UXBRIDGE – Xerox today announced the world’s first high-speed solid ink multifunction system, which cuts the cost of colour pages by up to 62 percent compared to traditional colour lasers without compromising print quality.

“The environmental advantages of the Xerox ColorQube™ 9200 Series multifunction system are compelling. The system 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 significantly reduces the effects of manufacturing and transportation on the environment.” said Douraid Zaghouani, senior vice president, Office, Xerox Europe.

A study reviewed by the Rochester Institute of Technology in the United States, estimated that the ColorQube series uses nine per cent less lifecycle energy and produces 10 per cent 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 will be offered with a Hybrid Colour pricing plan that significantly reduces colour page costs. The Hybrid Colour plan eliminates 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 a letterhead.

With the ColorQube’s Hybrid Colour plan, 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. Documents with moderate colour coverage, like a Web page or brochure, will be up to half the typical cost of a full colour laser page, while those printed pages with heavy colour, such as estate agent property details, will be attractively priced compared to equivalent laser devices.

“Our customers are looking for ways to achieve more with less. With ColorQube we are unlocking the benefits of colour by taking the cost barrier out of the equation.” added Zaghouani.

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 will be 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 85ppm. The series also meets the rigorous new ENERGY STAR requirements.

Developed by Xerox researchers and engineers in Rochester and Wilsonville in the United States, and Welwyn Garden City in the UK – 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.

Tesco, the UK based retailer, was amongst the first customers to test the new ColorQube. “The ColorQube is so simple to use”, said Tom Whitford, Technical Service Analyst, Tesco plc., “In fact, because it’s so versatile and easy to use, the ColorQube attracts users from all over the building, not just from the area in which it sits. Because the colour sticks are so clean and easy to replace, we’ve found that users are quite happy to ‘refuel’ the device themselves, which has reduced the number of IT call-outs. The ColorQube’s eco-friendliness also fits firmly with Tesco’s Community Plan - our programme to put social and environmental issues at the heart of our business.”

Hassle-free operation
  • 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 spot-colour matching and colour correction options
  • 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.
Advanced features
  • Advanced security features to control access, track usage and protect confidential information
  • Encrypts data travelling on the network to keep scanned documents safe from unauthorised viewers
  • Xerox Extensible Interface Platform™ (EIP) can be used to create customised 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, vice president, IDC. “Going green and saving money while adding colour as needed is what customers are looking for.”

The Xerox ColorQube™ 9200 series will be available in Europe from September 2009 through Xerox’s direct sales force, resellers, concessionaires and distributors.

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