Memjet: What Does it Mean for Reprographics?

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Incorrect caption on photo

The printer in the photo is in fact the Oce ColorWave 900, not the IJP. The Xerox booth is down the hall.

Andrea Fabretti more than 8 years ago

You're right!

Thank you for pointing that out, Andrea. The error has been corrected. more than 8 years ago

Outstanding article

Another outstanding, informative article from Ed Avis. Thank you, Ed!

As these new high-speed Memjet-enabled wide-format printers find their way into reprographics businesses – and it may take several years for significant numbers of these printers to be placed – my own opinion is that more and more A/E/C firms will want “plans” printed in color rather than just in black & white. Having worked for nearly 3 years in Europe, I observed that most sets of plans are already being printed in mixed mode (and that observation was made over 2 years ago) – meaning that color and black and white plans are together in sets. That was driven by – as pointed out in the article above – by a not-so-big cost difference, in Europe, between the price reprographers charge for color plans vs. b/w plans. And, that was well before these new Memjet-enabled printers were on the market. Now, with one device that handles both high-speed color AND b/w printing, it’s certainly only a matter of time, in the U.S, until the price difference between color and b/w narrows significantly. And, there will likely be some reprographers, especially those who really do need to find ways to differentiate their companies (and grow market share in their respective markets), who, at some point, will begin offering very low prices for printing plans in color, to the extent that all documents in a set will be printed in color. Many years ago, around the time that OCE first released its remarkable, revolutionary, industry-changing OCE 9800, I did a survey of Architect firms in Orange County, CA; in that survey, I asked, “would you consider changing from ordering diazo bluelines to b/w plain-paper if the price for b/w plain-paper was only slightly higher than the price for diazo bluelines?” Less than the majority of respondents indicated that they would change. But, as we all know, most did change over the next few years, even though they had to pay more. The “quality” and “look” of plain-paper bond prints (vs. diazo) forced that change. My assumption is that, once Architects know that they can print plan sets in color for not much more than the cost to print plan sets in b/w, they will climb on the color plan printing bandwagon.

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