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Punch Graphix - 3/18/2008

Punch Graphix Releases Fastest High-Resolution Digital Color Press: New Xeikon 8000

LIER, Belgium, 18 March 2008 - Punch Graphix (, legendary for pioneering the first 
digital color presses, introduces the Xeikon 8000 which is more than twice as fast as its nearest competitor. 
With an astonishing printing speed of 230 A4 pages per minute and true 1200 dpi imaging quality, the new 
Xeikon 8000 takes a double leap and counters the increasing market need for fast printing without compromising 
on quality. The machine’s state-of-the-art technology has been developed to optimize print productivity and 
provide exceptional quality.

Xeikon’s flagship system takes a productivity leap by printing multi-page documents at an impressive speed of 
230 A4 pages per minute, which translates into 13,800 A4 pages per hour and a monthly volume of 8.5 million 
pages. Building on the previous success of Xeikon equipment, the Xeikon 8000 uses optimized dry toner 
electrophotography, engineered to perfection. The new press produces true 1200 dpi imaging quality, offering 
the exceptional sharpness essential for today’s demanding customers. Two in-line densitometers and high-
performance process algorithms guarantee perfect color consistency over time and in-between presses. Capable 
of handling expanded substrate widths from 320 mm (12.6 inches) to 512 mm (20.16 inches) and offering a 
504 mm (19.8 inches) imaging width, the machine allows 2-up A4 and 3-up A5 printing, opening up a whole new 
range of applications.

The web-fed Xeikon 8000 incorporates Xeikon’s unique X-800 digital front-end that enables a seamless and fast 
integration into any existing workflow. The IPDS controller is able to keep up with the increased engine speed 
without any start-stop interruptions and brings graphic arts print quality into transactional markets. Punch Graphix’ 
CEO Wim Deblauwe comments: “The launch of this first-rate engine represents a major step forward for Xeikon. 
With the Xeikon 8000, Punch Graphix has the leading edge in digital printing and demonstrates that we have 
continued to evolve in order to address user needs and anticipate future market demands. The press offers high 
productivity benefits and eye-catching graphic printing capabilities, leading to maximum profitability.”

“With the Xeikon 8000, we target the well-established commercial print market as well as the direct marketing 
and fast-growing transactional printing markets. The commercial power of transactional documents is vastly 
increasing since personalized full-color documents lead to faster and greater response. As the market standard in 
variable full-color digital printing, the machine adapts easily to the degree of personalisation desired by its customers. 
Combined with the X-800 digital front-end and Xeikon’s trademark One-Pass-DuplexTM functionality, the 
Xeikon 8000 ensures data integrity and delivers rich, accurate colors, making it an ideal solution for providing fast, 
precise output at top image quality,” adds Frank Deschuytere, Chief Technology Officer, Punch Graphix.

In review, the Xeikon 8000 offers:
? A speed of 230 A4 pages per minute and a duty cycle of 8.5 million A4 pages per month 
? Stunning 1200 dpi image quality at 4 bits per spot 
? Real-time variable data handling capabilities 
? An extended range of paper input and output options 
? Eco-friendly design and consumables

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