OKI Pro9000 Series brings prints to life with the addition of fith colour
Versatile media handling has long been a selling point of OKI LED printers, and the company’s new Pro9000 Series of Graphics Arts printers stays true to this tradition, with support for media sizes up to SRA3, weights of up to 360gsm (320gsm duplex) and banners up to 1.3 metres in length.
What really sets these printers apart, however, is the option of a fith colour (white or clear gloss) in addition to the standard CMYK process colours – a unique capability in an easy to use printer no larger than a standard offie copier and small enough, in standard confiurations, to sit on a desktop.
The two five-colour machines are the Pro9541dn, which has the option of a swappable white or clear toner cartridge for spot colour applied after CMYK; and the Pro9542dn, with CMYK and white. On this printer, white is printed first, followed by CMYK, giving a solid foundation and vivid colours when printing on plastics and clear fim.
The ability to print a fith colour has clear benefis for commercial printers, enabling them to offer a wider array of printed material on demand. The Pro9000 Series is also a great way for traditional printers to dip their toes in the digital printing market for an outlay of about £12,000 rather than £200,000 for a high-end machine.
For end user businesses, the ability to produce mock-ups, proofs and short-runs of packaging, vouchers and eye-catching marketing material in-house, without the need for skilled operators, saves time and cost, whilst also supporting creativity and imagination.
One of the challenges OKI faces is raising awareness of the printers’ capabilities. To this end it recently invited PrintIT to see the printers in action and experience at first hand the quality of their output. What impressed most was the sheer variety of applications they make possible. These include:
High quality personalised brochures for houses, luxury cars etc.. The printers are ideal for personalisation of short print runs of 1 to 2,000 pages;
Spot glossing. Create eyecatching special effects on book covers, brochures, menus and other presentation material; Security printing. The clear toner enables content, such as a watermark, to be hidden in an image until exposed to UV light – good for preventing copying of vouchers and tickets;
Printing clear toner over foil. Compared to some printers, OKI toner offers excellent adhesion to foil (applied separately). With the Pro9000 Series you can even print over foil;
Window film and clear stickers. Printing white first and then CMYK produces vivid colours (inc. white) on clear substrates – also good for number plate printing;
White lettering on coloured card – some of the earliest adopters are using the OKI Pro9000 Series purely for printing luxurious wedding invitations. White toner can also help business mailings stand out;
Proofing. The in-house production of mock-ups of product packaging and marketing collateral; and
Merchandising and Promotions. Print names and logos in five colours on dark T-shirts, booklets, mugs etc.
To find out how the OKI Pro9000 Series can bring your printed material to life, please call 01784 274300 or visit