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Xerox Introduces Invisible Ink Marks

8 Jan, 2003

Xerox Introduces Invisible Ink Marks

Printed bar codes are useful for controlling how documents are mailed - but they aren't pretty. Xerox Corporation has come up with a new way to hide them, using an invisible ink marking solution that gets rid of the eyesore of bar codes without sacrificing the automated controls they provide. The solution is the only one available today that can print codes directly over text on any standard cut-sheet paper size.

The ICM solution comprises an inkjet-printing unit, which runs concurrently with Xerox DocuPrint production printers to apply the invisible bar code, a camera for validating bar code quality, and an illuminator that makes the ink fluoresce for reading by the camera. Unlike their visible counterparts, the new invisible bar codes can be placed almost anywhere on a page, even over text.

"Invisible control marks improve aesthetics and eliminate the need to redesign electronic forms every time the addition or change in text or graphics encroaches upon the white space required for the code," said Mark Waxenberg, vice president and general manager, Xerox Monochrome Business Unit. "They build upon a longtime Xerox heritage of providing effective ways to add electronic intelligence into paper and provide seamless ways to move between the paper and electronic worlds."

Xerox's ICM solution helps print shops and in-house production centers quickly and cleanly design or modify templates for transactional and personalized documents - such as insurance policies or financial statements - and optimize speed while reducing errors in finished output. ICM is the industry's most flexible invisible bar code solution and can print in varying size and placement without disrupting the entire layout of the page. The solution employs special UV/IR (ultraviolet/infrared) ink to create the invisible codes.

The Invisible Control Marks solution will be available in December in North America through the Xerox direct sales force and agents. Starting list price is $50,000, in addition to the DocuPrint 180 or 155 EPS System.

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