Océ Boosts Productivity of its Inkjet Océ ColorStream Twin Series

Trumbull, CT – March 15, 2012 – Océ, a Canon Group company and an international leader in digital document management, today announced the new Océ ColorStream® 3700 digital full-color inkjet printing system, enlarging the highly successful Océ Inkjet product portfolio. With the addition of the Océ ColorStream 3700 system, the Océ inkjet family extends the company's leadership in the digital full-color inkjet segment and helps a wider range of print providers make the transition from toner systems, other inkjet platforms, or offset printing to high-speed digital printing.

Océ Expands Market-Leading Inkjet Portfolio

The new Océ ColorStream 3700 system joins the market-leading Océ inkjet portfolio, spearheaded by the Océ ColorStream 3500 system as part of the fastest growing inkjet portfolio in the industry. The highest inkjet productivity, built on the Océ DigiDot® technology heads and proven Océ flexibility and efficiency makes for a total package unmatched in the industry.


Darwill, Hillsdale, Ill., was one of the first U.S. installations of the Océ ColorStream® 3500 inkjet printing system. That installation gave the printing company entry into an expanded range of volume for its digital color production offering. "With the addition of the Océ ColorStream 3500 color inkjet system, the ability for extreme variability is suddenly very real," said Troy Van Dyke, Darwill co-owner and VP of sales and marketing. "The press is ideal for high-quality jobs requiring many versions and/or changes between brands, graphics or messages."

The new Océ ColorStream 3700 system further extends the reach of the Océ inkjet systems as solution for monochrome and full-color high volume print service provider environments, print centers with datacenter background and offset print providers seeking a flexible and efficient high-volume digital printing solution. The availability of a higher speed version permits customers to complete more jobs within tighter production windows, providing additional capacities to grow their print volume.

High-Speed Full-Color Model in the Océ ColorStream Twin Series

The Océ ColorStream 3700 system is the high-speed model in the Océ ColorStream Twin series and offers a process speed of 328 feet per minute with a print and paper width of 21.25 inches. That translates to 716 letter images per minute for a single unit or in a twin configuration, 1432 letter images per minute for monthly volumes of up to 43 million pages.

The Océ ColorStream 3700 system offers all of the features of the Océ ColorStream 3500 system, while increasing productivity. Through the HeadSafe concept, the Océ ColorStream 3700 system is the first high-volume inkjet system offering users of high-speed, high-quality monochrome toner-based solutions an extremely efficient 1:1 comparable inkjet solution. The Océ ColorStream 3700 system allows a direct transition to full-color inkjet as well as a smooth and slow migration starting with high monochrome print volumes without tedious manual cleaning when switching to full color after longer periods of monochrome printing.

Easy Transition into High-Speed Digital Inkjet Printing

"With the introduction of the Océ ColorStream 3700 system, we're providing print providers with a low-risk entry into personalized, high-speed color inkjet printing backed by Océ's award-winning service," said Kris Albee, Director, Product Marketing, Production Printing Systems division of Océ North America. "Higher speed and consistent quality, combined with the unique capabilities of the Océ ColorStream 3500 system – including Océ DigiDot inkjet technology and Océ SRA® MP controller for uninterrupted workflow – the Océ ColorStream 3700 system will help our customers meet tight deadlines with quality print products."

Additional exclusive features such as printing in speed ramps which allows page one quality printing or the paper waste-free print pause significantly increase the productivity and sustainability of the Océ ColorStream 3700 system. Apart from the saved, not wasted resources a significant boost of the total production workflow and value chain is achieved as no wasted, white pages have to be handled in the later post processing steps.

Based on Field-Proven Océ Technologies

All members of the Océ inkjet family, including the new high-speed Océ ColorStream 3700 system, are based on core technologies such as the field-proven Océ DigiDot inkjet technology and the Océ SRA MP controller architecture. The Océ ColorStream 3700 system uses a next-generation piezo-electric drop-on-demand inkjet printhead that allows increased speeds with a consistent perceived print quality of 1200 dpi using the multilevel technology as known from the Océ JetStream® family. Users benefit from the experience, reliability, print quality and media range associated with the Océ inkjet portfolio.

Suited for Transaction, TransPromo, Direct Mail, Book and Manual Production

The Océ ColorStream Twin series inkjet printing systems were first unveiled at the Canon Expo in Tokyo in November 2010 starting with the Océ ColorStream 3500 system. The high-speed, high-quality full-color inkjet printers in the Océ ColorStream Twin series run at up to 1432 letter images per minute and simplify the transition from monochrome to full color or even five or six colors. They offer productivity and flexibility for high-speed color and monochrome production of transaction, TransPromo, direct mail, book and manual applications. Industry-leading reliability, print quality and media range are testaments to Océ DigiDot multilevel dot modulation technology.

Featuring HeadSafe, RFID, InkSafe

Enhanced usability and productivity is made possible by a combination of unique features:

  • HeadSafe technology helps prevent nozzle clogging and minimizes lengthy purging processes. The ability to transition between monochrome-only and full-color printing promotes higher uptime and productivity levels.
  • Using passive RFID technology, the Océ InkSafe® feature monitors both the proper placement of the ink containers in the press and the ink's shelf-life.
  • The Océ ColorStream 3500 and Océ ColorStream 3700 inkjet printing systems provide consistent high-quality printing during the ramp-up acceleration, full-production speed, and the ramp-down deceleration phases. Utilizing the entire production time decreases turn-around time and minimizes waste.

The Océ ColorStream Twin series inkjet printing systems provide a modular offering in various single and twin configurations. A full-color Océ ColorStream 3500 or ColorStream 3700 system can be set up as a monochrome-only system when needed. The production and media flexibility contributes to a future-proof solution that simplifies the transition of applications and business models to more sophisticated documents with variable personalization and smarter communication in color.