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TARRYTOWN, NY, July 20, 2006-- Hitachi America, Ltd., Industrial Systems Division, today announced further enhancement of its world’s most advanced small character inkjet printers. Hitachi has been building small character inkjet printers since 1975. The PX Series small character inkjet printers was originally designed and introduced in 2003 to provide the best price-point feature to feature. The enhanced PXR Series small character inkjet printers will keep the same best features with more friendly features environmentally and operationally.

The PXR Series small character inkjet printers will fully meet new European RoHS Directive (Restriction on Hazardous Substances, Directive 2002/95/EC), which will be enforced as of July 1, 2006 in EC countries. RoHS Directive prohibits that electrical and electronic equipment contains lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

The PX Series small character inkjet printers deploy a 10.4” large Color LCD Touch Panel with full guidance on the screen providing easy and quick operation and maintenance. The new PXR Series small character inkjet printers screen will have 25%+ brightness and more than 10 times the contrast with 50%+ viewing angle.

The PX Series small character inkjet printers’ unique and innovative ink circulation system helps reduce fluid evaporation and achieves a very low cost of operation. Nozzle and gutter are automatically cleaned before shut down, so no special procedures are required on start-up. The PX Series small character inkjet printers viscosity and density control provides stable ink drop formation and keeps print quality high. The IP55 rated stainless steel enclosure provides full protection against dust and water. The PXR Series small character inkjet printers will inherit the same features with further enhancement such as work shift code printing and time base count printing. New features will make factory operation much easier and help improve traceability in the production. With its IJP- RST1 option, PXR small character inkjet printers can easily have Ethernet® connectivity at an inexpensive cost which will further improve production efficiency.

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Hitachi America, Ltd., Industrial Systems Division, supplies a broad range of industrial products and services. The division supplies sophisticated industrial equipment, components and services for application in pharmaceutical plants, food & beverage processing, steel making, mass transit systems, chemical plants, and other manufacturing facilities.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, and consumer electronics, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 356,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totaled 9,464 billion yen ($80.9 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at