Automation 101: Streamline Time-Consuming Processes

The business of print is changing. You see it every day.

Customer expectations are rising. Run lengths are dropping. Turnaround times are shrinking. And personalisation is everywhere.

And that’s just the start.

Print runs in the thousands are being replaced by smaller production runs of 300 or even a dozen. To stay profitable, your company now needs to efficiently process 200 jobs a day rather than the 20 from years past. That’s the value on-demand, digital print technology can deliver.

Survey of 417 Print Service Providers and In-Plant Printers indicates declining print run lengths, more short-run jobs per day (InfoTrends Emerging Strategies Survey, Q1 2011).

But simply getting a digital press isn’t enough. You need a press that has advanced automation capabilities.

Why? Because processing more jobs means more human touches—from swapping out paper and pre-flighting files to inspecting colour and carrying stacks of output to the nearest finisher. And since humans make mistakes, more jobs can easily mean more errors, rework and waste—all of which can significantly cut into your profit margins.

What if you could automate an assortment of complex, yet everyday, functions such as:

  • Colour management
  • Registration and alignment
  • Clearing paper jams
  • Trimming and binding
  • Setting up paper for optimal printing

If you’re nodding your head in interest, then keep reading. We’d like to introduce you to the Xerox® Versant® 180 and 3100 Presses, both of which come standard with industry-leading automation features not found in any competing product in their class.

Who are the Versant® 180 and 3100 Presses ideal for?

The Xerox® Versant® 180 prints at speeds up to 80 pages/minute and handles average volumes of 80,000 prints a month. It is a consistent performer in the mid-production range, ideally suited for print shops and enterprise environments that need a simple and affordable solution to deliver more quality in less time. An optional Performance Package delivers top print speeds regardless of stock and enhanced automation features.

Meanwhile, the Xerox® Versant® 3100 is a production workhorse in a class of its own, featuring very advanced levels of automation and productivity. It prints at speeds up to 100 pages/minute and handles average volumes of 250,000 per month. It’s an ideal choice for busy print environments that need to turn jobs faster, boost productivity and improve margins through automation.

Why Automation Matters in Production Print Environments

Ask any dentist how often you’re supposed to floss and they’re sure to say every day. Realistically, that probably doesn’t happen. The reason? It’s cumbersome, time consuming and just easier not to. But if your teeth could be flossed automatically while you brushed we bet you’d be interested. Essentially, that’s how the Versant® Family works.

Calibrating your digital printing press is a lot like flossing. Every press should be calibrated each shift (or at least once a week) to ensure accurate and repeatable colour. But your press operators probably don’t bother. That is, until they learn they can perform this daunting task with just two mouse clicks on the Versant®—one to start the process and one to accept the results—and that it only takes two minutes and not 20. When that happens, they’ll do it daily and take pride in the results. 

With the Versant® family, some features, such as process controls and registration for colour and consistency, are fully automated. Others require just a few simple mouse-clicks to initiate a press function. Regardless, they all span the production workflow from job submission to finishing—saving operator time, maximising uptime and keeping the press churning out profitable pages

To learn more about the Xerox® Versant® Family’s best-in-class features, check out the white paper.

Which Xerox® Versant® Press is right for you?

Three presses. Three levels of automation. A singular standard for quality, versatility and results. The Xerox® Versant® Family of Presses—the Versant® 180 Press, Versant® 180 Press with Performance Package and the Versant® 3100 Press—all take automation to the extreme. You’ll get higher quality, greater media latitude and advanced capabilities while spending less time on complicated and time-consuming calibration, alignment and high-overhead offline processes.

So which Versant® is right for you?

To help you determine which press is best suited for your business, we’ve developed a series of white papers that give you the technical facts and key features inside each press. Click below to read the white papers: