on a given page. For example, an office document
with a logo and small graphic will cost the same as if it were printed in
black: one penny. Documents with moderate colour coverage, like a Web page or
brochure, will cost three cents, while those printed pages with heavy colour,
such as a real estate flyer, will cost eight cents.
"Our customers are looking for ways to achieve more with less," said
Ursula Burns, president, Xerox. "With ColorQube we are unlocking the benefits
of colour by taking the cost barrier out of the equation."
Solid ink technology, which has been used in Xerox desktop printers for
more than a decade, has been completely redesigned to achieve faster speeds
and higher print volumes. The ColorQube 9200 Series is available in three
models with different colour speeds. Each has four print heads that can jet
more than 150 million drops of ink per second, enabling speeds from 38 pages
per minute (ppm) up to 85 ppm. The series also meets the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's rigorous new ENERGY STAR(R) requirements.
Developed by Xerox researchers and engineers in Rochester, N.Y.,
Wilsonville, Ore., and Welwyn Garden City, U.K. - and supported by 361
patents, the ColorQube was tested in actual customer environments for ease of
use, image quality and the cost saving features of the technology.
"Like many companies, Technip is looking for ways to be more sustainable
and reduce costs, and I immediately saw the opportunity to do so with the
ColorQube," said Cliff Lee, IT operations manager, Technip USA, Inc., an
engineering and project management company for the oil and gas industry and
ColorQube beta customer. "With ColorQube the majority of our colour prints
cost the same as black and white, and it takes just a fraction of the space to
store solid ink compared to laser cartridges."
- Enough solid ink to print up to 55,500 pages before refilling; when a
refill is needed, the easy drop-in ink sticks can be loaded while the
MFP is printing so there's no downtime.
- Only one customer replaceable unit (no fuser, drum, etc.), for easy
maintenance and lower operating costs.
- Large colour touch screen clearly displays basic features like
copying and scanning, and offers video tutorials to help users load
paper and assist with troubleshooting.
- LED lights illuminate within the device when the front access door is
opened for easy maintenance.
- An Intelligent Ready system uses a patented learning technology to
activate a power-saving mode based on the users' schedules.
Great-looking prints, brochures and more
- Range of colour-enhancing technologies, including true Adobe
PostScript3 PANTONE(R) spot-colour matching, and colour correction
- Three finishers to choose from, including booklet makers and folders
to create brochures and pamphlets.
- Great print quality on a variety of media including recycled papers.
Under the Hood
- Advanced security features to control access, track usage and protect
- Encrypts data traveling on the network to keep scanned documents safe
from unauthorized viewers.
- Xerox Extensible Interface Platform(TM) can be used to create
customized workflow applications like Xerox Secure Access Unified
IDTM, which displays personal preferences on the touch-screen of the
MFP with the swipe an ID badge.
- More components designed to last the life of the system.
"The ColorQube 9200 Series represents printing technology that is very
timely for today's office," said Angele Boyd, group vice president, IDC.
"Going green and saving money while adding colour as needed is what customers
are looking for."
Pricing and Availability
Order taking begins immediately in North America. All systems are offered
through Xerox direct sales, agents, and Global Imaging Systems. In Europe,
order taking begins in September 2009; other markets in 2010.
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