Oce Brings Advantages of Production Black & White Printing to GlobalSoft Digital Solutions

Oce VarioPrint digital printing solution features workflow software that integrates printing platforms

TRUMBULL, Conn. - Oce, a Canon Group company and international leader in digital document management, today announced that GlobalSoft Digital Solutions recently installed the Oce VarioPrint® 6160 Ultra production printer with Oce PRISMAprepare(TM) software to substantially improve the cost model of their black and white printing spanning variable data campaigns, collateral, manuals and books.

"Oce offered the best solution for high-end, black and white production printing," said GlobalSoft President and CEO, Chris Petro. "It meets our production needs for fast turnaround, print quality and finishing and it makes great financial sense."

One Device for All Monochrome Production Printing

"This new Oce solution allows us to move black and white printing back to a production system," said Petro. He credits their ability to run all monochrome production printing jobs on one device to the production speed of the Oce VarioPrint 6160 Ultra duplex printing and inline finishing features and Oce PRISMA® workflow software.

For their direct-to-patient communication programs, GlobalSoft uses the Oce solution to automate the complex supply chain requirements in this highly regulated market and reliably deliver variable data campaigns to 300,000 clients. In another scenario, the modular capabilities of the solution allow them to adapt for extra capacity in peak retail seasons.

"Many customers, like GlobalSoft, still produce a large volume of their work in black & white and Oce is committed to providing them with the most productive devices on the market," said Francis McMahon, Vice President of Marketing, Oce North America Production Printing Systems. "Time is money in a production environment and tremendous opportunity exists for service providers with reliable, high-speed black and white digital printing solutions."

Oce VarioPrint 6000 Ultra systems print both sides of a sheet of paper simultaneously. As a result, duplex jobs print faster and more reliably. The line-up of high volume duplex printers also comes in four speed bands, from 166 to 306 letter images per minute.

Flawless Book Production and New Opportunities

GlobalSoft sited Oce's true production printing capabilities, reputable service record, and workflow as key factors in their purchase decision. "I was extremely impressed with it and has already opened doors into the book publishing market," said Petro. "The open architecture of Oce PRISMAprepare software allowed us to integrate it seamlessly into our existing workflow and now our book assembly is flawless and intuitive."

Reliance on workflow tools is vital at GlobalSoft because their operation spans several floors. Petro stated that they utilize Oce's PRISMAprepare software as their make-ready solution because it works well with their other workflow tools, his operators like the simple interface and its remote-look feature allows them to cater to international clients through their European facility.

With their new, more extensive black and white printing and finishing capabilities, they also see opportunity in offering their web storefront customers new applications like versioned manuals.

Partnering with Oce Gets the Job Done

"The install process was absolutely amazing from the comprehensive pre-install planning and thoroughly pre-planned workflow to the install team and education process," said Petro.

During the install process, GlobalSoft needed to deliver a critical holiday season print job to a new retail client. They worked with the Oce team to print 90,000 versioned, duplex pages with tabs, printed and stapled on the new end-to-end Oce solution: from pre-press using Oce PRISMAprepare software to printing and in-line finishing on the Oce VarioPrint 6160 Ultra system.

Petro commented, "The Oce team partnered with GlobalSoft to get the job done. That's the type of partnership we need and one that will help our business expand."

About GlobalSoft Digital Solutions

Founded in 1998, GlobalSoft Digital Solutions is a privately held company with corporate headquarters and U.S. operations in Mahwah, New Jersey, and GlobalSoft International facilities in Lyon, France and soon to be in Tokyo. They provide marketing services to retail, pharmaceutical, financial services, automotive, and manufacturing companies worldwide.

About Oce

Oce is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Oce offering includes office printing and copying systems, high-speed digital production printers, and wide- format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics. Oce is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Oce customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Oce is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. Total revenues in financial 2010 amounted to approximately euro 2.7 billion. Oce is listed on Euronext in Amsterdam. For more information, visit http://www.oceproductionprinting.com/.

Oce North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL. North America represents 34 % of Oce's worldwide revenues, and employment is over 8,000. For more information about Oce North America, visit www.oceusa.com. Outside the U.S., consult global.oce.com.

Oce and Canon: Stronger together

In 2010, Oce joined the Canon Group of companies with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, to create the global leader in the printing industry. Canon develops, manufactures, and markets a growing line-up of copying machines, printers, cameras, optical and other products that meet a diverse range of customer needs. The Canon Group comprises over 197,000 people worldwide. Global net sales in 2010 were more than U.S. $45 billion. For more information, visit www.canon.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With more than $45 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010* and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting http://www.usa.canon.com/rss.

*Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

SOURCE Oce North America

CONTACT: Tonya Powers of Oce North America, Production Printing Systems, +1-561-997-3318, tonya.powers@oce.com

Web Site: www.canon.com

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