Océ ColorWave 600 Large Format Color Printer Wins Must See ‘em Honors at Graph Expo Show

Many other Océ systems also recognized for compelling innovation

October 29, 2008 – Chicago – Océ, a global leader in digital document management and delivery, announces that the Océ ColorWave™ 600 large format color toner printer was honored with a “Must See ‘em”® Award at the GRAPH EXPO® conference in Chicago. In addition, numerous other Océ hardware and software solutions received prestigious “Worth a Look” and “Encore Worth a Look” recognition. Océ PRISMAproduction™ software Version 4, the Océ VarioPrint® 4120 digital printer and the Océ Arizona® 350 GT wide format printers were named “Worth a Look” winners, while the Océ ColorStream™ 10000 color system was an “Encore Worth a Look” winner.

The MUST SEE ‘EM recognition program, part of the EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK® Conference, highlights GRAPH EXPO’s most unique, innovative and compelling products and services. Winners were announced Saturday, October 25, immediately following the EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference. The MUST SEE ‘EM Awards, sponsored by PrintCom Consulting Group, are presented to products and technologies that exemplify compelling innovation in the graphic communications industry. The EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference precedes the Graph EXPO show, the most comprehensive prepress, printing, package printing, converting, mailing and fulfillment and digital equipment trade show in America.

“Océ innovation has received yet another prestigious industry honor, and we are extremely pleased to be selected for the MUST SEE ‘EM awards. The Graphic Arts marketplace demands the highest quality and productivity, and this recognition validates our dedication to providing products that meet these rigorous standards,” said Joseph D. Skrzypczak, President and CEO, Océ North America.

The new Océ ColorWave 600 printer is the first large format color toner printer to utilize a fundamentally new printing technology called Océ CrystalPoint™ that combines the best of toner and inkjet printing in one machine.  The Océ CrystalPoint process converts solid Océ TonerPearls™ color toner into a gel.  This “tonergel” is then jetted and crystallized onto any type of paper for waterfast, high quality images with extremely accurate dot placement. The Océ ColorWave 600 printer brings new applications to the technical color market including short run and disposable indoor/outdoor signage. Print speeds– 30 seconds for a 3’x4’ print – are at least twice as fast as conventional inkjet systems.  Prints can be handled immediately since they dry instantly.  The printer produces no ozone, odor or fine powder emissions thanks to solid Océ TonerPearls color toner.

The latest version of Océ PRISMAproduction workflow software offers full process color support for advanced production systems including the Océ VarioStream® 9240 and Océ ColorStream 10000 digital printers and Océ JetStream™ systems. It brings high performance processing to monochrome, full color and Océ CustomTone® printing in graphic arts, transaction and transpromo applications. Océ PRISMAproduction Version 4 software supports legacy applications and integrates with existing environments including those using non-Océ printers. A VIPP® converter helps users avoid costly application redesigns, while a PPML converter lets customers use high-speed IPDS devices. Additional back-end options drive non-IPDS devices in specific environments for further unfettered versatility. A PCL® module increases flexibility in mixed environments requiring support of this standard format. 
New Océ VarioPrint 4000 cut-sheet printers are designed to close the gap between light production and very-high-volume production. Print operations can leverage functions and productivity typically available only with higher-volume machines. The systems bring sophisticated printing, copying, scanning and finishing to commercial and in-house printshops. The family features Océ CopyPress imaging, which presses toner onto the paper at much lower temperatures. Excellent registration ensures accuracy when printing books. The 120 ppm Océ VarioPrint 4120 and the 106 ppm Océ VarioPrint 4110 black and white digital printing systems are designed for environments that print between 100,000 and 2,500,000 documents per month. Both systems run at rated speeds on a variety of media, including coated, heavy stock, oversized and custom media.

The new Océ Arizona 350 GT UV-curable, flatbed printer with Océ VariaDotTM imaging technology delivers near-photographic quality for large format display graphics. The Océ Arizona 350 GT system is the next generation model in the award-winning Océ Arizona printer line. Designed as a true flatbed system, it can print on a wide variety of rigid substrates and features a Roll Media Option for printing onto flexible media. The new printer includes support for white ink printing and high production print speeds. The Océ Arizona 350 GT expands the popular Océ Arizona family of UV curable, flatbed printers, which also includes the Océ Arizona 200 GT and the Océ Arizona 250 GT printers.

Following on its win last year, the Océ ColorStream 10000 system was also named an “Encore Worth a Look” at the 2008 conference. The Océ ColorStream 10000 continuous feed, digital full-color press delivers full process color at 172 ipm, combining with Océ CustomTone® toner to meet Graphic Arts requirements. Dot modulation enriches color applications with crisp graphics and smooth gradations. The system prints on most stock, from onionskin to newspaper, heavy and glossy.

About Océ
Océ N.V. is a leading international provider of digital document management technology and services.  The company’s solutions are based on Océ’s advanced software applications that deliver documents and data over internal networks and the Internet to printing devices and archives — locally and around the world.  Supporting the workflow solutions are Océ digital printers and scanners, considered the most reliable and productive in the world.  Océ also offers a wide range of display graphics, consulting and outsourcing solutions. Océ employs around 24,000 people, with 2007 revenues of approximately $4.6 billion, operates in more than 90 countries and maintains research and manufacturing centers in the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Romania and Singapore.  Océ North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL; New York City; Boca Raton, FL; Salt Lake City, UT and Vancouver, BC.  North American revenues represented approximately half of Océ’s worldwide business in 2007, and employment is currently 11,000.  For more information about Océ, visit www.oceusa.com. Outside the U.S., consult www.oce.com.