Written by Kevin Horey
Vice President, Product Marketing Solutions
Xerox Graphic Communications Business Group

At Graph Expo inChicago next week, we’re reminding the graphic communications industry that in a world full of color, black and white still brings in the green.

We’re doing this to support the introduction of the Nuvera® 157EA Production System and the Xerox Nuvera® 314EA Production Perfecting System.

We’re bullish on black-and-white printing.  Why? According to InfoTrends, digital production black-and-white cut-sheet volumes for short-run and on-demand books will grow at a nearly 10 percent rate through 2016.

Delivering technology that delivers superior black-and-white output has long been a Xerox commitment – the new Nuvera production systems speak to that focus.

A long-time user of the Nuvera line, Andrew Liszewski, production manager, Matrix Imaging Solutions, agreed to test the Nuvera 314EA system, which produces 314 pages-per-minute in its dual-engine format.

The system has improved continuous tone image quality, a more powerful controller, and productivity enhancers like the IntegratedPLUS Finishing Solution for Booklets offering both automatic in-line and off-line finishing.

And we’re making it easier for users with a new ergonomically friendly production stacker that unloads finished applications while the system is still operating.

The system’s overall productivity boost enabled Matrix Imaging Solutions to apply a 5-to1 ratio of machines to operators as compared its usual 2-to-1 ratio.

For many businesses, these are the kind of advancements needed to ensure black-and-white printers make significant revenue and profit contribution well into the future.

How is your black-and-white business? What applications are you producing? Are you taking advantage of the digital book publishing surge?