Fuji Xerox Adds Next-Generation Versant 1300, Versant 180 Color Production Printers for Light-Volume Production-Printing


Fuji Xerox Versant 180 Press

Fuji Xerox of Tokyo, Japan, has launched two new Super B (13″ x 19.2″) cut-sheet color production printers, the Versant 3100 Press for the entry-level color production-printing market, and the Versant 180 Press for the light-volume color production-printing market. The printers will be available in late October in China and the Asia-Pacific regions, and on November 1st in Japan.

Combined with the newly developed optional Finisher D6 and other document finishers, Fuji Xerox says the Versant 3100 Press and Versant 180 Press “will meet finishing needs in both variety as well as quality, such as when making booklets,” and are designed for various print-on-demand applications.

Compact New Document Finisher

The firm says the new Finisher D6 document finisher features a compact body that is 85 percent the size of the previous model, enabling it to fit in limited spaces. Although compact in size, however, it’s said to provides a range of standard document-finishing functions such as a stacking and stapling. Document-hole-punching, cover-page insertion, paper-folding, and saddle-stitch stapling functions are also with other optional finishers.

Automatic Saddle-Stitched Booklets

High-quality booklets can be automatically created by connecting the new Finisher D6 with the Booklet Maker, Crease/Two-sided Trimmer D1, and SquareFold Trimmer D1 to the printers. Traditionally, the firm says, designing and printing booklets required extra attention, such as specifying white margins, or not placing images on the crease to avoid toner breakage. However, the firm says that the top and bottom trimming function provided by the Crease/Two-sided Trimmer D1, and the face-trimming function provided by SquareFold Trimmer D1, enable full-page layout design on a two-page spread.

The Crease/Two-sided Trimmer D1 makes a crease on pages prior to folding them into a booklet, preventing toner from cracking and maintaining media finish. Up to five creases can be added to a page, and they can be either a mountain- or valley-folded. The firm says that this enables print providers to expand their print applications by enabling the creation of complicated booklets such as accordion-fold or gate-fold booklets.

Improved Controller Functions

The Print Station software installed on the GX Print Server printer controller has been updated to version 1.6. By being equipped with the latest RIP (raster image process) technology APPE3.9, Fuji Xerox says that finer gradations can be printed; it says the software also provides improved operability.

The firm also notes that the Versant 3100 Press, an entry-level model for the production-printing market, continues to provide “the high productivity” of the firm’s previous model with its 100 ppm print speed, 2,400 dpi resolution, and extensive paper-handling capabilities, including support for 52 to 350g/m2 media. Automatic image control with the in-line sensor also reduces operational load.

The Versant 180 Press, a light-volume model for in-house printing, also retains features from Fuji Xerox’s previous model, including 80 ppm print speed, 2,400 dpi resolution, and extensive paper-handling capability, including support for 52 to 350g/m2 media. It’s also equipped with Simple Image Quality Adjustment (SIQA) for easier operation, and a series of office-use functions, including user authentication using an IC card for copying and scanning, and the GX Print Server for faster printing of office documents.

The new printers are priced as follows:

Versant 3100 Press (GX Print Server Model): 19,880,000 yen
Versant 180 Press (GX Print Server Model): 8,725,000 yen

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