Océ has boosted the productivity of its inkjet ColorStream Twin series with the launch of the Océ ColorStream 3700 digital full-colour inkjet printing system.

The new Océ ColorStream 3700 joins the company’s inkjet portfolio, spearheaded by the Océ ColorStream 3500, as part of the fastest growing inkjet portfolio in the industry. Merely one year after the global launch of this visionary yet low risk innovation, the Océ ColorStream 3500 obtained a market-leading position, especially in the data centre and print service provider environments. The combination of highest inkjet productivity built on the Océ DigiDot heads and proven Océ flexibility and efficiency offer a total package unmatched in the industry.

The new Océ ColorStream 3700 further extends the reach of the Océ inkjet systems as solution for monochrome and full-colour high volume print service provider environments, print centres with data centre background and offset print providers seeking a flexible and efficient high-volume digital printing solution. The availability of a higher speed version permits customers to complete more jobs within tighter production windows, providing additional capacities to grow their print volume.

High-speed full-colour model in the Océ ColorStream Twin series

The Océ ColorStream 3700 is the high-speed model in the Océ ColorStream Twin series and offers a process speed of 100 metres per minute with a print and paper width of 540 mm(21,25). That translates to 675 A4 impressions per minute for a single unit or in a twin configuration, and 1350 A4 impressions per minute for monthly volumes of up to 43 million A4 pages.

While increasing the productivity, the Océ ColorStream 3700 offers the same features as the Océ ColorStream 3500. Through the HeadSafe concept, the 3700 is the first high-volume inkjet system offering users of high-speed high-quality monochrome toner-based solutions an extremely efficient 1:1 comparable inkjet solution. The new model allows a direct transition to full-colour inkjet as well as a smooth and slow migration starting with high monochrome print volumes without tedious manual cleaning when switching to full colour after longer periods of monochrome printing.

Easy transition into high-speed digital inkjet printing

The Océ ColorStream 3700 represents an evolution of the Océ ColorStream 3500 which sky-rocketed to the market-leading product in Europe in less than one year, notes Jaco Smit, DDS product manager at Océ South Africa. Offering a combination of the unique capabilities of the Océ ColorStream 3500 – including paper waste free pauses and the extraordinary HeadSafe concept with enhanced productivity – the Océ ColorStream 3700 will help our customers meet tight deadlines with quality print products. The proposition of higher speed at consistent quality will support an even wider range of print providers to make the transition from offset- or toner-based printing into high-speed inkjet printing.

Additional exclusive features such as printing in speed ramps, which allows page one quality printing or the paper waste-free print pause, significantly increase the productivity and sustainability of the Océ ColorStream 3700. Apart from the saved, not wasted resources, a significant boost of the total production workflow and value chain is achieved, as no wasted, white pages have to be handled in the later post processing steps.

Based on field-proven Océ technologies

All members of the Océ inkjet family, including the new high-speed Océ ColorStream 3700, are based on core technologies such as the field-proven Océ DigiDot inkjet and the Océ SRA MP controller architecture. The new machine uses a next-generation piezo-electric drop-on-demand inkjet printhead that allows increased speeds with a consistent perceived print quality of 1200 dpi using the multilevel technology as known from the Océ JetStream family. Users benefit from the experience, reliability, print quality and media range associated with the Océ inkjet portfolio.

Suited for transaction, TransPromo, direct mail, book and manual production

The Océ ColorStream Twin series inkjet printing systems were first unveiled at the Canon Expo in Tokyo in November 2010, starting with the Océ ColorStream 3500. The high-speed, high-quality full-colour inkjet printers in the Océ ColorStream Twin series run at 1010 and 1350 A4 impressions per minute and simplify the transition from monochrome to full colour or even five or six colours. They offer productivity and flexibility for high-speed colour and monochrome production of transaction, TransPromo, direct mail, book and manual applications. Industry-leading reliability, print quality and media range are testaments to Océ DigiDot multilevel dot modulation technology.

Featuring HeadSafe, RFID, InkSafe

Enhanced usability and productivity are made possible by a combination of unique features:

HeadSafe technology helps prevent nozzle clogging and minimises lengthy purging processes. The ability to transition between monochrome-only and full-colour printing promotes higher uptime and productivity levels. Using passive RFID technology, the Océ InkSafe feature monitors both the proper placement of the ink containers in the press and the ink’s shelf-life.

The Océ ColorStream 3500 and Océ ColorStream 3700 inkjet printing systems provide consistent high-quality printing during the ramp-up acceleration, full-production speed, and the ramp-down deceleration phases. Utilising the entire production time decreases turn-around time and minimises waste.

The Océ ColorStream Twin series inkjet printing systems provide a modular offering in various single and twin configurations. A full-colour Océ ColorStream 3500 or ColorStream 3700 system can be set up as a monochrome-only system when needed. The production and media flexibility contributes to a future-proof solution that simplifies the transition of applications and business models to more sophisticated documents with variable personalisation and smarter communication in colour.