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11/03/1999

Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions Launches DDP MicroPress

Nov 3, 1999 16:00 PM

Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions Launches DDP MicroPress Production Print On-Demand System Breakthrough Price/Performance Solution for Print On-Demand Market

Simi Valley, CA November 3, 1999…Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions, Inc. (HiKIS), one of the world’s leading providers of digital printers, has announced the launch of a major on-demand digital document production solution called the DDP (Digital Document Publishing) MicroPress®. The announcement was made today by Michael T. Stramaglio, President and COO of HiKIS, in Los Angeles, at the annual XPLOR trade show for the Print On-Demand industry. With ground-breaking output speed and versatility, the new DDP MicroPress features powerful job management utilities and cluster printing capabilities for high volume digital document production. The efficient cluster printing approach produces output at peak-volume print speeds of up to 840 pages per minute, and at an affordable price point-- both firsts for the industry.

The new DDP MicroPress system is based on the production printing capabilities of Hitachi’s workhorse DDP 70 network printer and utilizes the award-winning MicroPress technology from T/R Systems, Inc. This represents the first in a series of cluster printing solutions for the Print On-Demand market resulting from the collaboration between Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions and T/R Systems. According to Stramaglio, the new DDP MicroPress offers users incredible performance at a new low price point. “The DDP MicroPress is the most versatile, productive and cost-effective POD solution in the market today,” Stramaglio stated, “This breakthrough price/performance opens up new document publishing opportunities for operations from corporate department and in-plant production printing, to quick-printers, commercial printers and facilities managers.”

Features of the DDP MicroPress Cluster Printing Solution

MicroPress is a short-run, on-demand digital printing system designed for high volume production printing of black and white and color documents. Driven by the ClusterServer from T/R Systems, the document production capabilities of the DDP MicroPress are well-suited for fast-turnaround printing and finishing of documents such as sales and marketing collateral, personalized and variable data direct mail, training manuals, product documentation and on-demand book publishing. DDP MicroPress features:

• Extremely high output at speeds up to 840 ppm Network-connectivity for electronic job submission and proofing (distribute and print) High versatility to respond to each job’s unique production requirements

• A range of Hitachi print engines from 70 ppm to 24 ppm, for greater system configuration flexibility, including the DDP 70, DDP 62, DDC 62n and DDP 24

• Complete document finishing capabilities Built-in redundancy virtually eliminating downtime

• Document management and on-demand reprints

• Modular and scalable design to grow with needs of business

• Affordable price point

The power and sheer productivity of the Hitachi DDP MicroPress make it the most impressive new solution to hit the Print On-Demand marketplace in a very long time,” said Stramaglio, “It’s the first production POD system that is within reach of the vast majority of customers who have previously had to rely on very expensive outsourcing, or investment in capital-intensive options.” “I am certain that the new DDP MicroPress is exactly what the Print On-Demand market has been waiting for,” Stramaglio concluded, “And I’m delighted to announce that it’s Hitachi who has made it happen.” MicroPress is a registered trademark of T/R Systems Inc.

About Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions, Inc.

Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions, Inc., (HiKIS), is a subsidiary of Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd., manufacturer of a diverse range of printers, power tools and scientific/medical equipment, and part of the $70 Billion global family of Hitachi Ltd., one of the world’s six largest corporations.

Founded in 1962, Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions has long been a leader in the print imaging industry. As the supplier of one of the world’s broadest printer lines, HiKIS develops and markets digital document publishers, digital document servers, high-speed network and system printers ranging from desktop personal printers to some of the fastest laser output devices available today. The company also designs and manufactures the highest quality imaging supplies for more than 50 of the world’s best-known printer brands.

These supplies include ribbons, new and recycled laser cartridges, ink jet cartridges and other products for laser printing and imaging.

Corporate Headquarters and Worldwide Sales & Marketing offices for HiKIS are located in Simi Valley, California with regional offices in Dublin, Ireland and Sydney, Australia. Hitachi Ltd., parent company of Hitachi Koki Co, Ltd and Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions, Inc., is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information on Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions call 805.578.4000. (in the U.S.A.)

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