Ten Xerox Printer Inline Finishing Solutions
It’s one thing to print a document, and another altogether to finish it. By print finishing, we’re referring to the accessories added to your office printer or copier through to the options for your commercial-grade heavy-duty printing press (so-called ‘production presses’). Finishing components are all about automation to save labour, reduce wastage, and to improve the profitability of your print operation.
In this article we’re taking the ever-popular Xerox Versant series of printers as our core platform. With more than 30,000 Versant’s sold, this printer is the true industry workhorse. You’ll find them in quick turnaround high street copy shops, commercial print facilities, in-house corporate print rooms, and anywhere the volumes and complexities of what users require is beyond the ordinary.
Regardless of whether you’re considering the powerful Versant 4100, or the more compact Versant 180 and Versant 280 presses, the entire Versant series, though, supports all of the finishing options described below.
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1. Xerox® Interface Decurler Module
To maximise print speeds without errors, use an inline paper cooling and decurler unit. This improves throughput and efficiency, connecting production ready finisher modules and ensuring flat sheets for reliability and speed.
2. Xerox® Inserter
Inserts 250 preprinted or blank sheets into printed documents, and because of where it is placed, enables downstream finishing on inserted sheets, like trimming, stacking, punching, folding, and stapling.
3. GBC AdvancedPunch Pro
Punches for coil and comb binding that is finished nearline or punches and binds inline with GBC eWire™. Easy-to-insert punch/hole die sets are available. Able to punch a variety of standard sheets in long or short edge, tabs and weights up to 300 gsm, including ability to double punch sheet.
Supports commonly used offline binding styles like comb, coil, wire, ring, GBC ProClick®, and VeloBind
4. Xerox® High Capacity Stacker
Enables stacking and offsetting for 5,000 sheets up to 400 gsm, using standard size sheets or custom sizes (maximum 13 x 19.21″/330 x 488 mm to minimum 8 x 7.2″/203 x 182 mm); stacking tray with a movable cart. Includes a 500-sheet top tray for proofs/output. An option for a High Capacity Stacker and/or a Dual High Capacity Stacker is available for the Versant® 4100
5. Xerox® Crease and Two-Sided Trimmer
Add up to 5 customizable creases – selecting either mountain or valley fold lines. Trims the head and foot of a sheet using standard or custom sizes (maximum 13 x 19.21″/330 x 488 mm to minimum 7.7 x 8.3″/194 x 210 mm) on uncoated and coated stocks up to 350 gsm. Includes a buffering unit that extends print productivity during trimming.
Booklets are creased on cover and inside sheets. When combined with Production Ready Finisher and Booklet Maker and Xerox® SquareFold® Trimmer, can create full bleed, flat-edged booklets.
6. Xerox® C/Z Folder
Produces sheets with C or Z folds for 8.5 x 11″ (A4), half-Z fold on larger stocks reducing to 8.5 x 11″ (A4) on 64–90 gsm uncoated. For the Production Ready Finisher and Booklet Maker.
7. Xerox® Production Ready Finisher
Produces superior quality finishing and stacking with built-in bi-directional decurler. Staple up to 100 sheets (90 gsm) uncoated and 35 sheets (90 gsm) coated stock using standard or custom sizes (maximum 11.7 x 17″/297 x 432 mm to minimum 7.2 x 5.7″/182 x 146 mm) with variable-length staples on stocks up to 350 gsm. Add optional Punch, Inserter, or C/Z Folder.
Includes two output trays for up to 400 gsm stock, 500-sheet top tray, finish up to 3,000-sheet stack tray of maximum 13 x 19.21″ (330 x 488 mm) to minimum 5.83 x 5.75″ (148 x 146 mm).
8. Xerox® Production Ready Booklet Maker Finisher
Creates flat finished booklets with the appearance of bound book-like edge; eliminates shingle effect with professional face trim up to 120 pages (30 sheets). Combine with the Two-Sided Trimmer for finished full bleed booklets. For the Production Ready Booklet Maker Finisher.
The GBC eWire is the first ever fully automated twin-loop wire binder, available on a select number of Xerox presses, including the Versant® family. It allows the binding of a variety of twin-loop, lay-flat documents, including booklets, calendars, cookbooks, and educational workbooks, quickly and efficiently.
Plockmatic Pro 50/35 Booklet Maker
Not shown, but this unit is for the highest quality production booklets of up to 200 pages (50 sheets), the Plockmatic Pro booklet maker is unmatched. This enables you to deliver face trimming, square fold, rotate crease and bleed trim, and hand feeding, on sizes up to 12.6 x 9″ (320 x 228.6 mm) and 300 gsm stock weights. Connects via Production Ready Finisher Plus.
With such a wealth of optional modules, it will come as no surprise to learn that the full array of inline finishing solutions is supported by the Xerox range of production print software, ranging from Xerox FreeFlow Core through to Xerox PredictPrint which automates stock management simply by scanning your print stock barcode.
From selecting your digital production press through to finishing solutions, software, installation, training and support, the entire Xerox Production press portfolio is delivered throughout the United Kingdom by Advanced UK.
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Humperdinck Jackman – Marketing Director
Humperdinck has a 30-year career spanning Document Management Systems (DMS), data protection, Artificial Intelligence, Data Protection and Robotic Process Automation. With many articles published in print internationally, he believes the advances in office technology are such that we’re entering the 4th Industrial Revolution. Now Director of Marketing and Consulting Services at Advanced UK, he’s as active with clients as he is in endeavouring to write original blog articles.