23 July 2019 Digital Printing Technologies

Xerox joins battle with Canon in sheetfed inkjet

The new sheetfed inkjet press promises high quality production making it a strong contender against Canon i300.

Xerox has announced that it is open for orders on a new sheetfed inkjet press able to print high quality commercial work as well as transactional and direct mail documents.

The Baltoro will replace the Brenva in its portfolio, which also includes the Rialto small format web press and the three models of the Trivor family topped by the Trivor 2400 HF using high fusion inks to print in offset quality on standard offset papers. This ink technology has been ported to a cut sheet press that shares transport and quality control mechanisms with the iGen range.

Baltoro will print at 1200dpi at 150 sheets a minute, using Xerox’s own W-series piezo printheads. This is the first Xerox inkjet press to offer 1200x1200dpi resolution and the first to use its own piezo print head.

“We engineered the Baltoro HF by leveraging the best of our iGen and High Fusion inkjet technologies,” says Tracey Koziol, senior vice president of Global Offerings at Xerox. “The result is a breakthrough platform that expands into the commercial print environment and supports high quality production with economics similar to offset printing.

“Designing and manufacturing the Baltoro HF from frame to the engine gives us a greater ability to continuously advance the platform at a faster clip.”

The press has the option of feeding paper on the long edge, which opens the opportunity to print a four page sheet with some relatively minor adjustments to the transport system, but there are no announcements of any such project.

Currently the focus is firmly on establishing Baltoro as a better option than the Canon i300 inkjet press. It runs faster, needs no primer and is half the footprint says Xerox. The inks Xerox says will adhere to coated and silk coated papers as well as uncoated without application of a priming coat.

There is no information about the need or presence of additional drying systems. Colour control is maintained by artificial intelligence monitoring of colour quality and nozzle performance. A diagnostic page is printed every 250 sheets.

Since the introduction of the Iridesse cut sheet press, Xerox has reported a drop in sales of the iGen range of machines. The option of what amounts to a press that is twice as productive as the iGen 150 will add to pressure on the toner technology.

Like all Xerox inkjet presses, this continues the trend of naming machines after mountains. Baltoro is a mountain and glacier in the Karakorum range in northern Pakistan.

By Gareth Ward

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The Xerox Baltoro inkjet press is the first to use Xerox inkjet heads as the company returns to a philosophy of keeping as many aspects of development as possible in house to retain control of its own technological destiny. The Rialto and Trivor currently use third-party printheads.

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