Xerox unveiled four new black-and-white digital printing systems Sept. 6, including what the company claims are the fastest "light production" printers in the industry, to get enterprises printing more in-house.
The Stamford, Conn., companys new machines are the Xerox 4112 and 4127 Enterprise Printing Systems, which are printer-only and use the FreeFlow Print Server, and the 4112 and 4127 Copier/Printers, which include integrated scanners and three workflow options.
According to Xerox, the 4112 and 4127 systems "are entry-level products designed for enterprises and print providers that require speed, functionality, ease of use, image quality and workflow flexibility often reserved for more expensive high-end black-and-white equipment."
"These systems potentially let enterprises bring some more jobs in-house [and] bring them higher quality and a more professional look," said Jim Hamilton, an analyst at InfoTrends.
Target markets in enterprise environments, according to Karen Santoro, monochrome marketing manager of Xeroxs Production Systems Group, include office hub printing and "point-of-need" sites such as satellite locations.
"You could replace a copier and another printer, or several devices, with one very fast, efficient device," Santoro said. "In law offices, the Bates Stamping feature (sequential numbering or date/time-stamping of documents) is important. And we can run coated media, create post-ready materials and do 20-sheaf booklets in several sizes. Our FreeFlow Print Server, which lets these systems take mainframe transactional data and directly generate bills or statement documents, is a big ability in a small-footprint device.
"And we also are introducing the ability to create uncollated sets with slip sheets, commonly wanted in educational environments—a feature not previously available in digital copy equipment."
Other features in the 4112 and 4127 systems include a folding unit for producing newsletters, brochures, course packs and workbooks, as well as a 20-sheet saddle-stitch booklet maker.
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