New Xerox Entry-Level Baltoro HF Inkjet Press Features HD ImageQuality
by Kathleen Wirth · June 26, 2019
Marking its biggest launch in the commercial-print segment since its introduction of the Iridesse Production Press in May 2018, Xerox today launched the Xerox Baltoro HF Inkjet Press, a cut-sheet color-inkjet production press that it says enables clients to print high-volume, transactional work and high-quality direct mail and catalogs on a single press with superior image quality and productivity. The Baltoro HF is Xerox’s first product using this platform, with Xerox stating that the Baltoro is the industry’s only entry-level cut-sheet press that provides automated intelligence and true HD image quality.
The Baltoro’s specifications include:
- Rated at up to 302 A4/letter images per minute in duplex mode, and 197 A4/ 182 letter images per minute in simplex mode.
- Recommended for 750,000 – 3,000,000 pages per month.
- Prints on un-coated plain paper, inkjet-treated paper, and inkjet coated paper.
- Uses Xerox High Fusion W-Series Inkjet Heads that provides true high definition 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution. These inkjet print heads are made by Xerox, which also OEMs them to other vendors.
The Baltoro HF also features:
- Xerox AI, a set of constantly evolving Advanced Image Controls. They help enhance image quality by making automatic, real-time adjustments to each page.
- Missing Jet Detection and Compensation is said to be the most accurate in its class. According to Xerox, new RGB sensor technology enables fast, precise and frequent scanning — one diagnostic page every 250 impressions. If the integrated Full Width Array detects a discrepancy that indicates a missing jet, surrounding jets are automatically adjusted to compensate, while flush lines
work to mitigate any clogs.
- Smaller ink drops: Multi-Level Halftoning Emulation, combined with “an incredibly small 4.5 pL drop size and 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution,” provides more strategic and precise ink-drop placement. Customers can create custom drop profiles that either save on ink or maximize image vibrancy.
- Edge Enhancement manipulates the ink-drop pattern alignment to provide sharp and smooth edges.
- Clear Pixel Plus with Deterministic Technology ensures the “sneeze” pattern from unused ink jets is intelligently randomized. With a smaller drop size and no chance of overlap from adjacent drops, Xerox says sneeze drops on white
space are virtually invisible but perform the vital job of keeping jet channels clear and productive.
- Various document-finishing options – see here for more information.
According to Tracey Koziol, senior vice president of Global Offerings for Xerox. “We engineered the Baltoro HF by leveraging the best of our iGen and High Fusion inkjet technologies. The result is a breakthrough platform that expands into the commercial print environment and supports high-quality production with economics similar to offset printing. Designing and manufacturing the Baltoro HF from the frame to the engine gives us a greater ability to continuously advance the platform at a faster clip.”
Xerox says the Baltoro HF is the only press in the entry-level class to use automated intelligence to optimize and maintain color and image quality as well as self-correct in real-time. The press’ automated intelligence, along with its High Fusion ink and Xerox High Fusion W-Series Inkjet Heads, provides “true high definition 1,200 x 1,200 dpi image quality” without the need to condition media with priming solutions or pre-coats. Eliminating the priming solution reduces press size, power consumption and total cost of ownership while increasing productivity.
The Baltoro HF is also said to provide additional time-saving advantages. Its speed, paired with having the widest print area in its class, is said to enable the press to increase client productivity by more than 115 percent. On the front end, Xerox FreeFlow Core automates the time-consuming pre-press work, while Xerox FreeFlow Print Server allows clients to add new jobs while the press is running.
The Baltoro HF is now available for order taking globally. To learn more about its specifications and capabilities, a webcast will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET.
For more information on the new press, visit Xerox here
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- May 2018: New Xerox Iridesse Production Press Produces Unique Iridescent Colors and Specialty Embellishments