BERTL recognised several product line additions and functionality enhancements that Océ made to its award-winning monochrome wide format printer range in determining the Best Wide Format Printer Range award this year. The new Océ TCS400 provides wide format colour printing, copying, and scanning for CAD and GIS-related applications, while the Océ TDS300 has been developed with small departments and workgroups in mid.
With the addition of these new products, BERTL states that "Océ has reaffirmed its position as the pace setter" in both the print for pay and corporate/government markets, from centralised high-volume applications to departmental walk-up systems.
Enhancements to the entire line, which includes the Océ TDS400, Océ TDS600 and Océ TDS800, range from the new Océ Power Logic XPe controller, driven by Microsoft XP embedded technology for a secure, state-of-the art operating system, to two new software products.
Concluding its review of the Océ wide format products, BERTL states that while each particular model may have a different target market, "what each of these machines has in common is its overall reliability and valuable contribution to a print shop, CRD or department user."
According to BERTL, the Océ VarioPrint 5160 received its award for "its combination of versatility, functionality and a build sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of heavy-duty production. The Océ VarioPrint 5160 is an exceptional print system for high-level print-for-pay operations, boasting several features that are not available anywhere else in the market."
The Océ VarioPrint 5160 is the flagship system in the new Océ VarioPrint 5000 family — a line of cut-sheet digital printing and publishing solutions designed to deliver production-class advantages to corporate and commercial work centres.
Océ says the VarioPrint 5160 is the first production system able to switch from single to two-colour printing or MICR printing using its interchangeable Quick Change Developer Station (QCDS). The QCDS enables users to quickly switch toner so they only have to purchase a single system to print monochrome, MICR, and one-pass, two colour Océ CustomTone highlight colour applications. With two-tone printing and MICR printing available in a single device, commercial printers and other customers no longer need to purchase separate systems to offer specialized services. The BERTL report notes, "The Two Quick Change Developer Stations which make this possible are relatively easy to maintain and offer a level of flexibility not found elsewhere."
Ron Daly, Océ North America president and CEO, says, "We are honored to have products from both Océ divisions distinguished by receipt of the BERTL’s Best awards. This further underscores the Océ commitment to providing innovative and reliable solutions for professional printing environments that help our customers work more productively and return more to their bottom line."