Consolidated Graphics Expands Relationship with InfoPrint Solutions with Deployment of Second Inkjet Production Print Platform

InfoPrint Solutions, a Ricoh company, today announced that Frederic Printing, a Consolidated Graphics, Inc. company in Aurora, Colo., has completed its second installation of the market-leading InfoPrint 5000 inkjet production system to enable the printing of high-quality print-on-demand (POD) textbooks, direct mail pieces and election ballots. This latest move demonstrates the value that this high-speed inkjet platform brings to Frederic's overall print operations.

"Since our initial installation of the InfoPrint 5000, it has proven to be a reliable, efficient and flexible component of our print production environment, and we're excited to expand our inkjet offerings with this next platform," said Chris Greene, president of Frederic Printing. "This decision is a testament to the success we've had with the InfoPrint 5000 and its versatility, which has provided us with the flexibility needed for short runs, the reliability of increased operational efficiency and, most importantly, the ability to meet and exceed the needs of our broad range of customers."

The first deployment of the InfoPrint 5000 provided Frederic with a POD solution that minimized overall cost of ownership for customers by reducing the cost of warehouse storage and obsolescence. The versatile and flexible functionality of the InfoPrint 5000 was also an important requirement for Frederic, which services a variety of customers across many industries, including education, government and marketing organizations. Because the needs of these customers vary significantly, the ability to quickly adjust the printing environment and produce short runs is crucial to Frederic's success. The InfoPrint 5000 also supports sustainable and cost-effective printing practices by offering one of the lowest power consumption rates of production inkjet systems, compact size, operational efficiency and use of water-based inks.

"The InfoPrint 5000 continues to serve as a seamless complement to our integrated digital footprint, which is the world's largest. Upon installation, we quickly experienced for ourselves why this printing system is so successful, which is why we decided to continue on this path with another deployment," said Ric Davis, executive vice president of Operations at Consolidated Graphics. "Proven as a solid, long-term investment, the InfoPrint 5000 has enabled us to provide an exceptional level of quality that meets and exceeds the expectations of our customers, regardless of their industry or print needs."

The InfoPrint 5000's unique piezo-electric drop-on-demand inkjet technology with multi-bit per spot for every object on the page, coupled with its high-quality water-based pigment and dye inks designed to resist fading and smearing, optimize the appearance of the output while minimizing the volume of ink consumed. These Advanced Function Presentation (AFP)-enabled systems support PostScript and PDF, provide accurate, consistent, and device-independent color-rendering, and provide error recovery, auditability and security benefits.

"Frederic's success with the InfoPrint 5000 and expanded use of inkjet technology is just another proof point for the benefits and results that companies are realizing with this offering," said George Promis, vice president, Continuous Forms Production Solutions and Technology Alliances, InfoPrint Solutions. "InfoPrint Solutions prides itself on leading the continuous-feed color inkjet industry and, through companies like Consolidated Graphics, we're able to help organizations deliver on their client promises."

"Frederic is one of the most innovative commercial printers around. By adding an additional InfoPrint 5000, they will see expanded support for their output variety, truly enhancing short-run production printing," said Chris Cosgrove, vice president and general manager, InfoPrint Solutions. "From a commercial print perspective, having this level of flexibility is key to delivering new applications to meet customer demands day in and day out."

At the Digital Book Printing Forum, which took place in conjunction with the Publishing Business Expo in New York on Tuesday, April 5, Chris Greene shared his experience, applications and success with digital printing. Greene specifically provided details on how the InfoPrint 5000 has helped Frederic meet customer needs and deliver on a variety of capabilities.

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