Less than a month after introducing its Rialto 900 narrow-web inkjet press, Xerox unveiled the new Versant 80 press, as well as new capabilities to print gold and silver metallic inks on the Color 800i/1000i series presses.
Building from its Versant 2100 press platform introduced in mid-2014, the new Versant 80 reaches speeds of up to 80 pages per minute, handling media weights from 52 GSM to 350 GSM and media sizes up to 13 x 19.2 inches. An optional Performance Package for the press allows it to maintain top speeds of 80 ppm on all stocks up to 350 gsm, along with an inline spectrophotometer for increased colour automation.
The Versant 80 also provides users with single-pass duplex scanning at 200 images per minute. Using the same Xerox Ultra HD Resolution imaging platform as the Versant 2100, the new press delivers 1,200 x 1,200 at 10-bit RIP rendering, which Xerox describes as a 2,400 x 2,400 imaging resolution. It can handle a variety of media types with a compact belt-fuser system and Xerox’ EA Low Melt Dry Ink. The Versant has a monthly duty cycle of 460,000 pages.
The Color 800i/1000i presses, first launched as 800/1000 models five years ago, now offer what Xerox describes as true Pantone metallic gold or silver specialty dry inks. The newest systems can be purchased with an optional Specialty Dry Ink Station that enhances documents with these metallic gold or silver dry inks or for applying spot or flood creative effects with clear dry ink. Xerox states it is the first in the industry to offer silver dry ink at rated speed.
In Canada, the Versant 80 Press and the Color 800i/1000i Presses will be available for install in late April or early May. The Versant 80 optional Performance Package with inline spectrophotometer, as well as optional upgrades for currently installed Color 800/1000 presses, will be available in June.