‘Trifecta’ of New Xerox Versant Digital Presses Feature Print Speeds up to 100 PPM, New Automation

Xerox Versant 180 digital color press.

Xerox today introduced three new digital color presses for commercial and production printing, the Versant 180, Versant 180 Performance Package, and Versant 3100, which, according to Ragni Mehta, vice president and general manager of Xerox’s Cut Sheet Business, feature “enhanced automation features to maximize uptime, reduce waste, deliver faster turnaround times, and expand application opportunities.”

The Versant line is designed to give commercial printers greater capacity, output, and inline automation tools such as a spectrophotometer, full-bleed booklet maker, punch, square-fold trimmer, and other advanced document-finishing tools. The presses handle everything from trimmed and finished marketing collaterals, direct mail, signage, reports, and full-bleed magazines on a range of media types and sizes, from envelopes to 26″ banner prints.

The new Versant family of presses feature:

  •  With increased duty cycles and the ability to print from 80 to 100 ppm, the presses can print on stocks up to 350 gsm. Integrated technology such as Registration Alignment and Production Accurate Registration are said to ensure image-to-media alignment and density uniformity.
  • Advanced paper-feeding capabilities are said to allow for longer, uninterrupted print runs, with inline document-finishing options including the Xerox Inserter, Xerox Basic Punch, the Xerox SquareFold Trimmer, and the Xerox Two-Sided Trimmer.
  • Ultra HD Resolution and 10-bit technology provides is said to provide four-times more pixels on a page than other presses. Built-in Xerox Confident Color technology uses a Full Width Array combine to “deliver optimum image quality.” The Versant 180 Performance Package features Xerox’s Automated Color Quality Suite with an inline spectrophotometer to provide fully automated color management.

The Versant 180’s features of note include:

  • Color printing, copying, and scanning
  • Optional high-capacity feeding, stacking, and finishing
  • Rated print speed up to 80 ppm
  • Print 25-percent faster on heavier stocks and substrates at full rated speed of 80 ppm on stocks up to 350 gsm
  • Includes an X-Rite Inline Spectrophotometer that automates color calibration
  • Recommended average monthly volume of 80,000 pages per month
  • Optional digital front ends: Xerox EX 180 Print Server Powered by Fiery, Xerox EX-i 180 Print Server Powered by Fiery, Xerox FreeFlow Print Server
  • Media types: Coated and uncoated papers, bright papers, labels, business cards, glossy brochures, window decals, durable/synthetic papers, greeting cards, tabs, embossed, polyesters and custom solutions; mixed-stock jobs supported
  • Media Dimensions – 3.9″ x 5.7″ (98 mm x 146 mm) to 13″ x 26″ (330 x 660 mm)
  • Total paper capacity of 4,000 sheets of 13 x 19.2″/330 x 488 mm in two trays, with integrated technology to reduce skew, improve paper handling, and prevent misfeeds. A Tray Inserter extends minimum size to 4 x 6″ (102 x 152 mm) for postcards and envelopes

For more information and complete specifications, visit Xerox here.

The Versant 180 Press with the Performance Package option enhances the Versant 180’s base capabilities with the Automated Color Quality Suite (ACQS). According to Xerox, ACQS provides a combination of advanced color-management software and integrated hardware that transfers complex decisions about color maintenance from the operator to an automated system, eliminating the time and error associated with manual color management. Once initiated by the operator, ACQS automates the printing and measurement of calibration charts, and calculates precise adjustments to color tables based on the results.

For more information, visit Xerox here.

The Versant 3100 color-printing system is rated at a faster 100 ppm and has a higher recommended average monthly volume of 250,000 pages. Other features of note include:

  • Optional high-capacity feeding, stacking, and finishing
  • Optional Digital Front Ends: Xerox EX-P 3100 Print Server Powered by Fiery, Xerox  EX 3100 Print Server Powered by Fiery, Xerox FreeFlow Print Server for the Xerox Versant 3100 Press
  • Media Types: Coated and uncoated papers, bright papers, labels, business cards, glossy brochures, window decals, durable/synthetic papers, greeting cards, tabs, embossed, polyesters and custom solutions; mixed-stock jobs supported

For more information and complete specifications, visit Xerox here.

Customer Case Study

Fairport, New York-based printer Printegra produces a wide variety of high-quality business documents and custom-printed products for print brokers and resellers, and for the past several months, has tested a Versant 180 Press with Production Ready Finishing options.

“It’s the Swiss Army knife of cut-sheet presses,” said Tim Sellers, general manager of Printegra. “Being able to offer full-bleeds and square folds inline is a great advantage. Jobs that had previously touched multiple departments can now be done in one pass.”

The Versant’s Ultra HD resolution is said to have been a key factor for Printegra choosing the Versant press, as Xerox says its provides “consistent color from the beginning to the end of each run.”

The Versant 180, Versant 180 Performance Package and Versant 3100 are available immediately for order taking in most markets, with some variance in certain countries. For specific region inquiries,  contact a Xerox sales executive.

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