Some of the advanced features that have become fairly well standardized are variable data capabilities, near offset-quality color—mostly due to the development of extremely fine particle toners—the ability to print on heavy or unusual stock, including glossy papers, and a wide variety of finishing options.
But there are more specialized capabilities that printers can leverage to truly build a specialty niche or to give them an edge over other printers in the market who don’t have these features (see sidebar).
A list of features that are commonly available and dramatically boost productivity include:
• Advanced editing features and increased job memory
• High-volume paper trays and stackers
• On-the-fly changeovers for paper and toner
• Duplexing at full rated speed
• Monthly duty cycles up to 500,000 images
• Touch panel controls
• 1200x1200 dpi resolution or higher
Whatever your needs, whatever your market, there is a machine that will perfectly suit your needs. There are models that offer everything from convenience and pleasing color at an affordable price to near-offset quality from units that are swimming in options—and which require proportionally higher investments. The choice is up to you, and Graph Expo provides a great opportunity to compare these machines head-to-head in a single venue.