06 March 2016 xDigital Printing Technologies

Xerox bursts into sheetfed inkjet printing with Brenva – "the inkjet iGen"

Xerox will launch an inkjet sheetfed press at Drupa, hoping to capture pages that iGen cannot reach, with the Brenva a machine that will inevitably be compared to the flagship Xerox machine.

Xerox has combined its sheet handling skills from the US engineering group that developed the iGen family with the inkjet skills acquired with Impika to create a first cutsheet inkjet press, calling it Brenva HD. Brenva is a peak in the Swiss Alps close to Mont Blanc.

A new continuous feed inkjet press is called Trivor after a three peaked mountain in the Himalayas, signifying a shift in how Xerox names products.

Brenva will use Kyocera KJ4 heads to print at 168ppm in colour or 200ppm for mono. It prints to an A3 sheet format in what Xerox calls business colour. This is not a technology to challenge the quality of the toner engined iGens, but a machine to harvest pages that are currently printed on litho presses. This covers reports, training manuals, transactional letters and statements.

There is still a substantial volume of this sort of work Xerox claims, captured by litho presses and then overprinted on mono machines. The press can be configured with different paper cassettes and will operate inline with finishing equipment. Currently this is represented by a CP Bourg booklet maker. A base configuration model will sell for $649,000. Xerox will open the order books at Drupa with deliveries in Europe happening almost immediately. There is a beta site on the continent and another in the US.

The sweet spot for the Brenva comes with low coverage pages. “At 25% coverage it will have a significant advantage over toner,” says Robert Stabler, general manager of the Xerox Graphics communications business group. “Typically transactional documents have 15% ink coverage.”

It uses the same Kyocera KJ4B printhead technology as the Rialto 900 narrow web to sheet press introduced a year ago. That was a reelfed press positioned as a supporting machine to transactional print operation.

Brenva HD is the first in a line of inkjet presses says Xerox with changes in price, performance and quality expected. It wants to create an identity for the new technology while also managing iGen sales. The iGen 8250, aimed at the same type of work as the inkjet, is a likely casualty, but until Xerox decides to implement a high quality mode that the inkjet heads are capable of, the remaining iGens are protected.

The toner machines will continue to have greater versatility, with additional colours and long sheet capability, at least for now. Xerox has stuck with the two page format as this fits the finishing and paper capability of its customers rather than move to a larger format where it is not established/

The speed of development and price point is obtained by co-opting engineering elements from the iGen, including the colour scheme, styling clues and paper handling. However, this is an inkjet press where the paper travels on belts on a flat path beneath the inkjet heads. It can then be turned or pass through a drying section before delivery. The Fiery Rip parses the job file to identify halftones, vector graphics and text to treat each in the ideal way to manage ink consumption and drying.

The inkjet development squad has a team of 400 engineers working on this, the Rialto 900 and the range of continuous feed inkjet presses. The first of these to be developed under Xerox ownership is Trivor 2400, a 20in wide high quality machine which succeeds the Impika Compact. It is a duplex machine occupying a single print tower.

Both machines include full width spectrophotometry and technology to spot and compensate for blocked nozzles.

“Trivor is scalable and capable of very high levels of production,” says Paul Morgavi, COO of Xerox’s inkjet division. ”And it allows users to print on a broader range of media than before.” It will run at 168m/min for colour, 200m/min for mono. ”It broadens the applications that can be printed currently with inkjet," he says.

“This is a big move for Xerox and for this industry. What you are seeing now is just the visible part of the iceberg.”

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Robert Stabler

Robert Stabler

Xerox's Robert Stabler announced two inkjet developments that Xerox will debut at Drupa, one a new continuous feed inkjet machine the Trivor 2400 and more importantly the Brenva HD, a cut sheet inkjet press aimed at converting more offset applications to all digital workflows.

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