Do you own a Xerox DocuColor, a Xerox Colour, or a Xerox 4xxx? Perhaps its given you loyal service over several years, but it’s time to consider what’s next?
This article lists machines that we feel are likely to need replacing in the next two years, along with our suggestions about where to look next.
Why upgrade a 2000s digital press?
Chances are that newer presses offer improved print speed and reliability, more automation, higher-quality print and up-to-date security capabilities. Some new products offer enhancements like Beyond CMYK, thicker stock capabilities and longer-sheet printing. Newer machines should have greater uptime, higher productivity and offer better value for money.
Xerox DocuColor 242/252/260
Launched in 2007, the DocuColor range was great for batch tasks in colour and black and white, offering affordable colour and multiple finishing options to the design community and corporate environments, effectively bridging the gap between top-end office and light production at the time.
However, taking the 242 as an example, the DocuColor offered up to 40ppm (colour) and an average monthly print volume of 10,000-40,000 pages. Fifteen years later, the Xerox Primelink C9065 offers up to 65ppm (colour) and an average monthly print volume of 10,000-60,000 pages. The PrimeLink range also offers benchmark security, tighter registration, additional colours (optional) and a much larger range of feeding and finishing options for a more expansive media capability.
Xerox Colour 550/560/570
We know there are lots of 550s still ‘out there’. Launched to the market in 2010 as an upgrade on the 2xx range, this popular series offered faster printing, EA Toner and higher maximum media weights than its predecessor.
If you are looking to replace yours, we again suggest first looking at the Xerox PrimeLink C9000 Series. The C9065 or C9070 offer you faster scanning, improved registration (and density uniforming, using SIQA), banner printing, an enhanced app gallery and new DFE options, as well as an increased Average Monthly Production Volume.
Turning to black and white devices, the Xerox 4xxx series offered fast print speeds, high resolution and a high Recommended Average Monthly Volume when it was launched in 2007.
Should you need to update your device, the most logical move is to investigate the PrimeLink B91xx, which comes in four print speeds from 100-136 ppm. You can print for longer with higher toner and drum yields, and the maximum paperweight has risen to 350 gsm. Additionally, banner printing is possible, together with additional feeding and finishing options, the Production Xerox App Gallery and new Fiery options.
How about stepping up with a larger press?
Whenever you consider changing your kit, we suggest looking at all of your options. A ‘like for like’ swap to the newest evolution of your old device may not be right for you if your volumes are rising or if you’d like to offer additional services and embellishments.
Please do talk to us about whether stepping up to a Xerox Versant 280 or 4100 (or even something bigger and cleverer still, like the Xerox Iridesse) might be a better option for your future business plans.
If you’re doing more mono printing, we’d be delighted to talk to you about the newest generation of the Xerox Nuvera.
Second-hand Xerox digital devices
We also offer pre-loved digital presses, supplied with a full service agreement. Each press has been through a thorough Xerox ‘Field Turnaround Process’ (what we call an ‘FTR’).
Devices currently looking for homes appear on our Used Xerox Digital Presses page. If you can’t see what you’re looking for, please get in touch, as we may know of something that will be available soon.
Would you like to discuss these ideas further?
We’d love to hear from you! Our production specialists will be delighted to offer no-obligation advice.