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Muratec Launches Precision Label Series of Digital Presses

Tuesday, January 19, 2016  
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Muratec America Inc. has announced the Precision Label Series of digital presses, designed to produce short-run, high-definition digital color labels.

"These products signal a new era for Muratec," said Jim D'Emidio, president, Muratec America Inc. "The label market is exploding year-over-year and the demand for short-run capabilities is one of the hottest growth areas. Most dealers we've approached with our label presses were able to quickly identify current customers who could benefit from a short-run digital label press. With a background in on-site service, customer support and professional sales approaches, the office equipment dealer channel is perfect to distribute these solutions."

In conjunction with the Precision Label Series product launch, Muratec has created a program assisting dealers in building an internal foundation to successfully prospect, sell, install and support these presses. Dealers who wish to add the PLS-series presses to their lineups will have access to a three-day, on-site workshop, which focuses on prospect identification and marketing, label substrates and applications, digital label press installation, key operator training, break/fix service and ROI calculation for end customers.

"Muratec has always believed in the office equipment dealer," D'Emidio said. "But we recognized early on that in order for the PLS series to be successful, we had to develop a program to give our dealers the necessary tools to market, sell and support these devices. We've added personnel with decades of experience in the label world and they're actively sharing their strategies and knowledge with our dealers. We also have one of the most tenured support staffs in the industry ready to assist."

Organizations that rely on labels use Muratec's Precision Label Series to bring label printing in-house and significantly reduce their label spend, waste and production time.

"It's standard practice for a label converter to have a two-to-three-week lead time," said Lou Stricklin, director of marketing and sales support, Muratec. "The PLS series label presses can have labels printed, laminated, die-cut and ready for application in just hours, saving time and money. It's also a huge competitive advantage for our customers to be able to instantly tweak packaging to address sudden changes in the market."

Muratec's PLS-2112 can print continuous-fed media or cut sheets, up to 8.5 inches wide, on a variety of media; the PLS-2112F, Muratec's digital finishing system, creates true on-the shelf visual separation by giving labels unique shapes, styles and sizes.

"With the PLS-2112F, the only limit is your imagination," Stricklin said. "In the past, organizations had to break the bank in order to produce die-cut labels; however, with the PLS-2112F, they can produce exceptional labels that deliver a competitive advantage and higher value perception on the shelf."

The PLS-2112 digital label press has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $24,995; the PLS-2112F has an MSRP of $39,995.

Muratec's PLS-5150 can print continuous-fed media or cut sheets, up to 12.5 inches wide, on a variety of media at up to 30 feet per minute; the PLS-5150F, Muratec's digital finishing system, delivers lamination, digital die-cutting, slitting and rewinding to create application-ready labels.

"The PLS-5150 addresses the needs of our customers who require higher throughput," Stricklin said. "The PLS-5150, prints at up to 30 feet per minute, increasing the number of labels per roll. The multiple blade slitter, high-speed die cutter and multiple exit rewinders enable our customers to get their labels ready for application faster."

The PLS-5150 digital label press has an MSRP of $52,995; the PLS-5150F has an MSRP of $74,995.

In other news, Muratec America has announced the availability of the MFX-3595, an A4 monochrome MFP.

Built on the MFX-3590 hardware platform, the MFX-3595 offers increased functionality, improved reliability and value.

"The MFX-3595 builds on the success of the Sydney platform and delivers some exceptional new features that our customers have been demanding," D'Emidio said. "The MFX-3595 is positioned to take a central role in electronic document capture, workflow and storage efforts by acting as the document on ramp to workflow solutions, while delivering cost savings in relation to other office requirements such as printing, faxing and copying."

The MFX-3595 shares the same feature set as the MFX-3590; however, it also includes such enhancements as:
  • Scan-to-cloud — Scan directly into Dropbox, Box, Evernote and Google Drive accounts from the MFX-3595 touchpanel.
  • Supports PaperCut MF print management software.
  • Blank page detection — The MFX-3535 can automatically detect and remove blank pages when scanning documents. The customer can adjust the sensitivity level.
  • The remote panel enables real-time viewing of the MFX-3535 touchscreen from a PC or tablet.
The MFX-3595 features standard 37 page-per-minute (ppm) simplex output, 10 ppm duplex output, 80-sheet automatic document feeder, legal-size platen glass, 10/100 BaseT Ethernet port, local USB port, direct USB host port (print from/scan to USB flash drives), 512MB memory, 33.6 Kbps fax modem and 600-by-600-dpi color scanning.

The MFX-3595 comes with a standard 80-sheet duplexing automatic document feeder (DADF) that enables two-sided color scanning in a single path.

The 7-inch color touch screen can be fully customized to each user's preference. "My MFP" enables each user to customize a single screen with the features they use most often, regardless of the mode in which the feature normally resides.

Standard paper capacity on the MFX-3595 is 1,100 sheets, consisting of two 500-sheet paper cassettes that can handle up to legal-size paper, as well as a 100-sheet multipurpose bypass tray that can handle letterhead, transparencies, envelopes and various other media. Up to two additional paper cassettes can be added for a maximum paper capacity of 2,100 sheets.

The MFX-3595X model includes the base unit, two additional paper cassettes and a small paper cabinet.

The unit features a standard 250-sheet output tray and can be outfitted with an optional two-bin output tray to separate copy, fax and print jobs. The two-bin tray can hold up to 150 sheets and is attached to the outside of the machine to offer easy access to documents.

The MFX-3595 features standard PCL 6 network printing. Supported features include secure printing, watermarks, job tray selection and duplexing. The system supports printing from Windows (including Windows 10), AS/400, SAP, UNIX and Citrix environments.

An optional PostScript3 enabler (PS750) can be added to enable compatibility with a variety of Linux and Mac operating systems, including Mac OS versions 10.5 – 10.10, and enables direct PDF printing in which the device will receive and print PDF files without having to print through an application.

A barcode enabler (BC750) can be added to enable users to print a variety of barcodes including Code39, Code 128, Postnet, MSI, UPC-A, EAN/JAN and Interleave25.

Intelligent document capture is enabled on the MFX-3595 with features such as blank page detection, ScanTag metadata capture and DirectScan network scanning.

The optional ScanTag application enables users to seamlessly capture metadata and document images from the MFX-3595 and transport them directly into document management systems for automatic indexing. Using this feature companies can deploy powerful document onramps into individual workgroups to increase the usage and success of their document management programs.

DirectScan is a key feature as it allows customers to perform a real-time browse of their network file structures and directly scan documents into specified folders without having to install any additional hardware or software connectors. This operation mirrors the file searching process that Windows Explorer users have become accustomed to using on their PCs. Up to 300 PC folder shortcut keys can be registered for one-touch scan initiation.

On the faxing side, the internal address book can house up to 1,000 locations, each containing both a fax number and email address. Users may import contacts from Microsoft Outlook (vCard) or other contact management databases (CSV). The intuitive PC fax driver enables users to send documents directly from PC applications to remote fax terminals.

The MFX-3595 supports group dialing (100 groups), broadcasting (mixed fax/email broadcasting supported), transmission confirmation reports, inbound fax routing to email or PC folder and secure fax reception. The unit also enables direct connectivity with network fax servers and performs optimally when installed in a VoIP environment.

The MFX-3595 delivers a host of security features designed to restrict device access, audit usage and ensure document integrity.

IT administrators can control device access using IP/MAC address filtering, port disabling and user authentication (Windows Active Directory). The MFPs can be accessed using the intuitive OfficeBridge browser interface and traffic between the MFP and the PC can be encrypted using SSL. Outbound email transmission can also be SSL encrypted.

In an effort to retain all fax and email communications that are transmitted from the MFP, both models feature automatic transmission archiving to a secured network location. In the event of an audit, all fax and email transmissions can be quickly located. Inbound fax transmissions can be automatically routed to an email inbox or network location to prevent sensitive fax data from being compromised.

The MFX-3595 has an MSRP of $6,695, while the MFX-3595X has an MSRP of $7,995.

The toner cartridge (TS3510) is rated at 24,000 using ISO test chart 19752 and the drum unit (DK3510) is rated at 60,000 impressions. Both front-loading consumables are user-changeable.

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