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Océ VarioPrint 135 Digital Press Receives Buyers Laboratory PRO Award

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 30, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, was recognized with a Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) PRO Award, which honors the Océ VarioPrint 135 digital press as Outstanding Monochrome Light-to Mid-Volume Production Device. New this year, BLI's PRO Awards are presented to production-level devices that prove to be the best-in-class as determined in BLI's tests. BLI's production print field evaluations entail three full days of intensive testing during which tens of thousands of pages are printed. Devices are tested for productivity with coated and uncoated media in a wide range of weights and sizes, simulating an array of real-world job scenarios. BLI technicians also evaluate image quality; ease of use; job management; and media-handling capabilities such as paper sizes, weights and capacities supported, as well as available inline finishing options.

"Of all the production devices we've tested since launching our production test program, the Océ VarioPrint 135 digital press earned higher ratings in more areas of performance than any other," said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman. "For image quality, in particular, it sets a benchmark as the first to earn our rarely awarded five-star rating thanks to superior text, fine lines, halftones, solid coverage consistency and mixed-page-element handling."

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Océ Gives McArdle Printing a Reason to Convert From Offset to Digital Printing

 TRUMBULL, CONN. April 19, 2012 – Océ, a Canon Group company and international leader in digital document management, today announced that McArdle has installed a digital printing solution that features the Océ ColorStream® 10000 Flex system with in-line stitching for producing print on full range of stocks from 30# lightweight opaque to 80# coated stock at full-production speed.

McArdle is one of the premier marketing service providers in the Washington-Baltimore region. They offer a full range of communication services – from design, cross channel marketing, branded storefronts, printing, mailing and fulfillment. McArdle is known for creating custom solutions for their clients to help them grow their business in new and innovative ways.

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Full Source and Full Output GCR Settings

1 Reasons to use Full Source or Full Output GCR

One of the settings in the ‘Expert colour settings’ screen on the Océ CPS800/CPS900 controller is the CMYK simulation method. It can be set to ‘Full Source GCR’ or ‘Full Output GCR’, where GCR is Grey Component Replacement. The CMYK simulation method influences CMYK files only, so it does not influence RGB data and spot colour data. The factory default for the Océ CPS800/CPS900 is Full Source GCR.

The CMYK simulation setting is useful because it specifies the treatment of the K channel (black channel) in CMYK data. Full Output GCR makes an exact colorimetric simulation of the specified CMYK colour. Full Source GCR makes a near-exact simulation and leaves the K channel unchanged during colour management. 

2 Full Output GCR

The Full Output GCR setting makes a complete and accurate colorimetric simulation of the input colours. Full Output GCR proofs the colours defined by the simulation profile. In combination with the output profile, the best proof is generated for CMYK on the Océ CPS800/CPS900. In Full Output GCR, the K channel (black channel) of the CMYK data is also taken into account during colour management. As a consequence, grey-scale and K-only CMYK information in the input file is re-separated into colour and will be accounted as a colour print.

3 Full Source GCR

The Full Source GCR setting makes a simulation of the input colours, taking into account the GCR characteristic specified in the source CMYK data. The black component of the CMYK input is preserved in the output, in other words the black component is not re-separated into colour. The Full Source GCR behaviour corresponds to the CMYK simulation method used
in the Océ CPS700 and in the classic edition of Océ CPS800/CPS900.

Océ Business Services' Workshops at MAILCOM Conference Provide Organizations with Document Process Management Best Practices and Success Strategies

 Washington, DC (April 12, 2012) – Océ Business Services, a Canon Group company and a leader in business process services, will co-present eight educational workshops on mail and other document management strategies at the MAILCOM 32nd Annual Conference and Exposition.

The workshops will spotlight how organizations can reduce costs, streamline their mail, information and records management processes as well as implement programs that promote environmental sustainability. To achieve these and other business goals, Océ experts will highlight the latest industry best practices, technology, career growth strategies and executive leadership principles.

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Join Océ Business Services and IDC for a Free Webinar on Leveraging Business Process Imaging to Contain Costs and Improve Productivity

 New York, N.Y. (April 10, 2012) – Océ Business Services, a Canon Group company and a leader in managed business process services, will co-present a webinar with industry analyst International Data Corporation (IDC). The session is designed to help organizations leverage the value of business process imaging (BPI). BPI encompasses the "front-end" activities of a business process where paper documents are converted into digital format and entered into a digital workflow.

The webinar will spotlight the results of a new study - conducted by IDC and sponsored by Océ – that reveals the critical role BPI plays in helping to contain costs and improve efficiency for mission-critical business processes such as accounts payable. The study also examines how the right technology, people and processes are critical to the success of an organization's BPI center.

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Océ VarioPrint 2100/2110 and Atlas Printshop Mail

1 Principles of Variable Data Printing

Variable data printing (VDP), or personalised printing, refers to the printing of a series of
unique documents in a single print run.

Systems do this by merging information from database records with a static document design.

Basic VDP concepts (see Figure 1)
• The master is the static portion of a document
• Variable portions of the document are unique to various individual recipients
• Elements are data that change from document to document, which are defined in a database file
• Placeholders are areas in which the variable information publishing tool will insert variable content
• VDP applications use conditional logic to further customise variable content

A company can do different levels of personalisation. Basic personalisation generally involves inserting a name and address in a letter. The rest of the document is identical for every recipient. This is known as a ‘mail merge’ application.

At the other end of the personalisation spectrum, a document can consist of entirely variable text (of varying lengths) and images (of variable sizes). Of course, several levels between the personalisation extremes are possible.

An operator can also personalise using colour. Basic personalisation would contain only black and white images and text, while more-complex forms would include full colour.

2 Printing Variable Data Files on the Océ VarioPrint 2100/2110 Titanium

As mentioned above, variable data printing (VDP) refers to the printing of a series of unique documents in a single print run.

The static parts of the documents all look the same; only the variable data changes. Each document in such a run is called a ‘record’. One variable data print run typically contains several different records. Depending on the size of the mailing, a run may contain up to 300K worth of records. Each record can comprise several pages.

Océ Business Services' Workshops at National Postal Forum Conference Help Companies Improve their Mail Center Operations

Orlando, Florida (March 29, 2012) – Océ Business Services, a Canon Group company and a leader in managed business process services, will co-present educational workshops on creating more efficient, sustainable mail center operations and managing career growth as well as host a roundtable on Six Sigma® business performance management strategies at the National Postal Forum Conference.

One workshop is designed to share insights on implementing sustainable and cost-effective practices across the document process management lifecycle, which spans document creation through disposal. Two workshops focus on maximizing career opportunities. Topics in these sessions will include how to create a game plan for proactively managing career development and how networking enables professionals to develop contacts that will help them achieve their potential. Additionally, Océ will host a Peer-to-Peer Roundtable focused on harnessing the power of Six Sigma-based document performance management methodologies to continuously improve mail center operations and efficiency.

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Connecting ODD-A to the Océ CPS800/900-How to Configure Océ Document Designer Advanced for Printing on Océ Color Production Systems

Start by defining the output by selecting an ODD-A output Engine, which is basically the PDL selection (PostScript, PDF, IPDS etc.). The Océ CPS800/900 supports Adobe PostScript2 and 3, Creo VPS, PDF and PPML.

Each output language comes with its own settings. Depending on the engine chosen, these settings can be changed in the engine configuration, and with some engines this can also be done in the printer configuration.

The Engine config profile is used to fine-tune the output with settings related to the PDL itself (e.g. optimise output for portability or file size).

In Printer config profile, you can define job settings related to specific printer functions (e.g. based on an imported PPD file for a PS output engine).

Finally, the Driver config profile can be defined. This specifies the communication mechanism to the printer.

2.2 Which Output Language Should I Use?

Adobe PostScript3 (PS3) is currently the output language best suited for printing one-off jobs on the Océ CPS800/900. This offers optimum support for media selection, finishing etc. PS3 is optimised for object reuse when you enable cached images in the advanced settings.

Océ Business Services Highlights Sourcing and Outsourcing Document Processing Services in the Digital Era

Jersey City, N.J., March 22, 2012 – Organizations spend up to three percent of revenue producing, distributing and consuming document management services such as print, mail, scanning, records and electronic discovery. Procurement and outsourcing professionals play a key role in acquiring and cost-effectively managing these services. Océ Business Services, a Canon Group company and a leader in managed business process services, will discuss the tools needed to help sourcing professionals better manage costs related to document process outsourcing (DPO) services in a presentation at this year's Sourcing Interests Group (SIG) Global Leadership Summit.

The presentation is tailored for SIG members including sourcing and outsourcing professionals, advisory firms and executives interested in optimizing the benefits of outsourcing. SIG is a membership organization that has served sourcing and outsourcing professionals from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies for over 20 years.

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Strategic Acquisition Positions Publisher for Efficient, Reliable Production

Trumbull, CT, March 19, 2012 – Océ, a Canon Group company and an
international leader in digital document management, today announced that
Legal Directories Publishing Company, Inc. has installed the Océ VarioPrint® 6320 Ultra system and the award-winning Océ PRISMAprepare™ makeready software.

Founded in 1935, Legal Directories Publishing Company, Inc. has grown to be the largest publisher of state legal directories in the United States, fourteen of which are recognized as the “Official Directory.” The family-owned company prides itself on anticipating the information and practice needs of the legal marketplace faster, and more comprehensively, than any other information provider. But keeping up with the chemicals, inks, solutions, and plates of the offset process was becoming increasingly burdensome.

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