Sunday, March 2, 2014

Oce VarioStream 6100 Printer Heading to End of Life; Adios to the VS6100!

Oce VS 6100

If your business uses the large Oce VarioStream VS 6100 flash fusing continuous feed printers to generate labels, correspondence, invoices, logistics forms or other documentation, get ready to change printer machines - and very possibly change printer vendors. Oce has sent notices to current users of the pending demise of all support and supplies for the VS 6100. After the crystal ball drops in Times Square this year, don't call Oce for any help or parts.

This heavy-duty, large beast of a printer could support monthly print volumes of up to 2.75 million images! The Oce VS6100 could generate 106 pages per minute of two-up (side-by-side) continuous forms pages of 8.5x11" pages, 53 ppm in one-up, or 68 ppm of single pages turned landscape as a 8.5" tall form. 
Oce 7120 / Oce 7160 with Prisma server/controller
Oce does have one flash fusion printer in two model speeds that will survive this action. They will present the Oce VarioStream 7120 and Oce VarioStream 7160 as the Oce migration alternative.

These Oce units have a lower monthly print volume rating than the VS 6100, are more expensive than the current industry standard printers and use the same print engine available through us from another printer vendor. Understand that these new engines are NOT created by Oce.

Oce requires a large external Prisma server/controller similar to the one required by the much higher volume production Oce IPDS language printer systems. 

IBM InfoPrint 4000 Duplex IPDS Printers
Those huge, hot-roller-fusing production laser printers from Oce and Ricoh/Old-IBM-InfoPrint-Solutions need IPDS and can run hundreds and even thousands of duplex pages per minute - and hundreds of thousands of dollars as well. If you jobs require IPDS, there are other printer options for you. If you don't need IPDS and can run PCL or IGP/PGL, buying the Prisma server/controller for a flash fusing printer requirement is a needless expense.

If you run a small number of IPDS print jobs, we can help you through your migration with easy design and generation of your print without IPDS.

The Oce VarioStream 6100 and migration alternatives from MicroPlex, Sato, and the refurbished IBM InfoPrint 75 can be reviewed on the GLM Group's Oce VarioStream 6100 review web page by clicking here.  

For more information on the Oce VS 6100 and upgrade options with other continuous forms laser printers, contact Warren Neeley. Reach him at 817-939-5614 or WNeeley@PCIprinters.com.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sato Continuous Laser Printer to Replace Printronix and Other Lasers

If your business generates labels, invoices, logistics forms or other documentation on a continuous form laser printer - or wants to move from impact printers to laser - take notice. Sato Americas has a very high quality continuous form (CF) laser unit that has a very low cost of operation. 

We recently visited the Sato operation in Romeoville, IL and were impressed with the professionalism and the industry knowledge in the people of this organization.  

Not only are the Sato LP 100R laser printers configured, tested and shipped from this location, but Sato Labeling manufactures customer label products under the same roof.  Sato is unique in the industry to be a vendor of both the label stock and the laser printer unit that together can produce high quality production labels in high volumes.  The benefit of this arrangement is that the "finger pointing" is eliminated. No longer can the printer vendor blame the media, and the media folks say that any performance issue is the fault of the printer.  In the heyday of old IBM mainframes, customers called this strategy was called "One Throat To Choke".  It is a great concept and marries the key vendor responsibilities in the production printing of large volume label runs.

The Sato LP 100R can be reviewed on the GLM Group's web page by clicking here.  

For more information on Sato printers or Sato Labeling opportunities, contact Warren Neeley. Reach him at 817-939-5614 or WNeeley@PCIprinters.com.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday? 
What the heck is behind that phrase? What should be bought on #CyberMonday?

Well, “cyber“ showed up as the first word in the title of ‘Cybernetics or Control and Communications in the Animal and the Machine” in 1948. Remember cyborgs from science fiction - surgically or mechanically augmenting humans or animals? Recall the “We can rebuild him. We have the technology” of the Six Million Dollar Man?

Back in the height of the mainframe days of the 1970's, IBMers would battle against CDC and their product line named the Cyber supercomputers.


Now any Starbucks or McDonalds is equipped like what we once described as a cybercafé Рhaving a public and usable connection to the WWW World Wide Web. Now it is getting more difficult to find a cafe that doesn't offer wireless connectivity.

Here’s a great idea. Wrap your Cyber Monday up with last week’s Small Business Saturday.

Forget the “Fox”. What does the Greek say?  The origin of cyber could be from helmsman or steersman, or “skilled in steering or governing”.

What are the perfect products to buy from me on www.ChooseGLMgroup.com today this Cyber Monday? Well, thanks for asking! 

In the spirit of 'CYBER', here’s a condensed shopping list for you: IPDS Printers -- Planet Press Software with enhanced PostScript -- FortisBlue content management software! These are a few of our products that each have their strength in allowing the customer to steer, control and govern the document through creation, delivery and consumption by the intended users.

'Cyber' is about getting enabled to access, guide and control; not only a sales catalog on one's tablet computer but also those systems in one's work life.  Happy Cyber Monday!


For more information, contact Warren Neeley at WNeeley@PCIprinters.com or 817-939-5614.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Printronix L5535 Toner # 703532-002 Solution with Affordable Rebuilt Printronix L7032 Printer

If you are struggling with what to do since the end of supply of Printronix toner # 703532-002, here's an option.  Ditch the old L5535, but maybe hold off on jumping into a new printer unit.

We can offer a few, available, rebuilt, restored, refurbished Printronix L7032 laser for which there is currently a good supply of parts. Spend a little, lay in some toner and supplies, and print into 2014 while you ponder your output department's "Extreme Makeover."

Lots of customers are telling us that they didn't budget for a continuous forms printer acquisition in this year's plan. Remember, we sell some great new replacements for the old Printronix L5000 family - choices from MicroPlex and Sato.  Several L5000 customers are studying hard for this test, and some are already taking the plunge with us this year.  However, some accounts want to have a different financial option.  That's where we can really shine.

For more ideas about how to get through this bump in the road, give Warren Neeley a call at 817-939-5614 or contact him at WNeeley@PCIprinters.com

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The End of the Printronix L5535 and Toner # 703532-002

The L5000 laser line from Printronix has come to its eventual end. Printer Connection offers a variety of choices for these customers.  

If June 2011 was in the "Printronix Bar and Grill", they had L5000 "Last Call for Alcohol". Printronix told their customers that the last order for L5000 Drums and Developer Units to their supplier was going to really be their last order. The supplier would not manufacture any more replacement units. When a laser printer needs a drum for quality reasons, it has to get a new drum.  If they're no longer available, you are done with that machine's usefulness.

In June 2013, Printronix ended their stocking orders for toner, and the inventory of Printronix L5535 and other L5000 toner supplies vanished.  L5000 Printer Users are faced with some decisions they they need to make quickly. Will they continue to print continuous laser forms and labels with a printer machine from another vendor, or move that output to some other type of device, other media,  and other style of printer?

Options are available right now.

PCI's customer options for Continuous Forms laser printers can be reviewed at http://goo.gl/tzNccL.  A move to cut sheet printing can be handled with moving to Canon, Xerox, or Ricoh units. Thermal printer options are with Printronix up to 8 inches in width and with Sato for even wider output.

For more information, contact Warren Neeley at 817-939-5614 or WNeeley@PCIprinters.com

Monday, July 1, 2013

IPDS Printers for Mainframe and AS400 Print Requirments

As some of our customers have been saying: "InfoPrint IPDS Printers are Gone - Now What?"  Ricoh shut down the InfoPrint operations at the end of 2011, but we are still supplying IPDS printers for the needs of the AS 400 printing customers.
Lexmark MS810n with IPDS

Lexmark IPDS was the very same provided by InfoPrint, and still available from PCI. The same applies for the 4247 tabletop serial dot matrix built by Compuprint as the IBM InfoPrint 4247.
Printronix P8000 with IPDS

Printronix will not and cannot ship the same IPDS as on the IBM InfoPrint 6500 line printers due to a stupid contractual hang-up with IBM and Ricoh, but their IPDS is very good and they are absolutely committed to testing and resolving any issues with intense graphics. On the T5000 thermal barcode label printers, it's the very same code as was on the IBM 4400 and InfoPrint 6700 thermal units.

Dascom has committed time and resources by hiring one of InfoPrint's best IPDS industrial and office printing experts onto their serial dot matrix technical staff.  Dascom has a very good IPDS solution found on their Tally 4347 printers.

Canon Oce VarioPrint DP 135 with IPDS

Higher volume production printer vendors have worked to accommodate the IBM IPDS crowd, and PCI offers new options from the Canon / Oce merger and from Xerox.  Ricoh units are also available, and Printer Connection has a supply of refurbished IBM InfoPrint cutsheet units.  In continuous form pin-feed laser, choices are available from Sato and MicroPlex.

For more IPDS information, configurations and technical assistance, contact Warren Neeley at 817-939-5614 or WNeeley@PCIprinters.com or review his website at ChooseGLMgroup.com for IPDS AS400 Printing with Lexmark IPDS and Other Vendors.

Monday, June 17, 2013

IPDS Output Software Options -- Other Than Ricoh's InfoPrint Manager or InfoPrint ProcessDirector or InfoPrint Server



Or Ricoh ProcessDirector, or whatever Ricoh may do to the product names and the organization that was once the IBM Printing Systems Division. Are you interested in printing with IPDS, and would like to review alternatives to using the software and support limitations once offered by the InfoPrint organization? This site holds a couple of options for you: Other IPDS Options

Rochester Software Associates, Inc. - www.rocsoft.com
For software, you can choose from a well-established alternative with RSA, Rochester Software Associates.  RSA software can run a complex datacenter and print center workflow and drive IPDS print to supported devices.

Another newer choice for IPDS printing is NewLeaf PrintSoft from ObjectifLune, the providers of the very popular PlanetPress print software. OL recently acquired PrintSoft and their strengths in complex IBM print center and variable print management tools.

For more information or a product discussion, contact Warren Neeley at WNeeley@PCIprinters.com or 817-939-5614.  Review these products at these web pages:  RSA and PrintSoft.