Pinnacle Data Systems L.L.C. Combines Cost Savings and Transpromo Efficiency with Oce JetStream 1000 Full-Color Inkjet Printing


Pinnacle customers benefit from value-added services that provide affordable marketing and transpromo opportunities

TRUMBULL, Conn., Jan. 11, 2012 - Oce, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, today announced that with Oce JetStream® color inkjet printing, Pinnacle Data Systems L.L.C. has enhanced their full-color production efficiency and reduced reliance on preprinted color forms. Pinnacle has also increased its ability to offer clients the benefits of one-to-one marketing services.

Pinnacle Data Systems L.L.C. provides content management and distribution services for document-intensive companies. Its customers range from insurance carriers, credit unions and financial services to utilities and telecommunications providers. Initial applications for the Oce JetStream technology at Pinnacle are brokerage and financial services statements and utility billing.

"Our goal was to eliminate as many preprinted forms as possible, serving to increase our efficiency in the manufacturing process, while offering our customers the further value-added services of one-to-one marketing and full-color graphics on the printed document," said Pinnacle President Robert Reddinger. "Quite simply, the Oce JetStream system gives us full-color printing at an affordable cost per image, plus we have added significant horsepower to position us for growth."

Impressive Cost Reductions Help Justify Investment With the Oce JetStream production printer, Pinnacle has the technology needed to drastically reduce requirements for preprinted stock, as well as trim the associated costs for warehousing, inventory management, spoilage and obsolescence. Now, instead of an additional step to print black onto full-color preprinted shells, Pinnacle can run an entire variable full-color statement on plain paper with a more streamlined workflow.

"The Oce JetStream is a well-constructed, heavy duty machine for high-volume production, full-color quality and consistency," said Reddinger. Even with low initial volume of five million letter impressions a month, Pinnacle was able to cost justify the investment in the system, and the company still has ample capacity on the printer to expand color workload up to 24 million letter impressions per month. The company - already on a growth trajectory - is well positioned to enhance its offering of one-to-one marketing and other variable, transaction-based communications services to new and current customers. "By driving high quality, full-color onto the printed page, we believe significant opportunities exist for merging full-color marketing messages with traditional statements and invoices, thereby enhancing the value of our clients' printed output through one-to-one marketing campaigns."

Smooth Workflow Software Integration Was Key Factor The Oce JetStream 1000 system is now in operation at Pinnacle's facility near Birmingham, AL, where the single Oce printer replaced several cutsheet engines. In addition, Pinnacle acquired Oce PRISMAproduction® and Oce TrueProof® software help manage production workflow. The Oce PRISMA software tightly integrates with Pinnacle's existing third party document composition and workflow software, which was an additional factor in their final decision on a production printing platform.

The Oce PRISMAproduction(TM) server is a high performance output management system for both transaction and Graphic Arts print production. With this workflow platform, print professionals can manage the complexities of full-color digital workflowsfor mid- to very high-volume transaction and publishing applications. The Oce PRISMA workflow software helps Pinnacle transform and route jobs, including those that originate on the mainframe. The ability to convert data from lcds, PostScript, pdf and afp to ipds provides greater flexibility in routing work to Oce printers and other systems in the production environment.

Oce TrueProof software soft-proofing tool has helped Pinnacle reduce proofing time. Itdelivers a professional on-screen proof print, which is a pixel-perfect simulation of the original print out. This eliminates the cost of down time, consumables, personnel and setup of a high-volume production printer for hardcopy proof printing. Users can also use the software to test print data from external sources before production.

"At a time when others are struggling, Pinnacle Data Systems is growing, and a key reason for that is their bold thinking and strategic investment in state-of-the-art technology. The company's plan for growth is impressive. While competitors sit on the sidelines and wait for business, Pinnacle has ramped up its capabilities and is aggressively marketing new products and services that will greatly benefit its target customers," said Francis A. McMahon, Vice President, Marketing, Oce North America Production Printing Systems.

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 US $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: Carro Ford Weston, Oce North America, Production Printing Systems, +1-859-771-5091, carrof@earthlink.net, www.oce.com

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